Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum says that everyone should read a new book called How to Raise an American Patriot by someone named Marijo Tinlin. You’re gonna love what this book is about — and especially about one particular claim made in it.
This book presents the stories of 13 modern-day patriots, including how they came to love America and how they taught their own kids to cherish being citizens of the greatest nation on Earth. Some of these patriots are fairly well-known, such as former Attorney General Edwin Meese, actress Janine Turner, and Hillsdale College president Dr. Larry Arnn. Others are not well known but are active spokesmen for what makes America exceptional. Each chapter has a theme — truth, history, character, debate, faith, duty, or sovereignty — and ends with key points and practical action items for parents.
The author makes suggestions for visiting interesting historical sites and reading historical fiction. All these activities provide a solid foundation for instilling what the author calls the five pillars of patriotism: learn our history, have faith, be good citizens, do your duty, and pass it on.
The book also highlights some heroes to motivate younger kids. The book retells the amazing true story about how George Washington had his horse shot out from under him and bullets penetrated his clothes, but did not harm him so he was saved in a near-miraculous way to become our victorious commander in the American Revolution and then our first President. Young children will be interested to learn, for example, that James Madison was an ambassador to Russia when he was only 14 years old.
Apparently you can raise a patriot by teaching them ridiculous lies. No, James Madison was not an ambassador to Russia or anywhere else at 14 years old. John Quincy Adams did go to Russia when he was 14 as a secretary to Francis Dana, who was sent to secure official recognition for the United States from that country. Adams was later named ambassador to Russia by James Madison, but not until he was 42 years old. But those are facts, which have no currency on Planet Wingnuttia.