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OPINION: Were Our Nation’s Founding Fathers So Bad? Why Does the National Archives Warn of Their ‘Harmful’ Historic Documents

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WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 10 — History is history.  Try as you might, giving it a new name or “canceling” the facts is not going to change anything.  What happened, happened.  Perhaps the folks who are supposed to be the guardians of American history at the National Archives and Records Administration [NARA] need this reminder because their latest tweaking of its policies regarding online access shows how senselessly “woke” they are.  Their headline suggests that the NARA Website contains what they call “Potentially Harmful Content”.

Here is the new warning they provide:

What harmful or difficult content may be found in the National Archives Catalog and our web pages?

Some items may:

  • reflect racist, sexist, ableist, misogynistic/misogynoir, and xenophobic opinions and attitudes;
  • be discriminatory towards or exclude diverse views on sexuality, gender, religion, and more;
  • include graphic content of historical events such as violent death, medical procedures, crime, wars/terrorist acts, natural disasters and more;
  • demonstrate bias and exclusion in institutional collecting and digitization policies.

Someone once said that there are no bad words, only bad intentions.  The woke-meister himself, Adolph Hitler, the master of bad intentions, knew that, and that’s why he burned books.  He knew that tomes that told the truth, using words that might be uplifting, hopeful, and personally beneficial by offering a different outlook on life and politics, needed to be banned.  It would seem that the woke folk of the 21st Century are like-minded.  Why else would they be desperately seeking to redefine words for our younger generations?  Their end game is to weaponize words and phrases for younger generations so that as they grow older, they will adhere to a more politically socialist discipline.

The word “woke” is an awkwardly tainted way to say awake or awaken in the sense as it might apply to political and social correctness.  For example, if you are not “woke,” you might think that the word “equity” means simply “the quality of being fair and impartial” or giving everyone a fair shake in life.  But in wokeland, it means giving everybody an equal share of the “social-economic pie.”  Sort of like having a social awakening.

Peter Franklin, Associate Editor of an online publication called, UnHerd, compares the woke generation to the political correctness generations of the 60s, 70s, and 80s and the computer generations of the 80s and 90s.  They came and went, so will the era of “wokeness:”

“Clearly, wokeness appeals to people with legitimate complaints against the status quo — especially younger people. But in focusing on extremely generalized theories of injustice rather than specific, fixable failures in the system, the contemporary Left is singularly useless as an agent of practical change … Indeed, the more that the elites adopt woke ideology to distract attention from these failures, the sooner that the young will realize they’ve been had — and the sooner they’ll move on to the next protest movement.”

In other words, all you woke folks can go back to sleep.

 

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JAX*4321
1 month ago

I think that “Wokism” is the new Communism ‘20-‘21 in America. Unfortunately, this is nothing like the passing fads of previous generations. The rioting, looting, burning, murdering, hatred and general mayhem in the streets of America point to a time that Paul describes in II Tim. 3. The “perilous times” have arrived, and our next generation is in the process of being poisoned by their deceptive leaders, teachers, and those in the Left-leaning media. We must battle for the minds of our young people—the time is short. Thankfully, many have already heeded the warning signs and have engaged the enemies of our freedom. I hope and pray that it’s not too late.

Joan
1 month ago

Sadly, the archives have been infested with left wing, America-haters!!! For TRUTH, go to Rick Green’s Patriotic Academy, David Barton’s WallBuilders. Hillsdale College, Classes on our history , the good , the bad and the ugly, but all truth. Not left wing hog wash!

Dr.C
1 month ago

This woke hogwash as defining the Founding Fathers by these predators is laughable. Just look at what these Godless degenerates are. They support sodomy, fixing elections, pornography, abortion, forced injections of toxic poison (known as Vaccines), support Black supremacist racism, and adore Karl Marx, a useless buffoon who neglected his wife and infant children and never worked at a meaningful job.

Steve
1 month ago

Do what Ben did in the day , he told the Brits to get the hell out !!

