Historical Whoppers, Courtesy of the Left

By Larry Schweikart

When my book 48 Liberal Lies About American History came out in 2008, I began giving talks on the book everywhere. The most common question I received was “How did you stop at 48?” So, when Glenn asked me to limit the Left’s lies to a select few, it was doubly difficult. After combining some of the falsehoods I detail in my book, I was able to come up with my list of the worst Liberal Lies. So without further ado...

The worst liberal lie about American history, bar none, is that Mikhail Gorbachev, not Ronald Reagan, was responsible for ending the Cold War. I found this fabrication in almost every single one of the 20-plus history textbooks that I examined for my book. Indeed, the assertion is so commonplace that I use the term “pregnancy test of textbooks” to refer to the Reagan section in the index. Just turn to the sections on Reagan and if the book does not get that section correct, it won’t get anything right.

For example, James West Davidson, in his Nation of Nations, wrote “Gorbachev’s reform policies led not only to the collapse of the Soviet empire but also to the breakup of the Soviet Union itself.” George Brown Tindall and David Shi in America: A Narrative History insisted “Gorbachev also backed off Soviet imperial ambitions.”

Now, I’ve been at college frat parties and in Hollywood bars where there was a sounder grasp on reality than here. “…[Backed] off Soviet imperial ambitions?” Was that before or after Gorby continued the Red Army’s occupation of Afghanistan? Or did the authors just miss the pig-headed refusal to remove the SS-20 missiles until Reagan forced Gorbachev’s hand by deploying our own short-range nukes?

In reality, Reagan—against the overwhelming opposition of his advisers and against some CIA analysis—decided the Soviet economy was a “basket case” and asked “[wouldn’t] we be doing more for their people if we let their system fail…?” Indeed, not only did Reagan “let” it fail, he shoved the decrepit economy into the ditch, cutting off sales of computers and high-tech equipment, stalling the funding of the Trans-Siberian Pipeline and otherwise exposing Communism’s weaknesses. When he was finished, the Berlin Wall came down and Gorbachev deserved no credit for the march of freedom that followed.

Business Failures Caused the Great Depression and FDR’s New Deal Saved America

To their credit, in recent years, the textbooks have softened their position on this to merely imply that business failures caused the Great Depression; whereas, just 20 years ago it was stated as a fact. But the heroic Roosevelt, riding in his limo, brandishing his cigarette holder against the dark lord of unemployment, still gets nearly unanimous positive treatment.

Virtually all the textbooks I reviewed somehow blame the tax cuts of the 1920s for the “speculation” in the stock market (false), and claim that a lack of regulation caused banks to funnel money into the stock market (also false). Increasingly, economists (but not historians) have identified Federal Reserve contractionist policies and the passage of the largest tax in American history, the Smoot-Hawley Tariff, as the culprits to the failing banks.

As for FDR? His National Industrial Recovery Administration policies, particularly the minimum wage components, tracked inversely with business confidence. Put another way, once FDR bought into minimum wages, he sealed the fate of the United States, which could never generate enough jobs in peacetime to get out of the Depression.

FDR Knew In Advance About the Pearl Harbor Attack

Roosevelt may have been a dismal failure in domestic policy and economics, but he certainly wasn’t an America-hater, and did everything he could to build up U.S. defenses before Pearl Harbor. Interestingly, however, it was a liberal, Charles Beard, who first raised this allegation against FDR. Analysis by veteran cryptanalysts show that no “early information” came in from Japanese sources, nor did the Japanese broadcast their ships’ locations by radio as Beard claimed.

It was the book Back Door to War by Charles Tansill that inflamed this issue. After Rear Adm. Husband Kimmel, the Naval officer in charge of Pearl Harbor, was found guilty of dereliction of duty and “forced” to retire early, defenders of his tried to pin the blame on FDR. In the process, they unfurled a “conspiracy” argument that required virtually all code breakers, radio listeners and cryptanalysts to be somehow culpable too. The code breakers, radio listeners and cryptanalysts fought back, proving they had not intercepted or received any evidence of a Japanese attack.

Early America Had Few Guns and Gun Owners

Admittedly, this one won’t last long. Leftists latched onto this when Emory University professor Michael Bellesiles published Arming America in 2000. He claimed that militia records and inventories showed that colonial and Revolutionary-era Americans did not own many guns.


