By Aaron Kliegman\u00a0 How glorious it must feel to summit history\u2019s mountain of morality, standing in judgement over all those who came before. Such is the daily thrill enjoyed by today\u2019s woke progressives, who believe they have the moral high ground as they continue to rewrite American history. One of the latest victims of this great crusade was James Madison, whose birthday came and went on Tuesday with far too little notice. Late last month, as a most unceremonious early birthday present, Portland, Oregon\u2019s Board of Education\u00a0voted\u00a0unanimously to rename a high school named after Madison because he owned slaves. According to a\u00a0petition\u00a0circulated by the school\u2019s alumni, removing Madison\u2019s name is \u201ctaking one big step toward breaking down systemic racism.\u201d Of course, Madison is hardly the first casualty of this historical ignorance. In January, for example, San Francisco\u2019s Board of Education voted to\u00a0rename\u00a044 schools, including schools named after George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, for similar reasons. Such efforts are part of a broader campaign to\u00a0erase\u00a0American history, demonize America\u2019s heroes, and distort the principles of America\u2019s founding in order to portray America as an evil, racist country. The architects of this campaign say they\u2019re uprooting racism and uplifting stories of the oppressed in the name of social justice. In reality, they\u2019re eroding our shared values and national heritage. Consider the case of Madison, our fourth president and fifth secretary of state. Yes, Madison owned slaves, despite\u00a0opposing\u00a0slavery morally and\u00a0insisting\u00a0Africans were entitled to a right to liberty. But he was also the father of the US Constitution, the document that has practically bound this country together and ensured unprecedented liberty for 232 years and counting. He even drafted the Bill of Rights. And there was no greater champion of religious freedom. All that should count for something. And it does to the woke progressives \u2014 as a strike against Madison. Just read the work of Nikole Hannah-Jones, who created the\u00a0New York Times\u2019\u00a01619 Project, which seeks to reframe American history solely through the lens of slavery and racism. According\u00a0to Hannah-Jones, the Founders created a \u201cdecidedly undemocratic Constitution\u201d that \u201cpreserved and protected slavery.\u201d Frederick Douglass knew better. As he said in 1863, if the US abolished slavery tomorrow, then \u201cnot a sentence or syllable of the Constitution need be altered.\u201d He continued: \u201cIt was purposely so framed as to give no claim, no sanction to the claim, of property in a man. If in its origin slavery had any relation to the government, it was only as the scaffolding to the magnificent structure, to be removed as soon as the building was completed.\u201d Lincoln echoed Douglass, explaining that the Constitution deals with slavery \u201cjust as an afflicted man hides away a wen or a cancer, which he dares not cut out at once, lest he bleed to death; with the promise, nevertheless, that the cutting may begin at the end of a given time.\u201d Despite its ahistoricism, however, Hannah-Jones\u2019s description is revealing: It shows that what animates people to expunge the Founders\u2019 names is what they created, not their moral defects. In other words, we should confront the egregious aspects of our country\u2019s past, such as slavery and violence against Native Americans. But that\u2019s not what the woke progressives want. They want a utopian society that supersedes the American project \u2014 our experiment in self-government, defined by the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the structure of the Constitution. They don\u2019t believe what the Founders built was fundamentally good and are willing to risk losing it all because they believe they know better. After all, they\u2019re the ones atop history, looking down on all of us, trying to shake us loose from our attachments to the Constitution and other aspects of our shared national heritage. Who\u2019s to say they\u2019re not morally superior and don\u2019t know what\u2019s best for us? If they have it their way, no one at all. Because ultimately what the woke progressives seek isn\u2019t a more tolerant society. It\u2019s power, including the power to determine who holds the right views and who doesn\u2019t. And if you revere the Constitution, well, you can guess which category you\u2019re in. Newt hosts monthly virtual events in which he discusses news of the day and why it matters to you and your community. These Newt Live events are your opportunity to communicate directly with Newt. We hope you will join us next time and let Newt answer\u00a0your\u00a0questions and provide his insight on the issues that concern\u00a0you\u00a0most. JOIN TODAY to be a part of this special event and receive a BONUS GIFT.\u00a0Click here to join Newt\u2019s Inner Circle.