NRA-ILA: 2A Now Comes with Government-Issued ‘Harmful Language Alert’

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The absurdity and dysfunction of the Biden Administration have become so pervasive that it’s easy to become numb to it all. But some things it does are still so outrageous and inconceivable – touching on the very identity of the nation itself – that it is worth pausing to take stock of just how far the U.S. has fallen as a country in the short time Joe Biden has occupied the White House.

The latest example comes from the National Archives, the federal entity entrusted with preserving America’s most significant records and documents, including those which established the United States as an independent nation. Images of those original documents – which include the Declaration of Independencethe Constitution, and the Bill of Rights – are now displayed on the National Archives’ website with a “Harmful Language Alert.” This advisory warns the content in the documents may, among other things, be “outdated,” “offensive,” “racist,” and “discriminatory.”

The alert was placed on the website by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), a collection of D.C. bureaucrats who obviously believe they are smarter, more enlightened, and morally superior to those whose genius, vision, and courage led to the formation of the United States itself. NARA’s explanation of the alert even suggests they will improve upon the output of the founders and of their predecessor archivists through a process of self-examination and constant revision to root out any hint of what they consider “biases,” “prejudices,” and “harmful language” in their own work product.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with choosing one’s words carefully, taking into account a broad range of perspectives. And the individuals who work for NARA are surely entitled, in their private capacities, to hold whatever view of America’s constitutional republic and founding ideals they want.

But it’s difficult to imagine how a sovereign nation can continue as such if the very government-appointed guardians of its history presume to apply their own political, cultural, and esthetic sensibilities to critique and criticize, in their official capacity, the country’s most fundamental and enduring precepts.

After all, the signature moment in the career of the government’s most powerful officers is when they are sworn into office by taking an oath, sometimes with a hand placed on a sacred religious text, promising to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

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It’s particularly telling that the bureaucrats at NARA believe themselves to be over and above that document, which after all, established the form of government that eventually led to their own existence and that allows such existence to be sustained at the public’s expense. This may be the most breathtaking example of arrogance and biting the hand that feeds you the American public has ever seen from any government officials. 

In response to a media inquiry about the alert (which reported the advisory was created in July 2021), NARA defended itself by claiming the Harmful Language Alert is “not connected to any specific records, but appears at the top of the page while you are using the online National Archives Catalog.”

In other words, it seems that NARA is claiming the advisory – while still applicable to the nation’s founding documents – wasn’t necessarily or exclusively written for those documents and that, really, all of recorded American history could be considered offensive and harmful to right-thinking people.   

That’s hardly an improvement, especially coming from the functionaries whose most important official duty is to ensure preservation of the records that literally make America America.

Yet NARA has, however unwittingly, provided Americans with an important public service by illustrating in as clear and profound a way as possible the anti-American rot that infests all levels and departments of the Executive Branch under Biden and the disdain with which it holds America’s highest aspirations.

It doesn’t seem like too much of an exaggeration to say their objective appears not so much to run the government as to transform it into something the founders would find unrecognizable, a nation founded not on enduring and universally-applicable principles but on the shifting whims of entrenched elites.

To be sure, such deranged minds must find the ideas in the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights deeply offensive, outdated, and harmful. They cannot conceive that there should be any limits to their own designs for government rule or that they should be considered merely part of the undifferentiated mass of common people who make up the U.S. population and subject to the same rules that apply to them.

Yet, ironically, the answer to this dismal state of affairs is still found in those very documents and in the processes they establish for electing and holding government officials accountable and in the fundamental rights none of those officials may transgress.

Patriotic Americans need to take heed and engage in those processes and assert those rights.

Because if the government can haughtily superimpose derogatory warnings over the written records that delineate and limit their own authority and that empower the people they represent, then the day may indeed come when those records won’t be worth the parchment on which they are written.

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{ 11 comments… add one }
  • kim b November 2, 2021, 2:04 pm

    If this is true it should be sent to EVERYONE,
    This posting by the government is why we have to second amendment
    Trying to force government to change because they want to not because its what the people, Remember that part by the people for the people???????

  • Big Al 45 September 19, 2021, 9:34 am

    Whatever happened to “sticks and stones” ??????????????

  • Alan Egusa September 18, 2021, 12:48 am

    The Founding Fathers of the United States of America were geniuses, and they enshrined our rights and freedoms in our Founding documents. Any contemporary politician or official who mistakenly believes that his ideas are superior to our Founding Fathers is an idiot! Let him clearly and briefly state his objections to rights and freedom! If he does not make sense, he must be barred forever from any political or official office!

  • charlie brown September 17, 2021, 8:42 pm

    Both the left and the right have been playing games and tearing it down for years,you have just forgotten what they have said. Most males have become so emasculated that the enemy doesn’t have to worry about what they say anymore, because they doubt the rest of us will do any thing about it. The sad truth is they are right. Oh Lord forgive us for letting it get this far and not turning to you in this time of greatest need.Amen

  • Bruce September 17, 2021, 6:15 pm

    Given the high property qualifications in these old documents I don’t think most of you guys would have been qualified to vote any more than the black people or the women, so I don’t see why you get so upset over warnings about their being a little out of date.

    • Edodaniel September 18, 2021, 7:22 am

      BUT Bruce, are they really “out of date”?

      Try reading through the Amendments and you might just discover that they ARE NOT because the founders were well aware that things change and they planned for it. Two ways to get amendments (changes) were clearly provided for in the Constitution.

  • EasyEddie September 17, 2021, 10:36 am

    I guess it’s not surprising that the empire fell; empires have fallen to barbarians for thousands of years. What I do find disappointing is that the empire fell without even a shot being fired in her defense

    • Boz September 17, 2021, 12:04 pm

      Agreed. There may still be a short time to get a few shots off, but, according to the Tytler Cycle, America’s expiration date has come.

  • Jeff S September 17, 2021, 9:14 am

    Their job is to preserve history, not interpret it.

  • Bill Hindin September 17, 2021, 9:10 am

    This may be the beginning of the left’s trying to tear down the Constitution & Bill of Rights

    • Edodaniel September 18, 2021, 7:27 am

      No, the beginning was a little before the left started up with the “living Constitution” and changing many definitions of various terms used.

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