The Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Confederation is a book being sold on Amazon that warns parents with a disclaimer that:
“This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today.
Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race gender, sexuality, ethnicity and interpersonal relationships have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.”
The U.S. Constitution - Keep out of reach of children?
Seen on Fox news network, with Megyn Kelly, correspondent Trace Gallagher quoted the Wilder publishing company's response to the controversy:
"We specialize in classic books and we were receiving complaints about the values depicted in some of the books. We wrote the disclaimer so that we could stop having to point out to our readers that people held different values 100 or 200 years ago. It seems we're dammed if we do and dammed if we don't."
Twenty score and 7 goodness sakes ago - what the hell is going on in our country?
Obama apologizes to the world for America and it's history and PC apologists like this publisher not only follow suit but publish a warning label to parents to explain to kids, before you Allow them to read it, that our Constitution is outdated and does not reflect values that we would have today.
Warren Lapine, the registered owner of Wilder Publishing, says at his LiveJournal website that he is a 'distributor only' and that it is A & D Publishers who is responsible for the 'disclaimer' and that news reporters and bloggers should do their homework and get the story right...
Well, perhaps if Lapine was more consistent in his various explanations and excuses then it would not be so confusing as to who was/is/ responsible.
Lapine writes , "Wilder is not the actual publisher of the book. A&D Books is, we just distribute it."
But he goes on to say, "Am I the only one to see the irony in the fact that conservatives are upset with us because of a disclaimer that we wrote for our books because of complaints by liberals?"
Quite a contradiction. I don't know how anyone could confuse that distancing statement of responsibility with innocent until proven --- 'distributor only'. Can you?
Lapine goes on to say: "We did not have a disclaimer when we first started publishing classic books. It was not until after we started receiving complaints that we added the disclaimer...This disclaimer was written to stop liberals from sending us complaints not to enrage the conservatives...and ..."So we put the disclaimer together and placed it into our template."
Now I don't know about doing better research homework as Lapine suggests, (I typed in Warren Lapine and goggles drop down box suggested fraud) nor why it is Lapine thinks it is important to point out what A & D Publishing's NRA conservative position is, but it sounds pretty clear to me that it was in his own words that Lapine of Wilder Publishing tells of -we- being harassed by liberals and that it was Lapine -we- who wrote the disclaimer in response to liberal complaints.
Isn't it 'ironic' that of all the interview requests Lapine reports he has received, and turned down, it is on the Alan Colmes Liberaland radio that he decides to opine.
Now to those I have read who defend this as an accidental or innocent inclusion of a simple boilerplate 'template' on all of the Wilder's books...I say not so.
First, Lapine doesn't defend it in this way. He admits he wrote it to appease liberals.
Secondly, Lapine has, with calculating specificity, written different and deliberative editorial views depending on the book - such as - The Story of Europe, by H.E. Marshall - as an example.
This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race have changed before allowing them to read this classic work.
Gone are the words gender, sexuality, ethnicity and interpersonal relationships from the publishers text that was included in Books such as the Constitution. So the innocent boilerplate argument doesn't hold water.
Might I point out to this - publisher, who's instinct is to assimilate itself with this intolerant America-hating progressive disorder (with Wilder's acceptance salute to a viral 'nudging' surrender) that there is simply NO EXCUSE for this disclaimer for these historical documents.
Why would a disclaimer make any difference? If liberals do not like the book and contents- then they don't have to buy it.
And if they do not like what is in the book then why would they buy it?
It appears to me that there was more than mere publisher capitulation to liberal complaints going on here though. The message... "Lay off, I'm one of you."
These destructive people revise, diss, and erase yesterday without amendment, counsel children that our Constitution and laws are valueless today, and dam it to survive the unchallenged apathetic erosion of our foundations for tomorrow.
My response, to anyone who finds our U.S. flag to be divisive and offensive, who's anti-American philosophy is the more perfect complaint, and who rallies against the values, content, and standard of our Countries Constitution, is to immediately, and without any further dithering hesitation, find a Country & Constitution that reflects your views and values and GO THERE!
Now that would be Progress.
[Here's some more progress - update 6/14/10: Lapine has posted @ his LiveJournal website that upon further thought (and checking his sales) he has decided to drop his disclaimer from all future books...
Thanks to all of you people takin' our country back one positive step at a time! ]