David Barton, the Republican establishment’s favorite amateur historian, claims in tax records reviewed by HuffPost to be something of an expert on African-American history...
It’s a curious claim for the Tea Party favorite, who has twice given speeches in front of white supremacist groups -- protesting later that he was ignorant of the groups' professed racist ideology.
Of course this self-proclaimed expert on African-American history once tried to get Thurgood Marshall removed from textbooks, because what did he ever accomplish compared to Clarence Thomas? You must be lazy and/or illiterate to proclaim otherwise.
This ridiculous information would be trivial except this charlatan is the ahistorian of choice for Republican Presidential candidates putting tri-corner hats in place of their consciences. From former candidate Mike Huckabee ("Americans should listen to him at gunpoint") to Michelle Bachmann (the founders ended slavery [or at least 3/5ths of it]) to Newt Gingrich and his spokesperson, most recently heard defending Newt with a press release ending with "...THIS IS SPARTA!".
Time for David Barton to be given a permanent "pundit's chair" on Meet the Press, I suppose.
[Cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Not to mention that Barton is Glenn Blech's favorite historian, next to Cleon Skousen, and the Texas Board of Education's go-to textbook advisor.
There is a chair that Barton deserves, but it's not in a college department.
But....Barton has a good relationship with The Blacks™. Barton was just trying to protect Marshall as any great white father would protect a child. You know, keep him in his place for his own good.
And, as super genius, Tea Party leader, and Barton student Michele Bachmann reminded us, when the founding fathers finished writing the Constitution they did "not rest until slavery was extinguished in this country."
Ergo, David Barton is a founding father. And who would know best about the founding. And liberal progressives suck anyway.
I hereby rest O&A's case.
belief does not work on HISTORY! but then america does not KNOW history.
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