The right-wing cheers and left-wing jeers are continuing over President Trump's announcement of a 1776 commission to promote patriotic education.
Some far-left critics are predictably comparing that announcement to Hitler and Nazi Germany, comparing learning U.S. history to indoctrination. But the President says he is pushing back after generations of U.S. students have been indoctrinated to hate their own country, and despise their own "racist" forefathers and the founding documents they authored.
Speaking at the National Archives Museum on Constitution Day, Trump warned of “toxic propaganda” that threatens to tear the country apart if it is allowed to continue to create future generations who oppose their own country.
"President Donald Trump on Thursday,” far-left Vox writer Aaron Ruper complained via Twitter, “used the National Archives Museum as a backdrop to make a case that educating students about racism in American society is a dangerous heresy that needs to stop.”
According to President Trump, however, much of what students are being taught today, such as critical race theory and the much-maligned 1619 Project, are wrong and need to be stopped.
"Critical race theory, the 1619 Project, and the crusade against American history,” Trump warned last week, “are toxic propaganda, ideological poison, that, if not removed, will dissolve the civic bonds that tie us together.”
In that same speech, and just moments later, the President angered the Left when he announced plans to form a 1776 commission.
"It will encourage our educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history,” he said, “and make plans to honor the 250th anniversary of our founding.”
The eye-opening ignorance of today's young adults is not a secret. American college students have admitted on camera they don't know their own U.S. history, such as naming the first U.S. president and knowing that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican.
The country is also witnessing young adults rioting in the streets and vowing to destroy capitalism and the "white patriarchy," and threatening people in public to join their cause when faced with a screaming mob.
Much like the radicals from the 1960s, today's would-be revolutionaries can easily be traced to influential college professors vowing, for example, to scrap the U.S. Constititution and private property, even when that Harvard law professor lives in a $4 million home.
What does such indocrination produce? Some will deduce that it creates would-be revolutionaries who fire bomb a police car with a Molotov cocktail even after graduating from an Ivy League law school.
A president defends patriotism
Sandy Rios, a radio host for American Family Radio, tells OneNewsNow that the President’s announcement was a “remarkable” one.
“We've never even had a Republican president speak so blatantly about the need to turn around our broken education system,” he says, “in the area especially of American history, of patriotism.”
Not only did President Trump push for patriotic education, she adds, but he did so in “direct opposition” to the 1619 Project, which claims that America’s religious founding was really based on racism and slavery.
The New York Times won a Pulitzer for its work on the 1619 Project, whose title comes from arrival of the first black slaves to the Virginia colony.
Numerous history scholars voiced objections to the 1619 Project and its claims, however, and most of those were ignored or dismissed by the Times.
Some professors grow a spine
Scott Shepard of the National Center for Public Policy Research tells OneNewsNow that conservatives foolishly ignored what was happening on college campuses for more than a half-century as radicals took over.
"They were very intensely trying to take over the heights of intellectual establishments in this country, and powerful establishments in this country, and fill them up with leftists,” he says. “And so that began 50 to 55 years ago. It's really paid off."
He says some professors, tired of rioters and anarchists, have come together to back the Philadelphia Statement that calls for real freedom of thought in the classroom without punishment.
"It's a call by professors—not even all of them on the center and right because there aren't that many professors on the center and right,” he says, “who really do believe in academic freedom, and diversity of thought and protection, particularly for students but also for faculty who think differently than the indoctrinated."
This story has been updated with comments from Scott Shepard of the National Center for Public Policy Research.