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    Indeed, the memes are often either oversimplifications or outright lies. One of the biggest of these is, of course, that America was founded as a "Christian" nation. Clearly, the Founding Fathers, men of the Enlightenment all, intended to set up a secular liberal democracy. Those men were concerned with the God of Reason when it came to political truth, not a mystical or religious God.

    Another big lie? Ronald Reagan's statement, "Government is not the solution; government is a problem." This statement was made after 40 years of American experience that proved exactly the opposite to be true. How was he able to convince all those poor white Southerners and Northern factory workers who had been the primary beneficiaries of the New Deal that government, in reality their best friend, was their worst enemy? Because "their best friend" integrated their schools and challenged their most fundamental belief--that white people are superior to everyone else and that the US is a "white" country.

    It has been ever thus. Perhaps all of history comes down to a struggle between the powerful elite and the masses. The "truth" is not easy to find. That is why I believe the most important thing I teach my high school English students is critical thinking.

    "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well, I have others." --Groucho Marx

    by Dragon5616 on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 05:38:49 AM PDT

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