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Ted Cruz Schools Pete Buttigieg on False Claims About Founders and Slavery

Ted Cruz took Mayor Pete Buttigieg to school after the Democrat dished out some false information about America’s founding fathers and slavery.

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Senator Ted Cruz took Mayor Pete Buttigieg to school after the Democrat presidential candidate dished out some false information about America’s founding fathers and their history with slavery.

Not only did Buttigieg dole out lies about history, but he did it in front of a classroom of kids.

A video of Buttigieg speaking to middle school-aged kids resurfaced this month. The video seems to prove that the small-town Indiana mayor doesn’t know the first thing about history.

At one point in the video, Mayor Pete tells the kids, “The people who wrote the Constitution did not understand that slavery was a bad thing.”

This is absolute hogwash.

Even slave-owning founders such as Madison and Jefferson wrote extensively identifying the evils of slavery. They just couldn’t figure out a politically acceptable way to end the “peculiar institution” as they created the country.  To say that the founding generation “didn’t know slavery was a bad thing” is just stupidly uninformed.

Once this older video of Mayor Pete’s failed historical knowledge resurfaced this week, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R, TX) gave the foolish Democrat a history lesson.

Cruz posted a series of tweets on the topic to help Buttigieg learn a bit about American history.

“Slavery is an evil of Colossal magnitude & I am utterly averse to the admission of slavery into the Missouri Territories. It being among my first wishes to see some plan adopted by which slavery in this country may be abolished by law,” Cruz quoted from John Adams, a Founding Father and the second president.

“Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature,” he quoted from Benjamin Franklin, who was a member of an abolitionist society. “Neither my tongue, nor my pen, nor purse shall be wanting to promote the abolition of what to me appears so inconsistent with humanity and Christianity.”

“Who talks most about freedom and equality? Is it not those who hold a bill of Rights in one hand and a whip for affrighted slaves in the other?” Cruz quoted from Alexander Hamilton, an abolitionist and the first secretary of the Treasury.

“It is much to be wished that slavery may be abolished,” John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, wrote. “The honor of the States as well as justice and humanity, in my opinion, loudly call upon them to emancipate these unhappy people. … To contend for our own liberty, and to deny that blessing to others, involves an inconsistency not to be excused.”

The founders knew that they could not get the country fairly started by trying to eliminate slavery at the outset and, through compromise, the founders wisely created a system that allowed for it to be eliminated later.

We know that they could not have successfully eliminated slavery at the outset, too. After all, only a generation later it took a full-blown war to end it. The founders rightly knew that making the end of slavery a deal breaker would, indeed, have broken the deal to even start the United States of America.

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D.C. Cancels Grade School Lesson About Slavery to Make Snowflakes Feel Better

The city schools in Washington D.C. recently put an end to a lesson on the history of slavery in the U.S. because it made some snowflake kids “feel bad.”

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The city schools in Washington D.C. recently put an end to a lesson on the history of slavery in the U.S. because it made some snowflake kids “feel bad.”

Fifth-grade teachers at D.C.’s Lafayette Elementary School came under fire for a recent lesson plan on historical slavery as it existed previous to, and during the Civil War, and its aftereffects during Reconstruction. One of the assignments asked kids to create “living pictures,” podcasts, or dramatic readings to show how they personally understood that history.

But once the kids started reacting to the assignment, the leftist hand-wringing began.

According to CNN, there was shock and horror over the assignment:

Some students of color were asked by their peers to play roles that are “inappropriate and harmful,” including “a person of color drinking from a segregated water fountain and an enslaved person,” the team wrote.

During classroom circles and small group discussions, [Principal Carrie] Broquard said, some students said they were uncomfortable with the roles their peers had asked them to play. Others, she said, had been unsure how to respond or stand up for their peers who were uncomfortable.

Well. bring over the fainting couch, Mabel.

After the snowflakes began whiling, the principal jumped into action and sent a strong letter.

In [Borquard’s] letter, she said students who were directly affected have been meeting with the school’s social emotional learning team and members of the administration to “process and talk through” the incident. The social emotional learning team and a racial equity committee at the school will work to ensure all assignments are “culturally sensitive and appropriate,” she wrote.

The staff will participate in a full day of training on equity and race in January, and the school plans to create a diversity and inclusion committee, the letter stated.

“As the leader of the Lafayette school community, I am distressed this happened and saddened our students were hurt,” Broquard wrote in the letter. “The voices of our students, their resilience and their compassion continue to inspire me to lead us all forward in a better way.”

Oh, the humanities.

The school district also adopted a speedy resolution to this “problem”:

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) called the lesson inappropriate and said the school was responding to the situation.

