Tyranny of the Minority Crackers

Last week the Texas Education Board—an organization packed with conservative crackers—approved a slew of textbook changes that will go a long way toward turning your children into morons ignorant of their own nation’s history.  Jefferson is gone in favor of even more Reagan than was already in the books.  Joseph McCarthy gets rehabilitated while the separation of church and state gets excised.  But what should really stick in your craw was the explanation that board chairman, Don McLeroy, gave for turning history texts into reactionary nonsense:

All we are doing is reflecting what has actually happened in the country… Somebody has got to stand up the experts.

Professor Larry Schweikart, an ardent Reagan apologist, went even further commenting on Fox News that textbook authors, “…all tend to come from New York, Boston, Washington and Philadelphia giving them a drastically different viewpoint from the rest of America.”

And herein lies the problem.  Social conservatives consistently and successfully push the fiction that somehow their twisted viewpoint is the majority opinion in America, polls, population, and votes notwithstanding.  As Sarah Palin frequently opines:  The coasts, the Northeast, and the rust-belt, despite their enormous population advantage over the Midwest and South, simply don’t exist.  They’re not part of ‘real America’.

So…if you live in one of those blue areas, the areas that represent about 58% of the US population, best get your children in touch with their inner ‘Reagan-lover’ because as Texas goes so goes the nation.

10 thoughts on “Tyranny of the Minority Crackers”

  1. Wow. I didn’t know that Jimmy Carter was a communist spy or that Barack Obama was born in Indonesia. I also remember hearing about some guy named Thomas Jefferson, but he’s not in this history book, so he must not be important.

    Thanks for “right” information Texas!

  2. Randal… Brylcreem? Naw! Gets all slimy under yer cowboy hat. But let’s talk about gettin’ you some sh*t kickers.

    Dave… You didn’t know that US history begins with Ronald Reagan?

  3. I wonder if there’s any legal weight to a suit on the basis that a school system cannot put information in textbooks that is knowingly false.

    I’m not familiar with the body of law on the subject. Could someone enlighten me?

  4. Texas was once an independent Republic. Texas gave us Phil Gramm, Tom DeLay, Karl Rove and George W. Bush. Gov. “Big Hair” Perry has talked about seceding.


  5. Reagan was a 10th rate actor so what would you expect? Arnie was an even lower rated actor so he’ll probably be President soon.

    And what of Reagan. Why not make him a Saint? That would give the kids in American schools something to talk about, to worship.

    And why stop there? George W. might become the next Pope! And which American President will become God?

  6. “When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all.” Hope the next generation can see the writing on the wall.

  7. Thomas… A couple of prominent historians have commented on that issue, but my guess is that the suit, if there is going to be one, would have to be civil.

    S.W… I’ve always said that Texas is the last state that should be used as a presidential proving ground–weak governorship and, with over 300 amendments to the constitution, practically ungovernable. Perry only gets things done by being completely unconcerned about little things like ethics and legality.

  8. DavidG… Nope, unless we change our constitution, Arnie’s political ascent is at an end. But Reagan will no doubt be canonized in my lifetime.

    Zenyenta… The next generation here in the US may not see it, but I guarantee that kids in India know the score and are taking advantage of the situation…in droves.

  9. I fail to understand how anyone could respect a man who called his wife, “Mommy”. Ewwww. Honey maybe we should consider heading North.

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