Welcome to another Founders' Friday. We've been doing this special series of shows each week to get you acquainted or reacquainted with the values and principles of the Founding Fathers who created this amazing country.
I wish we didn't have to do this, but we do because, whether it's through the progressive agenda, getting sidetracked or just plain laziness, the Founders are becoming a very distant and faint memory. Not only that, the true history of the Founders is just not taught anymore and when it is, it's being completely distorted with a these-guys-were-all-a-bunch-of-white-racists revisionist history.
Think about the history you've been taught. Who were the greatest presidents of all time? Washington, Lincoln and — routinely lumped in with those two incredible men — Woodrow Wilson and FDR.
You probably remember learning about how FDR rallied America from the worst financial depression in history with the wondrous New Deal. But what you were never taught was that unemployment never went below 14 percent under the New Deal; that many of the New Deal programs were wildly unconstitutional.
FDR's own secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee, said: "We are spending more money than we have ever spent before and it does not work.... I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. We have never made good on our promises.... I say after eight years of this administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started and an enormous debt to boot."
Morgenthau said that in 1939. But the New Deal is taught as a positive.
Do you ever remember learning about the depression of 1920? Perhaps that's not taught because it was turned around by low tax/reduced government policies of Harding and Coolidge. Harding is routinely ranked one of the worst presidents of all time and Coolidge usually falls in line right behind Nixon.
Woodrow Wilson created a propaganda machine — the Committee on Public Information — whose goal was to drum up support for the war with false stories. To help muzzle dissent, he passed the Sedition Act — you could be sentenced to up to 20 years for forms of expression criticizing the Constitution, the government, the military, or the flag.
We are the keeper of records. We are the best teachers for our children, but we've been taught that it's not our job to teach — only someone with a fancy degree can do that. Tell that to George Washington and James Madison and John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln and the countless others who had some form of home schooling.
I wasn't home schooled, but I'm a self-educated guy. I'm a college dropout. I just received an honorary doctorate this weekend. Don't worry, I won't show up in your operating room — it's a doctorate in humanity, in life. I think that's one of the least arrogant things these universities can do, because they are acknowledging that you don't necessarily need them to learn. I've read everything from every side; it's the only real way to learn: Get all arguments and decide for yourself — debate it with others. Don't just get some information from a section of people with a certain point of view and then stop learning.
Especially now, when history is being changed and revised right in front of our faces.
We're going to talk about some of the things that have happened; things you won't even believe from every time period. For example, what if I told you Donald Rumsfeld, when he was still serving, came out and said $2.3 trillion was unaccounted for — gone. You'd say I was making that up because you've never heard it. You know why? Because he said it on September 10th, 2001:
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DEFENSE SECRETARY DONALD RUMSFELD: According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions.
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Obviously the next day changed things and we got sidetracked. But whether it's getting sidetracked or an agenda or because someone writing the textbooks just didn't know it and got it wrong, our history is being revised.
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