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History’s Lessons

Jedediah Bila

Jedediah Bila

By Jedediah Bila, Author and Political Commentator

The leading self-destructive reality in America today is not the sense of entitlement characteristic of recent generations.  It is not the fear and dishonesty bred into our voices due to the rise of political correctness and its demand that we abandon the truth in favor of a more “acceptable” outlook.

It is our forgetfulness.

We have forgotten the dauntless spirit and tenacity it took to win the Revolutionary War, World War I, and World War II.  Those men had a vision for the future, a pride in American ideals, and a courageous determination to succeed that the young simply don’t understand today.  When my grandfather told me that “they just don’t make ‘em like they used to,” he was right.  The reason is that we have forgotten the beauty and necessity of that valor and replaced it with a desire to appear noble in the eyes of our enemies, rather than intrepid and unapologetic in our approach to those who aim to destroy us.  (P.S.—Terrorism is not a man-made disaster, Mr. President.  It is a heinous and unrepentant commitment to murder.  The culprits should be treated with as much respect as they showed to our citizens on September 11, 2001.)

We have forgotten the nobility of our Constitution, opting instead to transform it into a “living and breathing” document devoid of the sensibility that led some of the brightest men ever to form the greatest nation ever.

We have forgotten our history and allowed revisionist historians and Ivory Tower academics to distort truths that, if factually recalled, would lead us straight to prosperity.  Students are taught to frown upon Reagan’s economic philosophy and to instead glorify FDR and Johnson’s big government programs.  There’s only one problem with that.  Reaganomics yielded a surge in jobs and national wealth.  FDR’s Social Security Act and New Deal, much like Johnson’s Great Society, drained American resources and bred a weakness and dependency into our culture that stripped ambition and personal responsibility from the fabric of many American souls.  As I have outlined before, big government programs have never fostered economic growth.  There’s no reason to believe they will do so now.

I invite you to do what the current administration would prefer that you don’t.  Put your party affiliations aside as you gaze back at our history.  Remember what it means to be an American…what it meant to those men who put their lives on the line because they refused to accept “taxation without representation.”  Open your eyes to America’s past and it will be your best guide to how to build us a bright future.  And do it before it’s too late.

About The Author

Jedediah Bila is a co-host of “Outnumbered” on Fox News from 12-1pm ET. She is a TV and radio personality, author, columnist, and Fox News Contributor. Her book, Outnumbered, was published in May of 2011. Her columns have been published at PolicyMic, Human Events, Verily, The Daily Caller, Newsmax, FoxNews.com, Breitbart News, The Blaze, Townhall, and in AMAC’s newsletter and print magazine. Topics include culture, education, politics, relationships, media, fitness, and more. Jedediah has guest hosted Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld and is a regular guest co-host of The Five on Fox News and The Independents on Fox Business. She has also guest hosted talk radio and been a Contributor on a wide range of Fox News and Fox Business programming. She joined the Fox News team in January 2013. Prior to that, she had also appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, The Blaze, and several radio shows. Jedediah graduated Valedictorian of Wagner College and earned a Master of Arts from Columbia University. She went on to hold leadership positions in the fields of Education and Marketing. She is a former high-school academic dean and academic adviser, and has taught at the middle school, high school, and college levels. She completed an advanced adult workshop in the Saturday program at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and has worked with students ages three to adult in such fields as creative and academic writing, Spanish, public speaking, monologue coaching, and more. Jedediah is a native New Yorker who currently resides in Manhattan. She loves animals, fitness, superheroes, and organic foods. She is represented by Javelin.

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Comments (54)

  1. Norman says:

    It’s a shame you don’t have a donate tubton! I’d definitely donate to this superb blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will share this blog with my Facebook group. Talk soon!

  2. John Levy says:

    I love America!

