Williams is concerned about what Virginia children are taught in schools, so he introduced House Bill No 781, “relating to public elementary and secondary schools; student citizenship skills; certain instructional policies prohibited, parental rights; disclosures; penalties; other remedies.”
Among the provisions offered by the patriotic Virginian is approval of public schools teaching “the founding documents,” including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, excerpts from the Federalist Papers, the writings of the Founding Fathers and Alexis de Tocqueville’s“Democracy in America” and “the first debate between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.”
You know, the guy standing next to Abe here:
Wait: are you sure you have the right Douglass/ Douglas, Wren? Might it be this Douglas…
or this one…
…or even this one?
How can anyone take seriously an education-related bill offered by a representative this ignorant? You know what really imperils democracy? Political parties running grandstanding idiots who know nothing about their own country, its history and institutions, and lazy, apathetic voters giving the power they are unfit to wield.
Now the Virginia Division of Legislative Services, a nonpartisan state agency that helps lawmakers draft bills, has fallen on its sword and taken the blame, claiming Williams sent them a “historical (sic.) accurate” text and the agency inserted the wrong Douglass.
I wonder what Republicans promised to get that. No, I do not believe the cover story. At all. I will believe it when the entire management of Virginia Division of Legislative Services and whoever allegedly exchanged Stephen O., the Douglas who opposed abolition, for Frederick Douglass, the eloquent black foe of slavery, fired for gross incompetence.
Pointer: Washington Post