9 Things Your Civics Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Freedom

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Hannah McDermott | Patriots Freedom

I come from a long line of Irish-Americans who settled in the states in the 1950s. We take our freedoms very seriously and we’re more than a little patriotic. We love all things red, white, and blue. As you can imagine, we’ve struggled with the goings-on of late. As conservatives and Patriots, we’ve been shocked at a lot of what we’re seeing. 

As I’ve tried to make sense of the political climate, I’ve gone back to those principles my Civics teacher taught me, back at Gramercy High School. I’m afraid Mrs. Haverstock left a few things out. 

Here are NINE things I didn’t learn in Civics class, things I wish I’d known before President Trump took office in 2016: 

  1. Gaslighting is a useful tool against your enemies and some are more skilled at it than others. Back in high school I’d never even heard the term “gaslighting” but I can’t help but think about it now. According to politicaldictionary.com, Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or group. It makes them question their own memory, perception and sanity.” The Left has become skilled in the art of gaslighting. They make those of us on the Right feel guilty for the very things they are doing. It’s twisted, bizarre, and wholly unfair. It also makes me doubt just about anything the Left says.  
  1. Freedom isn’t free. I had this bizarre notion that my forefathers paid for my freedom with their very lives and that their sacrifice was enough to keep this free gift going throughout my lifetime. I was wrong. Even today, Patriots are losing their freedoms on a daily basis and we are still paying in very painful ways. I’ve been called on to stand firm for the cause of freedom, and I won’t give up. 
  1. Warriors aren’t always dressed in fatigues. I’ve always appreciated the men and women in the armed forces. They are our heroes, the ones fighting for our freedoms. I still appreciate them, but I’m learning that true Freedom Fighters are also dressed in everyday clothes. They battle from their computers, their pulpits, and their voting booths. They refuse to bow to the narrative of the Left and they stand up for what they believe, even in the heat of the battle. 
  1. Our representatives don’t always represent us. Boy, did this one stir up some confusion! I had the misguided notion that the men and women I voted for would actually represent me once they arrived in D.C. I’ve learned, especially during the Trump years, that these folks are often bought and paid for by their contributors and they don’t give a lot of thought to what I think or believe. 
  1. “Caring for the poor” can become a manipulation tool when placed in the wrong hands. Look, I still believe that caring for the downtrodden is a good thing, but my thinking has shifted a bit, now that I see the Democrats’ definition. They want me to work harder, pay more, and sacrifice endlessly so that others can work less, pay nothing, and sacrifice little. It makes no sense to me. I give to those in need through my church and I support a variety of ministries, besides. I pay my taxes and I know that many wonderful people benefit from my generosity. But, I’m pretty much tapped out. There’s not much more I can give so that others can go on benefitting. If the Democrats keep reaching into my bank account to provide for others, I’ll end up being the one in need. Then who can I help? No one. 
  1. There is a Deep State and it’s a cesspool filled with slime. I might’ve missed the class where they talked about this one, but I somehow doubt Mrs. Haverstock even mentioned the Deep State. I wish I’d known that there are sleazy, slippery puppeteers and that we’re intended to be obedient puppets who do as they say. Had I realized this early on, I would’ve fought harder to cut the strings. I know now, though, and I’m fighting for my children and their children so that they can be set free. 
  1. News reporters don’t always tell the truth. From the time I entered my Civics class, I was told that I could trust the stories on the evening news. Walter Cronkite was a fixture in our home. His word was gospel. Truth. We never felt the news was slanted or contained untruths or hyperbole. Imagine my surprise to discover the news organizations are all owned by the same six companies and they have targeted conservatives with their slanted stories. Had I known that 92% of the media coverage of Donald Trump was going to be negative (and/or based on lies like the Russia hoax), I would’ve turned off the news a lot sooner. 
  1. Speaking of the Russia hoax: I wish I’d known that my government might turn on its citizens and falsely accuse them. This has been a bitter pill to swallow. Not knowing who to trust has made things difficult. 
  1. Finally, here’s one thing I wish I’d known. Maybe I did know it, but had forgotten: There will always be those who stand in the gap. No matter what the Left throws our way, there will always be solid conservatives who stand tall, who refuse to give up, and who answer freedom’s call, no matter the cost. 

“May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, 
but as the opportunity to do what is right.” 
– Peter Marshall


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