If you’ve read any leftist coverage of President Trump’s 1776 Commission, you’d have been surprised to listen in on its first meeting Tuesday. It was brief, orderly, included a wide range of voices and life experiences united by a commitment to American ideals, and commission members repeatedly emphasized their interest in avoiding partisanship and reaching out to Americans of all backgrounds and walks of life.
Their goal is to unite Americans, as Trump’s executive order creating the commission states, in “a rediscovery of a shared identity rooted in our founding principles.” That is quite different from wild claims that the commission seeks to hide America’s sins and indoctrinate Americans with jingoistic, chest-thumping nationalism.
“We have a beautiful heritage. You can’t see its beauty without seeing how often we have fallen short of it,” noted 1776 Commission Chairman Larry Arnn, president of Hillsdale College (of which this author is a graduate). The meeting was held at the White House, where