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July 4, 2022

I’ve been astounded recently by the way the left has been so successful at using the phrase “hate speech” and the fear of school shootings to convince young people to demand that their own First and Second Amendment rights be taken away.

Somehow, they have managed to bamboozle a large slice of the young generation into simultaneously believing that they are wise and mature enough to start voting and even writing laws at 16; yet they are so childish and irresponsible, they can’t be trusted to touch a firearm until they’re 21, or to hear an opposing opinion without rushing to a safe space to cuddle a puppy and schmoosh Play-Doh.

When young people don’t know their rights, where those rights came from, and how much was sacrificed to secure them, it’s easy to convince them to trade them away for empty promises of comfort and security. This is the basis of all those quotes warning not to sell your birthright for a mess of pottage, a bit of advice so ancient and universal that it dates back to Esau in Genesis 25: 29-34. But leftists are still counting on young people not knowing it (no wonder they want to ban the Bible from schools.)

These days, students are taught an ugly, twisted and totally negative perversion of American history. They’re taught to hate their own magnificent heritage, and they don’t learn the most basic facts (or even what the word “pottage” means), let alone all the great stories you discover when you dig into real American history. This seems like the perfect week for a lesson in how America came to be born. And I’ll try to put it into terms they can relate to.

Maybe – possibly – today’s students vaguely recognize the name Paul Revere (although they might believe he was a slave trader. I certainly doubt they had to memorize the poem, the way we did.) But how many know there was another heroic midnight rider who warned that the British were coming, only this one was a teenage girl from Duchess County, New York?

She’s just one of many American heroes that kids don’t learn about because modern textbooks scrub history of everything interesting or inspiring in favor of leftist social and political agendas that downgrade America. They depict this as a land of nothing but racism and oppression, not as a land where people of good will have struggled and sacrificed for generations, constantly working to improve things by establishing justice, securing the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity and creating a “more perfect union” (note that in the original foundational document, the writers made it clear that nothing’s perfect, but we would strive always to keep working together toward perfection.)

Kids, American history is not a list of personal grievances against people who’ve been dead for 200 years. It’s everything that ever happened to everyone before you came on the scene. Seek it out. It can be pretty interesting, and you can actually learn things from it.

For instance: listen, my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of…Sybil Ludington? Movies these days are filled with unrealistic fictional depictions of "girl power," but Sybil was the real article. As the oldest of 11 children, she had to take on a lot of responsibility at a young age. She was barely 16 on the night of April 26, 1777. She had just tucked all her siblings into bed when, suddenly, there came an urgent knock at the door. It was a messenger, coming to warn her father, Col. Henry Ludington, that British troops were invading.

His troops weren’t expecting an attack and were scattered all over the countryside. Gathering them meant a dangerous ride over pitch black roads, through enemy soldiers, wild animals and hostile Indians (sorry: “Indigenous Peoples.”) Understandably, the messenger refused an order to go. But Sybil volunteered. Her father protested, but she pointed out that only she knew where all his men lived. As any father of a strong-willed daughter will recognize, he’d long since learned that arguing with her was futile. So Sybil mounted up and rode off.

It was a rainy night. The British had already set nearby Danbury, Connecticut, on fire, and the flames cast an eerie, red glow on the fog. It spurred Sybil on as she galloped from house to house, banging on doors and shouting that the British were coming. According to legend, at one point, a highway robber tried to intercept Sybil, but she raised her father’s musket and sent him running. Yet another reason why teenagers should think twice before demanding that the Second Amendment be taken away from them.

By dawn, Sybil and her horse were cold, wet and exhausted. She’d roused over 400 troops, who joined the Battle of Ridgefield and helped drive the British all the way back to Long Island Sound. Gen. Washington personally honored Sybil for her heroism.

Today, there are historic markers all along her route, and statues of her in New York and Washington (if they haven’t been torn down by historical illiterates.) But I’ll bet most young people never even heard of Sybil Ludington, a teenager much like them, except she knew what really happened during the American Revolution. Maybe it’s because nobody wrote a famous poem about her midnight ride -- even though her ride was over twice as long as Paul Revere’s. Let’s hope someone turns her story into a hip-hop musical so they’ll finally learn about it.

