Mary “Missy” Hogan, a National Park Service employee who gives guided tours of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, stunned a group of tourists this week by telling them that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were the product of “class elites who were just out to protect their privileged status.” Christian Adams has the details at PJ Media.
Hogan isn’t just a park ranger. She’s the chief of Operations for Interpretations and Visitor Services at Independence Hall, the birthplace of our Constitution.
Hogan is also a fount of left-wing propaganda. In addition to parroting the long-discredited economic interpretation of the Constitution, she informed her tour group that “the Founders knew that when they left this room, what they had written wouldn’t matter very much,” according to Adams. The “most important part of the Constitution written at Independence Hall was the ability to change it,” she explained.
Hogan even offered an apology for King George III. She claimed that he “paid more attention to Parliament” than the colonists “because they were right there and could remove him from office.” But in fact, as Adams points out, Parliament did not possess the power to remove the king from office in the 1770s, and still doesn’t.
Do other rangers who lead tours of Independence Hall similarly slander America’s Founders, apologize for King George III, and advocate a “living Constitution”? I don’t know, but apparently they are free to do so.
Hogan has said that “the story of Independence Hall is the story of Independence Hall, it doesn’t really change.” Thus, “the rangers give them same information but the way they tell it is going to be different; everyone has a different and interesting slant.”
Translation: Once we tell the folks when Independence Hall was constructed, what it was used for, and how many rooms it has, we can spout whatever rubbish we picked up from our lefty college professors.
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