As we look back at twenty years of NAFTA let's use it as motivation to push this president and Congress to finally do what is right: stop using the word "alien," allow undocumented students the right to dream, and pass immigration reform once and for all.
Exactly one year ago today, on August 9, 2012, Christian publisher Thomas Nelson took the virtually unprecedented action of pulling one of its books from publication due to the book's many inaccuracies. That book, of course, was David Barton's The Jefferson Lies.
That always seems to be the justification for any government promotion of a religious practice, both in the military and elsewhere: It's "tradition" -- and tradition trumps constitutionality. But how traditional are practices like this religious flag folding ceremony? Well, often not very.
See how much a story can change in just one retelling? A gunman from San Francisco in the 1860s became a gunman from New England in the 1850s. How much might the story have already changed from whatever incident L'Amour based his novel's version on?
Barton claimed on his radio show to have "searched" and only found two gun accidents in the founding era, but his claim became even more incredible on Beck's show. Now it's two gun accidents in two hundred years!
On Thursday's episode of Glenn Beck's web-based GBTV show, Beck's guest was none other than pseudo-historian David Barton, who, as everybody knows by now, just got his bestselling book The Jefferson Lies pulled by Christian publisher Thomas Nelson.
Yesterday I came across one particular lie from David Barton that is so incredible that I just have to share it. For anyone who's ever wondered just how far Barton will go, I think this one answers that question.
My book will be out pretty fast because of the wonders of on-demand printing, but in the meantime, here is my video debunking most of the lies in Barton's chapter about Jefferson and the University of Virginia.
A video clip available online shows Cameron visiting Barton's personal museum in Texas, and hearing a few of Barton's lies about the early Congress and Thomas Jefferson printing Bibles to spread the word of God to all American families.
Nothing can explain why this woman would take a chance on making up the addition to her story that appears in her new book -- that her great-great-grandfather, Halvor Munson, won a farm in Kansas from Jesse James in a poker game!
While a group that put up the Jefferson billboard was really stupid not to verify the source of the Jefferson quote it used, I hardly think David Barton is in any position to say anything about the group's statement that they "did not misrepresent his ideas."
Driving the right wing's flight into irrationality is the fear of complexity. In place of it, the right wants to substitute radically simplified fictions, whether about history, or about climate change, homosexuality or the debt ceiling.
The GOP's favorite pseudo-historian David Barton boasted to Jon Stewart recently that many members of Congress are coming to him for historical information. Well, one of these members who are taking Barton's orders is Randy Forbes.
Mr. Beck, I would never call a quote from George Washington ridiculous, but I will call the one on that t-shirt what it is -- a fake! Even your new pal David Barton tells his followers not to use this quote.