March 18, 2007

CQ Interview: Myrna Blyth

Earlier this afternoon, I had the opportunity to speak with Myrna Blyth, longtime editor-in-chief of the Ladies Home Journal, columnist for National Review, and co-author of How To Raise an American: 1776 Fun and Easy Tools, Tips, and Activities to Help Your Child Love This Country. We spoke about the difficulties that parents face in instilling into their children a sense of pride in their American heritage. Her book, co-authored by former White House speechwriter Chriss Winston, discusses those difficulties and presents a multitude of suggestions for solutions. She also will launch a website, How To Raise An American, to continue supporting parents who want to help their children value the American experience.

Here's a small portion of our interview, podcasted for your convenience:

EM: Tell us why you saw a need for a book to help parents raise patriotic children.

MB: Well, I think both my co-author and I felt that it was more difficult today to raise children who are patriotic. In fact, a recent poll taken by the Winston Group in Washington found that while over 97% of Americans feel patriotic, 70% agree that children today are less patriotic than children were in the past. There are lots of reasons for this, we discovered. We thought that most people instinctively think that as well, but we found that it is difficult to raise patriotic kids, because of the little history they are taught, the way they are taught it, the influence of the media, and many reasons like that do impact kids, and there's no counterbalance, especially from parents teaching them to love this country.

The interview lasts about a half-hour, and I believe gives a great look at this book, which will officially launch on Tuesday, March 20th. You can pre-order it at the Amazon link by clicking on the picture above.


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Posted by stackja1945 [TypeKey Profile Page] | March 18, 2007 7:01 PM

on-line history at
And at Chapter 1 The Continental Army
"Page 1 Posterity would regard as “fiction” the circumstances under which Americans achieved victory in the War for Independence. So wrote General George Washington as the conflict was drawing to a close. He thought that future generations would find it hard to believe that the force employed by Great Britain to subdue the rebels “could be baffled . . . by numbers infinitely less, composed of men oftentimes half starved, always in rags, without pay, and experiencing, at times, every species of distress which human nature is capable of undergoing.”

But Big Brother MSM would prefer its version.