The American Revolution: Who Cares?

John Adams said: "Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people."

Today that’s becoming an increasing problem.  If we as a nation don't know why this country was founded, what the great creed of the Declaration of Independence is, or what the Constitution - the nation’s blueprint - proclaims, we lose the ties that unite us: the principles and ideals won by the American Revolution and forged by our founding documents--what Abraham Lincoln famously called “the mystic chords of memory.”

The American Revolution Center recently commissioned a national survey of adult Americans to assess their knowledge of the American Revolution. The good news: overwhelmingly (90 percent) said knowledge of the American Revolution is important. When asked to grade their own knowledge, 89 percent gave themselves a passing grade.

But when tested, 83 percent failed, with an average score of 44 percent. Surprisingly, more than a third thought the right to assemble, march, protest, or petition the government is "important but not essential" or "not that important at all." More than half thought the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the War of 1812 came before the Revolution. Yet, 81 percent easily identified Michael Jackson as the singer of "Beat It" and "Billie Jean.”

Our kids aren’t doing much better as evidenced by the recent report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. A history test was given to 31,000 students nationwide in public and private schools. Three quarters of all students tested performed below the proficient level.  Scores sink lower as students’ age.  While 20% of fourth graders score at or above the proficient level, only 12% of high school seniors meet that mark.  Less than half the graduating seniors demonstrated a basic knowledge of American history.

Given these scores, how can rising generations of Americans keep the spirit of the American Revolution alive?  How can our young people defend their liberties if they can’t define them?

The American Revolution Center is building The Museum of the American Revolution—the first national museum dedicated to telling the entire story of our founding. The Museum will be located in historic Philadelphia, just steps from Independence Hall.

The Museum will connect visitors to the extraordinary stories and people of the founding generation through the Center’s distinguished collection of objects, firearms, works of art, manuscripts and rare books from the Revolutionary era. Visitors will see these authentic “witnesses” to our nation’s birth, including ten silver camp cups from General Washington’s field equipment made in Philadelphia in August 1777, as well as original letters written by Washington during the War of Independence.

Many of the national treasures in the collection have not been on public display for decades, including the tent George Washington used as his sleeping/office tent throughout the Revolutionary War. It is perhaps the greatest relic of the Revolution (the first “oval office” of the first Commander-in-Chief of the United States).

The collection includes the iconic painting The March to Valley Forge by William B.T. Trego, Patrick Henry’s law books, two original copies of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, a major collection of Revolutionary War arms, and documents that include Baron von Steuben’s Oath of Allegiance to the United States, signed at Valley Forge.

The Museum will proudly display the Commander-in-Chief Standard, believed to be the earliest surviving 13-star American flag. It was used to mark General Washington’s presence at his headquarters and on the battlefield. Please visit www.AmRevMus.org/content/make-gift and consider wearing a replica of the Commander-in-Chief Standard as a lapel pin, honoring George Washington and supporting the Center’s efforts to build a living memorial to the Revolutionary generation.

Now more than ever, America needs a museum dedicated to the people, events and ideas that forged our freedoms, inspired our greatest achievements as a nation and sustained us through our darkest moments. For more information about how you can help, please visit www.AmRevMus.org/content/support.

The above op/ed represents the opinion of  the author who is in no way affiliated with Glenn Beck

The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

Watch the video clip below to hear more updates from Glenn:

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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