A FRIEND forwarded this piece of jingoism (David Horowitz, “The Anti-Americans Among Us,” July 10, 2000), worthy of Pat Buchanan, to me today, in which David Horowitz accuses me of having "a subversive mission whose agenda is to warn them [my students] against the very society their parents had freely chosen. The students are addressed not as members of a free community freely choosing their futures, but as though they were dragged to these shores (and kept here) in chains."
He based this assumption on my questioning of students who stand for the pledge of allegiance "if she or he can tell me of any moment in history where the inhabitants of this land actually enjoyed 'liberty and justice for all,' and beyond the words of the pledge, to show me any proof that such was ever intended."
No student was ever able to do so. Now I am making the same challenge to Prof. Horowitz to see, with his apparent profound knowledge and deep respect for American history and its traditions, e.g., slavery and Jim Crow, genocide of the indigenous population, close to 200 interventions on foreign soil, if he can answer the question.
Perhaps, Horowitz would like to have a public debate on the question? I'm ready, David. Just name the time and place.