Undermining America

By Walter E. Williams

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Walter E.Williams
Walter E.Williams

USA – -(Ammoland.com)-Our nation's leftist progressives have long sought to undermine the American values expressed in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Though typical Democrats and Republicans do not have this leftist hate for our nation, they have been willing accomplices in undermining the most basic value the Founding Fathers sought to promote — limited government. Leftists have had their greatest successes in undermining American values on the nation's college campuses. Derelict and dishonest college administrators, professors and boards of trustees have given them carte blanche. Let's look at some of it.

Students at the University of Virginia want to remove the statue of Thomas Jefferson, the university's founder. Students at the University of Missouri also want Jefferson's statue gone. Why? He was a slave owner. Many in the college community supported Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential bid. They welcomed Sanders' belief that the United States was founded on “racist principles.” There have also been calls for the removal of George Washington's and Abraham Lincoln's statues. Some have called for the renaming of schools that honor Washington, Jefferson and 11 other slave-owning presidents. Leftists have called for the renaming of streets named after slave-owning presidents. There have been many leftist calls for the elimination of Columbus Day. Their success at getting Confederate statues taken down has emboldened them.

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What goes unappreciated is just why America's leftists' movement attacks the Founders. If they can delegitimize the Founders themselves, it goes a long way toward their agenda of delegitimizing the founding principles of our nation. If the leftists can convince the nation that men such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were good-for-nothing slave-owning racists, then their ideas can be more easily trashed. We find the greatest assaults on our founding documents on the nation's college campuses.

The average parent, taxpayer and donor has absolutely no idea of the bizarre lessons that college professors are teaching students. Professor Adam Kotsko of Shimer College teaches, “Whether or not your individual ancestors owned slaves, you as a white person have benefitted from slavery and are complicit in it.” Dr. Micah Johnson, a research assistant and graduate student instructor in the University of Florida's department of sociology and criminology and law, teaches that the American notion of patriotism is “drenched in whiteness” and that patriotism implies that black people are “un-American.”

These types of attacks on American values have reached one of our most prestigious institutions of higher learning — the U.S. Military Academy. The administration at West Point knew of 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone's disqualifying insubordination at the academy, extremist political views and regulation-breaking online activity. Proof has surfaced that West Point leadership knew as early as 2015 that Rapone was an avowed communist and held Marxist anti-American beliefs. One of his Facebook posts read, “F— this country and its false freedom.” Despite Rapone's conduct and demonstrated hatred of our nation, the U.S. Military Academy's administration saw fit to allow Rapone to graduate in 2016.

But the rot at our premier military academy goes beyond the traitorous ideas of Rapone's. That was revealed in an open letter written by retired Army Lt. Col. Robert Heffington, once a professor of history at West Point. Heffington's letter exposed widespread corruption, cheating and falling standards at the academy to which the administration has turned a blind, politically correct eye. In response to Heffington's widely circulated letter, the superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., released a standard bureaucratic letter saying the administration will address the concerns raised in Heffington's letter about falling standards. It will also investigate the revelations that it not only managed to graduate Rapone but also sent him on to Army battlefield units, thus enabling him to spread his anti-American ideas.

The American people need to stop being sheeple and put a halt to the undermining of our nation taking place in our institutions of higher learning.

About Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa’s War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

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You have to be pretty weak minded to allow yourself to be guilt-tripped by a stranger over what some other white guy may have done 150 years ago. It’s all part of papering over the concept of individual responsibility. The idea that an adult man (or woman) is personally responsible for all of their actions and only their actions for the rest of their life – this idea helped to build this country into what it is – or was.

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It is idiocy to judge the distant past by present standards. Should we judge Neanderthals by modern standards? Should we judge dinosaurs for having evolved into birds which take dumps on our freshly washed and waxed cars? Need the leftists be reminded that practically every race has held slaves throughout history. Vikings and Celts, both “White” races, held slaves. Asians, Hispanics, and Native Americans of North, Central, and South America held slaves. It is foolishness to condemn any one race for slavery. Slavery in America arose out of the slavery conducted by Europeans in the Caribbean sugar plantations. Many White… Read more »

BJI
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BJI

WITHOUT slavery HOW MANY blacks would there be in the United States? MAYBE 1% or 2% of the population instead of 12%?

MBH
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MBH

Seems like America has more important issues than to protest what happened 100+ years ago. Have they forgot 911?

Silence Dogood
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Silence Dogood

It only took 1/3 of the Colonial population to defeat Great Britain in the 17th Century. That same 1/3 will preserve the United States of America in the 21st Century!

Boz
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Boz

Amen Brother Ben!

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TLC

How about all the black plantation owners who owned slaves…..it was a way of the time…..Mr Wiliams is a true American. May God Bless You