Only a Leftist could believe such nonsense. But Arming America won a national prize (something you can be sure neither 48 Liberal Lies or A Patriot’s History of the United States will ever win!), and no one bothered to check Bellesiles’ notes. That is, no one checked for a while. Then Clayton Cramer began to raise some questions, and finally a few of Bellesiles’ own supporters actually went to the archives to find that, in one case, the archive had burned down before Bellesiles even got there and, in other cases, the documents didn’t say what he claimed, or even said exactly the opposite of what he claimed! Such is “scholarship” on the Left.

No Communist Was Ever Guilty…Of Anything

Whether it was Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti or Alger Hiss, the textbooks make it appear as though every communist got railroaded and just happened to end up before the jury equivalent of a “hangin’ judge” every time.

For example, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted in 1951 of espionage for delivering atomic bomb plans to Soviet agents. They were executed two years later. Yet Mark C. Carnes et. al. wrote “Although [the Rosenbergs] were not major spies and the information they revealed was not important, [they] were executed.”

Not “major spies?” “Not important?” Let’s see, these two gave the plans for the most deadly weapon in history to our most avowed enemy.

Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were Massachusetts anarchists who, in 1920, robbed a factory paymaster in Braintree and killed him. They were convicted in 1921 and sentenced to death in 1927. Sacco and Vanzetti’s own lawyer late in life told Upton Sinclair, a defender of the pair, that in fact Sacco and Vanzetti were guilty.

And Hiss? Alger Hiss became the poster boy for the Left when it came to screaming about persecutions of Communists. He was accused of being a Soviet spy in 1948, but the statute of limitations ran out before he could be convicted. Meanwhile, once-former-fellow Communist Whittaker Chambers, in testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Affairs, said that he and Hiss were part of the same Communist organization. Hiss brought a defamation suit against Chambers, who produced physical evidence of Hiss’ activities. Unable to charge Hiss with espionage, a grand jury charged him with perjury and he was convicted in 1950. Soviet KGB files revealed he was the spy known as “ALES.”

What all three of these cases have in common is that liberal historians treat the proclamation of innocence by the criminals as proof of innocence. This provides a nice stage-setter for...

Joseph McCarthy Concocted the “Red Scare” to Persecute Communists (When Communists Were Nothing to Fear)

As my book went to press, M. Stanton Evans provided the last word on McCarthy in his book, Blacklisted by History. In a nutshell, there was no discrepancy in the number of Communists McCarthy claimed were in the government— the different numbers came from the fact that, as the FBI would clear individuals, their names came off McCarthy’s list. More important, virtually all of those he actually identified as Communists were, well, communists. Yet the aforementioned Tindall and Shi claim “McCarthy never uncovered a single Communist agent in government.” But in fact, as I wrote in the book, “a 1954 article… revealed that every security or loyalty risk McCarthy brought forward in his… 1950 speech had either resigned or been dismissed from government.” McCarthy also exposed T.A. Bisson, Cedric Belfrage, Leonard Mins, and others. Annie Lee Moss, one of the poor “victims” of McCarthy’s charges, in fact was outed by the Communist Party’s own records as a member!


These, and more than 40 other lies in “mainstream” history textbooks, should remind us that the Left has an agenda. What I could not do in a “quick-hitter” book like 48 Liberal Lies About American History is to expose the larger agenda of advocating big government. Every book subtly and not-so-subtly advocates the state as the solution to every problem. That, of course, is the biggest lie of all, and perhaps the subject for a future book.

Larry Schweikart is a former rock drummer who opened for “Steppenwolf” before obtaining a Ph.D. He is the author of more than 30 books, including the No. 1 best-seller, A Patriot’s History of the United States and 48 Liberal Lies About American History. His forthcoming book, Seven Events that Made America America is being made into a documentary film about the part rock and roll played in bringing down the Iron Curtain.


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Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a transgender activist called for a "Supreme Court Assassination Challenge" on Twitter, according to screenshots captured of the now-deleted tweet.

Activist Eli Erlick, a founding member of Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) and creator of the controversial "gender identity" teaching tool for children called the "Gender Unicorn," tweeted and later deleted the disturbing remark on Friday, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) also caught a screenshot of the tweet before it was deleted.

