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    By: Hillary Cherry, Program Officer of Public Relations

    The authors of United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination have taken it upon themselves to change the Constitution of the United States. The high school textbook contains a summary of each Amendment that alters the initial intent in which they were created. 

    The textbook notes the Second Amendment as, "The people have a right to keep and bear arms in a state militia."

    The actual Second Amendment reads, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

    Guyer High School and numerous others have assigned the book for an "Advanced Placement History" course. By assigning anti-factual literature, the only advanced placement the school has ensured for their students is in the world of biased academia. 

    Sadly, parents now have to fact check textbooks to be sure their students are being taught accurate history. High schools and universities should focus on being a marketplace of ideas, not force-feeding leftist theories.

    In an effort to remove the textbook from the school's curriculum, the Daily Paul has created a "Call to Action" plan. They are asking parents and concerned members of the community to attend the next school board meeting and demand answers.

    Liberal indoctrination has become a serious threat to academic freedom and we must fight to stop it.  

    Liberal Textbook

    *Photo by Sean Getts

    • Readers' Comments

    • 1. The authors and editors should be charged with falsifying government documents. 2. The authors and editors should be charged with lying or otherwise mis-representing original documents. 3. The schools that accepted this book should lose their credentials and the ability to teach. Students should be turned over to private or home schools where the education is actual. 4. Parents who elect to allow these children to be indoctrinated as opposed to educated should be taxed at the same rate as the cost of education, forced to have these kids placed in private school and then charged full tuition. Anyone who chooses to defend this indoctrination manual should lose their citizenship.
      Posted by Bud Bennett on 09/17/2013
    • While I am appalled that the language would be modified, I do not see where the implied message has been changed. In it's original form it reads "A well regulated militia . . . " As our courts have gone, a rag-tag group of "citizens" may not necessarily be viewed as "a well regulated militia." In other words, the operative word in the original Constitutional verbiage is "regulated." The government (any government . . . municipal, county, state) can, at its discretion (whim) determine something not to be regulated (a.k.a. under the supervision of an authoritative governmental agency). The modified version, while not translated verbatim, basically states the same as the "implied" Constitutional version. In that respect, while disrespectful to the original writing, it seems to me the "spirit" remains intact. I'm open to debating that in a tolerant and intelligent manner.
      Posted by Michael McShane on 09/18/2013
    • Michael McShane on 09/18/2013 As you don't seem to know what the word "verbiage" means -- I'll reject straight off the bat your meandering "musings" on the actual intent and meaning of the United States constitution. If there is one thing the constitution is NOT, that would be "verbiage." WE THE PEOPLE is not verbiage, it is not a document that uses too many words, nor wanders into technical expressions. It is four pages of a succinct, short, and to the point blueprint devised by free people to ensure their freedom and the freedom of future generations. Unlike, for instance the 1200 page "constitution" of the European Union. If you can't even get that right, what use is your useless verbiage?
      Posted by David on 09/18/2013
    • "the operative word in the original Constitutional verbiage is "regulated." Except that the word 'regulated' in this context means: Well trained and well armed. Leave it to a liberal not to think past the obvious.
      Posted by Gino Schafer on 09/18/2013
    • Michael McShane Please research Heller v D.C. and McDonald v Chicago.
      Posted by Rivor Saylor on 09/18/2013
    • Okay; what senator/representative--in deciding whether or not to approve of a bill (or in writing a new bill themselves)--is careful to remember 'what a quick-study textbook told them about Constitutional Law' before finally deciding?
      Posted by Uncle Dr. J on 09/18/2013
    • I think it is sad that a study guide for an AP exam contains rewritten amendments. The 1st is also rewritten. It's meaning wasn't particularly changed. I feel a study quid for ADVANCED PLACEMENT exams should have the material written verbatim.
      Posted by Elliott A. on 09/18/2013
