On September 17, 2020, President Donald Trump announced that the National Endowment for the Humanities had awarded a grant to pay for the creation of a pro-American educational curriculum.
In a speech at the National Archives, President Trump made a blistering and well-deserved attack on the forces that have eroded Americans’ understanding and appreciation of our nation’s heritage. As the President noted, “Left-wing mobs have torn down statues of our founders, desecrated our memorials, and carried out a campaign of violence and anarchy. Far-left demonstrators have chanted the words ‘America was never great.’” The President added, “Whether it is the mob on the street, or the cancel culture in the boardroom, the goal is the same: to silence dissent, to scare you out of speaking the truth, and to bully Americans into abandoning their values, their heritage, and their very way of life. We are here today to declare that we will never submit to tyranny. We will reclaim our history and our country for citizens of every race, color, religion, and creed.”
The President accurately pointed out that “left-wing rioting and mayhem are the direct result of decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools… The left has warped, distorted, and defiled the American story with deceptions, falsehoods, and lies.” The President added that he intended to sign an executive order setting up a nationwide commission called the 1776 Commission to promote patriotic education.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms supports the 1776 Commission. We believe that students should be taught the truth about American history, not a barrage of left-wing attacks and not a Pollyanna-ish narrative of perfection. It is readily apparent that many Americans take our nation’s freedoms for granted. To maintain those freedoms, we must teach younger generations that freedom—freedom of speech, freedom of movement, and freedom of religion—is far superior to the available alternatives.