Texas' distortion of history

Texas' distortion of history

There are 12 comments on the Austin American-Statesman story from Feb 18, 2011, titled Texas' distortion of history. In it, Austin American-Statesman reports that:

The Texas State Board of Education's fundamentalist faction revised the history curriculum to be taught in the state's public schools with evangelical zeal ignoring warnings by academics that its approach to history was wrong.

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Austin, TX

#1 Feb 24, 2011
The Fordham report is biased and completely inaccurate. It claims the Texas standards are missing slavery and that the standards explicitly urge students to condemn federal entitlement programs. Further, apparently it is not acceptable for students to be taught the benefits of our free enterprise system. So many of the reports' statement are so baseless and downright untrue that it is laughable.

For a comparison of the reports statements vs what the Texas standards actually say visithttp://texaslegislativeup date.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/ liberty-institute-give-fordham -institute-texas-social-studie s-report-an-f/ andwww.juststatethefacts.com/

United States

#4 Feb 25, 2011
As a historian I have to say that social studies in Texas schools is little more than propaganda. I doubt that Texas is unique, true history is not a good guys, bad guys story, it's complicated and filled with virtue and vice.
Seek__The__Truth states that "apparently it is not acceptable for students to be taught the benefits of our free enterprise system". That is certainly a case to prove my point. The 'system' blindly seeks wealth and has produced many villains and misery. Still it has extended prosperity and a better life for many Americans and, in the USA, the carrot of wealth and power is there for anyone to chase.
We do youth a disservice by bearing false witness. Honesty is the best policy, but if history is an indicator, honesty will not be the policy.


#5 Mar 23, 2011
sounds like cryin mostly from austin liberals

Plymouth, MI

#6 Mar 23, 2011
Why are evangelicals afraid of history's truths? Keep religion where it belongs, in your churches, synagogues, and mosques. Keep it out of main street, public schools and the public square, or you are fair game for derision.
Peralta de Peralta

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#7 May 25, 2011
imaginaryfriend wrote:
Why are evangelicals afraid of history's truths? Keep religion where it belongs, in your churches, synagogues, and mosques. Keep it out of main street, public schools and the public square, or you are fair game for derision.
Who do you think founded this country and why do you think they did it? It wasn't just because of the Tea Tax.

Menard, TX

#11 Feb 29, 2012
Peralta de Peralta wrote:
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Who do you think founded this country and why do you think they did it? It wasn't just because of the Tea Tax.
This country and the Western Hemisphere, as we know it today, was founded by illegal immigrants from Europe. Those immigrants came for various reasons, but they conquered or eradicated the native populations and imposed a European lifestile for themselves, radically altering the native enviorment. Since the victors write history, it is protrayed as glorious and good. Why not just state what was done, and let the propoganda be propaganda?

Marquette, MI

#12 Feb 29, 2012
"Sometime in the early Fifties ... assassination became an instrument of U.S. national policy. It also became an important branch of our invisible government, a sizable business, and a separate technology involving weapons and devices the ordinary taxpayer paid billions for but was never permitted to see, except perhaps in the technicolor fantasies of James Bond flicks." --Andrew St. George, journalist for Life magazine, cited by Gaeton Fonzi, The Last Investigation
"Young people often ask me whether I would recommend that they apply for a job at the CIA. I used to say,'Only if you have high degrees of integrity and courage.' Now I tell them that when they are asked to sign the secrecy agreement, they should emulate President George W. Bush by adding a signing statement -- the same kind of disclaimer the President issues when he signs legislation. Theirs might read,'None of the above shall be construed as impinging on the undersigned's duty under U.S. and international law....'" --Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst, Time magazine, 1 May 2006
"A great deal of the success of the CIA is due to its ability to attract patriotic, good soldiers who believe in the general rightness of what they do, and then insulate them through compartmentalization from the heavier activities." --John Stockwell, former CIA Chief of the Angola Task Force, The Praetorian Guard: The U.S. Role in the New World Order
"Everything is compartmentalized in the government. You're given an order:'OK. You're going to take this from point A to point B.' That's all you know. You don't know the big picture. You're just operational, at operational level, doing things that you're made to do." --Jesse Ventura, former Governor of Minnesota, relating his experience as a U.S. Navy SEAL, interviewed on the Opie and Anthony Show, 8 April 2008

