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Across America, schoolchildren plug the words "Jefferson" and "biography" into www.google.com to find the information they need to produce papers and essays on the author of the Declaration of Independence. What they'll find at the top of the list, unfortunately, is the official biography of Jefferson at www.whitehouse.gov... on the White House's taxpayer-funded website.
Reading the White House's biography of our third president, a student would never know that Jefferson founded the world's oldest continuously operating political party - the Democratic Party. Instead, the site says, "Sharp political conflict developed, and two separate parties, the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans, began to form. Jefferson gradually assumed leadership of the Republicans, who sympathized with the revolutionary cause in France."
The reality, of course, is that the Democratic-Republicans went by that compound name from their formation in the 1790s until 1844, when the party officially dropped the word "Republicans" from its name. (The modern-day Republican Party came into being a decade later, after both the Federalist the Whig parties had collapsed; the first Republican presidential nominee was Abraham Lincoln.)
The White House's website opens Jefferson's biography in a startlingly out-of-context way that seems to imply Jefferson was a Bible-thumping believer like George W. The lead sentence of his biography says: "In the thick of party conflict in 1800, Thomas Jefferson wrote in a private letter, 'I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.'"
Originally posted by theRiverGoddess
History....has ALWAYS been written by 'the victors' on any given issue.
When an entire populace is wiped out WHO is left to tell the truth?
When you gain POWER POLITICLY, you can change the 'story' of any given issue that you so choose.....
Originally posted by AF1
The US is starting to become more and more like 1939 germany everyday.