这种情绪得到了共鸣 30 years later by 特朗普总统, 谁在他自己的告别演说中警告我们 “对自己失去信心” 不仅仅是担心, 但我们最大的危险.
“No nation can long thrive,” President Trump said, “that loses faith in its own values, history and heroes – for these are the very sources of our unity and our vitality.”
It’s bad enough to lose one’s faith, which at least holds forth the possibility of recovering it.
But what if we give up and abandon altogether the teaching of our children the true and inspiring story of America? What will become of our youngest Americans who are starting off with a blank slate about what our country means and stands for? What exactly are we doing if we are not teaching them about their country’s values, history and heroes?
The alarming answer is, in our nation today, there are far too many classrooms where our children and grandchildren are not learning about the positive revolution in human affairs set in motion by our Founders, or how later leaders like Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Rev. 马丁路德金. called upon the wisdom and vision of the Founders to defeat the evil injustices of slavery and segregation.
代替, many are learning that our Founders were altogether sinful men unworthy of statues or even praise. The historic achievements of Washington, 杰斐逊, 林肯, Douglass and King are being shelved in favor of the false and destructive narrative that we are a systemically racist and ultimately irredeemable nation.
Even worse – and at an alarming pace – students are being subjected to the radical concept known as critical race theory, which pits them against one another on the basis of race and gender under the guise of achieving “equity.” Not only is this extreme ideology deeply divisive and harmful, but it rejects America’s most defining principle – that as individuals we are all created equal by God.
This is not a formula for building a more perfect Union.
A great nation cannot survive if its citizens are taught to hold their own country in contempt. Our Founders knew that people are not perfect – that is why they created an ingenious constitutional system of checks and balances. But that system also requires strong civic engagement by citizens who understand and defend the values and traditions that make America special.
Critical race theory is a deliberate means to sow division and cripple our nation from within – one brainwashed and resentful student at a time. And while foreign adversaries like China and Russia surely work to inflame our divisions, we are doing this to ourselves.
Whether or not we can defeat this ascendant anti-Americanism is perhaps the most important cultural challenge of our lifetime, and fortunately a growing number of courageous parents, grandparents and teachers understand the stakes and have begun to speak out and push back.
The brave and patriotic parents and educators we have seen defend America’s founding principles fill us with optimism, confidence and hope. It is truly inspiring to see.
They just need the encouragement and support necessary to be successful.