“Ideas didn’t build America”

The above is the title of a blog piece over at The Right Stuff. As you can see from the title, it is an argument against ”American exceptionalism” and the old ‘proposition nation” fantasy. An excerpt:

America wasn’t built by the ideas of John Locke, or the ideas of Thomas Jefferson, or by the ink in the Constitution. Jamestown wasn’t settled by books, or words, or philosophies; Jamestown was settled by the English. America’s cities, roads, towns, literature, industry, and, yes, even her form of government, were built by people.”

And yes he does say that America was settled and built primarily by the English. How refreshing to see those words for a change; instead it’s always ”America was settled and built by immigrants…” and the usual ”melting pot” drivel.

If I over-emphasize the role played by the English it is largely because their role has been more than de-emphasized for the last half-century or so; the English have been practically written out of our history, except to fill the role of the villains in the Revolution and the War of 1812, as if they were aliens and not our own stock, our kinsmen.

I think it’s important that we try to debunk much of the propaganda of recent decades; we have to start challenging the lies. We have to try to de-romanticize immigration and the old Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty mystique that has been built up by the multiculturalists. After all, that meme has laid the foundation for our present flood of immigrants and ”refugees.”

And then there’s the little matter of the truth. We can’t let lies stand. The truth must be put out there. We can’t let the propaganda masters have a monopoly on the discourse.

Kudos to the blogger Tory Scot for his contribution.

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