Pete Hegseth cites disturbing new poll, if ‘children are the future’ America is in trouble

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America is suffering from a crisis of hate — self-hate, to be exact.

This week Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics released its bi-annual Harvard Youth Poll, and the findings show that only 31 percent of young Americans consider America to be “exceptional.” A larger 50 percent plurality believe “there are other nations as great or greater than America.”

Of those who look to other nations for greatness, they’re comprised primarily of Democrats, with Independents coming in second and Republicans coming in third.

These numbers represent a sharp drop from the over 50 percent of young Americans who viewed America as great in 2013, according to a separate poll cited by Fox News’ Pete Hegseth.

This drop fits into a wider pattern of growing dissatisfaction with America and its ideals. Speaking Wednesday on Fox News’ “Fox News Primetime,” Hegseth warned that this growing animus for the United States is a serious problem for America’s future.

“If you go by the old adage the children are the future, then plain as day this poll shows that the future hates America, or at least they think there’s nothing special about America. It’s just one of many countries,” he said.

Of course, he and Fox News’ core audience know that this isn’t the case — that Americans benefit from rights that those in other countries, even Western ones, crave. Why don’t the youth know it as well? Because of America’s education system, Hegseth argued.

“If I had a dollar for every parent who came up to me out on the road and said my kid went to college as a God-fearing patriot and they came back a Bernie socialist who questions America, I’d be a rich man,” he said.

And the reason why became abundantly clear during what he’s termed America’s “COVID 1619 moment,” when kids were receiving their schooling from home, and their parents got a chance to listen in.

“It was a moment where we saw what they were really teaching. That it’s not just colleges and universities. It’s elementary schools, middle schools and high schools,”  Hegseth noted.

It wasn’t always like this. According to one of the Fox News host’s former college mentors, Princeton University professor Robbie George, the limited indoctrination that did exist back in the day used to only exist on the college level.

“There were [college] professors who wanted to take the kid who might have come from a farm family in Iowa and is now at Yale or Princeton. The kid was a boy scout. The kid was a churchgoer. And the liberal professor would rub his hands together and say OK, I’m going to take this kid brought up by these rubes and hicks out there and I’m going to indoctrinate him in liberal ideology,” the professor said to Hegseth.

But things have changed.

“If such professors exist today, they must be very frustrated, because they lose their opportunity to indoctrinate the kid, because the kid comes in pre-indoctrinated,” George quipped.

However, the long-term consequences of this indoctrination are no laughing matter, because “as Abraham Lincoln said,” according to Hegseth, “the philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation becomes the philosophy of government in the next.”

“Can you keep a country if you’re teaching young people to hate that very same country?” he asked.

If that means also hating the basic values of said country, then it appears the answer is no.

“America was founded on Western Christian principles. Our founders? The product of the fusion, the beauty, the brilliance of Athens and Rome and Jerusalem. They knew and understood the Bible inside and out. They knew Latin. They understood the classics, [and] they understood human nature: who we are as sinful creatures…hell-bent on power and greed,” Hegseth continued.

“They built the system – the first in human history – designed to restrain government and protect God-given rights for the individual: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

But the institutional left hates these values — as they’ve made so clear time and time and time again — and want nothing more than to tear them down.

“So while for decades, patriots and conservatives fought for good things like free markets and defeating communists and Islamists, the left focused on culture and classrooms. They specifically targeted the way we educate our young people by focusing on removing the most important ingredients,” Hegseth continued.

“They knew our Judeo-Christian faith and tradition were the key to our human freedoms. Our founders understood that; George Washington talked about it. So the progressives knew they had to get rid of it,” the Fox News host added.

And sadly, they’ve succeeded. Not entirely  — not yet, at least. But enough so that a plurality of young Americans now hate their own country.

But there is hope, according to Hegseth, and it all starts at home.

“It starts in our homes, our churches, in our schools, including new schools. If you have never heard of classical Christian education you should take a look at it,” he concluded.

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