You won’t believe the ‘facts’ about conservatives found in this University of South Carolina textbook

At this point we have all seen the stories about distorted accounts of history and factual inaccuracies in Common Core learning materials, but a new report about a textbook being used at the University of South Carolina just might take the cake as the most baselessly bias.

The textbook, authored by Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, suggests former President Ronald Reagan was a sexist and says conservatives view individuals as lazy and corrupt. It was assigned reading for the university’s three-credit course titled, “Introduction to Social Work Profession and Social Welfare.”

Anna Chapman, a sophomore at the University of South Carolina, told Campus Reform, “I cannot even tell you how angry I was when I read that.”

“Man, I have to tell you, University of South Carolina has a textbook out where they describe what conservatives are and what conservatives believe. I take umbrage with some of what they say,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Let me give you this: ‘Conservatism is the philosophy that individuals are responsible for themselves. Government should provide minimal interference in people’s lives and change is generally unnecessary.’ No, that has nothing to do with it.”

Students in the class were required to read selections such as “Conservative Extremes in the 1980’s and Early 1990’s,” which claims President Reagan “ascribed to women primarily domestic functions’ and failed to appoint many women to significant positions of power during his presidency.” Chapman told Campus Reform no other readings that provided a counter political viewpoint were assigned.

Below is a photo of the textbook page that defines ‘conservatism’:

21Image source: Campus Reform

The textbook cites Popple and Leighninger’s three concepts that “characterize conservatism”:

“Frist, conservatives usually oppose change and thrive on tradition. ‘They believe that change usually produces more negative then positive consequences; thus they generally favor keeping things as they are’… In other words, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Second, conservatives ‘tend to take a basically pessimistic view of human nature. People are conceived of as being corrupt, self-centered, lazy, and incapable of true charity’… Third, conservatives usually conceive of people as perfectly capable of taking care of themselves. Thus implies that if people would only work hard and take responsibility for their actions, they wouldn’t need any help…”

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Glenn could not help but take offense to every one of those points. For starters, it is progressives not conservatives that believe people are incapable of charity.

“This is crazy because they’re trying to make the point that they don’t feel it. They’re trying to make us look evil. We’re incapable of true charity, but every study shows conservatives are more charitable than progressives,” Glenn said. We happen to believe in America where we take care of each other. The progressives believe that people are incapable of charity and that’s why taxes are charity to them… But [when it comes to] actually reaching into your pocket to give, conservatives beat them every time. It’s a landslide. So we are the ones who believe that people are charitable.”

What Glenn found particularly interesting was the textbook’s assertions that conservatives believe people are corrupt, self-centered, and lazy. When you consider the ‘nudge’ theory propagated by progressives like Cass Sunstein, it becomes abundantly clear that is actually a progressives view point.

“Let’s look at this lazy thing for a second. Progressives are proving that they are the ones who believe people are lazy because we’re the ones that are saying, ‘Do your own homework.’ No, you should be the one that is a self-starter. You should be an entrepreneur, you should be able to pursue your own happiness, you should be able to start your own business, you should be able to go your own way because we know people are not lazy,” Glenn explained. “In the natural state, are people lazy? Well, let’s ask Cass Sunstein, because isn’t that the point of animal spirits. Isn’t that the point of Nudge? The point of Nudge is: You’re so lazy that if they put the French Fries out of arm’s reach, you’ll go for the carrot because that’s a long way to reach.”

Furthermore, Glenn explained conservatives believe in an ‘ownership society’ that is diametrically opposed to the tenants of progressivism, socialism, and communism. It is not just a material ownership but also a personal responsibility.

“Conservatives believe that we are really an ownership society. I own my mistakes. Whatever happened to you, own it… I’m an alcoholic. Own it,” Glenn said. “But on the flip side, we also demand that you own your own mistakes and you own the things that have happened in your life because we believe you are more than a collection of your experiences. We actually believe in redemption. We also believe you have a right to own the good things in your life. Yes, Mr. President, I did build that. You weren’t here. I had to have a team of attorneys that sat here and tried to sift through the laws to see what I could and couldn’t do. You were an obstruction. I built this in spite of you. That’s the difference.”

Ultimately, this textbook is just the latest iteration of a progressive education system that is hoping to indoctrinate our children with these ideas at a young age.

“This is just the beginning of this textbook from South Carolina…This is the influence of the progressives in education. This is what they’re teaching,” Glenn concluded. “And what is it that progressives believe? They know better than you. They will teach you because the little people don’t have to really be listened to. We’ll talk to them every six years for an election, but we’re not going really talk to them.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • BlueMN

    Seems about right. The best part was when Beck proved it right towards the end there.