    • Wow! After reading these comments, I think a history lesson is in order. The US Constitution was not created to guarantee the citizens any rights. It is compact between the several states to create a central government to act as an agent on behalf of all the states for the GENERAL WELFARE of all of the states. To get the anti-federalists to support ratification, the founders had to agree to amend the constitution to include rights guaranteed to the citizens of the several states by their state constitution. The founders did not feel it needed to be amended because it gave them no power to interfere with those rights. If you read the preamble to the Bill of Rights in the congressional record, the ten amendments were added only for declarative purposes. As such, THEY ARE NOT SUBJECT TO INTERPRETATION. Every federal law regulating firearms is unconstitutional. In addition, each state constitution addresses the second amendment which indicates that the states reserved that power and did not grant that power to the federal government. My state (Pennsylvania) constitution reads, " The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be questioned". Finally, ask yourself this question. Why would a sovereign state grant a power to it's agent without removing that power from it's own constitution? Answer- The US Constitution would never have been ratified.
      Posted by chuck lennon on 09/18/2013
    • George Orwell predicted all of this in his book "1984".
      Posted by Don Schenk on 09/19/2013
    • Mr. Chuck Lennon is right that our Constitution is a document which enumerates ONLY those powers the sovereign states were granting to the [centralized and representative] national government, the states mainly choosing to keep all powers unto themselves for the governing of their respective citizens. Amendment 10 is clear to distinguish the United States from the separate states and the people. Contrary to what the Supreme Court has allowed itself to decipher therein, if it isn't a thing specifically stated in our Constitution, the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT has no authority and no power. Our federal government is a gargantuan beast of a thing compared to the lean, mean efficient (but limited) machine it was created to be. In addition, Franklin is known to have said that service in said government was to be a post of honor and not a place for profit. Service should be, well, SERVICE...a civil sacrifice much like jury duty for the rest of us, only longer. As to the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear arms: from where did the revolutionary rag tag army evolve and how were they armed if not with their own weaponry? "Regulated" finds its root in "regular," folks, as in regularly using and therefore familiar with such arms and their usage. As to any assembling or training in the phrase "well-regulated," revolutionary patriots were only so "regulated" when the time came to assemble themselves for the purpose of defying a government gone out of control, and even then they "regulated" themselves really. It wasn't until Valley Forge that Von Steuban (?) began any real training. In true context then, it is easy to know that the framers meant that the right of the people to be able to form for themselves such a militia shall not be infringed. Not then, not now, lest we forget what can happen to an unarmed populace unable to defend itself against a Gustapo style police or a tyrannical king or a bullying military. The key phrase in the 2nd Amendment is therefore "being necessary to the security of a free state." Please let us not now lose sight through the distance of time how real is the prospect of oppression. How else might a people guarantee its own freedom except that it maintain its ability to protect itself from even its own government as did our revolutionary ancestors?
      Posted by KeishaAnne Higley on 09/19/2013
    • People is focusing on the 2nd amendment and rightfully so....Check out the other amendments also...starting with the first. As I recall from my history lessons..the term "separation of Church and state " was in some papers that Thomas Jefferson wasn't mentioned in the 1st amendment at all. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Now check out what is mentioned....the 2nd amendment wasn't the only one tampered with.
      Posted by Bob on 09/22/2013
    • Look right above the 2nd Amendment in the photo and see where it mentions "separation of church and state". The parents should invite the media to a history book burning, just for that alone. Complexly bogus and obviously driven by liberal bias.
      Posted by Patrick on 09/22/2013
    • As printed, the amendment is comma happy. The meaning is clearer if the first and last comma are omitted (below). The operative clause is the last and the first is only exemplary. "Amendment [II] A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed."
      Posted by Tom Teetor on 09/25/2013
    • Ummmmmmmm. This is a joke, right? It says right there, right underneath the first paragraph, that the amendments listed in the book ARE.JUST.A.SUMMARY. Look at the Third Amendment the textbook typed out, for example. It's just 10 words. The actual amendment in the constitution is twice as long. Is that also "liberal propaganda?"
      Posted by on 10/04/2013
    • Kokesh did not harm anyone while exercising his Second Amendment right under the U. When the Whiskey Rebellion took place in the 1790s, many of the rebel leaders were convicted of high treason and two were sentenced to hang (although they were later pardoned). I doubt I'll need to defend these shores from invading Belgians.
      Posted by Reichstein on 10/24/2013
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