He was trusted by the people, I believe, because he was trustworthy, something that is seriously lacking in the city named after him today. And he was trustworthy because he trusted in the Lord. Everything about him radiated trustworthiness.
Were Washington able to read today’s history books I believe he would be dismayed at how historians have sanitized him and his fellow Founding Fathers in today’s textbooks.
While my granddaughter Amanda was attending Etowah High School, I reviewed her American history textbook. Though the historical dates are correct, other references to how America came into being have been sanitized — with Clorox.
For instance, on page 121 of this book, modern historians indicate that it was just “good luck” that Washington won the battle at Yorktown where the war ended.
No mention of the “divine intervention” that Washington so often spoke of; or of the church attendance he required of his officers and men during this war; and no mention of British Commander General Cornwallis’ comment: “it looked like even God was on Washington’s side.”
I believe He was. The term “Founding Fathers” has become the “framers” with no mention of their Christian background, education or of the Christian schools they attended where daily prayers and Bible study were required.
How will our youth learn that the cornerstone of America’s liberties is the law of God if these tidbits of history are sanitized and removed from today’s textbooks?
Bringing up events that happened over 200 years ago may sound petty to secularists. And perhaps it is but the issue here is liberty — my liberty and your liberty, our children and their children’s liberty — America’s liberties.
If we allow our basic history to be so sanitized that it becomes meaningless, we are guilty of preparing the way for a tyrant, not unlike Hitler or Stalin, to bind our posterity in the chains of governmental slavery again. Then all the work of the Founders will have been in vain.
Our youth need to know no nation has long survived that has removed from its government “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”
Our youth need to know the Founders knew the source of their victories and liberty was of a divine nature. The Declaration of Independence has been so cleverly sanitized no youth would understand their “unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” are endowments (gifts) of “their Creator.”
Amanda’s textbook totally ignored that the Founders were “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World” or that “with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence” they had pledged their “Lives, Fortunes, and sacred Honor” when they signed that Declaration of Independence in 1776.
One of the goals of the Founding Fathers mentioned in the Preamble was to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves, and our Posterity.” This textbook totally ignores this.
Nor are these words Washington delivered in his farewell address found: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens . . . Let it simply be asked, where is the security of property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education (secular philosophy) . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.”
Our youth need to understand America’s founders depended on God. This textbook gave more space to South Africa’s Nelson Mandela then they did to George Mason, Governor Randolph and Elbridge Gerry, the men responsible for America’s Bill of Rights.
Adding insult to injury these historians imply South Africa’s socialistic Bill of Rights is better than America’s Bill of Rights. Is this the goal of America’s educational systems?
School boards ought to be up in arms.
If we can’t trust our schools to teach America’s history accurately why then should we expect our elected officials to be trustworthy?
America needs more Washingtons in whom the people can trust.
Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.