Schooling Liberals on America’s ‘Separation of Church and State’

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

Taking center stage in our nation’s capital is the new Museum of the Bible – a massive $500-plus-million-dollar, privately funded, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the world’s most famous book.

Some in the media, most notably on CBS This Morning and NBC’s Today, seem to be trying to stir up a little hysteria by claiming that the museum opened “under a cloud of suspicion.” Because the museum is located just two blocks from the U.S. Capitol, they fear that it might threaten the “separation of church and state.”

Apparently, some people are still clueless about what the phrase “separation of church and state” actually means, let alone realize that it’s nowhere to be found in the U.S. Constitution or any other founding document. I suppose this is to be expected from those who don’t actually read about our nation’s history from original sources.

Factually speaking, I find it fascinating that in 1800, Congress approved the House Chamber to be used for Sunday services. These religious services were non-denominational and available to everyone, including members of Congress. Public worship in the Capitol was so popular that it lasted 100 years!

Read More at American Thinker.

The Fragile Generation

By Lenore Skenazy & Jonathan Haidt

One day last year, a citizen on a prairie path in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst came upon a teen boy chopping wood. Not a body. Just some already-fallen branches. Nonetheless, the onlooker called the cops.

Officers interrogated the boy, who said he was trying to build a fort for himself and his friends. A local news site reports the police then “took the tools for safekeeping to be returned to the boy’s parents.”

Elsewhere in America, preschoolers at the Learning Collaborative in Charlotte, North Carolina, were thrilled to receive a set of gently used playground equipment. But the kids soon found out they would not be allowed to use it, because it was resting on grass, not wood chips. “It’s a safety issue,” explained a day care spokeswoman. Playing on grass is against local regulations.

And then there was the query that ran in Parents magazine a few years back: “Your child’s old enough to stay home briefly, and often does. But is it okay to leave her and her playmate home while you dash to the dry cleaner?” Absolutely not, the magazine averred: “Take the kids with you, or save your errand for another time.” After all, “you want to make sure that no one’s feelings get too hurt if there’s a squabble.”

Read more at Reason.

‘Roseanne’ Revival Could Finally Provide Entertaining TV For Middle America

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

After two decades, ABC’s award-winning sitcom “Roseanne” (1988-1997) will return to television for an eight-episode revival in 2018. The decision seems to have been largely influenced by a politically energized, and conservative leaning, working-class demographic that came out in droves to support President Trump and his job growth agenda. Network executives have suddenly changed their tune about ignoring this demographic, whom they now see as a lucrative built-in audience.

The original “Roseanne” series broke new ground by giving viewers a more raw and realistic perspective of the daily lives of an average working-class family—the Conner’s—and all their joys and struggles in raising three children. The show was lauded for simply taking an unlikely subject and making it widely identifiable to American audiences through honesty, warmth, and quippy humor. For fans, it was true entertainment without all the pretentious liberal social messaging we so often see on television today.

What Politicians Sound Like to Middle America

Take, for example, the following exchange between Roseanne and a slick politician who’s going door-to-door hoping to sell his constituents on a jobs plan that no one in her blue-collar town can afford:

Read more at The Federalist.

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America’s Black Patriots: The History You Never Learned in School

By Kimberly Bloom JacksonPinned Post

Have you ever heard of Wentworth Cheswell or the Reverend Jonas Clark? How about Peter Salem? If you haven’t, don’t feel bad. I didn’t know and I taught history.

America's Black Patriots: James Armistead, Wentworth Cheswell, and Lemuel Haynes

With all the chatter about February being Black History Month, I thought I would throw myself into the fray to offer a little sneak peek into the history we never learned in school.

Frankly, I have never been a fan of Black History Month. No, I’m not a racist. To me, history ought to be taught through a more integrative rather than separatist approach. The fact of the matter is black and white Americans have often worked side by side contributing to our rich history—a history that dates back to our nation’s founding.

Unfortunately, this history has often been distorted, even erased from our history books by progressives—the real racists.

Let’s take a closer look at some of these amazing black American patriots.

1) Wentworth Cheswell (1746-1817): Few people have ever heard of Wentworth Cheswell, yet in 1775 he rode alongside Paul Revere to alert everyone that the British were coming. As the story goes, the two men eventually split off—Cheswell rode north and Revere rode west. In addition to being a patriot, Cheswell was a respected schoolteacher, church leader, and historian. He also became America’s first black judge in 1768. That’s seven years before America won her independence!