Marquette, MI

#13 Feb 29, 2012
"A need to know operation is central, not only to the CIA, but for organized crime or anything else. The information is imparted to individuals on a need to know basis. If you try to inquire, just one time, if you show some curiosity, just one time, as to what is going on, then you won't be around. You'll either be dead, or you'll be ostracized. Not only is it isolation from top to bottom, but latterly as well." --Chaucey Holt, CIA contract agent and Mafia associate (also identified as one of the "three tramps" photographed in Dealey Plaza), interviewed by John Craig, Phillip Rogers and Gary Shaw for Newsweek magazine, 19 October 1991
"We were conditioned by childhood experiences to believe that these were noble and right things to do -- defending our country from the evils of this, that, and the other.... At the lower levels in the CIA, they keep the conditioning going -- the cover stories. You don’t talk punk talk, you don’t talk goon talk, you don’t send a cable to headquarters saying,'send me out an assassin to knock off somebody.' If you did, you’d get put down, you’d get reprimanded. It's all very high minded. There is some doublespeak and at a certain level, operations are killing people -- certainly. But, especially for the younger officers, they keep the myths going." --John Stockwell, former CIA Chief of the Angola Task Force, in a lecture given at American University entitled, Secret Wars of the CIA, 3 November 1989
"It's called in the intelligence lexicon,'plausible deniability.' If they [CIA hired guns] perform actions that might embarrass the United States government, they can be denied [as being employed by the government]." --William Leary, Merton Coulter Professor of History and winner of the Central Intelligence Agency's Studies in Intelligence Award, interviewed in the documentary, Air America: The CIA's Secret Airline
An aspect of plausible deniability was even incorporated into a popular 1960's American TV show: "The American television series Mission: Impossible premiered in September 1966 on the CBS network. Most episodes began with the leader of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF) getting orders from a hidden tape recorder and an envelope of photos and information which explained the mission. The tape always began with "Good Morning Mr. Phelps/Briggs", explained the situation, and ended with "Your mission, should you decide to accept it", with a brief explanation of the goal of the mission, along with a reminder that "as always, should you or any of your IM force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions." --Wikipedia
"A lot of times you really didn't even know what the project was. You were told to go to a certain place and accomplish a certain thing. And if you didn't have a need to know, you didn't ask any questions." --Allen Cates, CIA pilot discussing Black Ops in the documentary, Air America: The CIA's Secret Airline
"Any of the contrived situations described above are inherently, extremely risky in our democratic system in which security can be maintained, after the fact, with very great difficulty. If the decision should be made to set up a contrived situation, it should be one in which participation by U.S. personnel is limited only to the most highly trusted covert personnel. This suggests the infeasibility of the use of military units for any aspect of the contrived situation." --part of a 1962 declassified Pentagon document, code named Operation Northwoods, describing how pull off a false flag black operation, under the U.S. democratic system, without being exposed.

Marquette, MI

#14 Feb 29, 2012
"I’ve just been given a list of the most recent casualties in Vietnam. We’re losing too damned many people over there. It’s time for us to get out. The Vietnamese aren't fighting for themselves. We’re the ones who are doing the fighting. After I come back from Texas, that’s going to change. There's no reason for us to lose another man over there. Vietnam is not worth another American life." --President Kennedy, speaking to his Assistant Press Secretary Malcolm Kilduff in the Oval Office on 21 November 1963, the day before his assassination, cited by James Douglass, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters
"In my last conversation with him [President Kennedy], I'll always remember that he said,'As soon as the election is over, I'm going to get the boys out of Vietnam.'" --Tip O'Neill, former House Speaker, interviewed in the documentary, Beyond "JFK": The Question of Conspiracy
"If I tried to pull out completely now from Vietnam, we would have another Joe McCarthy red scare on our hands, but I can do it after I’m reelected. So we had better make damned sure that I am reelected." --John F. Kennedy, cited by his special assistant Kenneth O'Donnell, Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye: Memories of John Fitzgerald Kennedy
"Kennedy had proved his manhood in the Solomon Islands and did not have to prove it again. He was a prudent executive, not inclined to heavy investments in lost causes. His whole Presidency was marked precisely by his capacity to refuse escalation -- as in Laos, the Bay of Pigs, the Berlin Wall, the missile crisis." --Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., President Kennedy's special adviser on Latin America, Robert Kennedy and His Times
"We were deeply concerned that Khrushchev would respond [to an attack on Cuba] with an attack on Berlin, where he had the geographic advantage, and with nuclear weapons, which would have transformed that local battle into a terrible global struggle." --Theodore Sorensen, Special Counsel to John F. Kennedy, interviewed on CNN.com/ColdWar , 29 November 1998
"President [Kennedy] heroically kept the country out of war -- against relentless pressure from hard-liners in the Pentagon, CIA and his own White House, who were determined to militarily engage the enemy in Berlin, Laos, Vietnam and especially Cuba. Kennedy knew that any such military confrontation could quickly escalate into a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. And he realized that a full-scale invasion of Cuba or Vietnam could become hopelessly bogged down, turning into a bloody and endless occupation.... The only reason Cuba didn't become the Iraq of its day was that Kennedy was too wise to be snookered by hard-liners into this trap. He had already been misled early in his administration by the CIA, which convinced him that its ragtag army of Cuban exiles could defeat Castro at the Bay of Pigs. JFK vowed that he would never again listen to these so-called national security experts...." --David Talbot, Salon, "The Kennedy Legacy vs. the Bush Legacy," 2 May 2007

Marquette, MI

#15 Feb 29, 2012
"Arthur Schlesinger Jr., in his book 'Robert Kennedy and His Times,' documents other episodes showing President Kennedy's determination not to let Vietnam become an American war. One was when Gen. Douglas MacArthur told him it would be foolish to fight again in Asia and that the problem should be solved at the diplomatic table. Later General Taylor said that MacArthur's views made 'a hell of an impression on the President ... so that whenever he'd get this military advice from the Joint Chiefs or from me or anyone else, he'd say,'Well, now, you gentlemen, you go back and convince General MacArthur, then I'll be convinced.'" --Roger Hilsman, Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs under President Kennedy, letter to The New York Times, 20 January 1992
"In retrospect, the reason for the assassination is hardly a mystery. It is now abundantly clear ... why the C.I.A.'s covert operations element wanted John Kennedy out of the Oval Office and Lyndon Johnson in it. The new President elevated by rifle fire to control of our foreign policy had been one of the most enthusiastic American cold warriors.... Johnson had originally risen to power on the crest of the fulminating anti-communist crusade which marked American politics after World War II. Shortly after the end of that war, he declaimed that atomic power had become 'ours to use, either to Christianize the world or pulverize it'-- a Christian benediction if ever there was one. Johnson's demonstrated enthusiasm for American military intervention abroad ... earned him the sobriquet 'the senator from the Pentagon....'" --Jim Garrison, On the Trail of the Assassins
El Padrote

United States

#16 Feb 29, 2012
Peralta de Peralta wrote:
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Who do you think founded this country
Native Americans. Oh, about 14 millenia ago.

Marquette, MI

#18 Feb 29, 2012
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