Conservative columnist and former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams reported that Holly Holst, a federal employee of the National Park Service, took visitors on a guided tour of Independence Hall, during which she informed them that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were the product of “class elites who were just out to protect their privileged status.”
[UPDATE: Adams corrected his original report, which misidentified the ranger involved as Mary A. Hogan. Ethics Alarms has corrected it s original post accordingly. I apologize to Hogan and my readers.]
Adams writes that several attendees of her tour group on Monday told him that Holst repeatedly denigrated the Founders. She claimed that “the Founders knew that when they left this room, what they had written wouldn’t matter very much, ” and also told them that the “most important part of the Constitution written at Independence Hall was the ability to change it.”
Exemplifying her historical expertise was Holst’s alleged statement that King George III paid more attention to Parliament than the colonists “because they were right there and could remove him from office.”
Assuming that this is accurate information about Holst and her tour–remember that Adams is a passionate and often angry anti-Obama conservative—I have the following questions.
By the way, if the story above is accurate, my head has asked permission to do its best imitation of Krakatoa.
1. Does anyone vet what tour guides say? I know there is hardly any oversight of any agency under Obama and that rogues and incompetents run wild, but I just assumed guided tours of iconic American landmarks would not be subject to eccentric variations like this, or distortion by political agendas.
2. How does a some one like Holst get fired? Surely this is a firing offense. Please, someone tell me that it is a firing offense.
3. Did anyone in the tour group challenge Hogan’s ideologically warped and factually untrue bile? If ever there was an example where the duty to confront called, this was it.
4. If no one did challenge her and object,why? Would it be because their own grasp of basic American history was so weak that they couldn’t confidently or effectively do so?
5. How many federal employees like this are there? Shouldn’t there be..fewer?
6. Who does Holly Holst think she is? Let me rephrase that. Who the hell does she think she is? She isn’t some guest scholar or historian recruited to give his own personal analysis of the nation’s founding. She is a Park Ranger, and her job is to relate the historical facts that make Independence Hall an American landmark, not the Howard Zinn-Noam Chomsky anti-Founder spin crammed into her ears by some tenured relic of the Sixties. She is also an American citizen who thrives under the protection of the rights that the Founders risked their lives to establish. She should have some respect.
8. How long before even Democrats who are beholden to their teachers union masters have to concede that the U.S. education system is in ruins, that the schools and universities are turning out useless and biased products like Hogan, and that this must be addressed at very least by ripping anti-American propaganda out of the curriculum?
9. Say what you will about Texas, but if an Alamo tour guide spit out this kind of hateful guck about Travis and the rest, I estimate that it would take about 90 minutes to have her boxed and shipped to a Dairy Queen in New Haven.
10. Can the United States of American fight off and survive this kind of intentional, self-inflicted cultural and spiritual rot?
I’m beginning to wonder.