Do You Patronize Businesses That Undermine Your Freedoms and Values?

By Kimberly Bloom JacksonPinned Post

When my husband and I arrived at the door of a local restaurant that came highly recommended to us, we couldn’t believe our eyes.

No Guns Sign

On their door was the infamous “NO GUNS” sign. We looked at each other in disbelief. How could the owner of the restaurant be so stupid as to draw attention to an establishment full of unarmed customers? Worse yet, how could customers be so stupid? It’s like hanging an “easy target” sign around every neck.

Fact is, mindless gun-free zones are what mass shootings have in common. They are killing zones, free from good guys with guns. That’s why the Aurora movie theater killer chose the more distant theater where guns were not allowed and thus where he wouldn’t have to worry about his plan being foiled.

Still, too many people remain in denial. Recently, an Olive Garden employee asked an on duty Kansas City police officer who was in full uniform to leave the restaurant because he was—wait for it—carrying a gun!

Intense reaction to the incident on social media prompted an Olive Garden spokesperson to apologize for the “misunderstanding.” “We love having members of law enforcement dine with us,” he said. Really? Olive Garden may say they love law enforcement, but did you know they hate the Second Amendment?

As for that restaurant with the “no gun” sign my husband and I visited, needless to say, we moved on to safer turf.

HBO’s Confederacy of Dunces

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

The latest example of liberal Hollywood spin will turn American history on its head by radically reimagining the southern states as victors of the Civil War (1861-1865), with slavery continuing to flourish into the present-day.  David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, creators of HBO’s award-winning adventure series Game of Thrones (2011-), have just been given the green light to produce a controversial new series titled Confederate.

The show’s historically distorted storyline will follow “a broad swath of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarized Zone—freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families of people in their thrall.”

Frankly, I’m not surprised that one of the network’s next big pet projects will be to completely rewrite the most divisive chapter in American history.  And for what?  To promote more divisiveness?  If the industry’s declining reputation for actually entertaining audiences is any indication, then you can count on Confederate to stoke the flames of racial division.  Malcom Spellman (Empire), who is on-board as both executive producer and writer, explained it best during an interview:

Read more at American Thinker

The Democratic Party’s Ominous Shift

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

Democrats have long believed they alone occupy the higher intellectual ground, regardless of the issue. Recently, their party has undergone an ominous shift. Part of this involves their staunch refusal to engage in any meaningful debate of the issues—considering everyone else as just a bunch of cultural infidels. This is a dangerous mindset, as it threatens the fundamental underpinnings of our civility, and thus the overall stability of America.

The political energy driving the Democratic Party today primarily comes from the Left’s dominance in academia, entertainment, and media. This affords them an unprecedented ability to influence what most people learn, see, and hear—carefully controlling both the medium and the message to keep certain demographics increasingly mired in grievance, fear, and hate. At the heart of it all, of course, is identity politics, producing hotbeds of victim identities that form the basis for the incredibly divisive actions we’re now seeing.

Read More at American Thinker

Mainstream News: Shamelessly Diverting Our Attention

I am one of those people who refuse to waste my time watching liberal mainstream news. Yet, I often find that it’s almost impossible to completely escape their nonsense. That’s because my own trusted news channel thinks I need to know every shenanigan that liberals and their media are up to, keeping them front and center of my news experience without actually watching liberal news.

Let me be perfectly clear. I am not calling for a boycott of my news channel. Without it, there simply wouldn’t be a reliable news source and insightful commentary with a more objective voice anywhere on television. Nevertheless, there seems to be more time spent on sensationalizing the spectacle of a joyless, melodramatic, and conspiratorial liberal culture, instead of presenting more stories that really matter to hard-working Americans, such as border security, tax cuts, and healthcare reform.

Take for example the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. This was started by Leftist crybabies who continue to entertain dangerous fantasies of taking down a constitutionally elected president. How many months has the liberal media obsessed over Trump and Russia? And where’s their evidence? Had Hillary Clinton won the election, I doubt we would have heard a peep about Russia. It’s a game of political assassination.

America’s New Racial Segregationists Are On The Left

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

Some of the most bizarre and dysfunctional behavior in America these days takes place on college campuses. Last year student protesters on the University of California-Berkeley campus physically prevented white students from accessing their classes and the Student Union Building to study. Incredibly, protesters declared that UC-Berkeley was their University, even going as far as issuing a “notice of eviction” to white students before demanding that university officials create [safe] “spaces of color” for non-white students.

