Question #2: When did the view of immigrants change to bringing in people who don’t ever want to become Americans but actually want to change America?


David Barton

“The seeds of that change began in education in the 1920’s, as Progressives shifted the way we taught. Prior to that point in time, we taught about individuals. We did not look at groups, we looked at individuals. Every individual had God-given inalienable rights. Every item in the Bill of Rights is given to every individual, it’s not given to groups.

Today, the Supreme Court says the purpose of the Bill of Rights is to protect the minority from the majority. How stupid is that? Because I’m in the majority as a white guy, do I not get the right to a trial by jury? Do I not get the right to have free speech? No, because I’m in the wrong group. What happens is, even back in 1992, in a Supreme Court case I was involved with, the court at that time said it created “classes of religions” and if you’re in Christianity, that’s the biggest religion so we give you the least protection. But if you’re in a small religion, we’ll give you more protection than anyone else.

No, no, no. Everybody gets the same protection because it’s inalienable rights to every individual. Rights don’t go to groups, they go to individuals. In the 1920’s, the progressive stuff in education made four major changes but one of which was, they put us into age graded education. We used to say, “Whatever you know, that’s how we group you.” So you could be 14 years old, in the first grade or you could be 12 years old in the eighth grade. We started saying, “No, no. If you’re 12 years old, we put all 12 year olds together.” It started the process of what we now know as identity politics.

In DC, we got to know whether you’re straight or gay, whether you’re Union or right to work, are you liberal, are you conservative or are you moderate, are you a senior, are you black, are you white, are you brown? What are you? We don’t know how to treat you until we know. We did that with the passive and income tax. We don’t treat everybody the same taxation wise. Now, we have five categories of taxation. We got to know which group you fit into before we know how to treat you.

That’s what we do with immigration now. It’s a progressive view that we have to know your group, we have to know what your beliefs are, we have to know what group you’re a part of before we know how to treat you and that’s the product of something that was introduced in the 1920’s as the progressives started taking government.”