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Trump’s 1776 Commission Rebukes Attacks on National Archives

AMAC Exclusive – by Pat Conroy

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On the occasion of Constitution Day and the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s speech at the National Archives announcing the establishment of the 1776 Commission, members of that Commission issued a statement Friday responding to woke attacks on the National Archives building in Washington, DC.

The National Archives and Record Administration (NARA), a government agency tasked with caring for our country’s historical government records, recently published an internal document put together by its task force on racism.  The report identified problems with “systematic racism” and “equity” inside the Archives. NARA’s report recommended employing “trigger warnings” to “forewarn audiences of content that may cause intense physiological and psychological symptoms.” And just what was that dangerous content? The Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. 

The 1776 Commission’s statement eviscerated the absurdity of this move by highlighting actual history. “In a 1952 address at the National Archives dedicating the new shrine for the Declaration, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, President Harry Truman predicted that our liberty would be lost, ‘if the time ever comes when these documents are regarded not as the supreme expression of our profound belief, but merely as curiosities in glass cases,’” the statement recounts. “Much more quickly will our liberty be lost if the current dishonest narrative that condemns the Archives and the documents it houses as racist succeeds in taking root.”

When Trump established the 1776 Commission last year to help “encourage our educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history”, he explained that the proliferation of radical ideologies in nearly every American institution is what impelled him to take action: “Our mission is to defend the legacy of America’s founding, the virtue of America’s heroes, and the nobility of the American character,” President Trump said. “We must clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms, and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country.” Ultimately, Trump explained, it comes down to ensuring that future generations are taught to love their country for its many triumphs and learn from its failures: “We want our sons and daughters to know that they are the citizens of the most exceptional nation in the history of the world. To grow up in America is to live in a land where anything is possible… all because of the immortal principles our nation’s founders inscribed nearly two and a half centuries ago.”

Unfortunately, however, his successor Joe Biden would not allow that commonsense initiative to continue. In a revealing display of the Democratic Party’s central focus on rewriting the narrative of American history, President Biden disbanded the 1776 Commission within the first hours after taking his oath of office. “I’m rescinding the previous administration’s harmful ban on diversity and sensitivity training and abolishing the offensive, counterfactual 1776 commission,” President Biden said. “Unity and healing must begin with understanding and truth, not ignorance and lies.”

In its statement Friday lauding the 234th anniversary of our Constitution, the 1776 Commission argued that “the signing of the Constitution began the fulfillment of the promise made in the Declaration of Independence” and that the Constitution “paved the way for the liberation of many millions, in the United States and around the world, from the shackles of poverty, despotism, and slavery.”

In ordinary times, it would seem unnecessary for private citizens to have to explain in clear terms what a day of such national importance as Constitution Day truly means – but, as anyone who has been keeping up with the news knows, these are not ordinary times. As the 1776 Commission statement illustrates in its defense of our National Archives, “powerful forces today are seeking to smear America’s founding as essentially unjust.” The statement continues: “[i]ronically, the efforts of the 1776 Commission to strengthen the common bonds that unite Americans… have been attacked by the same forces in our society that are working to legitimize a system of widespread discrimination based on an extraordinary claim that every realm of public life in America is systemically racist.” 

American leaders were once united in their celebration of America’s founding. President Truman, a Democrat, understood the importance of preserving a factual, patriotic account of American history as his speech at the Archives showed. The last two Democrat presidents also eschewed the radical anti-American beliefs being embraced today by President Biden and the new Democrat Party.  In his inaugural address, President Clinton spoke about the limitless potential of America, no matter its flaws: “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.”

Even the president whom Biden served under as Vice President once explicitly rejected the notion that America is irredeemably racist. While coming under heavy fire for his ties to the inflammatory pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, then-candidate Barack Obama arguably saved his campaign by repudiating Wright’s anti-American sentiment. “But I have asserted a firm conviction — a conviction rooted in my faith in God and my faith in the American people — that, working together, we can move beyond some of our old racial wounds, and that in fact we have no choice if we are to continue on the path of a more perfect union,” Obama said. Yet, Democrats today – and perhaps even Obama himself — no longer have use for those beliefs in America expressed in 2008 by the man they once treated as a political deity, and the health of our democracy is dramatically suffering as a result.

The willingness of the Biden administration to tolerate and, in some cases, encourage the type of perversion of American history the 1776 Commission has identified helps to underscore the sense of urgency for Americans to publicly reject these corrupt teachings.

With each passing day it is becoming abundantly clear that for Biden and the Democrats, there can be no unity or healing that they call for without the existence of taxpayer-funded radical indoctrination permeating every institution in America. From big tech companies to the United States Armed Forces, mandatory “diversity and sensitivity” training — which essentially amounts to discrimination against certain people deemed “oppressors” solely because of their race, — and other CRT-inspired programming are becoming commonplace.  

Regardless of political affiliation, Americans must be able to unite around the shared principles that have defined and sustained our self-governing republic from that miraculous day in Philadelphia 244 years ago all the way to the present. The observance of Constitution Day reminds us that a citizenry who understands and respects the true history of America is one that will carry proudly forward the torch of liberty and equality for generations to come.

Pat Conroy is the pen name of a Washington, D.C.-based political strategist.

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zavalita2002
27 days ago

“Ultimately, Trump explained, it comes down to ensuring that future generations are taught to love their country for its many triumphs and learn from its failures” Failures ? What failures ? Maybe in the distant past. Now it’s all good.

methanosarcina barkeri
27 days ago

Hang them by their own petard! The case can be made that the National Archives’ warning is itself both offensive and racist. I found when I complained that the trigger warning was a trigger for me that they were tripping over themselves trying to figure out how to satisfy my demand that they remove or modify the trigger warning. They can’t win this if enough people complain, and at least right now they are responsive to complaints. Let them get caught in their own trap.

