I searched for something among current events to post on my blog today. I simply cannot get interested in Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump or any of the other politicians clamoring for our votes. There is just too much negativity in the news now days.
We often hear these days of people complaining about the “old white guys” that wrote the Constitution of the United States. These same people believe they have no reason to study the Constitution. These people include those who are attempting to put common core materials in our school systems and spoon feed the mess to our children. I was relieved when I found an article written by Alasdair Denvil and titled “Dead White Guys’ Are Worth Studying Today. And Syria Proves Why.” Here is a taste of what the article includes.
“For several decades now, minorities in the U.S. have been asking: Why should we study the history of white Europeans, when we’re not related to them? To be fair, it’s a sensible question.
“But it has a sensible answer: Even though you didn’t inherit DNA from them, you did inherit a political system from them. And it turns out to be a pretty decent political system, when you consider the alternatives….
“No, the reason they’re worth studying is because they created a political structure that was a big improvement over the others that reigned during their time, and that was able to endure and to improve itself into what we enjoy today.
“That’s not ancient history, its living history whose relevance can be summed up to the teenage students of today in one word: Syria.
“Syria, of course, is a nightmare right now. But it’s a nightmare that would have been entirely familiar to the Founders. The terror you see in Syria today is a 21st-century version of the history that the 18th-century Founders sought to leave behind….”