Leftist have been trying to have their way in America since its founding. Their first move was to take over Harvard College and secularize it. This occurred in 1805 by the Unitarians. The next move was to press for public education. At the time, Americans were probably the most literate people in the world, and Boston had 90% enrollment. Those families who did not have their children in one of the many schools kept them out by choice—most were homeschoolers. There were several schools provided by philanthropists for families that could not afford to send their children. However, the liberals used the 10% not-in-school statistic to drumbeat the need for state-run education, and they finally got their way. By the 1840’s, public education became the norm, and since that time literacy in America has gone down. Then there were the educators such as Owen, Thorndike, and Dewey who pushed the American education system in the direction Europe had gone. By the beginning of the 20th century, socialism was popular, even within the Republican party. The aftermath of WWI moved the pendulum back towards conservatism, but not for long. America has been going back to the ways of Europe from the earliest days, and forsaking its founding. The principles of freedom and individualism made America great, yet today America is doing what Old Testament Israel did—forsaking its founding and going after other nations.
Read more about this in the new book by Dennis Pumford: America by Design.