Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Beck, History, and the Conservative Agenda

If you have watched the fight to keep schools secular, to keep government secular, and in turn protect the rights of the have seen some common arguments and also some familiar David Barton.

Beck continues on his Joker inspired spree across the nation.  He has his books and speeches and little's all silly...deadly silly. Cue Beck chuckle, shrug, and eye roll maneuver.

Like so many conservatives before him (like those on the Texas School Board) he wants to set history right.  He wants the God (the right god, of course) loving founders known.

So he is working with people like Barton.  Who, if you know his work already, spouts crap.  He gets quotes from Jefferson and Madison that have them embrace a religious government...(Now I should say this.  Quotes are tricky things.  You can find ones that say a person thinks one way, and another that shows the opposite.  You need to dig deeper than a single quote.)  The important thing to note about his beloved quotes is that they are unsourced.  They come more likely from his ass, than from the mouths of these people from centuries back.  And this has gotten him bumped from the call list of many...but Beck wants him.

They want to push a myth.  Beyond all of his other myths and conspiracies about death camps, slaughter, etc, this is about a secret history of piety and faith that built this country, but was those secularist bastards.  I await his series of historical fiction based on this fevered dream of Becks.  But he is putting weight behind this...and we have to stand against the blotting out and rewriting of history conservatives seek.  They want to edit school books, they want to have legislatures pass bills with there visions of history, and they want you to forget all those aspects of the past that contradict their world view and challenges their vision.

This is disturbing.  They will rewrite science if they can.  And they will rewrite history.

I am constantly disturbed by how eagerly conservatives look to 1984 as a blueprint for the future.

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