    “You say you are conservative — eminently conservative — while we are
    revolutionary, destructive, or something of the sort. What is
    conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new
    and untried?” -Abraham Lincoln, Cooper Union speech February 27, 1860

    • Donna Leonard


      ☗☗☗ ☗☗䷔☗ ☗☗☗ ☗ᤫ☗☗☗ ☗☗☗If anything should raise a red flag, it’s the obvious contradiction of these two “positions”.

    • Guest

      What did Beck prove? Be specific and leave Abe out of it.

      • BlueMN

        7:22 “And yes, people are corrupt! They are self-centered! Have you seen what our society is churning out?” Now read the part in the photo of the textbook highlighted in green.

        Please pay attention to the video and the article next time, and also I will include Honest Abe at anytime I like.

        • Anonymous

          He was not talking about Conservatives at that point, he was talking about our current society, you know, “what our society is churning out”.

          You have only proved you lack comprehension. Back under the bridge toadie.

          • BlueMN

            Haha! Read the article and listen to the video before you respond. Hahaha!

            Here, I’ll spell it out for you slowly so even you can understand.

            The textbook says, “…conservatives ‘tend to take a basically pessimistic view of human nature. People are conceived of as being corrupt, self-centered, lazy, and incapable of true charity.’ “–> Conservative Glenn Beck then goes on to say that “people” are corrupt and self-centered –> Thus proving the textbook was right about characterizing conservatives as having a basically pessimistic view of human nature.

            Work with me people.

          • Bill Norris

            Try and convince someone else troll. We know what it says and we know what you are. Work with us and go back under your rock.

          • Guest

            Look up the words pessimistic and realistic.

        • Guest

          Not quite the same thing or meaning. The text reads that conservatives “..take a basically pessimistic view of human nature. People are conceived of as being corrupt and self centered …..”. It is a realistic view, and Beck is right – because government has been destroying things that help people to self regulate their behaviors this is happening more. It is evident – just look at the number of people incarcerated, on welfare, food stamps, the corruption in government because of greed or lust for power…. goes on and on. Beck didn’t say ALL people, he used the term ‘people’ generally.

          You are misunderstanding and trying to equate the two just because some of the words are the same. The book is trying to present it as though it is wrongful thinking by conservatives, as if it wasn’t true, when in fact it is a reality for the most part – as opposed to blissful ignorance or delusion that we see from the left/liberals. Pay attention to the video and the article next time……..

          You can include whatever extraneous material you want, but this was about what Beck said, not Lincoln so it has no place here… but that’s OK by me – it just reflects on you.

    • Gunny G Alz

      Actually Abe was stating that Conservatism was THE RIGHT WAY! You don’t implement Hopey/Changey and then expect it to work! You implement change SLOWLY, you examine the effects,and then you either scrap it, tweak it, or run with it depending on the results.

      If ANY party is regressive, it is the Democrats. SOS from them since the 30’s.

  • russellmuscle1

    The first point doesn’t seem that far off as far as the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” part goes. Yes, that is part of a conservative mentality. Gov is constantly making “changes” to things that often wouldn’t benefit from change, often times to either win votes or simply create a job for somebody.

    The second point and third point completely contradict each other. If anything should raise a red flag, it’s the obvious contradiction of these two “positions”. If people are by nature lazy, corrupt and incapable of true charity, then how could they also believe that they are completely capable of caring for themselves?

    The first and third points are true, however it is the second point that is so far off base that I can’t understand where the author got the idea. Conservative believe the opposite, that people are capable of caring for themselves and each other to the point that a large welfare state is not only unnecessary, but destructive to the good, self reliant nature of people.

    • Watch it

      Absolutely, the 2nd and 3rd points are mutually exclusive! This is typical lefty liberal gobbledygook… and an embarrassing attempt at brain washing…. an extension of the Common Core methodology.

      • Bill Tilghman

        Apparently the propagandists blatant lies are all the youth of America need to satisfy their thirst for knowledge. The blame lies with the leaders in every institute of higher learning and it has been going this way for the past 20 years. In fact, I attended a state university in Oklahoma in the early 1980’s and it was not difficult to run into this even back then. If you want to pass the exams in the classes run by progressive instructors you have to commit their lies and half truths to memory.

        Fortunately for me, I had a good foundation and could tell the fiction from the truth, and having been in the military knew how to play the game and give them what they wanted on paper. Being a naturally curious type, I studied – and still do to this day – history and I keep up with current events.

        The problem with propaganda being presented in the class room is that now it begins in pre school, and we have generations of people under 30 who don’t know what the truth is or how to find it – and these people vote. Unless we can get the academic community to relinquish their hold on progressivism I fear this country and liberty are dead. We have not kept this in check for so long now that it has become a cancer on the soul of America.

        All we can do is hope for a collapse of the progressive movement, and toward that end we must all confront the lies and propaganda as it appears and to fight it we must be armed with the truth. People want to know the truth, and for too long they have been lied to and told lies which they are told by authority figures in academia are true.

