The Tennessee Tea Party group has a list of demands for the state legislature, one of which is that the schools should teach only good things about the Founding Fathers, ignoring the nation’s history of slavery and mistreatment of Native Americans.
Regarding education, the material they distributed said, “Neglect and outright ill will have distorted the teaching of the history and character of the United States. We seek to compel the teaching of students in Tennessee the truth regarding the history of our nation and the nature of its government.”
That would include, the documents say, that “the Constitution created a Republic, not a Democracy.”
The material calls for lawmakers to amend state laws governing school curriculums, and for textbook selection criteria to say that “No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.”
Fayette County attorney Hal Rounds, the group’s lead spokesman during the news conference, said the group wants to address “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.
“The thing we need to focus on about the founders is that, given the social structure of their time, they were revolutionaries who brought liberty into a world where it hadn’t existed, to everybody — not all equally instantly — and it was their progress that we need to look at,” said Rounds, whose website identifies him as a Vietnam War veteran of the Air Force and FedEx retiree who became a lawyer in 1995.
It seems to me that if you’re going to make demands about what should be taught in schools, you should at least understand some basic grammatical rules. Like the fact that neither “republic” or “democracy” are proper nouns and do not need to be capitalized. You should also be able to tell the difference between a silly cliche and reality. We are both a republic and a democracy, of course.
As for the rest, do they have examples of any “made-up criticism” of the founders being in textbooks used in Tennessee? I doubt it. They just want America to be presented as perfect and holy, the way it was when Jesus came down from Mt. Sinai and delivered the Constitution to George Washington while he was praying.