Fayette County attorney Hal Rounds, a Tea Party Spokesman, was one of about 60 Tea Partiers who came to Nashville on Wednesday to demand changes to the state education system.
According to the Commercial Appeal:
Rounds, the group’s lead spokesman during the news conference, said the group wants to address “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another."
I have so many questions I hardly know where to start. But mainly, I wonder if Rounds thinks it's a lie that the Founding Fathers had slaves, or if he thinks it's just unseemly to bring it up.
It's weird. "Made-up" implies a lie — that Tennessee is lying to kids about the Founding Fathers — but the things Rounds lists aren't lies. That is what happened. Slave owners and people who kicked Indians off their land built this country.
It's not pleasant, but it's the truth.
But here's another bit of truth. Our schools are underfunded and underresourced. The idea that there are any great number of schools in this state who are teaching any history other than dates and names?
That's, sadly, a fantasy as well.
But, hey, if it mean we have to pour some money into schools so that they have the time and ability to teach the Tea Partiers' Fantasy of the Immaculate Conception of the United States, I'm all for it.
But without tax dollars, I'm not sure how they think the state is going to implement massive curriculum changes.