Since there's so much bogus history in the marketplace of ideas today, maybe we need a series of teach-ins that communicate the actual history of this country. Where there are areas of disagreement and even controversy, we face them head-on. Where there are outright lies in the marketplace of ideas today, we expose them. No agenda other than to face the question, What is our actual history as a nation? Is there separation of church and state or not? Was there an Indian Holocaust or not? It should be lively and engaging if nothing else -- though of course, there are many in the land who prefer myth to history. So you can be sure something like this will never happen -- unless some fearless leader, who appears to be few and far between, would take us by the hand to face our true past.
Charles Deemer teaches screenwriting at Portland State University. He is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter, and pioneer in hyperdrama. He was the editor of Oregon Literary Review and the artistic director of Small Screen Video.
"Having written almost daily for over 40 years, I can say that writing is not a job or a vocation or a profession--it is an existence. It is a way of being in the world."
"Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street, and for Wall Street." Mary Ellen Lease, 1890
"All humanity's troubles come from not knowing how to sit still in one room," - Blaise Pascal.