I think that if there ever is another war in this country, it will be one of ignorance and superstition combined against education and intelligence.”
–U.S. Grant, Civil War General and 18th President of the United States

“Life after all is a conflict — in peace as in war. Grant was not only a great General, but an honest man, a somewhat rare combination in the history of war, which should teach us not only how to conquer our enemies, but how to master ourselves.”
–J.F.C. Fuller, military historian and author of THE GENERALSHIP OF ULYSSES S. GRANT

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How prescient the words of U.S. Grant seem now, in the waning days of the Presidency of Donald J. Trump, when over 70,000,000 Americans voted to re-elect a man they knew deep-down was not only utterly beneath the office, but a man incapable of moral honesty and caring about anything or anyone but himself….or, if they didn’t know, it was because of their ignorance, either willful or ill-informed.

It boggles the mind how we got to a point in this country where tens of millions of our citizens came out of our education system sorely lacking both a grasp of history and critical thinking skills. Why is it beyond us to teach our children how to think, as opposed to what to think?

I don’t know the answer — but I know we would be wise to take to heart the words of Edward R. Murrow at the end of his McCarthy-era broadcast during the height of a relevant period of fear mongering: