Students, who is responsible for this quotation: "History is a fable agreed upon."
Napoleon Bonaparte said that.
He should know.
But the history quote that I really like comes from my favorite author, Dan Brown, who incidentally preceded his citation of Bonaparte in his greatest novel "The Da Vinci Code:"
"History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books-books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe."
Why bring all this up? Republicans, naturally. Republicans continue to rewrite history whenever the need emerges. Take for instance a recent speech by Ted Cruz's father, Raphael, to a gullible audience of billionaire supported (Freedomworks) TEAbaggers the other day when he described how his son was rendered the ultra-conservative freedom-loving patriot that he claims to be.
From The Raw Story:
"'When my son was 8-9 years old, our conversations around the dinner table centered around politics every day,' the elder Cruz said. 'I remember, over and over, I would ask him, ‘You know Ted, when I face oppression in Cuba, I had a place to come to. If we lose our freedoms here, where are we going to go?’ There is no place to go, this is the bastion of freedom in the world. This is why we have to fight to protect the freedom we have.'"
And this is why he compares President Obama's acts and policies to those of the evil dictator, Fidel Castro, whose country he fled.
Except for the fact that Raphael Cruz fought for Fidel Castro, was captured and held in prison by Batista's forces, then released. He emigrated to the US on a forged exit visa (courtesy of a bribed Batista official). THEN Fidel Castro took power. The only oppression Raphael Cruz "faced" was that of the Batista government - which he bribed to escape.
The evils of the evil dictator did not emerge until well-after Cruz's daddy was in the US, including seizure of church properties and American industrial interests.
Cruz' father decried the practices of Castro, comparing them to Obama's. But last time I looked, the Catholic church still has holdings in America, and the properties of American businesses have not been seized.
I know, Ted, I know. All in due time.