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Are You Brainwashed? Seven Principles for Free Government

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: government, brainwashing, Bill Of Rights, by the people for the people )

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Precisely because Americans are easily distracted--because, as study after study shows, they are clueless about their rights--and because the nation's schools have ceased teaching the fundamentals of the Constitution or the Bill of Rights--the American gover

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Past Member (0)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 8:25 am
Thanks, Lone, this is a good read. I disagree that "the nation's schools" aren't teaching the Constitution, etc.; every middle school and high school requires course credits in government, economics, social studies, history. The teachers I know here all do extensive work with students in America's foundational documents and history. Additionally, the best language arts teachers will include curriculum in propaganda techniques, etc. I think that much of America's ignorance is self-induced...brought on by addictions to television, internet and texting.

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 9:10 am
Well, your school system is very lucky, Nancy, because in Texas and Louisiana, Civics is no longer taught state-wide. Neither is Geography. We may have a school district here and there, that still does, but the vast majority of districts axed Civics and Geography a long time ago. Most teach to the TAAS test now and not much else.

sheila l (116)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 9:47 am
Many progressive leftists are rewriting historical texts and leaving out the aspects related to the founder's principles in the Constitution. Many young people have erroneous facts on history or they lack any knowlege of events. We need to monitor the Left-Wing Progressives Attack on the education system and take changes seriously. We are hurting our future generations and creating brainwashed thinking into their lives.

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 10:28 am
Shiela, it's mainly hard-core right-wingers who sit on our school boards here, not Liberals. And they are trying to redact history in our textbooks here to the point that large chunks of history are erronious. We are having a big legislative fight with the state school board right now over taking Hispanic and Black history makers (Cesar Chavez and MLK Jr) completely out of the textbooks to be ditributed to TX classrooms next year. The State School Board is 100% Republican. Not a "Leftist' in sight. They also want to completely take out anything concerning evolution and tech only creationism.
So please, don't hand me that propaganda. I know better.

Larry S (391)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 4:59 pm
I believe we have been getting brainwashed for many years. If one does something slowly enough that we don't really take notice, then it just becomes the way it is.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 5:14 pm
Thank you for sharing.

Erin R (181)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 6:13 pm

Ralph F (66)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 7:20 pm
Folks, the occasional sniping between "Left" & "Right" that I see here fails to realize the false paradigm. Left & Right are economic terms espousing how much public or private control should be exerted or allowed. In the battle between personal or community freedom vs. top-down control, the terms, "Authoritarianism" and "Libertarianism" are more meaningful. I think many of us would be surprised to find out that those who believe social programs are necessary and those who believe individuals have the right to determine their own economic lives are often allies. Check out the link to the "Political Compass" which I think explains this alliance of "Left/Right" Libertarians vs. "Left/Right" Authoritarians. We need to change our thinking about political labels because it isn't 1975 anymore and using outdated concepts to attack our "opponents" who are potentially allies is self-defeating & constantly hands the ball over to the BIg Government - Big Business alliance.

James C (43)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 9:52 pm
Of course I am brainwashed, but I always use COMET to get into the corners!

. (0)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 10:35 pm
So true... perhaps we tend to go down the road of apathy, and lack the motivation to fight for those rights... because we do not believe in ourselves... but it is the people that put these people in government, so we need to realise that it is us controlling the reins... a change in mindsets and thinking needs to be implemented

. (0)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 1:51 am
I have to agree about education and the principles of the constitution. Social studies and history may be being taught but it is not teaching the principles of this Republic. I took a year of American History in college and never once did we do anything more than acknowledge the constitution, the declaration of independence, or the bill of rights. Maybe I should have taken Political Science.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 7:54 am
Yes, look at the patriot act and tell me were not brainwashed?

Eric Straatsma (3802)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 8:23 am
Last year, a retiring Senator passed a bill REQUIRING all schools to teach the Constitution... I do not recall the bill name or number, but it is a federal LAW... Is your school following this law?

It is one thing to teach the Constitution and what is in it... it is quite another to show how it has been steadily eroded, ignored and abused over time.... Then the last step is to teach students how to defend those principles. I would love to see schools teach all three, but the law requires only the first step... the rest is in the school of life, sadly.

When a President says that the Constitution is just a worthless piece of paper and law students are taught that it is outmoded and obsolete, then I believe we are headed for dangerous times, and may need an experience of someone like Stalin, Hitler or Mussolini to learn the lesson of freedom and rights.

Miriam Lesvy Coello Franco (0)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 10:24 pm
It is true
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