Everything is problematic these days. Every single thing. Elle Magazine has even given women who don’t adhere to the group think of the “sisterhood,” like Megyn Kelly, Ivanka Trump and Kellyanne Conway a new moniker: Problematic Women.
Nothing can just be enjoyed anymore; no, now everything is a commentary on our current political climate. A sampling of my Facebook newsfeed: a woman posting pictures of her coloring books, which she uses to relieve “election-related stress.” Another woman who uses her bullet journal to create lists of ways to relieve her anxiety upon watching the news. Even a baby announcement including a lament that the child was born into a world in which Donald Trump is President of the United States.
We can add yet another thing to our list of problematic life events that were once normal parts of American life: celebrating the Fourth of July. Also in my Facebook newsfeed this week: a mother of a four-year old boy considering how to teach her son about Independence Day in an “accurate and unbiased way.” The link provided along with her request for information on how to “teach” about American history? A several years old blogpost from the “Zinn Education Project” entitled “Rethinking the 4th of July.”
There are many things historian Howard Zinn was, but unbiased wasn’t one of them. Zinn’s most famous book, A People’s History of the United States, which was used as a history textbook in my far-left high school, is filled with chapter after chapter of anti-American rewrites of our history, meant to turn readers against our Founders and every ideal upon which our country was built. This is an actual quote from the blog post at the Zinn Education Project:
The pretend war of celebratory fireworks thus becomes part of a propaganda campaign that inures us—especially the children among us—to current and future wars half a world away.
The author and co-director of the Zinn Education Project, Bill Bigelow, goes on to call President George Washington a war criminal. That’s the unbiased source this mother was turning to to educate her preschooler on the history of his country. I can’t imagine what material she’ll be turning to once he’s in middle school.
Since the election of President Trump, patriotism and American history have become even more problematic. The anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which takes place the week before the Fourth of July, was marred by anarchist protesters. In advance of the protests, Kemberlee Kaye at Legal Insurrection covered the latest attempts by American-hating Americans to alter how we understand and mark U.S. history:
The anti-history crowd responsible for the eradication of Civil War statues and monuments around the country is destroying tourism in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Or it was.
And it’s the Museum that’s publicly lamenting the damage they claim is caused by extreme revisionists.
On their public Facebook page, the Gettysburg History Museum said protesters are killing tourism.
Erick Erickson said about gay marriage: “You will be made to care.” It’s never enough for the left to merely agree to disagree on matters of marriage, faith, or voting. Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson wrote an entire book about how differences of opinion regarding hot button issues end with one side doing everything in their power to silence the other. Their book was aptly titled End of Discussion, and was inspired by the firing of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for his support of Proposition 8 in California, a ballot measure supported by the majority of voters that year.
This year, many progressives are declining to attend fireworks celebrations and BBQs in lieu of spending the day brainwashing their kids against America at home. This year the Battle of Gettysburg was the target; next year don’t be surprised if it becomes the Fourth itself.