I might stop portraying the right wing as a bunch of simpleminded demagogues pushing an appalling xenophobia and nationalism if they didn’t live up to it so damn often. Just watch Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson go all “if you don’t love this country, get the hell out” on a bunch of high school students protesting possible curriculum changes.
The Jefferson County school board proposed changes to the AP U.S. History curriculum in response to the College Board’s new framework for the class, which conservatives claim “emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects.”
The school board would like to form a committee to review the school’s curriculum and make sure that AP U.S. History course materials “promote patriotism” and do not “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.”
Students took issue with the proposal and have staged walkouts this week in protest. They argue that the proposal will keep teachers from covering civil disobedience…
Fox’s Gretchen Carlson was incredibly upset that students had the nerve to protest curriculum changes proposed by the school board.“The last time I checked, we were still living in the United States of America, where we have a national anthem and an American flag,” she said on her show, “The Real Story.” “Are they the next things to be controversial and talked about being thrown out? How could being patriotic or learning about patriotism be a negative?”
She was troubled that students took issue with the curriculum’s attempt to “encourage that there be no disregard for the law.”
“Isn’t that why we have laws on the books? Or have we come to the point where breaking the law is now an admirable choice?” she asked.
Carlson said that rather than protest a curriculum that teaches them about the right to protest, students should just go.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for freedom of speech and the ability to gather and state your claim. But, quite frankly, if you don’t like it here, and you have a problem with promoting the basic freedoms that men and women have died for — protesting for the rest of us and protecting us — then get out,” she said.
Yeah, don’t get her wrong! She loves freedom of speech! But if you’re going to say things she doesn’t like, you need to leave the country. Because Lee Greenwood says so. Or something. Seriously, it’s time to shut the hole that makes the words.