  3. James Andrews says:

    Two points. First; It is so encouraging to read Patriotic articals of the truth of this country from more and more conservative women. If more of these ladies like Jedediah, Laura Ingalls, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and others were speaking out it can be assured our schools and other institutions would regain their moral backbone and we would see the strength of America returning. It all begins in the home folks with responsability and self determination. Secondly I am also encouraged that more and more folks are establishing conservative organizations to fight and reverse the horrid decline our country has been pushed toward since that great first proponent of liberal thought Roosevelt and the sixties communists currently dominating so many seats in congress and in too many American institutions. Thanks to Jedediah, Amac and the Tea Party for not new direction but a return to the direction our countries constitution writters set us on. My very best wishes for personal and Patriotic success to all true Americans. James Andrews

  4. william raymond says:

    I do not believe AARP has the numbers it claims. They have sent me membership forms for years which i promptly return using their free postage to deliver uncomplimentary thoughts regarding how feel about them and their organization but they keep right on sending in spite of the fact I have never sent them a dime. They claim everyone, that is how they maintain their power base and evidently it works.

  5. Harry James says:

    Have U noticed how wonderfully “transparent” our great leader has been ever since he took the presidential office?His secrecy has been his greatest “attribute”! Nothing he has attempted to force-feed to the American electorate has been without half truths or outlke lies! Have U noticed that the larger percentage of legislation has been crafted behind closed doors? And heaven forbid that the media wud do their job to enlighten the electorate! And that is the very reason why the AARP has hidden in the shadows of such a cover-up! Continue in ur efforts to expose such chicanery, Jedeiah, & never let up!! They are deceivers!!

  6. Francis Ryan says:

    The city of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin in a parade during its Bicentennial some time ago honored my grandfather, Edwin Hurlbut, as the person who named the Republican Party in 1854. I have a newspaper photo of part of the Republican Party’s float. These days it is difficult for me to attach to either political party. These days each party holds rigidly to it’s own agenda and in between is “the good of the people” Go figure!

  7. Wallace Dibble says:

    AArp and Planed Parenthood are no beter then the above two already mentioned.WE need to clean house in 2010 of this kind if not sooner

  8. Dolores Gajewski says:

    Have been against the Health Care Plan from the beginning. Simple solution to aid those who are uninsured, just make a supplement to Medicaid.

  9. Harry James says:

    It is my pleasure to learn that so many seniors are well aware of the”bait & switch” shenannigans going on with the administration these days. b.o. with his gang of miscreants have infected such an immense amount of our Nation’s leaders that must investigate all changes that only lead America down the socialist/communist path. What really disturbs me, just as AARP had been infiltrated by their ilk, one is forced to closely inspect BOTH parties! CORRUPTION has become a normal happening! Until our representatives & senators are replaced by honest, patriotic leaders our liberty & freedom is gone! I say polititians are like diapers: they must be changed OFTEN & FOR THE SAME REASON! AARP has outlived its help to our Senior community!!

  10. Joe Emanuele says:

    It’s time to expose the socialist AARP agenda and finances derived from insurance premiums and other sources they recommend. They have used their memership to push their agenda not to serve the elderly.

  11. Joe Emanuele says:

    It’s time to expose the socialist AARP agenda and finances derived from insueance premiums and other sources the recommend. They have used their memership to push their agenda not to serv the elderly.

  12. Bruce Pippin says:

    Right on the mark! Our country’s citizens are losing freedoms right before our eyes, in plain sight, partly because of the entitlement mentality. I joined the Navy to fought for my Country. Now I see the country’s citizens turning into a bunch of milk toast citizens following a President who does not like his country and apologizes for it wherever he goes around the world.
    Now Secretary of State Clinton just signed off on a treaty that would give the UN the authority to take away our citizens’ hand guns ( a right given to our citizens by the Bill of Rights). People, wake up! Our rights are disappearing and the national press does not want the people to know about it. Jedediah, keep the word going out about the direction of this country is going – the wrong way!

  13. Delores Smith says:

    correct….deduced… to deducted

  14. Delores Smith says:

    TO: AMAC
    Please contact all senior citizens to have them check notice they received in Dec.,showing amount they would receive in Jan.2010. Social Security deduced $1.10 for Medicare. It is a law that when we don’t receive a cost of living increase, they cannot increase our Medicare. I was given $1.00 less on my notice. This can result in millions being deducted from all senior citizens. I called Soc. Sec., and they think they did this to all, and they can’t do it. Make sure your notice gives you the exact amount you are receiving in 2009. AMAC please help seniors and encourage them to join your group and toss AARP in the trash, as I did,
    Delores Smith

  15. Frank Sheldon says:

    Awaiting return of the Nation’s Soul
    Reread the Foundation Documents
    Severed from our roots, WE DIE!!!

