First we are taught that we should all know are history so that we will not make the same mistakes of the past. Fair enough statement. But what if
that history was wrong?
And once we discover a mistake in the history books should we not revise that book for the next printing? History books are revised yearly or so they
say on the cover, the new revised edition. But is it truly revised or just added to? So we continue to teach the same old lies. It’s no wonder
why things haven’t changed.
Finding a starting point for this is very difficult, it is best to start at the beginning, but which beginning? I think we will skip the history of
the earth is self, when it was created? How it was created? When did man first place foot upon the earth? These kind of questions scientist have
been debating for years, so let’s just start with what we know is in a typical student history book used in most public schools today.
History of America:
First thing would be America was discovered by? Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, landing in the "new
world" of the Americas and gaining lasting fame. Using ships and money provided by Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille, Columbus sailed west
in search of a sea passage to India. He had two goals: open trade routes for Spain and bring the word of Jesus Christ to the non-Christians he
expected to meet. He sailed with three ships (the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria) and on his first trip made landfall somewhere in the Bahamas. He
returned to Europe to spread the word, and was named "Admiral of the Ocean Seas" by Ferdinand and Isabella. He made three more voyages in the
following years, always believing that he had reached Asia, and his success opened the door for Spain to conquer the Americas. Five centuries after
his daring voyage, Columbus is still famous but is also the subject of heated discussions about whether he was a good-guy hero who discovered new
worlds or a not-so-nice guy who helped grab the Americas from their native inhabitants. Still, he has long been known as the man who "discovered"
America, and the second Monday in October is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States. Ok so here is the debate. Is he a good guy? NO. Did
he discover America? NO. Why are the answers to these questions NO. First it is known that he was so bad at one point he was returned to Spain in
hand cuffs. Second in 1492 this land America just mysteriously popped out of the sea? I don’t think so the and was the land abandoned? Again NO.
Native people were already here. He came to set up a trade route, that is fine but there were other’s who have already established a trade route
with this land and its people. Should they not get the credit they deserve? And if so who were they? Answer: The Vikings. So if he was such a bad
guy and we have determined that he is not the true discover of America. Than why is he still credited as doing so? And why are we still celebrating
his so called success?
Let us move to George Washington:
George Washington is called "the father of his country" for his crucial role in fighting for, creating and leading the United States of America
in its earliest days. Washington was a surveyor, farmer and soldier who rose to command the Colonial forces in the Revolutionary War. He held the
ragtag Continental Army together -- most famously during a frigid encampment at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania during the winter of 1777-78 -- and
eventually led them to victory over the British. His success in the war made him a tremendously popular figure in America even after he retired to his
farm at Mount Vernon in 1783. He was the natural choice to serve as the country's first president in 1789 after the new United States Constitution
was ratified. He served two terms, refused a third, and returned to his Virginia farm. In 1798 he was again commissioned as Commander in Chief of the
Army, a title he held until his death 18 months later. He was succeeded as president by John Adams.
How could we possibly find fault with the description of one of the most famous person in our history. Question one: Was he our first president? NO,
boy I bet your eyes and mind just went bonkers when I said that did it not? OK explanation: Washington was in deed the first Electoral President, but
was not the first sitting president of the U.S.A. there were at least six others before him. I will explain further. From then till this day have
you ever watched the Senate on television? The person sitting is always addressed as Mr. or Madam President. Even the elected president understands
this. When the elected president sends any form of communication to the senate it is delivered by a carrier, and those carriers are announced to the
senate before entering upon entering and mind you they only go in to the room a short distance they address the chair. Again Mr. or madam president
we have a correspondence from the white house. Not from the president, but the white house, they are also carrying flag poles and before delivering
the message they wait for permission to do so. After which they in slight bowing for to the chair exit the room by walking backwards never to turn
there backs to the chair. The president elect can not come any time he or she wants to the senate the president elect must be invited to do so. An
invitation is the only way the elect can address in person to the senate. Got you thinking yet? Here is one of the major downfalls that are leading
our nation into turmoil. The day the senate was no longer appointed to there position, and had to be elected to office. Now instead of doing what
the senate was put there to do, like policing the house of representatives so there was never a breach of our Constitution, they now have to worry
about what there constitutes feel so than can be re-elected to office. Totally abandoning the principle purpose of there office to begin with. Now
we have no police to enforce the Constitution we might as well combine the house and the senate since both are now free to do what ever they please
and show total disregard for the Constitution that they swore and oath to up hold.
This one should be easy. Who made the first American flag? Any one, any one. Betsy Ross you say, I say not. So again a false teaching of history
yet to be corrected.
Name at birth: Elizabeth Griscom
According to patriotic legend, Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag at the request of George Washington. No firm evidence exists to prove the
story; the legend is based on statements made by Ross's grandson, who said Ross told him the story on her deathbed. Ross definitely was a seamstress
and upholsterer in Philadelphia at the time of the Continental Congress, and her role in the creation of the flag has been widely accepted as fact.
Her first husband John Ross, a member of the Pennsylvania militia, was killed in an explosion while guarding an ammunition dump. Her second husband,
Captain Joseph Ashburn, was captured at sea during the war and died in a British prison; she later married another friend, John Claypoole, with whom
she had five daughters. She died in Philadelphia in 1836.
Ok lets say Washington did ask her to sew a flag for him, that flag would have not been the American flag it would have been a military one.
What is known is that the first unofficial national flag, called the Grand Union Flag or the Continental Colours, was raised at the behest of General
Washington near his headquarters outside Boston, Mass., on Jan. 1, 1776. The flag had 13 alternating red and white horizontal stripes and the British
Union Flag (a predecessor of the Union Jack) in the canton. Another early flag had a rattlesnake and the motto “Don't Tread on Me.”
The first official national flag, also known as the Stars and Stripes, was approved by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. The blue canton
contained 13 stars, representing the original 13 colonies, but the layout varied. Although nobody knows for sure who designed the flag, it may have
been Continental Congress member Francis Hopkinson.
After Vermont and Kentucky were admitted to the Union in 1791 and 1792, respectively, two more stars and two more stripes were added in 1795. This
15-star, 15-stripe flag was the “star-spangled banner” that inspired lawyer Francis Scott Key to write the poem that later became the U.S.
In 1818, after five more states had gained admittance, Congress passed legislation fixing the number of stripes at 13 and requiring that the number of
stars equal the number of states. The last new star, bringing the total to 50, was added on July 4, 1960, after Hawaii became a state.
So whether it was Ross or Hopkinson or someone else? Why don’t we teach that instead of teaching Ross as fact?
I could go on with such things as: when the bible was removed from the classrooms, or the power was taken from the teachers so they could teach to
take a test the FCAT.
I could even go into good ole Abraham Lincolns Proclamation approximation. And show you were the trickery lies there. But will save that for another
thread. But I will say in that he only freed the slaves of the South in hope that they would fight for the North, cause in truth till only a few years
ago it was still legal to own slaves in the Northern Colonies but that error has been corrected and is no longer legal to do so. Food for thought is
And I could fill a whole another thread with the dumb’ing down of our students in American society. But I want to hear from you and the things you
have found to be false teachings to our children. And were you think the downfall of American can be linked to?
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