If you’re looking at colleges, you may want to skip the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. A humanities course that teaches students about the Founding Fathers. How they were hypocrites, terrorists and money-hungry barons who used hyperbole and fear to rile up the colonists to revolt against England. You know, start the war that gained us our freedom…
The “Resistance and Revolution” class is co-taught by history lecturer Jared Benson and sociology instructor Nicholas Lee, who also suggest that it was Mikhail Gorbachev – not Ronald Reagan — who brought down the collapse of the Soviet Union, and that wealthy CEOs deserve to be in a “moral prison,” among many other assertions.
Calling the Founding Fathers “terrorists,” Benson and Lee voice criticism and cynicism against many of the events leading up to the Revolutionary War, teaching students the founding ideals were “merely a fabrication for a social movement” — a means to an end for the colonist elites who were tired of England’s control and needed the gullible masses to help them break free.
They argued the Revolutionary War wasn’t really about freedom. The educators suggest that the only people truly affected by taxation were the rich. However, the rich could not wage war on their own and needed the poor to fight for them.
Ultimately, the impetus for America was the establishment of an economic system founded on enslavement and racism, according to audio copies of their lectures in September and October provided to The College Fix by a student in the class.
“Wealthy colonists needed to work to manufacture discontent,” Lee said. “They used slave rhetoric when the great hypocrisy was that they themselves owned slaves.”
“The wealthy led the colonists to believe they were suffering as a result of the British even though the quality of living was actually very high in the colonies for the people at the time—higher than London for the average person.”
Both professors mock the founders and Sons of Liberty for complaining about having to pay taxes, at one point calling them “childish” and “unjustified” in waging war against the British.
“They were an organization of guys that went out and did stuff, tarring and feathering in effigy, and sometimes it wasn’t in effigy,” Lee said. “As Jared pointed out, by any modern definition, they were a terrorist organization. I don’t say that to be hyperbolic, literally an organization that uses terror to accomplish what they want, that’s exactly what they were doing, right? So all these people who were our Founding Fathers—well it’s all relative at the time—were using violence and terror.”
Denouncing key figures of the American Revolution such as Paul Revere and Thomas Paine, the scholars call them propagandists who riled “the uninformed masses against the British” by appealing to fear.
Benson said of Paine that in Common Sense he appealed to the masses “by deprecating all the people he knows his colonists hate even if they don’t know any. He caters to the lowest common denominator—people who are scared—scared of things that are different—of different stories, of different narratives. This should sound very similar in 2016. Appeal to the masses by giving them people to fear and hate.”
In reference to the Boston Massacre, Lee likens it to the September 11 terrorist attacks: “They [founders] were incredibly quick to act upon it and use to their favor. This happens all the time—9/11…these events that happened that the revolutionaries didn’t coordinate, but used it to their benefit, used it as a perfect opportunity for propaganda.”