Fifth Grade Lessons Misquote Founders to Teach Need for a Controlling Federal Government

The Common Core Standards are nothing more than an anti-American, anti-Christian socialist based scheme to brainwash an entire generation of American kids with the goal of turning them all into good little comrades who love the government.

You would think that states making changes and improvements to Common Core would be better but that’s not necessarily accurate. In Florida’s case, they made changes to the program, but their changes are just as misleading as what they replaced.

A fifth grade work sheet misquotes what our Founding Fathers said in order to promote their big government ideology in the classroom. The message the lesson teaches is that the Federalists who help draft the US Constitution believed in a strong central or federal government that had power to rule over the states.

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To begin with, the worksheet states:

“The purpose of the convention was to discuss how to make the national government stronger.”

This is flat wrong.  What the worksheet intentionally leaves out is that both the Federalists and Anti-Federalists agreed that the new federal government should NOT be allowed to become tyrannical.  They purposely used phrases like ‘checks and balances’ along with ‘separation of powers’ to indicate the limitations of each branch of the federal government.

Here are some of the examples of how they misquote the Founders to make them say something they weren’t saying:

James Madison –

Worksheet: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary… You must first enable the government to control the governed..” – James Madison, Federalist Papers “Number 51”

Actual Quote: “If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” [Emphasis mine]

Benjamin Franklin –

Worksheet: “I agree to this Constitution, because I think a general government is necessary for us…. . . I hope … we shall act heartily and unanimously in recommending this constitution . . .”  – Benjamin Franklin, Constitutional Convention, 1787

Actual Quote: “In these sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”

Perhaps one of the most powerful quotes written by a Federalist against a strong federal government having power over the states was written by James Madison in Federalist 45, 1788.  Madison wrote:

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” – James Madison, Federalist 45, 1788

These lessons portray the Federalists and Anti-Federalists in a whole different view so as to promote the idea of a strong and powerful federal government.  What the lesson fails to teach is that the two sides united to form the world’s first Constitution of a republic.  They also came together when they wrote and approved of the Bill of Rights, containing the first ten Amendments to the US Constitution and they evidently are intentionally neglecting the Tenth Amendment which reads:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

I’m sure that all of the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Founding Fathers would be horrified if they saw what our federal government has become.  In fact, it has become exactly what none of them wanted it to become.


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