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’:

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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…”

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.”

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.