-By Warner Todd Huston
I am beginning to feel that there is no hope for many of our school teachers. They've become so infused with leftism that any semblance of Americanism is beyond their grasp. Even history is viewed from within a socialist prism as a recent editorial from a teacher from Pennsylvania proves.
In his editorial, teacher Robert J. Fisher of Upper Saucon Township sought to debunk what he called the "extreme right-wing elements" of today's America. He did this by claiming that nearly every conflict in our history is some sort of example of Marxist class warfare.
For teacher Fisher, all of American history is one giant example of Marxist principles proven right. It doesn't matter that the ideas of class as Marx described them really didn't exist during all of American history, of course.
Fisher claims that "primitive Native Americans" and "subsistent frontiersmen from the Piedmont" were all engaged in class warfare with the "wealthier urban merchants and plantation owners."
He goes on to claim that the Regulators in 1771 North Carolina, Shay's rebellion (1787), and the earlier Bacon's rebellion (1675) were all "class warfare."
Then he says that the "powerful federal government" that Washington and his compatriots created was an attempt to "deal more effectively with such class-based rebellions." His proof? The 1791 Whiskey Rebellion.
Fisher bounced to the Jacksonian era, saying that the President Andrew Jackson's goal was "reform" America to allow "the common man" to become vested in the system then touted the Civil War as the biggest "class struggle" of them all.
And who else was a hero? Of course it was the rise of the labor union coupled with Franklin Roosevelt's "New Deal" policies. These, he claims "helped create a vibrant middle class."
All of this is skewed nonsense. The history of the United States cannot be so simplistically distilled as one of mere class warfare and it's sad that this person who has been allowed to influence the minds of our children is so blinded by his Marxist theology that this is all he can see.
In fact, in nearly every case Fisher cites the Americans involved were not trying to tear down another class in order to "equalize" society. They did not consider themselves class warriors but people that aimed to advance to a better life themselves.
This is 100 percent opposite of Fisher's Marxist theology. Marxism wants to tear down society and "the evil rich" and replace it all with an authoritarian, top-down, oppressive central government that allows no one to better themselves. This is as far from American history as can be.
And that whole business that the labor movement created some sort of heaven on earth? Hardly. In fact, the labor unions held America back with the costs and limits on innovation they imposed. It wasn't unions that brought America that middle class, it was far more the fact that the USA was the one world power untouched physically by the ravages of WWII leaving us in the perfect position to rebuild the world and reap the untold benefits from that lucky stroke. That combined with our American capitalist system, our Yankee work ethic, and our American culture -- the very one Fisher disparages as a series of class wars -- that allowed us to take advantage of that post world war atmosphere.
But Fisher has inculcated his appreciation of Marxism from his years of indoctrination in our system of higher learning and unfortunately he's teaching this garbage to our children.
Worse, he's not alone.