Thomas Jefferson taught, “He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.”
As Patriotic Moms, one of the important ways we teach our children is to help them recognize “falsehood and errors” that are taught in the public education system and in the media.
For example, I grew up being taught that the United States of America is a democracy. Very few teachers talked about our country being a republic and what that means. And many times teachers spoke of the “political spectrum” with “communism on the left and fascism on the right.” These, and other teachings, are unhelpful or untrue, and contradict principles of liberty and good government.
The following 10 minute video helps dispel a few of the myths about government that many of us were taught as we were growing up. It explains:
- Why law is necessary for freedom.
- How people who seek power often use anarchy to gain control.
- Why Madison called democracies “spectacles of turbulence and contention.”
- How republics preserve life and liberty.
- Why limited government allows people to produce and prosper.
- Why “the essence of freedom is the proper limitation of government.”