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Friday, January 29, 2010

On the Passing of Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn is as responsible for poisoning the minds of American students with anti-American rubbish as anyone who ever lived. His distorted "history" is one of the reasons more people know about the Japanese internment during World War II than the Normandy invasion, more about injustices against native Americans than the liberation of Eastern Europe, more about slavery than the US Constitution, more about the failings of the founding fathers than their great accomplishments.

A high school history teacher I know once said that it's easier to teach negative history. "The kids get more engaged than just memorizing names and dates." If so, then it's like a drug. You might feel good but it's not necessarily good for you.

Even Zinn admitted his view of "history" was not meant to be factual. But liberals are content to see the world through individual feelings more than facts and so Zinn's garbage has been used widely by the left leaning education establishment to indoctrinate generations of young people. I'm not one for banning books but his certainly should not be allowed in US schools.

The results are devastating as a corrupt political establishment tramples on the US Constitution and nobody seems to notice or care.

Good riddance Howard Zinn!


  1. Not for nothing if you were a Japanese American or a Native American YOU would feel differently.

    America IS a great country, but WE screw up too.

  2. My point is about the perspective. My kids spent 3 weeks going over the Japanese internment, 1 day on Normandy. They were left with the impression that the camps were equivalent to the Nazi concentration camps. It was never even presented to them that the main reason for the camps was the protection of the Japanese-Americans from a society that wanted revenge for the cowardly sneak attack on Pearl harbor by the Imperial government of Japan.

    We have learned from our mistakes. After 9/11/2001, there was little backlash against ordinary Muslim-Americans.

    As for the treatment of Native Americans, Zinn also distorts history about the nature of the inhabitants. They were not just peaceful corn farmers. They warred almost continuously among themselves.

    Modern archeology, anthropology and genealogy has determined that they aren't more native than the rest of us. They just migrated earlier.

    As in most places on earth, the current inhabitants didn't just spring up where you find them now. They displaced earlier migrations.

    We have much to be proud of in our national history. Though we had a slavery episode, we also were among the first western nations to abolish slavery forever. Though we've had issues with racism, we are among the first western nations to elect a man of color as our president.

    We recognized first that our rights are derived from God. And we continually move towards a better reflection of Him.

  3. Agreed, perspective...but to infer that all Am. Indians warred amongst themselves is totally false. Some did, many more didn't.

    Once again if you were a legal Japanese American, would you willingly go to a camp? What about your freedoms? Property? etc. There was no more hatred toward the Japanese than the Germans or, in the modern age, Arabs. Of course there we instances of violence toward all.

    Zinn wasn't perfect-- winners wright history most times -- but chronicaling the downtrodden (losers) is another viable viewpoint. I like to call it the "Grey" in life. History is messy and ever changing.

  4. Sure enough. And I wouldn't mind different perspectives in classrooms if patriotic history was one of them. But Zinn admitted to distorting facts and for that his shouldn't be used at all.

    Thanks for commenting. I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog and continue to comment.

  5. Thanks.

    I was the recipient of a good education in history by both Catholic and public schools...I am aghast at what passes for historical knowledge these days. Our country pays for this ignorance in so many ways...

    I am enjoying your blog...good work.

  6. There is no way your kids spent three weeks going over the Japanese internment. That's simply a lie.

  7. And just when I thought I was having a civil discourse, in pops my old nemesis Anonymous to throw a bomb. Must everything with which you disagree be called a "lie"? We used to call it hyperbole when we stretched a comparison to make a point. And since you were neither the teacher, one of the students, or me, you don't know the truth to which you are speaking. But feel free to drop in again some time old pal.