Episode

1/20 Ray Raphael: Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past

January 20, 2015

Historian Ray Raphael, author of Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past,explains the distinction between history and heritage. Revolutionary activity in colonial Massachusetts. The problem with historical myths. How history records rebellions and why it matters. Why the Founders didn’t want limited government. Why the Founders wanted the power to tax. What the right’s favorite Ben Franklin quote really meant. Why originalism is a myth. Why the Founders hated influence and would always back campaign finance reform.

On The Better Half: Fox New’s apologies for the fake “no go zone” story, Bobby Jindel does not get the message. Another Libertarian caller. Previewing the State of the Union. Tea Party leader wants to “own” MLK Jr., also MLK Jr. was a socialist. Rush Limbaugh, explains how to say “Selma with soul”. Also your calls and IMs.

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