    Mayflower Compact, Foundation Documents, Declaration of Indipendence, Constitution, Northwest Ordinance

  16. Lita says:

    I learned of AARP’s agenda years ago and relayed info to mother who shortly gave up her membership. Will continue to let other seniors know. Great job Jedediah.

  17. Mike Stilfield says:

    I’ve been a muti-line insurance agent for many years and have always found AARP to be deceptive in thier insurance practices and very liberal in thier politics long before I was eligible to be a member. I’ve always believed they’ve just been a front for the liberal socialist/communist agenda just like the labor unions. Thus, I’ve never liked the orginization but I understand why some people join. They do offer some informative articles of interest to senior adults in thier magazine. But principal won out. I allowed my membership to lapse a couple of years ago with no intention of rejoining. Thankfully, I’ve learned about AMAC and will be joining a like minded, or at least, non partisan orginization that believes in the Greatness of the United States of America and her constitution. Thank God for FOX news, AMAC and freedom loving Americans everywhere of all ages. We need a place for our voices to be heard regardless of gender, age or race.

  18. Sharon Blank says:

    Amen, I work for IRS and I am not proud of what the government has become, actually I am ashamed!

  19. Debra says:

    Jedediah thanks for this information.

    Though I am not yet a senior, I have received copious amounts of mail from AARP but had not yet done any research on them. So thumbs up to Jedediah for keeping AARP’s agenda before the public.

    Yes there are Americans who still teach their children and grandchildren the truth about the foundation of America. America is due for a “Great Awakening” and it is on the way. I have hope…a recent trip to our capital has proven not everyone is behind the agenda being touted by the current Administration or the media.

    There are grassroot organizations laying foundations for changes in America. Things are changing…just watch and see what happens in the next few years. When the opportunities presents themselves…we must be willing to make the needed sacrifices to take our nation back. We must…as many have done before us…leave comfort behind and take personal responsibility, and follow-through for the changes needed in our nation.

    Those who arrogantly feel they have somehow replaced common sense in America are about to get a rude awakening.

  20. Pam George says:

    First, the entire issue of health care for all Americans is heavily influenced by the the lobbied and concerted effort of pharmaceutical, insurance companies and the like, all influencing government. Just stop and look at how quiet these companies are through all of this rage. It is a mistake to focus on the government and not on the real sources driving this issue. If you recall the people protesting the bailouts did not go to Washington, they went to the front doors of the executives who unfairly profited in the face of others and that contributed to the rerturn of millions. Second, I love America and all that it is, good and bad. Those who fought and still fight for America come from every walk of life. In my love for America, I am well aware of its history, including the fact that my grandfather and Dad fought for America and in a military that kept them and others like them separate because of the color of their skin, and many like them returned home welcomed by lynchings in the South in their uniforms
    I also know that if it were not for a reasonable look into the Consittution, and what the framers intended, going back to their influences by Rousseau and Locke, and the spirit of what it is about, millions would still be either on plantations, not allowed to sit in a restaurant, and women would not be allowed vote, go to college, become CEOs etc, n or have any dignities, rights or privileges enjoyed by other Americans.

    So all I ask is that when we write to motivate, inform, that we do so responsibly, balanced, and truthfully. For example, the comment re ACORN, in New Orleans. I had to sue ACORN on another matter and they were and are in a delapiated building that only they occupied, not with over 200 other organizations.

    We must not forget that we are all Americans, even if we don;t agree, and our speech should relfect that unity.

  21. step says:

    Facist always se the commy/socialist card when they donot have an answer to addressing the issues which were created on there watch. yelling loud doesnot justify the incredible proits that the drug companies and HMO have made since the Nxon decision to make Medical care avaialble only for those who have.

  22. Ann Cinquina says:

    AARP is part of the Obama-no-care program and have a tremendous lobbying group on the hill.

