Erasing U. S. History

Texas It has been a concern for years and I have tried to spread the warning in earlier posts, but here we go again.

Texas represents two major themes in this controversy. First, being the second most populist state in the union, Texas commands a major role in the content and publication of learning materials, not just in Texas, but throughout the country: after all, publishers don’t want to lose profits by printing one textbook for Texas and another for the rest of the United States.

I didn't read in my history textbook about the Japanese
internment until I was about to graduate from college (and even
then the book we used was banned from the public High Schools).
The irony here is that my father enjoyed dividing his time between
his lounge chair and taking long drives all over the southwest.
I had seen the remains of the internment camps and was aware of
the fact that my country wasn't always exceptional .. or even
admirable.

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Bernie Sanders Nails It: “Let’s Not Kid Ourselves.”

David Harris Gershon in The Daily Kos:

Senator Bernie Sanders has encapsulated in a single, biting paragraph why the current GOP-led government shutdown is occurring. It’s a paragraph he uttered on MSNBC and then Tweeted out to the world.

It’s a paragraph worth reading:

(58) Twitter - Search - #GOPshutdown 2013-10-08 14-37-54

This is about the wealthiest among us inflicting unspeakable pain upon American citizens and doing irreparable harm to the United States in order to protect their deep-pocketed interests.

It’s about a child-like greed and self-serving insensitivity that the contemporary GOP has come to embrace with open arms.

It’s billionaires going to war against Americans, and against America.

It’s that simple.