American Elephants


Can We Learn From History? Not If We’re Learning Lies. by The Elephant's Child
August 13, 2014, 12:21 pm
Filed under: Politics

Did the United States win or lose the Vietnam War? We are taught that it was a resounding loss for America, one that proves that intervening in the affairs of other nations is usually misguided. The truth is that our military won the war, but our politicians lost it. The Communists in North Vietnam actually signed a peace treaty, effectively surrendering. But the U.S. Congress didn’t hold up its end of the bargain. In just five minutes, learn the truth about who really lost the Vietnam War.

When the vets came home from the Vietnam War, they were spat upon, and called “baby killers.” The Left has their preferred history, upon which they depend. History is much more satisfying if you reinvent it to serve your own political purposes.

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There was a bumper sticker which was popular in the early 70’s:

“When I left, we were winning.”

I imagine that GWB could put one of those on his car if he wanted to.

Another thing to note: it took about 8 years for countries in SE Asia to trust us to keep our word and honor our commitments again. I’m just going to predict that it will take at least that long to repair the trust issues that Obama has created.

Comment by Lon Mead

I never saw that one. I’m just coming to realize the extent of the bubble in which the Left lives. They have a different history. I knew that, but somehow didn’t understand the extent to which Howard Zinn has taken over their understanding of history, and the depths of their gullibility.

Comment by The Elephant's Child

And the damage is still being done. This link from Talking Points Memo:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rnc-ap-exam-revisionist-history

is about AP College Boards new framework for teaching history in high school. The new standard is heavily influenced by Zinn and those like him that prefer (for whatever reason) to concentrate on the negative in our history, rather than the positive.

I am a student of history. I have two masters in aspects of the subject (one from Georgetown, one from Univ. of Virginia). I LOVE history, and believe that it is the proper understanding of history, both the the positive AND the negative aspects, that provides direction for the future. But emphasizing one over the other distorts history, and in the end teaches nothing.

Comment by Lon Mead




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