"The unhinged radical left is calling for the assassination of our Supreme Court Justices. That's not the way to disagree with a decision in America. It is unacceptable, and Biden’s DOJ must immediately act," Blackburn responded on Twitter.

Erlich then tried to play off her call to assassinate Supreme Court justices as a hilarious joke only Gen Z and Millennials would understand, apparently not understanding the seriousness of the attempted assassination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh just three weeks ago.

Erlick isn't the only Left-winger to make incendiary calls since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision. Here are just a few examples:

  • Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) called on people to “defy" the Supreme Court.
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called for people to get “into the streets” alongside radical communist leader who wants to 'overthrow' the American system.
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) yelled "F*** Clarence Thomas" on a public stage for all to see and hear.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested that Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh lied to Congress.
  • And of course, "TheView" host Whoopi Goldberg issued a disgusting racist threat toward Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program, BlazeTV hosts Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere took a look at these and other stunning examples of leftist lunacy over the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
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Many members of the far-left already are calling for a ‘Night of Rage’ after the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and the White House has been discussing plans to defy the ruling too. In fact, one idea floated by Biden Administration officials, according to the New York Times, includes providing abortions on military bases. So, will America experience another summer of riots? Are YOUR taxpayer dollars at risk? And what does this mean for deep-blue states? Josh Hammer, legal expert and opinion editor for Newsweek, joins Glenn to discuss what may come next...


Below is a rush transcript that may contain errors

GLENN: Josh Hammer, he's the opinion editor of Newsweek. He's the host of the Josh Hammer show. He is really quite brilliant. One of the leading minds in the conservative movement, I think. Josh Hammer joins us now.

To tell us, what did you find in this decision?

JOSH: Glenn, great to be back with you, on such a momentous, and really such an emotional day, honestly. So, you know, look, as you said, this dropped recently. Funny enough, I was in the middle of getting a guest lecture from an organization on the advisory board as to when it drops. So I barely had any time to kind of skim through, let alone guess the concerning dissenting opinions. But it looks like this looks very similar, to the draft opinion that was leaked, by the Politico story, a month and a half ago, in early May. And I think those of us who were praying that the five justices from this leaked draft opinion, would have the fortitude to stiffen their spines against this unprecedented assault. Now knows that our prayers were answered, Glenn. That's really my takeaway right now.

This looks a lot like the leaked opinion. Justice Thomas and Justice Kavanaugh have some reconcurring opinions.

But unbelievable. And really just holding aside the constitutional law stuff for a second hear. Just speaking as pro-lifers, on a day like today, I think we really just need to pause. And I tweeted this out earlier. We need to just be grateful for our half century of pro-life activist forbearers. You know, this -- Glenn, this issue could have gone away after 1973. That was a long time ago. 1973. I mean, this issue could have just gone away. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the pro-life moral activist. Political activist. And, of course, yes. Legal activist. Who fought day in and day out, that makes sure this great injustice stayed front and center of our national, political conscience. And in many days, the culmination of a half century of fighting for truth and justice. But in many ways, it's also a new beginning for the pro-life fight as well, interestingly.

STU: How do you mean a new beginning for the fight? I just it's going to turn, I think we're going to see abortion turn even darker in those states that allow it. Is that -- is that what you're meaning by this?

JOSH: Well, look, for a half century now, Roe vs. Wade, and its project any, specifically, the Planned Parenthood versus Casey case of 1992.

They took away from the states obviously. They arrogated authority away from the states, the ability to attempt to nationally codify one view of the morality of abortion.

It happened to be a profoundly immoral view. So these -- the fight now shifts to the states. And the pro-life activists. And all the 50 states. Especially, obviously in red states. Purple states. I mean, admittedly some blue states like New York and California, probably won't be able to touch them there.

But we have to make sure that our side is well positioned in the state Capitols for every red, purplish, probably even light blue state, to make sure we fight for successful, cogent, and morally consistent pro-life legislation. The state of Oklahoma, actually, just north of Texas. Right where you are now, Glenn. They have been leading on this actually. Governor Kevin Stitt signed into law, a fantastic pro-life bill there in Oklahoma. A few weeks ago. Maybe a month ago or so at this point, that basically just bans abortion straightforward from conception. And there are some -- you know, obviously, likable the mother. So forth. But we really need to start thinking about trying to craft legislation now, at the state level. But to your point, I do fear that the blue states will only double down in their radicalism. Unfortunately within that will only lead to an ever greater divide, in our country, that we have today. But obviously, at the end of the day. We're going to save at the end of the day, millions and millions of unborn children. We are going to save human beings who can grow up to cure cancer, who can win Nobel prices.

