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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-23-13 10:31 AM
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History books aren't going to help much. The Texas school board controls them and
Edited on Sat Feb-23-13 10:46 AM by No Elephants
keeps making the publishers revise them to make them more conservative.

Texas gets to do that because it is the biggest buyer in the country.

I heard only recently that they complained about the portrayal of Joe Mcarthy, giving the explanation that he had been vindicated--=he was really correct about all those people being Communists.

Well, he was correct about some, because J. Edgar was feeding him names based on intelligence gathered during WWII. But, were they advocating violent overthrow of the U.S. government, or had they only been attracted to certain ideals that the Communist Party in the U.S. was selling? And it was not against the law to be a Communist anyway.

Eisenhower's response was to play ostrich--but to expand executive privilege greatly so that Joe couldn't question anyone in the President's circle.

In any event, I think they succeeded as to one of the darkest times of our history. No wonder libertarians have been pushing their peeps to get on school boards.

If shool boards in several blue states had banded together, they could have insisted on input into textbooks, too. They are either oblivious or willing to let Texas control. Idiots.

And private authors are revisionist, too.

It really is like Orwell's 1984.

Whatever happened in the past is down the memory tube if someone today doesn't want it to be remembered as it actually happened.

BTW, your insight is very plausible to me in light of what Joe Kennedy said.

It also is consistent with something else I read--that savvy people were very surprised by what Franklin did once he got into office because he had been relatively conservative fiscally. It would also explain why he "caved" to deficit hawks too soon to really give the New Deal a chance to work.

That might have been the same kind of "cave" Obama pulled in December of 2010, when he and Mitchell agreed on one extension of unemployment benefits and Obama agreed to the Obama tax cuts of 2010. Or, however, they sorted it out between them. Obama did not even give Congress a chance to to end the cuts. He went over the heads of everyone in the Senate and dealt with Mitch directly.

But, if this is a game that even Truman and FDR played, Wow. I wonder how far back it goes?
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