Frank Vernuccio 6/23/2015




Frank V. Vernuccio, Jr., J.D.


Frank V. Vernuccio, Jr., J.D., the editor-in-chief of the New York Analysis of Policy & Government, brings his 30 years of experience in government and professional writing and broadcast journalism to your audience. Vernuccio provides insights that captivate listeners.

Another Independence Day is almost here, and with it, another attack on the founders and founding principles that led to America’s success. The concept of replacing Alexander Hamilton’s photo on the $10 bill at first sounds harmless, or even commendable. Why not give someone else, particularly a female, and the chance to grace this bit of currency?

But like much else in the highly partisan intersection of educational, cultural and political decisions, this seemingly innocuous move is part of a far larger agenda, one that poses a crucial danger to the future of our nation. It is part of a drive to eliminate the teaching of the principles upon which America was founded.

There has been much written about the undeniable hard-left bias on our college campuses. The New York Analysis of Policy & Government has previously reported that “The existence of the leftist bias is statistically well-documented and this overwhelming majority seeks to suppress contrary voices. A number of studies have provided solid statistical evidence of this…Far too many American universities, at ever greater cost, are striving to eliminate the very concepts that gave rise to the founding of the United States. Rather than, as Jefferson hoped, provide a foundation for the preservation of personal freedom, colleges are now becoming a wellspring of collectivist authoritarianism.”

The extremist anti-American views that dominate colleges are being forced onto grammar and high schools. The History News Network found that, “The new Framework of the College Board’s Advanced Placement U.S. history course inculcates a consistently negative view of American culture. … The Framework ignores the United States’ founding principles and their influence in inspiring the spread of democracy and galvanizing the movement to abolish slavery…A particularly troubling failure of the Framework is its dismissal of the Declaration of Independence and the principles so eloquently expressed there. The Framework’s entire discussion of this seminal document consists of just one phrase in one sentence: “The colonists’ belief in the superiority of republican self-government based on the natural rights of the people found its clearest American expression in Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and in the Declaration of Independence… The Framework thus ignores the philosophical underpinnings of the Declaration and the willingness of the signers to pledge ‘our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor’ to the cause of freedom.

Boston’s Pioneer Institute examined the issue, as reported by the Heartland Institute. It’s “Shortchanging the Future” study argues:

“We are told that we should no longer privilege the traditional patriotic narrative. But is the only alternative a narrative that damns “dead white males” as oppressors, thereby ensuring that live white male children grow up hating history? …Why is it so hard for us all to agree that the United States has had more than its share of racial, ethnic, and religious conflict precisely because it became the most diverse nation in the world, but that minorities have risen precisely because they could insist upon rights first trumpeted forth by the United States… The present study is especially troubling because it documents not only disagreements over standards, but the fading away of history altogether. Fewer hours are devoted to it; students display commensurately greater ignorance. Perhaps this is simply a function of demoralization or distraction. But I suspect it is also on someone’s agenda…The collective grasp of basic history and civics among American students is alarmingly weak. Beyond dispiriting test results on the National Assessment of Educational Progress and other measures, poor performance in history and civics portends a decay of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for a lifetime of active, engaged citizenship. The reasons for this decline are many: the amount of time devoted to history in K-12 education has demonstrably shrunk over time; demands to make curriculum more inclusive have led schools and teachers to dwell on social history, race, and gender in ways that distort the nation’s historical narrative.”

In February, reports the Iowa State Daily “Oklahomans initiated an attempt to stop the revisionist-left from fiddling with the history books. The Oklahoma legislature has approved a bill to stop funding advanced placement history classes, on the basis that the curriculum is too left-wing. There’s a severe left-wing bias in academia…”

Alexander Hamilton was a classic American success story. Orphaned, he nevertheless rose to success. He became a key figure in the Revolution, and later was a major force in getting the Constitution ratified—the Constitution that so many on the left find an inconvenient roadblock to implementing their collectivist agenda.

His success through perseverance, courage and faith in the grand experiment in freedom that is America is a clear repudiation of everything the academic and political left stands for. It is no coincidence that his recognition on American currency is targeted for removal.


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