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  • James Horn

    07/06/2022 08:32 AM

    Love your newsletter. I especially liked the part in todays about sending more farmers instead of lawyers. I have often said that if people with some common sense wrote the laws more people could understand them and it would take a lot fewer words. Case in point the section of the tax code which tells a 70 and half year old what they have to do with an IRA of even just $1,000. They don’t get that most people who have those aren’t millionaires. Anyway great work.

  • Margaret Johnson

    07/05/2022 03:47 PM

    Since I already made a comment about the heroine yesterday I’d like to comment on the INDEPENDENCE DAY remarks by those who think ‘more highly of their opinions’. Since they are in the minority I think you & other conservative sites need to stop giving them the limelight they’re obsessed with! Thanks!

  • Warren Wright

    07/05/2022 02:37 PM

    This evening as Sheri and I watched "A Capitol Fourth" on PBS, we heard Yolanda Adams, who was introduced as a "Gospel Music Legend", sing "My Country 'Tis Of Thee". She has a wonderful voice, and I was enthralled by her performance... until the last verse. The last verse of "My Country 'Tis Of Thee" goes as follows:
    Our fathers' God to Thee,
    Author of liberty,
    To Thee we sing.
    Long may our land be bright,
    With freedom's holy light,
    Protect us by Thy might,
    Great God our King.
    Terrific. But, instead of the last line being "Great God our King", she sang "Let freedom ring". My question is: "Why?" Who changed these lyrics and for what purpose? Perhaps they thought no one would notice. Oops. I did some research and found Kelly Clarkson singing the same song at the inauguration of Barak Obama in 2013, and she sang the words "Great God our King". I also found Yolanda Adams herself, during "A Capitol Fourth" in 2004 singing the words "Great God Our King". She also sang the words "Great God our King" during "A Capitol Fourth" in 2016. So, why the change now? I kinda doubt Yolanda Adams decided to suddenly change the lyrics herself. If somebody knows why this happened, I'd be interested. Thanks.

  • Lela R. Murray

    07/05/2022 02:01 PM

    Governor Huckabee, I love your conservative views and Christian example. I would love to have you speak to my club. I sent you an invitation on Messenger, but have not received a response. I know you must be very busy, especially with Sarah’s campaign, and your other commitments, but if you could work us in your schedule, we would be honored. We are working on our programs for the coming year, and we would love to have you come on April 12, 2023. Please see my message in Messenger, and I will look forward to hearing from you. Thank you! Lela R. Murray

  • Mike Manoogian

    07/05/2022 01:38 PM

    This comment is about "More Farmers, Fewer Lawyers." Maybe we should require every lawyer to spend two weeks per year working a farm, particularly in a flyover state. DC lawyers should have to spend 4 weeks.

  • Brenda Briggs

    07/05/2022 01:00 PM

    Totally agree! Too many lawyers and not enough farmers! Loved the article!

  • Sandy Brians

    07/05/2022 12:50 PM

    We need to protect our farmers. We need to help them keep their farms. No one answer, each state must find what works best for their people. We need to stop selling our future to foreign nations and people like BG.

  • shauna dickerson

    07/05/2022 12:45 PM

    Thank God for the bill of rights. So many things the politicians want to do these days that the framers could not imagine Americans wanting to do. They could have, for instance, from the very beginning put in term limits and stopped the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Biden.

  • Janice Zebell

    07/05/2022 11:04 AM

    Thank you for posting this. I am 75 years old and I don't remember ever hearing about Sarah. It may have been mentioned but Paul Revere's ride certainly took the lead.

  • Augie lombardozzi

    07/05/2022 10:52 AM

    I am 75. I tought for 10 years. I have always been a student of our history. I have a library of books on America. I have never seen a word of this heroine. Praise to Sybil Ludington and thank you for bringing her to me !!!