Tuesday, June 22, 2010

More Facts and Fiction in American History

I agree the term "Lies" might be a little harsh in considering what is true and untrue in history.  But I think these untruths could very well be considered lies if they've been circulating for numerous years, decades, and centuries and there are facts disproving these myths and not very many people actually taking the time to verify what's being taught.  The Lamanites were living a lie that there fathers had told them that the Nephites usurped there power and stole there records.  I'm sure many of the Lamanites thought that was the truth and were possibly good, honest people; yet if they did not search for the truth and receive it like Lamoni and his people did, they were a part of the lie.

Here are a few more interesting items I've picked up in the course I'm taking.

Just so you don't think the Pilgrims are all that bad, they did actually meet for 3 days with the Indians and shared food and games with each other, which is what we commemorate at Thanksgiving.

The Dutch did not purchase Manhattan Island for $24 worth of beads (though I was never taught this in grade school, apparently it is a pretty common story).  Back then that much money was probably closer to $2400 worth of our money (they don't seem to take inflation in to consideration when telling the story...it makes the white man look good and the Indians stupid; especially when they show this mostly naked primitive Indian in a statue with a fully clothed Dutchman in Manhattan).  Who, in their right minds, would sell there lands and home for a measly $24 worth of beads?  The most likely story was that the Canarsie Indians (sp?) sold the island (which belonged to the Wakyskik - sp? - Indians who were there enemies) to the Dutch and most likely received payment in tools and items made of steel.  Even if the first story has some truth in it, it should probably be discussed that it isn't the only possibility.

The land in the Louisiana purchase was not France's to give, we basically bought the right to keep other Europeans off of it for $15 million.  We ended up paying well over $50 million for it and lots of blood to the Indians over the following years to actually claim that land as our own.

The last time that the President actually consulted Congress about going to war was in WWII.  Since then we've been involved in multiple wars in Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Grenada, Iraq x2, etc., and the President has never gone through the process outlined in the Constitution by consulting Congress.

The 10th amendment granting all rights not outlined in the Constitution to States and the people is widely overridden today.  States cannot perform any sociological experiments to determine what is best for the people of their state, they are compelled to follow what the federal government says.  States should be able to determine how to best educate its citizens (impeded by No Child Left Behind and other restrictions), should be able to determine the minimum drinking age, should be able to determine safest speeding limit on highways, etc., etc.

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