  23. Charles Roper says:

    Congratulations to all who have recognized AARP’s socialist agenda. It is merely one of a number of groups which are arms of the Dems, toleratied by the GOP, which are money-making & supported by govt grants. Others include ACORN and its more than 200 other organizations, all housed in the same building in New Orleans. You thought ACORN was de-funded? (Only until 31OCT09)

  24. Laurence Gosnell says:

    Twenty five (plus) years ago, when AARP started to back liberal causes, I dropped our membership, and have not regretted it. Also, they offer health insurance which is not competitive.

  25. Laurence Gosnell says:

    Twenty five+ years ago, when AARP started to back liberal causes, I dropped my membership, and have not regretted it. I am a licensed Insurance Agent in NC , & what they offer has higher premiums than offerings from some other companies.

  26. LAWRENCE WRIGHT says:

    I DROPPED ARRP WHEN I HEARD THEY WERE BACKING THIS LAME HEALTH CARE BILL. I WONDER IF THEY BACK CAP& TRADE TOO. I WATCH GLENN BECK EVERY NIGHT @ 5:00 PM. HE HAS DONE MORE THAN ANYONE AT DIGGING INTO THE OBAMA SOCIALIST AGENDA. WHAT IS GOING ON??? WHY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE MEDIA, NOT COVERING THIS STUFF?? THERE SHOULD BE A LOT OF THE CROOKS GOING TO JAIL, INSTEAD OF PARTIES AT THE WHITE HOUSE. WHAT ABOUT SANDY BURGER, STUFFING SECURITY PAPERS IN HIS PANTS. HOW ABOUT THE MEN IN MILITARY TYPE GARB, STANDING OUTSIDE A PHILLY POLLING SITE, WITH A NIGHT STICK, IF THAT WERE REVERSED, THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA WOULD HAVE BEEN SCREAMING. ARE WE BEING SCAMMED INTO SOCIALISM BY OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS?? LET’S DUMP THEM ASAP.

  27. STAN WESTLUND says:

    I QUIT AARP WHEN THE JERK WAS ELECTED
    I SHOULD HAVE DONE IT YEARS AGO.

  28. Laurence Maddux says:

    I quit AARP. They are liberal zombies that march in step. They are also deceptive in their positions.Sounds like most of our politicians today.

  29. Dan Scheiern says:

    We recognized that AARP did not represent us over three years ago when we cancelled our membership. We are thankful for AMAC. We are telling our friends.

  30. Jim says:

    I have AARP insurance and I am also a member. I am choosing to let my membership lapse, for obvious reasons. My Dad fought in WWll and thought that since he worked all his life and fought for this country his work was over. I tried to explain that you are an American for life and must continue to fight and educate the younger generations. In my eyes he is a great man. He brought his family together in Florida and he gave us all an history lesson, starting from the pilgrim’s, and never once looked at a reference or book. My own daughter said that was a great lesson, she couldn’t even tell me what the 3 branches of government were before the lesson. It was great! Seniors Jobs’ are not done! We must not sit back and say “I did my share” and sink into retirement. We must educate our children, because the government is brainwashing them to be PC and that socialism is the way. Our children are not even required to take American history in high school anymore, they can replace it with an elective. So quit AARP and teach our children well!!

  31. Joseph C. Moore, Cpo USN Ret. says:

    It is (and was) obvious that AARP is a big government shill to any one who does the slightest bit of research. If you think that AARP is looking out for your best interest you are sadly myopic. That they have millions on the membership roll is testament to the stupidity of so many of our seniors. They are the same people who vote democratic under the misguided notion that government has their welfare at heart. What big government (D 0r R) wants is subservience of the populace.This is not what our country was founded on.

  32. Dennis Evans says:

    I have now become an ex-member of AARP and will signing up with AMAC. I have tried to get responses from the elite back stabbers of AARP and only get a form leter telling me they can’t repond for what ever reason.

    God riddence

  33. Margaret Comer says:

    I, and many others that I know, have cancelled our membership in AARP since they decided to back the Obamacare Healthcare program, so we disassociated ourselves from them to let them know exactly what we think of them and their ideas. I agree with Jim that said ARRP is a disgrace and do not want a Socialist health program. Get rid of those Jokers in DC in 2010.

