Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt asks, “What’s your ideal Saturday morning? Are you doing those things this morning?” My answer: Yes, I am.
So what is my ideal Saturday morning? I subscribe to a weekly news magazine, The Week. It’s a highly readable magazine with the tagline, “All you need to know about everything that matters.”
Each issue is generally around 40 pages, so its stories are easily consumable. It’s non-partisan and most of the articles show both sides of each issue covered. It is my must read magazine.
The Week is delivered every Friday in the mail, which comes late, usually around 4 p.m. So one part of my Saturday morning routine is to read the latest issue of The Week, while enjoying a cup or two (or three) of coffee.
I was intrigued by two stories that I read this morning. The first was about former New York City major Rudy Giuliani’s comments regarding President Obama. Giuliani said:
“I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up, the way I was brought up, through love of this country.”
Whoa! Seriously? Obama wasn’t brought up the way you and I were brought up? So, Rudy, you’re saying that America’s first black president isn’t really “one of us”?
I have to give Giuliani credit for recognizing that what he said was a horrible thing to have said — but then he went ahead and said it anyway.
Apparently quite a few Republicans believe that Obama is more focused on America’s flaws and imperfections than he is on what makes America great. In fact, according to a HuffPost/YouGov survey, 69% of Republicans agree with Giuliani that Obama doesn’t love America.
Obama, it seems, doesn’t proclaim American Exceptionalism as much as most Republicans want him to, since ours, in their eyes, is a close-to-perfect country.
I suppose drawing attention to the ways in which our country could be better and to forge a “more perfect union” is unpatriotic to Republicans.
And speaking about American Exceptionalism, another blurb in The Week mentioned that Republican legislators in Oklahoma overwhelming voted to cut funding for the teaching Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. history classes in public schools there.
Why? Because these courses teach only “what is bad about America.” AP history, the Republican elected officials believe, is “indoctrinating our youth at the expense of the Christian perspective” and that AP classes “fail to teach American Exceptionalism.”
Oklahoma Republicans are not alone in their concern about how secularists are destroying our youth. Earlier this month, Republicans in the Georgia state senate introduced a resolution to reject a new version of the AP U.S. History course.
They claimed it presents a “radically revisionist view of American history” and minimizes “discussion of America’s Founding Fathers, the principles of the Declaration of Independence, and the religious influences on our nation’s history.”
You can’t make this shit up. I’ve posted previously about how Tennessee and Texas are rewriting history texts and even science curricula in order to reflect a more conservative, religious agenda. Is this not lunacy?
So yes, Daily Prompt, I am doing what I like to do on this Saturday morning. Unfortunately, doing what I like to do is getting me more and more outraged when I read about crap like this.
Republicans, conservatives, and the religious right complain that we aren’t promoting American Exceptionalism enough — in education and in politics — when all the while, what they are promoting is American Delusionalism.