Thursday, December 4, 2008

Is American History Being Changed?

If you read some old history books - you will find history changed a bit from the newer History books. For example, all mention of God has been taken out of the newer books we read in school - but prayer and belief in God was actually a part of the history of our nation. I have found old history books to be very insightful. It is easy to see how history can be rewritten and changed by leaving facts out and quoting things out of context.

Is the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington DC doing this now with its "Wall of Aspirations?" This wall tells what the job of congress is -to achieve aspirations such as such as unity, freedom, common defense, knowledge, exploration, and general welfare, etc. -to justify much larger activities by Congress. (excerpts from: Jim Brown)

"A constitutional scholar says the new Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC, is an extremely biased and historically inaccurate exhibit that "twists and distorts" the Constitution.

The new $621 billion Capitol Visitor Center features an exhibition hall that is dominated by a very large marble wall called "The Wall of Aspirations."...

...the exhibit is not about the Constitution's limits on powers delegated to the government, but instead lists aspirations such as unity, freedom, common defense, knowledge, exploration, and general welfare, and then points back to where they are found in the Constitution. ...but ... they were taken out of context and used to justify much larger activities by Congress.

"The job of Congress, according to the exhibit, is to achieve these aspirations. So the old notion that says Article 1, Section 8 [of the Constitution] lists the powers that Congress has -- these are the things that Congress can do. [But] that old notion is set aside," he (Dr. Matthew Spalding of The Heritage Foundation) contends. "In its place we have this kind of open-ended 'aspirations' which Congress is going to define and achieve. And to get there, they do very selective quoting and...mangle many phrases in the Constitution to get them where they want to go."

The new Visitor Center project was overseen by the Capitol Preservation Commission, which mostly consists of elected officials like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid."

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