The 1776 Report was one of President Trump’s final directives before leaving office. The 41-page report begins by stating its purpose, which is to “Enable a rising generation to understand the history and principles of the founding of the United States in 1776 and to strive to form a more perfect Union… a rediscovery of our shared identity rooted in our founding principles is the path to a renewed American unity and a confident American future.”
The authors of the document did their homework well. The mainstream media have avoided attacking factual inaccuracies in the report as there were so few, and were forced to assault the philosophy of the report itself.
The Trump Administration created the 1776 Report with the idea that it would serve as a “definitive chronicle of the American founding.” Creating a detailed record of the true founding of the country that is available in a single document ensured that all Americans could have access to it. More importantly, it ensured that there was an alternative to the “history” that the popular 1619 Project was presenting.
The 1619 Project is an initiative taken by The New York Times to essentially rewrite American history. Beginning in late 2019, the project frames the nation’s history around the consequences of slavery. The date, 1619, being chosen because it was the year that the first slaves were introduced into the colonies. The project launched in an issue of The New York Times Magazine containing essays detailing how different aspects of American life, even as benign as rush hour traffic, result as a direct consequence of slavery. The 1619 Project also includes various works of poetry and fiction from current African-American authors regarding different points in American history over the last 400 years.
Rewriting and omitting fundamental elements of our history to further a contemporary progressive agenda is not acceptable. History is there to help us understand the past. Historians spend years studying relics to discover what took place in the past. Even the people who lived during those times left behind writings and other documents to help future generations understand their thinking. History needs to be taught as it happened, not edited to push current policy.
This was the purpose of the 1776 Report. The Trump Administration sought to give Americans the fact-based history of how our country was founded. It does not brush over or ignore slavery. Instead, it reflects on how slavery influcenced our country and how we overcame it without making it the focal point of our founding.
Unfortunately, one of President Joe Biden’s first actions was to put an end to the newly-formed commission that wrote the report. Given the way the left, and consequently the Biden administration, views America and its founding, this action was not entirely surprising.
The disbanding of the 1776 commission was done because the content of the report goes directly against the lies the left wants Americans to believe. The idea of American greatness is antithetical to the platform on which Biden ran for president.
Thomas Sowell once said, “Patriotism is more than a sentiment. It is a necessity. To keep what history has presented to us, Americans must either love it or lose it.”
If future Americans no longer love their country and the values on which it was built, the union will not survive. We can see a glimpse now of what may be down the pipeline for America, where both sides of the political aisle have fundamental disagreements about what America was and what it should be.
The 1776 Report was a huge step in the right direction that unfortunately came too late for the Trump administration. “Patriotic education” will not be taught in public schools for the time being. Be that as it may, Americans must understand and embrace the ideas presented by the report in order to achieve true unity.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.