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At the White House Conference on American History, Trump took aim at the 1619 Project, a series of essays in the New York Times re-examining America’s legacy of slavery which has become a common foil for right-wing politicians, calling it “ideological poison” that will “dissolve the civic bonds” of America.

Trump also called out what he said is “left-wing indoctrination” in schools and curriculum, which he claimed “views every issue through the lens of race" in an effort to impose “tyranny” and “a new segregation.”

Trump instead proposed “patriotic education,” applauding a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop, in his words, a” pro-American curriculum that celebrates the truth about our nation's great history."

Trump also announced that he will sign an executive order establishing a commission to “promote patriotic education,” which will be called the “1776 Commission,” in contrast with the 1619 Project.

At the conference, Trump – who has often been accused of disregarding the constitution – claimed the left is “attempting to demolish” the constitution and condemned them for a “vicious and violent assault on law enforcement,” which he called “the universal symbol of rule of law in America.”

Trump’s executive order was met with fierce backlash from commentators, who recognized it as authoritarian; New York Times opinion columnist Farhad Manjoo tweeted, “Kim Jong Un wasn’t writing him love letters, it was an instructional manual.”

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"The narratives about America being pushed by the far left and being chanted in the streets bear a striking resemblance to the anti-American propaganda of our adversaries,” Trump said, alleging “both groups want to see America weakened, derided and totally diminished."

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“An important note that as President Trump gears up to attack the 1619 project, [author Nikole Hannah-Jones] is a national treasure who put in context how America came to be, the black enslaved people it exploited and the way forward,” tweeted PBS News White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor. “We should all be grateful for the 1619 Project.”

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Trump has been pushing for something strictly prohibited by the constitution in recent weeks. “We're going to win Nevada and we're going to win four more years in the White House. And then after that, we'll negotiate,” Trump said at a rally in Minden, Nevada on Sunday despite the 22nd amendment to the Constitution prohibiting a president from running for a third term. Trump added that he was “probably entitled” to a third term “based on the way we were treated.”

 

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27 minutes ago, mathystuff said:

"Patriotic education"

Right out of Hitlers playbook.

This from Middle Age Riot aka John Hartzell:

“The first thing Donald Trump's "national commission to promote patriotic education" should teach kids is that only traitors conspire with foreign powers to steal elections.”

USA is about to become a right wing dictatorship for fear of becoming a left wing dictatorship.....

 

 

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1 minute ago, Sidecar said:

USA is about to become a right wing dictatorship for fear of becoming a left wing dictatorship.....

Which was a driving factor in bringing Hitler to power aswell. Obviously he also equated communists with jews, which curent right wingers still do just in hiding. A short visit to 4chan shows the antisemite core to still be there, thought. QAnon gets open simpathy so blaming the jews can't be far.

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4 minutes ago, badlatitude said:

For those that did Nazi that coming, concentration camps began as re-education camps, in 1930s Germany. 

Just like the left wing Chinese dictatorship is doing with Uyghurs and other minorities right now.

Left wing, right wing, it is all Dictatorship 101.

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3 minutes ago, Sidecar said:

Just like the left wing Chinese dictatorship is doing with Uyghurs and other minorities right now.

Left wing, right wing, it is all Dictatorship 101.

I was up in the air until now about post presidential prosecution. Not anymore, put that man in shackles and an orange jumpsuit, and lock his fat face away for good. At least that way he won't get a chance to spin this shit on his QAnon television show.

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8 minutes ago, Sidecar said:

Just like the left wing Chinese dictatorship is doing with Uyghurs and other minorities right now.

Left wing, right wing, it is all Dictatorship 101.

Left & right wing are poor descriptors since they imply a continuum - clockwise & counterclockwise would be better since they both meet up at noon in brutal dictatorship.

I'll stick somewhere around 6:00 thanks.

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13 minutes ago, badlatitude said:

I was up in the air until now about post presidential prosecution. Not anymore, put that man in shackles and an orange jumpsuit, and lock his fat face away for good. At least that way he won't get a chance to spin this shit on his QAnon television show.

I'd give him a 12-hour-a-day cable show, podcast, let the people who want to suck up his mushroom bullshit get their fill of it. Might slow down the next dictator wanna-be.

- DSK

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1 minute ago, Steam Flyer said:

I'd give him a 12-hour-a-day cable show, podcast, let the people who want to suck up his mushroom bullshit get their fill of it. Might slow down the next dictator wanna-be.

- DSK

There's too much stupid shit on the air now. I might go for it if it was broadcast from Rikers.

