For those who know American history, today has special significance: It’s Pearl Harbor Day, which commemorates the Japanese attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base by the Japanese on December 7, 1941, a day which President Franklin D. Roosevelt said would “live in infamy.”
However, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer confused today with D-Day, and shared his ignorance with the world via Twitter.
“Today is Dday. It only lives in infamy if we remember and share the story of sacrifice with the next generation #DDay.”
D-Day — which celebrates the Allied forces’ invasion of Normandy — a landmark in World War II that eventually led to the surrender of German forces and the end of the war in Europe.
Spicer, it should be noted, later deleted his post and did a mea culpa apology.
But it was far too late and the internet remembers everything, as Spicer found out when reaction began pouring in.
Colorado Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert made it clear Monday that while she may have managed to pass the GED high school equivalency exam (reportedly after taking it multiple times), she didn’t learn anything when it comes to the subjects of American or world history.
Since it’s Columbus Day, Boebert thought she’d try and make a point about how important Christopher Columbus was to the discovery of America.
A quick Google search (provided Ms. Boebert knows how to use Google and understand the idea of a search engine) would have shown the following:
During four separate trips that started with the one in 1492, Columbus landed on various Caribbean islands that are now the Bahamas as well as the island later called Hispaniola. He also explored the Central and South American coasts. But he didn’t reach North America, which, of course, was already inhabited by Native Americans, and he never thought he had found a new continent. You may also remember that it is believed that Norse explorer Leif Erikson reached Canada perhaps 500 years before Columbus was born, and there are some who believe that Phoenician sailors crossed the Atlantic much earlier than that.
Happy Columbus Day? It’s just another chance for Boebert to prove how stupid she is, as Twitter users quickly reminded her.
An angry Texas mother told the Texas State Board of Education on Tuesday that she doesn’t think it’s right for first graders to learn about the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi because that would be teaching “CRT” which is also known as Critical Race Theory.
The woman, who identified herself as “Jenna,” began her tirade:
It would inappropriate to teach children about “the importance of collaborating with various cultures” Jenna continued, because first they need to learn about their own culture:
“This revision wants to teach a first grader who is still putting notes to the tooth fairy under her pillow about following Gandhi’s lead to a peaceful protest. A first grader! CRT is already rampant and baked into our curriculum and we don’t want to be good little global citizens where are borders are considered a military zone.
“It’s a border and it’s good! Teach that. This is the land of the free, home of the brave. Be brave!”
State Board of Education Member Marisa B. Perez-Diaz countered Jenna by noting that she had failed to cite what Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) contain the standards that she was so enraged by:
“Be specific about what you’re talking about so that we understand that you actually have a legitimate concern or it’s not something you’re just hearing and reading and repeating. I guess I want to understand what on the history of how borders were created do you know about?”
That further angered the mother:
Perez-Diaz reassured Jenna she wasn’t trying to belittle her in any manner:
After audience members in attendance applauded the board member’s remarks, she continued:
“That isn’t something that is in the standards. But what is in the standards is understanding our indigenous roots and understanding how indigenous communities have been impacted and those sorts of pieces of our history are very important.
“And so, again, I ask, what do you remember about learning about indigenous histories?”
Jenna was then forced to admit she didn’t learn much in history class when she was a student:
“I don’t remember very much about indigenous histories. I’m sorry I can’t answer your question about what I learned about indigenous communities and the border. I know our border is open right now and thousands are flooding over!”
Mark Robinson is the Republican Lt. Gov. of North Carolina, and he thinks that children shouldn’t be taught anything about history or science until they reach the fifth grade.
According to a report from WRAL reporter Brian Anderson, Lt. Gov. Robinson made his thoughts on education clear in his memoir, We Are the Majority: The Life and Passions of a Patriot, which will be released in September:
Robinson is dropping more hints about a potential run for governor in 2024. And, if elected, he says he’d work to keep science and history out of some elementary school classrooms. He says he’d also seek to eliminate the State Board of Education, end abortion and work to prevent transgender people from serving in the military.
It’s unclear how exactly Robinson would prevent anyone from serving in the military since he’s not the commander-in-chief of U.S. armed forces. That job belongs to President Joe Biden.
But it’s Robinson’s ideas about education that are rightly drawing the most notice:
Robinson said he’d work to keep history, science and a number of other subjects out of first through fifth grade curricula and instead prioritize reading, writing and math “In those grades, we don’t need to be teaching social studies,” he writes. “We don’t need to be teaching science. We surely don’t need to be talking about equity and social justice.” Robinson also reaffirms personal views on climate change that became a major issue in the 2020 election. “Guess what? Most of the people of North Carolina know global warming is junk science,” he writes.
None of those should surprise anyone considering some of the ignorant and inflammatory statements Robinson has made over the years. For example:
Gay people are “devil-worshipping child molesters.”
Transgenderism is a “mass delusion” designed “to turn God’s creation … into a sickening image of rebellion to glorify Satan.
“Fox & Friends” co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy is upset that she was made to feel “ashamed” and “guilty” when she visited Monticello, the home of late President Thomas Jefferson, and was told that Jefferson was a slaveholder.
Campos-Duffy’s fellow co-host, Pete Hegseth, began the whining by claiming the “whole tone” at Monticello has now turned to Jefferson’s owning of slaves:
And then Campos-Duffy joined the conversation:
“I visited many of these homes. And that is definitely what I picked up from all of this, that there is a reorienting, reconstructing of the history to basically make sure that the idea that they had slaves is on the same level as what they did for our country.”
But she was far from finished, adding:
“There are slaves across human history. I get that. It’s a terrible history we should talk about but we should not feel guilty or ashamed of our leaders when we go and visit the people who brought us the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence. You leave feeling that way.”
Co-host Joey Jones then added his voice to the matter:
“These were great men as far as their ideas go but they were able to build this on the backs of slaves and we honor that. And we talk about that. That’s different than re-writing the importance of Jefferson, the importance of Washington or whoever it may be. And why have Monticello at all if you’re only going to use it for grievance?”
All of this, Campos-Duffy interjected, is part of a plan by the left to rewrite history:
“Where’s all this coming from? The homes of these presidents are being populated — this is a very diabolical plan on the part of the left. So what they’ve done is they’ve taken their donors on the left and they’ve populated the boards of these estates with leftists.”
Yes, let’s tell our children what a great man Thomas Jefferson was, but not that he owned slaves. They don’t need to know that the man who wrote “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” was, in a very real sense, a hypocrite. Better to just let them think Tom was a great guy and not explore the fact that he likely had children by at least one of the women he owned as a piece of property.
Conservatives are truth deniers who want to pretend the United States has never done anything wrong. But that’s not accurate. And if Rachel Campos-Duffy doesn’t like that fact, then she needs to stay away from Monticello, grab a fluffy blanket, and go find her safe space.