        They even go so far as to fake science to support their lies, as is the case in global warming. Of course they rebranded it Climate Change, just like ACORN was disguised under several smaller organizations after it was defunded in 2010 – now the same people operate as if the ACORN name was never linked to corruption… and they still get federal money to operate from the same Congress that defunded them. That is how the progressives operate. Since most people have forgotten the story of four years ago, they continue feeding on the government trough as if nothing ever happened and the people of the United States are blissfully ignorant – like the generations indoctrinated under the term higher education.

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  • Connor

    These liberals have it all wrong we believe in freedom and fight against anything that takes that freedom away.

  • landofaahs

    Liberal hacks continue to prove what we allege against them, that they are intolerant assholes.


    My daughter just graduated from USC…..think I’ll ask for a refund
    My son got a History degree from Virginia..didn’t require 1 class on US History……again…….refund?

    • Difcan’s Avatar

      I left Argosy University in Atlanta for trying to teach me that all white people by definition are racist, in my diversity class. Also learned that white people have zero contribution to diversity. I opted to not support them with another 10000 for another semester.

      And on this story, anyone else notice that 9 out of 10 hyphenated name people are liberal goons?

      • Norman Hatfield

        They’re ‘hymenated’ names!

    • Dave

      You are part of the problem. If you are paying the tuition why put up with liberal BS? See my post re: conservative Universities.

  • Anonymous

    Time to take action with lawsuits!

  • KJinAZ

    How could anything go wrong with a class titled “Introduction to social work profession, and social welfare”?

    My question why is this even a class? Are they teaching these kids to use the system, or be part of the system? What do you need to know to hand out checks? Isn’t that all social welfare is?

  • Rush Limborg

    “President Reagan “ascribed to women primarily domestic functions’ and failed to appoint many women to significant positions of power during his presidency.”

    Hmm. Guess the writers of the textbook have never heard of SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR! The FIRST female justice on the Supreme Court–EVER!

    • russellmuscle1

      That’s amazing. The author didn’t even bother to back that claim up, a claim that was clearly her opinion.

  • BruceW

    What is the professor’s name? She needs to be held accountable.

  • Anonymous

    This might be the best monologue for 2014. I nominate this one for consideration at the annual “Best of Glenn Beck” Awards, That’s not asking too much. Is it?

  • Anonymous

    gonna have to take University of South Carolina off my resume. Who needs a masters degree anyway! Oh, I weep for you, USC …

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, many textbooks at all levels have become propaganda tools to manipulate history to fit the leftist/anti-American agenda. It behooves school boards across the country to scrutinize all textbooks and materials, particularly the newer ones and call out the inaccuracies. However, under the federal government’s increasing oversight and mandates of the public schools, and involvement in many college curriculum, it will not be easy to police what our children/students are learning. I’m not convinced people care enough to become involved and try to save our country’s students from mass indoctrination.

    • Difcan’s Avatar

      Agreed, it is also important that we get more involved in the vote counting process. Every election libs get out right caught committing voter fraud.

      Is there honestly no consequences for this type if behavior? Do all voting locations have to be in community centers and schools? (Liberal caves)

  • Socialism is Evil. Organized.

    While liberty is compatible with restrictions upon certain actions, liberty is not present where authorization is required more than not.

  • Dave

    There are numerous Universities that promote American patriotism, religious values and factual US and world history. Parents need to do their homework. People who whine that their kid is being brainwashed by progressive teachers need to be responsible parents.

  • James

    Has anyone else noticed that one of the Liberals’ favorite plays is to publicly accuse the Conservatives of exactly the same things that the Liberals are actually DOING? Why don’t we ever see Conservatives (Except Ron and Rand Paul,Ted Cruz,and Mike Lee) reel off examples of the Liberals actions that prove this is happening? I think it’s time to start putting it out there instead of doing the PC thing and taking the high road. They can’t make US look bad when WE point out all THEIR lies specifically,with names and dates,IN PUBLIC FORUMS and on News programs etc. That takes the wind out of their sails.
    Naturally I’d prefer to be able to fight fair,but they don’t,won’t and CAN’T fight fair,so lets take off the gloves and administer some real-world fairness. I’m SO tired of the Conservatives just taking it on the chin and trying to move on,and I think Americans are tired of it too. We can turn the tables,WITHOUT sinking to their level.

  • Anonymous

    This is similar to a sports radio show in KC recently was talking about what liberals and conservatives were. Of course, the host identified himself as a liberal and they read descriptions that they found on Wikipedia, I believe. It was very similar to this and was in no way the basic beliefs of conservatives. It made Libs sounds great and Conservatives sound bad. I wanted to reach through the radio and slap them. I did send them an email explaining the inaccuracies and then told them that I would listen to their competitor because they at least talk sports and not delve into things of which they have no understanding.

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