D.P.
1 month ago

And of course you know, the National Archives have been sucked into the “woke” plan….and it is part of this plan to ridicule and shame the origins of this republic….change the history, and set up a redacted form.. Once you eliminate or alter the history you control the future…..it has happened before, and appears to be taking place here and now……the combined effort of re-education, and redaction of history opens the door to totalitarian application of new rules and order.

CPOBill
1 month ago

WOE is us!

Gregory Russell
1 month ago

This can be a surprise to no one. Look, if liberals will attack and mock Almighty-God and His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, (and they DO), then certainly theyll attack, mock and slander the brilliant architects of this great Republic. Gods Holy Word tells us we are fighting spiritual warfare, and liberals are just like mooslims, they are of Satan. They hate you, they despise your character, your values, and the wholesome, Christian teachings you live by.

Our Founders werent perfect men by any means, because just like all of us, they were fallen, sinful men, but, many of them, most of them, had a deep abiding fear and love for the Lord. Just read their writings, and its obvious, they were men of God. Read this from John Adams:

“We have no government armed in power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

We ARE at war within the United States. It is a spiritual battle and it IS for the heart and soul of this great Republic as well as the hearts, and literally the souls of your children and grandchildren. We need revival in America. We need for men, women and children to return to the pews of their Evangelical, fundamental, Bible-preaching churches, and truly repent of their sin, and begs Gods` forgiveness. If we beseech the Lord to shine His Face upon us and forgive us for our sins, He would return America to greatness and glory.

Barb
1 month ago

People don’t seem to understand that dwelling on the past is not the way to change the future. The past is done, move forward America.

Max
1 month ago
Reply to  Barb

The problem is that no ones learns the lessons of the past so that the failures maybe avoided in the future.

Geraldine McGann
1 month ago

We are all “works in progress” as individuals and as a nation.

Kevin
1 month ago

I would advise every American to buy David Barton’s book “The American Story”. It is an incredible history lesson we all need to read. It corrects many years, too many, of incorrect teaching of the history of this wonderful Nation. You owe it to yourself and to you children

donald a colongeli
1 month ago

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WAS FOUNDED BY A GROUP OF WHITE PATRIOTS, FOR, OF AND BY THE WHITE PEOPLE THEN AND FOR THE FUTURE. THEY INTENDED THE UNITED STATES TO BE GOVERNED BY PEOPLE LIKE THEMSELVES. THERE WAS NO INTENT TO ALLOW OTHER RACIAL GROUPS TO TAKE CONTROL. AFRICA, UNDER MANDELLA, BY REVOLUTION, TOOK BACK THEIR COUNTRY, THE JEWS TOOK BACK ISRAEL. BECAUSE OF THE OUTCOME OF THE CIVIL WAR, TODAYS DIVISION OF RACES TO CONTROL OUR COUNTRY, SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED. UP TO CURRENT TIMES, OUR CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT HAS DONE WELL. WE DONT NEED TO CHANGE ANYTHING FROM THE STATUS QUO.

Wayne Peterkin
1 month ago

Our founders were great, wise, men who studied historical government in a depth that we don’t even imagine today. They did so to engineer a nation and a government built on maximizing individual liberty while avoiding the horror of anarchy. While they are criticized today for nothing more than living under the moral standards of their times (which I could argue was far better than unrestricted abortion, celebrating perversion, and evidenced by the trash called “entertainment” today, That criticism is no reason to rewrite history. I would ask what we would have as a nation today without those men? I am dead certain we would not be nearly as well off.

gin
1 month ago

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Gregory Russell
1 month ago
Reply to  gin

Planning on doing the preorder shortly!

19&41
1 month ago

As with the child who swallowed his chewing gum, this too, shall pass.

oldbat
1 month ago

i dont know about the archives, but our nation was founded by masons, not christians. lots of masonic and pagan imagery in our capitol, but no christian stuff. so yeah, most were bad, not good.

Max
1 month ago
Reply to  oldbat

Most of masonic/pagan imagery in the Capital is Roman/Greek.

