Preserving History Through The Library

Written by Eunice Ray

January 20, 2021

The lessons of Vietnam struck the young US Marine Ron Ray like coin newly minted by sorrow and fury: Sorrow for the many who gave their lives and fury at being lied to during the war and lied about after the war.  Upon returning home, Ron took up the study of law to bring order to the chaos of war.  He carried home with him invisible wounds that crippled him as sure as a missing arm or leg, but his war injuries didn’t deter him.  

He spent his post-Vietnam life remembering those Kentuckians who gave their last full measure of devotion by building the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial and for over 50 years he amassed a carefully chosen collection of books to remember.  The collection covers the foundation of America through the 20th century.  The books are written by witnesses to the domestic and foreign threats and represent a highly perishable time capsule especially in today’s world of clicking for truth and history.  

Big Tech is on the march to erase or recast the history accessed by clicking, but today the Ronald D. Ray Library of American History seeks to fill the void no matter what becomes of our collective virtual reality. 

Communist philosopher Antonio Gramsi declared that the truth is revolutionary.  Domination of the narrative, he declared: 

…is maintained through ideological or cultural means.  It is usually achieved through social institutions which allow those in power to strongly influence the values, norms, ideas, expectations, world view and behavior of the rest of society.

Colonel Ray fought a Marxists-supported enemy on the ground in Vietnam and stood against that same radical Marxist agenda upon returning home.  

The Colonel often said, “facts are stubborn things,” and used history to defend our “one nation under God” drawn from his expansive teaching library and mobilized by his fighting archive. 

Employing his extensive library and archive, Colonel Ray stood up to a Federal judge in Kentucky who, because of the Declaration of Independence’s references to Almighty God, declared it was a religious document, not a state document. 

A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do.  We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about…

President Woodrow Wilson, 1913

Relentless attacks upon America’s first principles came through the courts, the education system, medicine, and even the churches.  Colonel Ray was warned by the writings of Armenian-American journalist, news media critic and commentator, university professor and author Ben Bagdikian, that a media monopoly of international companies controls all print and broadcast.  

. . . Today, with six mega-corporations with interlocking interests in world government controlling all information given to the people, journalism has ceased to fulfill its role as the guardian of individual liberties and the watchdog of government and corporate abuse.  It is overwhelmingly documented as the guardian of one-world democratic socialism.

Add to that information monolith, Big Tech’s tyranny and the ability to mold entire nations by dominating the narrative is Gramsi’s dream realized.  

In the upheaval of the domestic war, Colonel Ray discovered the coordinated and well-planned generational war. Early in the 1950s, giant tax-exempt foundations gained power and influence to turn societal values, norms, ideas from a national to a single world view.  

In 1954, B. Carroll Reese headed a congressional committee to examine their actions.  It was clear then that their goals were treasonous.  The Committee reported:

It seems to this Committee that there is a strong tendency on the part of many social scientists whose research is favored by the major foundations toward the concept that there are no absolutes, that everything is indeterminate, that no standards of conduct, morals, ethics and governments are to be deemed inviolate, that everything, including basic moral law, is subject to change and that it is the part of the social scientists to take no principle for granted as a premise in social or juridical reasoning, however fundamental it may heretofore have been deemed to be under our Judeo-Christian moral system.

Then in November 1967, American History was suppressed in American schools, a decades long political objective of the ACLU, the NEA and others.  This event was reported in the NEA Journal’s “The New Social Studies.” Their official periodical commented on the shift of educational emphasis, since federal funds first flowed into education in 1965:

probably the most obvious change occurring in the social studies curriculum is a breaking away from the traditional dominance of history, geography, and civics.  Materials from the behavioral sciences ….sociology, social psychology….are being incorporated into both elementary and secondary school programs.

On October 12, 2002, Pulitzer Prize winning historian and author David McCullough spoke at the National Book Fair at the Smithsonian Institute: 

We are raising a generation of ‘historical illiterates. This historical ignorance is dangerous.  We face a foe today who believes in enforced ignorance—we don’t.”

And so, we are compelled by current events to preserve the lifetime collection of one who loved history, understood its power, and used it to hold back the forces that continue to attack our American way of life.  

The result of the removal of history from schools has resulted in a radicalized and ignorant generation who has easily bought the Marxist ideal proffered, ignorant of their own history and without ever hearing the end of the story.  One only needs to browse the Black Book of Communism to see the array of powerful leaders who executed millions of their own people in countries that fell under their rule.  

Not surprisingly, nearly 35 years later in 2001, a survey commissioned by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation found: 

  • One in five American teenagers didn’t know from what country America declared its independence.
  • Nearly one in four didn’t know who fought the Civil War.  
  • Thirteen percent thought the Civil War was between the United States and England. No wonder the siren song of Marxism has appealed to so many.

For twenty-five years, newspapers and magazines moved away from reporting on the nation’s newsmakers and world affairs to reporting on celebrities.  In 1997, the Project for Excellence in Journalism studied 6,020 stories from sixteen news outlets spanning 20 years.  

One of their most striking findings was that only 8% of the stories on the prime-time news magazines concern the combined areas of education, economics, foreign affairs, the military, national security, politics or social welfare issues.  Today, Time and Newsweek most often have cover stories in the area of consumer and health news and celebrity entertainment.

History calls us to rededicate ourselves to the noble and ever unfinished work that President Lincoln described as he stood on the blood-soaked ground of Gettysburg:

…that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

The loss of liberties is the price paid for forgetting the past, but sadder yet is watching younger generations click for limited and prepackaged news and information in search of a context for an advancing lawlessness. Just as young King Josiah rent his clothes, when he learned of the law and was preserved, it is hoped this book collection gathered by one who loved liberty and understood the battle, both foreign and domestic, will provide that context and ultimately an exodus.

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