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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 19, 2014

American history matters

By James Lee Elliott | Mar 14, 2013

To the editor:

We are being inundated with a new scholarship, or lack thereof, of American history from the Declaration of Independence to the first years of the 21st century which lives in the aftermath of terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

It seems that generations have a tendency to rewrite history to meet the needs of that time, with politicians playing to an audience with little or no knowledge of American history — the Constitution of the United States.

Throughout our history it seems that when a major events strikes our nation such as recession or depression, hurricanes, war and etc., that the masses will often allow our elected representation to easily give up or take freedoms to ensure what they think is a way to prevent total disaster.

Many times these decisions are made for instant gratification oriented to the present for self preservation with no consideration for the Constitution or our posterity (future generations).

Many Americans now have a divided attitude towards America and American history caused by false teachings, no teaching, political agendas, biased news media and even recently been told that a college degree in history is useless or not being offered anymore.

Some see American history as a burden to overcome, a prison from which to escape. Therefore they go around the world apologizing for the foundations for which we stand.

Many Americans have always looked to history for identity and national cohesiveness devoting time and energy tracing their family trees, visiting cemeteries, historical museums and national park historical sites.

American history does matter and we should carry it within us, and it should be present in all we do if we are to remain a free society whose republic is designed to rest on the consent of informed citizens.

Knowledge of American history is essential to not only public education, professors, ministers, writers of history, actual investigative news media, all elected officials and representatives but most of all to — we the people!

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Study up!

Stand up!

Speak up!

Pray up!

Don’t let us give it up!

 

— James Lee Elliott, Fairfield

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