I mean, this is just a tremendous win for the human species. I don't know how to say it other than that.

GLENN: I will tell you, I saw the stat, that I think it was last year or the year before. 20 percent of all pregnancies ended in abortion. 20 percent.

JOSH: Wow.

GLENN: That is -- that is a shocking number. And we do have our -- our work cut out for us. Because I -- I think that these states are going to double down. But I think, you know -- God doesn't waste anything. You know, there is no waste with God. Even the -- even the worst things that could possibly happen, turn out to be something good. You know what I mean? You're like, holy cow, how did that just happen.

And I think that evil is going to fully come unmasked. I'm telling you, Josh. I don't know how you feel about this. I think this could be the day of America's Kristallnacht. I can see these pro-life centers being burned to the ground today. They're calling for a night of rage around the country. I think evil is going to show itself. And that will scare the American people, hopefully.

JOSH: You know, I've been thinking about this a lot this week, actually. Because I've been bracing for a new kind of George Floyd summer of love, happening this summer. Coming to a city or suburb near you. Unfortunately, myself. Look, I live in Florida. I know, Glenn, you live in Texas. It is in moments like this, where I do think that where you live matters. And who your mayor is. Who your governor is, matters.

Because law and order and rioting and anarchy is not really a federal issue. It is to a limited extent. June 2020, Tom Cotton wrote this op-ed that was pretty controversial at the time.

I happen to agree with it. Where he said, quote, unquote, send in the troops. And there is some federal legislation from the reconstruction era that would justify that.

But most kind of quelling and quashing of anarchy does happen. Constitutionally speaking, at the state and local level. So at a moment like this, where I fear that you're probably not wrong. I take some solace. That Governor DeSantis is my governor. I think Texans should take some solace, that they are represented by -- by a Republican governor. The legislature there as well. So I -- I fear that you are right. I pray obviously, that no one -- it's hard.

I fear that it's something -- that something bad is happening. At the end of the day, of course. It does not mean that justices cannot do what they are supposed to do. So thank God they did that.

GLENN: So, Josh, have you looked into what the White House has been saying? The White House yesterday. In fact, do we have a clip of -- of this?

What the White House said yesterday, about the guns. And then they were turned to the -- the Scott us ruling, for Roe vs. Wade. Do we have that, please?

JOSH: Will the president accept this decision, even if he disagrees with it?

VOICE: I think it's going to come from the Supreme Court. So it's a decision we certainly are going to respond to. I'll leave it at that. Just like any other Supreme Court decision. Just like the one they did today on guns.

GLENN: So the White House won't say that they're going to accept it.

Which I don't think they will. They're talking now about taking doctors and moving them into places like Oklahoma or Texas, where abortions will be outlawed. And putting doctors on our military bases to perform abortions.

I mean, where does this go, when you have a government, that is in defiance of -- of one branch of the government?

JOSH: So there's a lot to unpack here. So we should start from first principles. The idea of judicial supremacy, and this is a peculiar thing, to say on a day like today, where such a pro-life victory has happened in Italy. But if we're going to be consistent here, the idea of judicial supremacy. The idea that the justices, have the sole and exclusive ability to interpret the Constitution for themselves. And no other Constitutional actor, in article one or article two, let alone the state. Has the ability to tentatively interpret it. That is erroneous. In fact, actually it was really Abraham Lincoln actually, who in the Dred Scott case, famously opposed judicial supremacy and flouted the Dred Scott ruling, at least as it pertains to everybody other than Dred Scott himself. I have actually argued, a former legal scholarship, in a law review article actually, that the Laconian view of how each branch of government should interpret the Constitution for itself, is correct.

Having said that. Having said that, there is a thing called prudence. And there is a thing called comedy. And in a moment like today, when it really does look like -- and I agree with you, that we are now bracing for riots through the streets. When the political rhetoric is at DEFCON one. When people are trying to assassinate Supreme Court justices. I think it would be -- at its bare minimum, a profoundly imprudent act. For the Biden administration, to try to undermine this ruling.