John
1 month ago
Reply to  oldbat

Christianity as a whole is based upon paganism and not the truth of the Bible. Check it out. look at all of our symbols but yet it’s a violation of the second commandment.Why do we worship on Sunday? it’s a violation of the fourth commandment and on and on why do we have a cross on an altar we’re not to have any symbols of anything that is in heaven or on the earth or beneath the Earth but yet we do so many things. Nowhere in the Bible will you find Christmas. Nowhere in the Bible will you find Easter. These are pagan days why do we celebrate them in the name of Christ? Bible doesn’t tell us to do this just the opposite tells us not to.

Robin Walter Boyd
1 month ago

Playing word games is a common thing for all extremists to do, whether they are extreme left or extreme right. The most common way these elitist fascists to either extreme justify their word games is to ignore the context in which many words have been used over the centuries. Progressives now contend that J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Ring series tells of a culture that is rife with homosexuality based on the usage of the word “queer” in the stories. At the time of those writings, the word “queer” simply meant “odd” and had no connotation of homosexuallity at all.
Fascist extremists use conditions of yore to justify their hateful agendas as well. Yes, most of our nations founding fathers owned slaves. That was an acceptable thing at that time, even if it was deplorable. They ignore the historical facts that had it not been for slavery in the U.S., many of today’s Black American citizens would have perished during mass annihilations in the African areas where their ancestors were sold into slavery by opposing African tribes. But Progressives and Fundamentalists always look for negatives in every situation. The closer to the center of the ideological scale we are, the more positive thinking we are because we are more tolerant of the ways of others.
We must always be vigilant in watching out for word games being played by extremists. They are never looking out for our good. 

Eddie
1 month ago

Excellent.

gin
1 month ago

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Jerry
1 month ago

I remember when gay meant happy.

Geraldine McGann
1 month ago
Reply to  Jerry

And when rainbows were just pretty and nothing more.

Gregory Russell
1 month ago

Your blathering sounds good, unless you understand that the Founders were considered to be “extremists”, so no sir, moderates aren`t what we need. We need far to the right extremists who will refuse to concede even more of our basic freedoms and individual liberties to the left.

Chuck Castiglione
1 month ago

The sooner we get rid of the woke idiots in our midsts the better. hopefully, in the next few weeks we wrap up these Marxists and send them to prison. Their day is coming, sooner rather than later.

Gunrunner
1 month ago

Yup. It’s getting closer every day! And, when it happens, somebody needs to look in every nook and cranny so that all this communist crap gets stopped. Yep. Any day now…

Myrna
1 month ago

I saw a young person interviewed who was asked what have you learned about September 11, 2001?
Answer: I learned not to say America is exceptional or great. (This is what the person learned in a history course in college.) In other words, American victims brought the attack on themselves. Blame the victim. Will that same standard be used for all the shop owners robbed? All the people raped? All the people murdered?? These conclusions indicate students are being taught to cower (don’t go out on the street, don’t go into business) to stop crime. With a great reduction in law enforcement and college professors as woke as they are, Look Out Ahead.

Max
1 month ago
Reply to  Myrna

All part of the Deep State conspiracy from the 1960’s onward to destroy this nation. All that is being taught in upper level education is Counter-Culture. With Woke, it is now trying to be moved into the lower education bracket. This is where the fight needs to be fought at every school board to prevent Woke infiltration.

Scott Berg
1 month ago

Realistically they are’ and have been, trying to get rid of as many of U.S. the old guard” in any way they possibly can other than outright murder” to make room and way for the insanity of socialism in order to line the pockets of the globalist.
I can’t remember how often people were outright warned about the “new world order” for God’s sake it’s written on our currency every president since Carter has made sure in one way shape or form to include it in their state of the union, Eisenhower warned us about it” Kennedy died because of it” The only fight that a good portion of us has left is at the ballot box and even that isn’t sacred any longer, along with the use of fraudulent voting machines as well as the companies that own them which may I add “No one is talking about!
If we don’t at least fix that and this vote by mail bullshit you will never see any of this change!!

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