Liberal revisionists vilify all things distinctly American. They have an exaggerated estimate of human capacities, a shallow view of evil, an inadequate view of truth, and a deficient view of God.
National Review writer Michael Knox Beran put it this way:
|“|| The liberal interpretation of history holds that the United States is not merely a flawed country — all countries are flawed — but a deeply flawed one. It was founded by statesmen who subscribed to a deeply flawed philosophy; statesmen who believed that all men are created equal, and that all men are entitled to life, liberty, and the fruits of their industry.
The founders of the United States, it is true, did not always live up to their philosophy. But by placing its principles in the Declaration of Independence, they preserved it, as Abraham Lincoln said, for all time, so that “to-day, and in all coming days, it shall be a rebuke and a stumbling-block to the very harbingers of reappearing tyranny and oppression.”
In the view of those who subscribe to the liberal interpretation of history, the philosophy of the Declaration is antiquated. According to the liberal interpretation, all men are created equal, except for blacks, Native Americans, Alaskan natives, Hispanics, and Asian and Pacific Islanders, who are racially challenged and must be classed apart from everyone else. (Native Hawaiians will be added to the list if the Akaka Bill becomes law.) All are entitled to life, except for those whose hearts beat in the womb; to liberty, except for those who require the supervision of the nanny state; to the fruits of their industry, except for those who have made a certain amount of money and are obligated to hand a disproportionate chunk of it over to the government each year.
Central to the liberal interpretation of history is the belief that a country founded on so flawed a philosophy cannot, as a rule, be a force for good in the world. Accordingly, when the United States acts in the world it most often acts not for good, but for evil.
Examples of Liberal Revisionism
- They reject the truth of the Bible, turning instead to secular things that are culturally acceptable.
- Those who preach tolerance the most often don't tolerate those whom they feel are intolerant. Those who decry traditional Christians for being judgmental have judged them for being exclusionary in their views.
- Lowell Grisham has written that if you embrace a thoroughly orthodox view of Christianity then you must be a fundamentalist, exclusionist, or simply ignorant or bigoted. He implies that if you hold to traditional biblical values then you must favor slavery, the abuse of women, and persecution of Gay people.
- On Governor Sarah Palin's being an in "demand speaker", the Associated Press reminds readers she's "A Failed Candidate" --- repeatedly in stories they publish about her. Al Gore and John Kerry didn't get the same treatment.