We recently passed an interesting date in the history of our country- October 24, 1975. On that day, very likely I attended Kindergarten morning classes, complete with naptime and snack time. Then, came home to some afternoon activities with my Mom. For the late afternoon there was Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, Sesame Street, The Electric Company, then iced tea, tacos, a casserole or something else tasty for dinner with brother and Dad included. These were my wonder years.
Today, I realize that while I was just a kid, many people were sitting up, paying attention and fighting for me.
Television had really begun to reach deep into America’s collective mind, and while she slept, and I zoned out, her very underpinnings were handed over, and in Philadelphia, no less, just 70 minutes’ drive from my place in the neighborhood.
On October 24, 1975, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia issued a “Declaration of Interdependence”.
“WHEN IN THE COURSE OF HISTORY the threat of extinction confronts mankind, it is necessary for the people of The United States to declare their interdependence with the people of all nations and to embrace those principles and build those institutions which will enable mankind to survive and civilization to flourish….
Two centuries ago our forefathers brought forth a new nation; now we must join with
others to bring forth a new world order….
WE AFFIRM that the economy of all nations is a seamless web, and that no one nation can any longer effectively maintain its processes of production and monetary systems without recognizing the necessity for collaborative regulation by international authorities.”
Charlotte Isserbyte said of this;
” In 1976 the National Education Association produced a social studies curriculum entitled A Declaration of Interdependence: Education for a Global Community which Congresswoman
Marjorie Holt (R.-MD) described as “an atrocious betrayal of American independence.”
“It wasn’t until the 1980s and 1990s that the relationship between “interdependence” or “new world order” and America’s education of children became prominent in outcomes in each state. Interdependence is also an undergirding concept in global education.
In 1976 a coterie of internationalists thought their plans would have smooth sailing, not the resistance they encountered at the grassroots level which set them back a good twenty years. What we are experiencing in 1999 (American soldiers being deployed world-wide as part of United Nations “peace-keeping” operations, and UN land confiscation through executive orders, etc.) was delayed by the activism of courageous Americans to whom we all owe an enormous debt of gratitude.”
This document was a contribution to our nation’s celebration of its 200th birthday, and, incredibly was signed by 125 members of the U.S. House and Senate.
Imagine celebrating Liberty’s birthday by telling her to go upstairs, change into different clothing not chosen by her, and come down after memorizing her new likes/ dislikes? She must change everything she ever stood for and be a different global girl who stands for whatever she is told to stand for.
That is exactly what happened to America in 1975 that October afternoon.
Three cheers for Congresswoman Marjorie Holt (R.-MD) who refused to sign the treasonous document. She should be honored posthumously for her stand, because she was right in describing it as “an atrocious betrayal of American independence.”
So if you wondered why your education and that of your children is/was marked with the constant terms “global community”, “global standards” and building of “global citizens”, you can thank those “dignitaries” who were watching protesters while I was watching Sesame Street.