  34. Iky Akers says:

    Keep Speaking LADY!!!!!!!!!!!!! God Bless YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Dave Hollenbeck says:

    My question is:
    You went to Columbia (COMMIE U).
    How did you escape brainwashing?

    And, yes, you are a beautiful woman.

  36. Marjore Dice says:

    I droped AARP long ago, I realized they were liberal by glancing through there magizine, and checking on their different insurance policies just to find out how much they were helping the seniors by being the highest policy you could get for whatever they were selling.

  37. Leo Vadala says:

    Well said. Thank you. I just discovered AMAC. I am only 51 and have been ignoring the stream of unwelcome and unsolicited mail invitations to join AARP. I am too young to think in terms of retiring and therefore never thought of joining any retirement association. However, I like what AMAC stands for, both figuratively in terms of policy, and literally in terms of what the abbreviaiton stands for. I prefer to be associated with mature rather than retired Americans.

  38. Jacqueline Carlson says:

    Am glad to hear that not everyone is being fooled by the Socialist agenda of our present administration. Thanks for the enlightening essay.

  39. Jacqueline Carlson says:

    I fear for this great land of ours and am happy to know that some young people out there do know where we have come from. God bless America.

  40. Jacqueline Carlson says:

    My husband and I abandoned AARP years ago. I am so happy to hear of AMAC. I can only say thank you and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  41. Dempsey Coleman says:

    This is the problem OBAMAS whole administration are all RADICALS out to finish destroying what is left of our GREAT NATION the only one they are totally afraid of is Sara Palin

  42. Ed Harrell USMC (ww2 - 85) says:

    Good to know that we still have some alternatives to AARP because I have found them to be deceptive and dishonest.

  43. Ed Harrell USMC (ww2 - 85) says:

    Thanks much, now I need a good Supplemental Insurance Co. I have been disgusted with AARP and have told them so

  44. Jim Hendricks says:

    I have looked for some time for an alternative to AARP. I questioned AARP about their poll (? ) in 1993 regarding taxation of Social Security benefits. By phone and letter. They had the audacity to say their members voted to approve the bill !!!! I have never been a member of AARP. AARP is a cash cow selling insurance products to their members. Any current AARP member who believes in the Constitution should get out now. There is more , but no time now. AARP is a disgrace! Wake up, SENIORS !!!!!!!! I have been in the insurance business over 40 yrs. so I know what I am talking about !!!!!!

  45. Charles Hagan says:

    After the Bush-Gore election AARP admitted lying to their members because it was “too important to let the people decide for themselves!” Well, that will never be tolerated again!

  46. Don Nelson says:

    I let my AARP membership expire and am so glad that there is this alternative! I fear for our nation and future generations if we do forget where we came from. What a great essay on what is so important for us to remember and to stand up for!!

  47. John P. Centonze says:

    I found AARP to be no more than pimps for the unsavory characters who rule in D.C. at this time.

  48. Bill Eddy says:

    I’m not happy with Obama-care and would like to know AMAC’s position on health care reform.

  49. (Mr)Jackie Olinger says:

    I am aware of the socialist program of AARP I was recommended by GM to have AARP be my medigap provider after GM dumped all salaried employees begining 1/1/2009 they double charged me for the same police BC/BS charged.. begining 1/1/2010 many of us will be leaving AARP.. they are a Socialist Group of liars.. Jackie D. Olinger

  50. Paul Smith Carter says:

    For over thirty years I have looked for an alternative to AARP’s liberal philosophy claiming they represented me. Their philosophy has never been mine. I cancelled my subscription to them once, but came back to them since they do have news that is of interest to 80+ that is not carried elswhere. Thank you; you appear to be on the right track.

  51. Ross Blankert says:

    Jedediah, how did a beautiful young woman like you get so wise. There is hope for younger folks in America after all that has been said. Run for office. We need you.

  52. Rafael Vallejo says:

    The truth is always refreshing. Well said.

  53. Eric Serlin says:

    Jedediah, Very well written and right on point!

  54. Mike Cavanaugh says:

    AMEN!!!

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