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March 19, 2010

One Good Thing about the Texas History Standards . . .

Filed under: Conservatives,Education,Founders — Jeffrey L. Pasley @ 7:14 am

Jefferson gets to be a left-wing hero again! It’s been awhile, but Ho Chi Minh and I always knew he had a comeback in him. Actually, the whole cause of right-wing historical revisionism may suffer some blowback from this ill-advised shot at Mr. Jefferson. They have gone a Founder there. There are lots of relatively conservative Americans out there who still revere the Founders. They hear a few stories like this and they may just conclude that guys like Dental Commissar McElroy are a little too sketchy to be allowed to control their children’s lives.

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  1. McElroy is already on the way out and slated to be replaced by a moderate and reasonable person. Unfortunately, though, McElroy’s term will run until December. Until then we have to put up with him and his ilk making Texas a national laughingstock. Thanks, Doc!

    Comment by Frances Hunter — March 23, 2010 @ 11:43 am

  2. I followed the link Prof. P. provided above. It takes us to a very interesting page, one of whose features is a complaint that Texas textbooks apparently will heed then-Justice Rehnquist’s dissent in _Wallace_. No wonder Prof. P. and his fellows are squealing.

    Comment by Kevin R. C. Gutzman — May 10, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

  3. Perhaps historians don’t support Rehnquist’s dissent because it is so badly reasoned and selective in its evidence. The framers were well aware of what happens when state institutions are positioned to impose forms of religious behavior and belief and that is precisely what they designed the clause to prevent. It is also ironic that Rehnquist claims to know Madison’s intent but actually provides little to suggest that he actually looked for Madison’s positions on establishment. So much for rigorous textualism.

    Comment by michael meranze — May 20, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

  4. Until then we have to put up with him and his ilk making Texas a national laughingstock. Thanks, Doc!

    Comment by ask ve sevgi — July 3, 2010 @ 5:59 am

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