TAMPA, November 15, 2012 – Since the dawn of written history, people have told stories about heroes, both historical and legendary. They have been great warriors who slayed dragons, founded cities or overcame insurmountable obstacles to save their people. These stories were not just entertaining. Their protagonists served as role models for the next generation to emulate, hopefully inspiring young men and women to strive to be brave, virtuous, honorable and resilient.
America has its own real life heroes, but they have been lost to recent generations, according to Brion McClanahan, Ph.D. In his new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Real American Heroes, he sets out to bring them back from progressive exile.
From founding fathers like Captain John Smith, George Washington and John Dickinson to frontiersmen Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett to industrialists like John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie, McClanahan restores the heroes who actually made America what it was.
“Traditional American heroes were honorable, independent, principled, and spirited men, not politicians or actors. They didn’t just exploit their talents to achieve a selfish success; they served a cause—a country—bigger than themselves. Traditional heroines embodied sacrifice and devotion to others. They were guides, moral compasses - strong-willed and principled, but not selfish,” writes McClanahan.
McClanahan doesn’t set out merely to tell stories. He has an agenda. He doesn’t believe that it’s an accident that traditional American heroes have been forgotten. They’ve been intentionally smeared by the progressive left and replaced with what McClanahan argues are “frauds.” That’s because these men and women not only won battles and tamed frontiers, but they also espoused the founding American principles of individual liberty and limited government. Of Davy Crockett, he writes,
“On his trip back to Washington, Crockett reportedly made the following toast at a dinner party, in obvious reference to the growing power of President Jackson, “Here’s wishing the bones of tyrant kings may answer in hell; in place of gridirons, to roast the souls of Tories on.”
Part II of McClanahan’s book takes aim at the frauds. With political correctness out the window, McClanahan takes a sledgehammer to progressive revisionist history, deconstructing progressive icons like Franklin Roosevelt, the Kennedys and even John Dewey.
“If leftist American historians are going to attempt (often successfully) to ruin the character of people like George Washington or Thomas Jefferson in their students’ eyes, then their heroes—minorities and women included—should be subject to the same harsh scrutiny. They are not,” writes McClanahan.
Now they are. Yet, McClanahan’s purpose is not merely to show that these men and women had the same human flaws as traditional American heroes. More importantly, McClanahan argues that the heroes American children are taught to emulate are actually the architects of the modern American welfare/warfare state. On “fascist fraud” and “American Dictator” Franklin D. Roosevelt, McClanahan opines,
“Roosevelt did not save or preserve anything in the United States, and he created only chaos in foreign policy. By the end of the war, one quarter of the American people were dependent on the government for some type of income. The debt had skyrocketed, and though Roosevelt never publicly advocated tax increases, the American people were saddled with new taxes from Social Security—and of course the hidden taxes of inflation, as the dollar lost half its value in this period. The United States economy has remained a wartime economy since.”
Even the sainted Kennedys are not safe from McClanahan’s withering fire.
“The image of the handsome, brilliant Kennedys, born to lead, so carefully crafted by Joe during his family’s rise to fame and fortune, has seduced Americans into their current love affair with this notorious and seedy family. Rescuing the American collective conscious from their clutches would go a long way toward improving American political life,” says McClanahan.
Perhaps one reason that America languishes from economic decline, perpetual war, metastasizing government and vanishing personal liberty is that we’re emulating the wrong people. American schoolchildren are bombarded with the politically correct version of history with its pantheon of progressive heroes. The other side of the story needs to be heard. Brion McClanahan tells it brilliantly in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Real American Heroes.
Tom Mullen is the author of A Return to Common Sense: Reawakening Liberty in the Inhabitants of America.
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