More and more I get the feeling that the national media’s understanding of American history is based entirely on some mythic and superficial elementary school frame of reference, completely absence of detail, nuance, and understanding.
If Sarah Palin, for example, said, ‘Well, of course, as we know, George Washington didn’t actually cut down a cherry tree. That was an invented anecdote. ‘The front page headline would be: “Palin Doesn’t Know Her History (Again!): Claims Washington Cutting Down Cherry Tree is a Myth”. MSNBC would run the story all day: How Can Palin Be Trusted to Lead Our Country When She Doesn’t Even Know Basic Stuff Like George Washington Cutting Down the Cherry Tree. Bill Maher’s HBO show: “Can you believe this woman? Read a book!” he’d yell. “She doesn’t even know basic history that all elementary school kids know!”
On and on and on…
Point being, there’s a disconnect between the people who bother to read a book or recite history that they’ve learned — information that may not be so known to the public at large — and the mainstream press who seem to rely on a very shallow kindergarten-like knowledge base. It’s tiresome to do these stories where we find out a week later, Oh, hey! Palin/Bachmann was actually kind of right and if we’d bothered to read a book, we’d know this (and now we’re going to sit here with our tail between our legs and not even bother to give them credit! We’re just going to continue maligning these women, pushing the narrative that the conservative female is a flaky ditz, and not even bother passing a critical eye at our own Captain Awesome at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.)
In other words, Palin and Bachmann are being punished because many Americans — including the one’s with nightly news shows — have gone through the U.S. public education system. Palin and Bachmann are getting flogged by people who are probably unaware of what the federalist papers are. Yet these are the same people who rip on Palin and Bachmann for not knowing their history.
From the Washington Times a compilation of quotes on what the founders thought of slavery at the time:
“There is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a plan adopted for the abolition of it.”
“Every measure of prudence, therefore, ought to be assumed for the eventual total extirpation of slavery from the United States. … I have, throughout my whole life, held the practice of slavery in … abhorrence.”
“It is much to be wished that slavery may be abolished. The honour of the States, as well as justice and humanity, in my opinion, loudly call upon them to emancipate these unhappy people. To contend for our own liberty, and to deny that blessing to others, involves an inconsistency not to be excused.”
– John Jay, letter to R. Lushington, March 15, 1786
“I believe a time will come when an opportunity will be offered to abolish this lamentable evil.”
[Please READ MORE of “Bachman was right” at the Washington Times]