“Robert Spencer gives us the 1776 Project to counter the 1619 Project,” by Mark Anthony, BizPacReview, September 8, 2020:
In response to a statement that California had implemented the 1619 Project in public schools, President Trump tweeted Sunday: “Department of Education is looking at this. If so, they will not be funded!” That is welcome news, as the 1619 Project is an elaborate and much-lauded (Pulitzer Prize-winning, in fact) exercise in historical; according to political science professor Peter C. Myers, it is “animated by the same conviction that animates BLM and the rioters: America is and always has been a racist tyranny, and there can be no black liberation absent its radical transformation, by any means necessary.” The general acceptance of this propaganda today makes it vitally important to tell the real story of our country, and now Robert Spencer, the historian who wrote The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS, has offered the 1776 Project in the form of a book entitled Rating America’s Presidents: An America-First Look at Who Is Best, Who Is Overrated, and Who Was An Absolute Disaster.
This book is a brisk and engaging introduction not just to the Presidents of the United States, but through Spencer’s evaluation of their various administrations, to the history of the United States itself, not told this time by those who hate it, but by an unabashed and unapologetic patriot. One overarching impression one gets from Rating America’s Presidents is not that the United States of America has been inherently racist from over a century and a half before its founding, as the 1619 Project would have us believe, but that its trajectory has been in exactly the opposite direction: admittedly imperfectly, but nevertheless steadily toward racial justice and a truly color-blind society.
Spencer discloses a great deal about this that is surprising. It was no shock to discover that the Democrats, the party of slavery and Jim Crow, in 1868 ran New York Governor Horatio Seymour for President with the slogan, “Our Motto: This is a White Man’s Country; Let White Men Rule.” It was surprising, however (and would come as a salutary shock to those who believe the 1619 Project), that the man who defeated Seymour, Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant, rejected the racism of Seymour and the Democrats at a time when today’s potted U.S. history would have us believe that everyone was racist. “I have no prejudice against sect or race,” President Grant stated, “but want each individual to be judged by his own merit.”
There is much more. Read the rest here.