Richard Maybury’s “The Great Thanksgiving Hoax,” first published in 1999 summarized the sanitized version of the Pilgrim’s landing at Plymouth Rock in 1620 which appears in most high school history texts:

An article by Arwyn Rice of the Curry Coastal Pilot for November 20 relates the misadventures of Nancy Chew, sixth-grade social studies teacher at Azalea Middle School in Brookings-Harbor, Oregon. Ms. Chew used the www.neok12.com website as a source for a classroom video on the subject of governments. She chose one about “a brief overview of all types of governments.” Not until complaints reached her from the Brookings-Harbor school board did she realized she had happened upon a part of Overview of America by The John Birch Society.

On February 16, 1887, President Glover Cleveland vetoed the Texas Seed Bill, a piece of legislation that would have helped suffering farmers in the American West. First, he recognized that the Constitution did not delegate any such powers to the federal government. Second, the President believed the American spirit to be far more altruistic and generous than the federal government and felt assured that the American people would use the opportunity to exercise their charitable spirit.

marriageA new data point has been entered in the catalog of leading indicators of the narcissism devouring Western civilization: A new study by the Pew Research Center indicates that 39 percent of Americans believe that marriage is becoming obsolete.

Long gone are the days when TV stars stated that they were careful about the kind of entertainment they provided. Back then when a television set was a new addition in so many households, TV personalities were aware they were being allowed into living rooms across the country — and they were grateful to be part of the family for the night. Television was carefully screened and sponsors were boycotted should anything deemed offensive take to the airwaves and invade the home sanctuaries of America. It was a given that a bad example was bad for children — bad and unpleasant for most adults as well.