Letter to the editor: Why not tell all of American history, the good and the bad?


Why are many government officials micromanaging what can be said about American history?

Why not tell all of American history? It has some good parts, some bad parts and some ugly parts. If the whole part of history is told, perhaps the citizens will have a better understanding about the way the system operates and how to keep it running. The old adage from history classes was a constant reason why history was a necessary class. "Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." George Santayana

So why not learn about all of American history so that the mistakes and the positive areas can be examined thoroughly? How did the people who had power treat others? How did the people with little or no power manage to survive? What lessons can be learned from reviewing all of American history?

Is delving into American history hard because it sheds light that changes the reputation or the perception of some people?

Is it because it exposes the lack of knowledge?

Is it because it exposes the vulnerability of the country?

Is it caused by a fear of seeing a different side of the ideals originally taught?

Is it because it exposes a lack of concern for all of humanity?

Some in the country seem to have the idea that Americans must all think the same way to be good Americans. This type of thinking gives rise to leanings of a dictatorship. Is that the aim for America's future? What about free speech? Isn't that one of the nation's principles? America's people need to have an honest look in the mirror.


Relative of proud veterans of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War II and the Vietnam War