Safe spaces pop up on college campuses where a high number of students lack basic social skills to cope with diversity of viewpoints. But not all safe spaces are established for this reason. Recently, white students at Loyola University-Chicago were granted their very own “safe space” called Ramblers Analyzing Whiteness (RAW). In the past, anyone who simply expressed an interest in establishing a white group would be viciously attacked as a racist by the campus mob. So where’s the outrage at RAW?

Apparently, it meets the politically correct standards of what a white group should look like. RAW encourages white students to engage “in solidarity with others and their privilege” on “what it means to be white.” It also focuses discussions on their “anger and confusion about institutional racism” and “guilt and hope about internalized racism.” In other words, RAW is out to deconstruct the psychology of white people so whites can admit to each other how racist they really are. It’s just the latest gutter-think in college-sponsored identity politics (aka cultural Marxism) sweeping the nation, leaving the idea of higher education in ruins.

Read More at The Federalist

‘Rosie The Riveter’ Iconicized The American Women Who Truly Fought Fascism

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

This Memorial Day, as we honor all those who have served and sacrificed on our behalf, let us not forget the American women who fought on the home front during World War II, and whose efforts ultimately helped us defeat the horrors of real fascism. It all started with a fictional gal named “Rosie the Riveter.”

A Tale of Two Rosies
Whenever we hear the name Rosie the Riveter, we tend to think of Westinghouse artist J. Howard Miller’s popular image of a spirited “We Can Do It” WWII-era woman, with her hair wrapped in a white polka-dotted red scarf, rolled up sleeves, and flexed bicep.

But this originally nameless 1942 rendering, part of an early government effort to rally badly needed American female workers, was never intended to be “Rosie.” Our modern Rosie association came about in the 1980s, after the feminist movement adopted the image as a symbol of female empowerment. Today, the icon appears on everything from coffee mugs to beach towels.

Read More at The Federalist

Liberal Fascism

Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning (New York: Doubleday, 2009)

The word “fascist,” much like “racist,” has long been a favorite insult of the Left to silence their opposition. Unfortunately, fascist is so widely thrown about these days that it trivializes the evils of real fascism. As a result, this perpetuates a perverted understanding of the word fascist as “everyone I don’t like.”

But here’s the irony. Jonah Goldberg, in his book Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, “reminds us that the original fascists were really on the left, and that liberals from Woodrow Wilson to FDR to Hillary Clinton have advocated policies and principles remarkably similar to those of Hitler’s National Socialism and Mussolini’s Fascism.” For example, the Nazis “believed in free health care and guaranteed jobs. They confiscated inherited wealth and spent vast sums on public education. They purged the church from public policy, promoted a new form of pagan spirituality, and inserted the authority of the state into every nook and cranny of daily life. The Nazis declared war on smoking, supported abortion, euthanasia, and gun control. They loathed the free market, provided generous pensions for the elderly, and maintained a strict racial quota system in their universities—where campus speech codes were all the rage.”

Goldberg’s book is a gem and a must read!

God and the Public Square: The History No Longer Taught in School

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

Our founding fathers believed that America’s birth was the work of a Divine hand. How else could a small collection of farming colonies have won it’s independence from the mighty British Crown?

The Apotheosis of Washington

The founders also understood that civic virtue and morality were absolutely essential if citizens were going to govern themselves. In the words of our second president John Adams, “Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

Unfortunately, this important part of our history is no longer taught in school. No wonder there’s so much hostility toward free speech these days, let alone religious expression. But it wasn’t always this way.

Recently, while visiting our nation’s capitol, I was amazed to see just how much religion was front and center everywhere I went. In fact, America’s capitol is a treasure trove of religious symbolism found on canvas, parchment, stained-glass, stone, and marble. Throughout the National Mall, God in the public square really isn’t such a taboo after all, as secularists would have us believe.

The National Archives Building
My journey began at the National Archives, a repository for America’s historic documents. My mission was to see our Charters of Freedom—the Declaration of Independence (1776), Constitution of the United States (1787), and Bill of Rights (1791)—located in the building’s rotunda.

Just before entering the rotunda there’s a bronze floor inlay of the Ten Commandments. This image was intended to convey that our legal system originated in God’s law.