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22 minutes ago, badlatitude said:

I was up in the air until now about post presidential prosecution. Not anymore, put that man in shackles and an orange jumpsuit, and lock his fat face away for good. At least that way he won't get a chance to spin this shit on his QAnon television show.

And take Barr with him. 

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28 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

Left & right wing are poor descriptors since they imply a continuum - clockwise & counterclockwise would be better since they both meet up at noon in brutal dictatorship.

I'll stick somewhere around 6:00 thanks.

Pendulum dictatorship?

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Not to say this isn't Hitler Youth-ish, but y'all been pledging your allegiance for a while now. Standing at attention, no less... and just because your hand is over your heart rather than extended (which it was originally, I understand) doesn't mean it don't rhyme. 

I'm glad I didn't go to school (as a kid anyway) in the US, because I would have been ostracized for refusing to say "under God", which is frankly un-American. As would be the ostracizin'. 

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28 minutes ago, DustyDreamer said:

Not to say this isn't Hitler Youth-ish, but y'all been pledging your allegiance for a while now. Standing at attention, no less... and just because your hand is over your heart rather than extended (which it was originally, I understand) doesn't mean it don't rhyme. 

I'm glad I didn't go to school (as a kid anyway) in the US, because I would have been ostracized for refusing to say "under God", which is frankly un-American. As would be the ostracizin'. 

I haven't put my hand over my heart for anything in 40-something years.  "Pledging Allegiance" to someplace you had no control over being born in is asinine. I pledge allegiance to my kids and a select few people, and I don't have to tell them that.

Edit: And maybe the Angels and Lakers, but that's a painful daily reconsideration.

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Bellamy salute - Wikipedia

Interesting . The Bellamy Salute.

The Pledge of Allegiance’s Creepy Past

Seventy-four years ago today, lawmakers passed an amendment to the U.S. Flag Code.

Bellamy Salute
American schoolchildren perform the Bellamy salute in 1915
 
 
December 22, 2016
 
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Seventy-four years ago today, lawmakers passed an amendment to the U.S. Flag Code, which President Franklin D. Roosevelt had approved just a few months earlier, instructing Americans reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to do so while “standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.”

This may have been the earliest federal rule addressing what civilians should do to accompany the recitation of the Pledge, but it was by no means the first time someone had thought about it. That distinction goes to Francis Bellamy, a Christian socialist minister who, in 1892, was working at Youth’s Companion magazine. He came up with a physical component to the Pledge because, in fact, he was the guy who wrote it.

A few decades after the Bellamy Salute made its debut, fascists in Italy and Germany started doing one just like it.

A few years earlier, another staffer at the magazine, James Upham, launched a campaign to encourage the display of American flags in classrooms. The goal was to promote “American patriotism” and, perhaps more importantly, to sell flags to schools through the magazine.

Ultimately, the magazine staff came up with a plan to make October 12, 1892, the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas, a national holiday in public schools—one whose celebration would, naturally, require a flag in every classroom. Bellamy was instrumental in getting Congress, and President Benjamin Harrison, behind the idea.

Bellamy was also in charge of creating an official “program of exercises” for the upcoming Columbus Day, which included “a lofty ode by Edna Dean Proctor, an original song by Hezekiah Butterworth, and a declamation on the ‘Meaning of the Four Centuries’ by Bellamy himself.” The highlight was to be a brand new pledge to the flag, which Bellamy was forced to invent after his colleagues refused to do it.

“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation indivisible, Liberty and Justice for all,” read Bellamy’s Pledge of Allegiance, which was published in the September 8, 1892 issue of Youth’s Companion. On October 12 that year, according to The Journal of Education, “upwards of 13 million pupils” recited the Pledge.

Those who did so also performed what became known as the Bellamy Salute, which, according to the American Flag Association, called for students to keep their “right hand uplifted, palm downward, to a line with the forehead and close to it.”

Sound familiar? That’s because a few decades after the Bellamy Salute made its debut, fascists in Italy and Germany started doing one just like it, modeled after an ancient Roman salute, to show their political allegiance. This became a cause for concern for many Americans who noticed the disturbing similarity during World War II, Richard J. Ellis writes in his book, To the Flag: The Unlikely History of the Pledge of Allegiance. The Flag Code was amended, in response, to ensure that American schoolchildren would never again be confused for Hitler Youth.

Until this year, that is, when Nazi salutes once again seemed to be all the rage.

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It's a smart idea. It will ease the kids' transition into grown-up Fox-watching mushroom-swallowing zombies.

It would be lovely if they included some world geography, because US schools don't seem to teach it.

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