Rev Donald R Caron
29 days ago

 “the virtue of America’s heroes” is the perspective of the 1776 Commission. That’s nice, but clearly not the full story. What about the evil done by notable Americans? Is that to be hidden? The harm done collectively to the weak? If you see only the good, you have no reason to seek improvement.

zavalita2002
27 days ago

What evil ? Nope, all was good, nothing to be learned here.

Mandy
29 days ago

The Dems are Communists or at least their leadership is. It is Communism in action by infiltration into the US government through the DNC and removing a country’s history is one of the steps.
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I refer to it as the Communist DNC as most of the leadership are Communists. I don’t say this lightly. Why I believe this is can be found in the book “You Can trust the Communists (to be Communists).pdf, This book can be found for free online by searching the title. The first 20 pages or so are slow reading but after that, I couldn’t put the book down.

This book reminded me about Bill Clinton’s desire to visit Russia and Russia allowed him in. This book states the USSR only allowed those to visit that they believed they could use and then remember, they gave permission for Bill Clinton to visit when he was a Rhodes scholar.

Bernie Sanders was able to visit. People should ask, why were these two men were so infatuated with Russia.

Obama also has Communism in his upbringing. Remember Obama and Michelle hung Mao Christmas ornaments on the White House tree and no one made a big deal out it.

Open borders policy is part of it also as the US wouldn’t know how many schools, hospitals etc we would need with open borders, it would create chaos, bring down the country and the open borders crowd would rebuild as the desired totalitarian country they want. We would have thought that the Covid-19 pandemic should put the Democrats open borders policy to rest forever but it hasn’t. In fact, under Joe Biden the number of illegals flooding across our southern border is worse than anytime in the past 21 years. We need borders and we need them secured.

Several years ago it was noted that Cuba released their people in jail, flew them to Mexico so they could come across our southern border and into the US. No telling how many other countries are doing this now. It has been reported it is not just Hispanics but Muslim and all nationalities flooding across our borders these days.

These Dems are working to destroy our country by creating chaos (Antifa) as well as attempting to remove history by tearing down statues and renaming schools. They have already taken over education. The outline for what is happening now is in the book I noted above. We have no time to waste.

David Spade
29 days ago

The only thing that is more disgusting than this anti-American “trigger warning” is the fact that someone got paid for coming up with this crap. Those people are mindless and leftist idiots who need safe places to ponder their lies and Marxist worship. They should be rooted out of society, made to sit in the stocks in the public square, and ridiculed at every turn. Any questions?
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zavalita2002
27 days ago
Reply to  David Spade

Yeah, is David Spade your real name ? If you propose such radical measures, maybe we should know your real name.

Andy Henderson
29 days ago

If we allow the the radical Leftist that currently infest our government and country to continue their agenda to destroy our society and country, then we deserve to live in the wretchedness cesspool that will be the result of this destruction.

J. Farley
29 days ago

What a great President Donald J. Trump was, we went from one of the very best Presidents to ABSOLUTLY THE VERY WORST. How could those that voted for him and those that rigged the 2020 Election be so stupid, because they are Commie scum, that’s why. A quote by John Stuart comes to mind— The only thing necessary for the Triumph of evil is for good Men/Women to do nothing—How many of you think its passed time to do something.
God Bless America !!!!!!!!

Karen
29 days ago
Reply to  J. Farley

think it’s time for a coup.

J. Farley
29 days ago
Reply to  Karen

When do we start!! Would tomorrow be to soon !!

Karen
28 days ago
Reply to  J. Farley

I’m ready, let’s go!

Rik
29 days ago

Rebuke? ? ? . . . Words WITHOUT Actions, are JUST WORDS! . . . When are We the People going to wise up and take Our County back from the Progressively Communist wannabe Democrats? Empty Words Without Actions has brought America to the brink of Destruction!
Before I die, I plan on taking some of these Commies with me! . . . I just don’t plan on dying until I have no choice of other options.

Philip Hammersley
29 days ago

When will this IDIOCY end? “Trigger warnings” for our founding documents? If (and I hope) a real American is elected in 2024, he needs to clean out all the woke imbeciles in all departments. If they can’t be fired, transfer them to Alaska! (Sorry Alaskans!)

Michael DeFeo
29 days ago

As a father of 5 children, 11 thru 20, I brought my kids up when they were younger to every September 17th read the preamble of the Constitution. Today, thanks to society and our public school system, they call me a racist. It’s very sad what my kids and one day grandkids are being left with.

Tim
1 month ago

Everyone must read Mark Levin:s book American Marxism..

Jean
29 days ago
Reply to  Tim

I so agree…Just bought it, and am reading it, now…

Essay
1 month ago

So called, “sensitivity and diversity” training not only teaches “certain people [are] deemed ‘oppressors’ solely because of their race,” but other people are deemed forever “victims” solely based on their race. This Marist type dogma is not what America is about.

Ralph DeFazio
1 month ago

This is, sadly, a shame that our great country has come to this place. If you have not read the 1776 Report you should. I find it amazing that there are people in this country that don’t know that this stuff is going on, and worse yet, they don’t care! God bless the USA!

Sally
1 month ago

Wonderful article, and oh how true. The fight begins in iur schools for our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. If it (crt) isn’t brought to an end right now, our country has no future!!

Sal Sclafani
1 month ago

May God help us???? Help us to bring this nation…His Nation as “One Nation Under God” again.

Tom Berg
1 month ago

Very well stated!

Jim Miller
1 month ago

Amen

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