Publisher's note: Another triumph by Tim Dunkin. Whether you agree with him or not, his very fair and to the point arguments point out the flawed rhetoric of yet another America hating, leftist that has the unmitigated gall to call herself a journalist. Please read along as Tim takes this woman downtown with a strong dose of reality.
Tim Dunkin: A friend recently sent out a link to an article in the Greensboro (NC) News and Record, in which a left-wing columnist by the name of Susan Ladd decries the notion of American exceptionalism. To her, the idea that the United States of America is better than anyone else, or has even been a positive force for good in world history, is “hypocritical” and just plain wrong. She is appalled that people would protest against the recent revisions of the AP History curriculum, a revision which was developed by left-wing activists and which leaves out large chunks of actual American history. To her, these criticisms of the new standards are tantamount to “ethnocentrism” and indicate that we “think we’re better than everyone else.” Keep in mind that this is in response to criticisms of an “American” history course that omits mention of D-Day and Bunker Hill – two pivotal episodes upon which two major and defining events in our history turned. That is what she’s upset about being criticized. Incomplete, one sided, inadequately covered, purposefully slanted activism being taught as “history.”
From reading her article, it is readily apparent that the author is not only a left-wing agitator, but a rather unoriginal one at that. The litany of sins from America’s past which she lists are nothing new. Neither are her rather inadequate examples from recent current events that she relies upon to prove that America is still following her terribly errant ways. Logical errors abound through the article. It’s surprising that a major regional newspaper would have published it, on the grounds of professionalism alone.
However, they did, and so it falls to me to address it.
I’ll begin by noting that the whole premise of her article rests on a straw man argument. Essentially, the whole article seeks to “refute” her non-existent opponents who propose that there are no black marks at all on American history. However, nobody to my knowledge, not even those who have been criticizing the AP History curriculum, has argued against it on the grounds that negative aspects of American history are mentioned. The criticism centers upon the contentions that only negative facts about our history are mentioned, and that (as mentioned above) many pivotal and positive aspects of our history seem to have been purposefully omitted. In other words, the AP presentation is one-sided and unfair, as well as simply being poor history and factually specious.
Obviously there are black marks in American history, just as there are in everyone else’s. Nobody denies this. Nobody that I know of claims that Americans are a race of irreproachable colossi, striding upon the earth as gods among mortal men. But when you actually stop to look at these marks – as we will the ones that Mizz Ladd lists – one would be hard pressed to find how these make us worse than anyone else. At the very worst, these marks would only make us as bad as pretty much everyone else in history (but, as we will see, they don’t even do that). So let us look at them in order.Add a comment