“We acknowledge the approach to learning that took place around this lesson was inappropriate and harmful to students,” DCPS said in a statement to CNN.

“The school recognized its mistakes, addressed the matter with families, and is actively reinforcing values of racial equity across the entire school community. We support Lafayette Elementary as it nurtures young scholars to be models of social awareness and responsibility.”

Still, despite the absurdity of this whole situation, you can bet these “schools” were teaching fake history, anyway.

You can be that facts were never part of the program in the first place.

For instance, you can bet the kids were never told any of this:

1). Slavery has been practiced since man emerged from the muck and every race, color and creed has been enslaved at one point or another

2). Muslims were and are still today the biggest practitioners of slavery

3). Other black tribes in Africa captured rival black tribesmen and sold them into slavery

4). The first culture to begin putting an end to the then common practice was European culture (i.e. white people)

5). The founders almost lost their bid to start the country because of slavery but wisely added a way to get rid of it later instead of making it permanent like other cultures had in the past

6). Many rich black people in pre-Civil War history also owned slaves here in the U.S.

These fact would REALLY upset the snowflakes.

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THANKSGIVING: Dumping Communism Saved the Pilgrims, Not the Indians

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Our kids have been taught fake news about America’s first Thanksgiving. The Indians didn’t save the Pilgrims. Ending communism did.

It is simply untrue that the Pilgrims were able to celebrate their first Thanksgiving feast because the noble Indians saved them by showing them the ways of America. No, in reality, the Pilgrims were saved because they replaced their original communist system with a capitalist ideal.

William Bradford’s fellows came to the Americas to start a colony that would be a light unto all humanity, one based on a strict adherence to the Christian Bible. They wanted the opportunity to live as they desired, unique, and free from interference from the Church of England, the Crown, or British authorities.

But when they arrived near modern-day Massachusetts and founded Plymouth Plantation — which we often call the Plymouth Colony today — they came ill-prepared to live in the wildlands they encountered.

It is absolutely true that the members of the colony became friendly with the local Wampanoag Indians. It is also true that the natives helped the colonists learn a bit more about the bounteous land the Pilgrims came to call their own.

But the colony had a flaw inherent in its original plan, and it wasn’t just a fatal unfamiliarity with how to survive in the new world. It was a flaw that almost doomed the colonists.

The problem was, the original plan for how the outpost would operate was essentially a communist system. The original plan was for all labors to contribute to a central store. Just like a commune, everyone would work for the benefit of everyone else, and all would benefit equally from the colony’s labors.

That plan sounded like a perfectly sensible, Christian ideal, after all. Bradford and his fellows thought everyone would love everyone else equally, and in Christian charity, all would be cared for equally.

Unfortunately, that is not how human nature works. And the colonists soon learned this the hard way.

The common store idea was a miserable failure because some wanted to take without giving as much into it as others had. In other words, Bradford found that some people just didn’t want to work that hard if they knew they were going to benefit from the common stores just like everyone else. Worse, some became embittered that they had worked so hard while others did not.

So, Bradford dumped the original communist ideal and replaced it with a more capitalist one by assigning a plot of land to each family to work as their own, the labors of which would benefit themselves first and foremost.

Bradford chronicled the change this way:

The experience that we had in this common course and condition tried sundry years…that by taking away property, and bringing community into a commonwealth, would make them happy and flourishing — as if they were wiser than God.

For this community (so far as it was) was found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort. For the young men, that were most able and fit for labour and service, did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense.

The strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes than he that was weak and not able to do a quarter the other could; this was thought injustice. The aged and graver men to be ranked and equalized in labours and victuals, clothes, etc., with the meaner and younger sort, thought it some indignity and disrespect unto them.

Worse, some were embittered by the system and felt that working for the common store was “a kind of slavery”:

And for men’s wives to be commanded to do service for other men, as dressing their meat, washing their clothes, etc., they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could many husbands well brook it.

But once Bradford assigned each family their own land, things began to turn around. “This had very good success,” wrote Bradford, “for it made all hands industrious.”

The change came just in time and turned the colony around. Plymouth Plantations went from a failing effort into a successful one.

This is not to utterly discount the help and guidance that the Indians gave the Pilgrims. They were also an essential part of the success of the Plymouth Plantations.

But the shop-worn story that the Pilgrims were stupid, starving, and dying until the noble Indians swept in and gave them a turkey and a pumpkin pie is a false narrative. The colonists did as much to save themselves by dumping a communist ideal as the Indians did to help them learn how to scratch out a life in the Massachusetts wilderness. As in most cases, real history is far more complicated than a facile trope.

So, let’s put an end to the fake history, shall we?

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