Now, what they might do, is they might try to kind of issue some kind of executive orders, or issue some regulations, that might try to kind of undermine it, at the edges here. But at the end of the day, the idea that this returns to the state. There's not really a whole lot they can do about that. Basically, at this point, throughout the country. Kentucky within West Virginia. Kansas. Whatever. If they want to go ahead and ban abortion, what can the Biden administration literally do about that? I mean, short of sending in the National Guard, to protect Planned Parenthood, if the state legislature of Kentucky goes ahead and bans it. There's not a whole lot they can do. And it's very difficult to envision a world, in which the Biden administration literally sends in troops to red states, to protect Planned Parenthood, if that state legislature goes ahead and bans it. So for practically speaking. This is a lot of tough talk and rhetoric. Obviously the campaign here in 2022. There's not really a whole lot that practically speaking, they can do to actually prevent red and purple states from enacting pro-life legislation.

GLENN: I'm glad to -- I'm glad to hear that. I know that they have been working on things. I mean, he has said, you know, there's executive orders, that I can employ. There are things that I can do. He's talked about a national public health emergency. Which I think is just -- is crazy. But I would hope, that the president would come out and say, we strongly disagree with this. And you're right. The court is not the end all. But the court did not end abortion. It just said, the people should decide. I think that's the best kind of court ruling, on any of it. The people should decide what this is. And send it back to the states. Josh, I thank you very much. Appreciate your time. Was there -- there was another ruling, that came out today. Was it important?

JOSH: Oh, no. In comparison to this. A total nothing burger. A 5-4 decision on Medicare reimbursement related. So nothing, honestly.

GLENN: Great. Thank you very much. Appreciate it, Josh. Josh Hammer, opinion editor for Newsweek. And the host of the Josh Hammer show.

GLENN: There are two things trending on twitter right now.

Number one is praise God.

Number two trend is Night of Rage.

Good verses evil.

Build up or tear down.

'Lord, we are SORRY it has taken us this long': BlazeTV hosts react to historic Roe v. Wade decision

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The Supreme Court of the United States officially overturned Roe V. Wade, and the debate over abortion rights has been given back to the states. On this historic day, BlazeTV hosts celebrate the Supreme Court's incredible decision and take a look at some of the insane reactions as the left comes completely undone.

Jason Whitlock: Today will forever stand as a pivotal moment in our nation’s history

The Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade. The decision and the reaction to it have already revealed a lot about our people and politics. Pro-life groups celebrate, pro-choice groups call for “a night of rage,” and Nancy Pelosi just seems completely confused by the United States Constitution.

Glenn Beck reacts LIVE to Roe v. Wade ruling: 'Lord, we are SORRY it has taken us this long'

I never thought that in my lifetime, I would see Roe v. Wade be overturned. But today, that day has come. The Supreme Court has voted 6 to 3 to return decisions about abortion to the states. But this fight isn't over. We are about to see good versus evil side by side. Many states will stand with the unborn. But others will become abortion mills. It's your turn to choose now, America!

Allie Beth Stuckey: 'Praise God, Roe v. Wade is overturned!'

I don't know about you, but I just had the most euphoric feelings. It almost seems too good to be true. I didn't think there was any way that this would actually happen, especially with all the backlash, intimidation, and violence toward the Supreme Court justices. And yet, here we are. Roe v. Wade has been overturned. This is an amazing day!

Dave Rubin: Big disagreement on what happens next now that Roe v. Wade is overturned

Dave Rubin, Libby Emmons, Jeffrey A. Tucker, and David Reaboi debate what will happen in the wake of the Supreme Court’s breaking decision on Roe v. Wade. Now that abortion rights have been pushed back to the states, will there be a summer of massive riots or not? Will the Roe v. Wade ruling make America’s political polarization significantly worse?

Stu Burguiere: Here are the reasons SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade

I never thought this would happen. I never thought I would see this day. I just never ever ever ever never ever believed that Roe v. Wade would actually be overturned. I really didn't. But let's take a look at the reasons this day has finally come ...

The Rick & Bubba Show: 'This is history! Unfortunately we're 60 million lives too late'

We were live on the air when news broke of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.