AMAC Exclusive – by David P. Deavel
Well, that escalated quickly. Parents around the country have been fighting back against public school decisions to teach children critical race and gender theories, as well as impose irrational and unscientific Covid protocols on the least of these. The Ruling Class told the parents to drop dead, and the Department of Justice, increasingly resembling the Star Wars Deathstar, has now offered its services to squash the proverbial rebels. It’s a move that further divides the country and gives another indication of how corrupt and how totalitarian that Ruling Class has become. Whether this evil tends toward any good depends on whether the rebels, those ordinary Americans, fight back in the ways they need to.
Five days after last week’s letter from the National School Board Association (NSBA) asking President Biden to use federal power, up to and including the provisions of the Patriot Act, to investigate parents who were either threatening or, it was implied, criticizing school boards, Attorney General Merrick Garland served up a one-page memorandum indicating he will be having the feds work with all local police officers to squelch this new scourge of supposed soccer mom terrorism. Truly a shame this guy isn’t on the Supreme Court, right?
The decision of the DOJ to do anything on this matter is patently ridiculous for several reasons. First, there is no crisis (for schools) of school board-related violence. The NSBA’s letter only indicated a couple incidents where physical altercations happened and a couple of actual threats. The rest of the incidents involved mockery and claims that Critical Race Theory is being taught—claims that the NSBA terms “misinformation” on the basis of the absurd notion that CRT is only taught in graduate and law schools.
Second, we do have a different crisis in the U. S. well-suited to the attention of federal law enforcement. It is absurd that the FBI and other federal agencies should be spending their time on investigation of parents when the homicide rate increased by 30% in 2020, the highest one-year increase ever, and is predicted to be even higher this year. There is absolutely no reason that the practice of local law enforcement officials investigating local threats should be changed when the FBI has actual murders to deal with. Hey, Attorney General Garland! Have you even solved the mystery of those bombs planted at the Republican and Democratic headquarters on January 5 yet?
Third, if threatening behavior warrants a nationwide move on the part of the DOJ, how about investigating the activists confronting Senator Manchin on his boat and Senator Sinema in the restroom? How about a detailed investigation into the myriad violent protests of 2020? Such behavior is just as threatening as “a person yelling a Nazi salute in response to mask requirements” in a public meeting, as the NSBA letter details.
Fourth, Merrick Garland has a conflict of interest. As many outlets have reported, Garland’s son-in-law is the president and founder of Panorama Education, which provides the surveys and questionnaires for schools about “campus climate” to which many parents object. Those surveys include questions for pre-teens designed to make them think along racial lines and, at age twelve, answer whether they are pansexual or gender-fluid. Parents who object to such surveys being given to fifth- and sixth-graders are cutting into the business interests of the Attorney General’s family.
Indeed, put all these factors together and you see how corrupt our officials are. You also see how much they want to divide the country. One of Garland’s promises in his memorandum is that the DOJ “will open dedicated lines of communication for threat reporting, assessment, and response.”
In other words, “Comrade, be careful of what you say in the meeting, the line to rat out those expressing counterrevolutionary ideas is said to go straight to Commissar Garland.” That’s a joke, but the reality is no laughing matter, for such “dedicated lines” for one citizen to snitch on another are utterly destructive to America’s common life, as is the turning of local issues into federal ones is a violation of American norms.
Remember how the violation of norms—such as mean tweets!—was a sure sign of the supposed tyranny of the Trump Administration? But these norms, unlike the Presidential posting of memes the Left either misunderstood or disliked, are actually important. Our federal system involves a delicate balance between local, state, and national authority. Merrick Garland, as one observer has noted, makes no “citation to a statute or other basis for federal jurisdiction that could support an indictment in one of these cases.” It’s not even clear how Garland would legally pursue any of these cases. But making whether parents approve of curricular or masking decisions down at P.S. 182 an issue that brings on the attention of, and the lurking threat of prosecution by, national law enforcement is not merely a preposterous misuse of federal resources; it is a sign of creeping totalitarianism.
The message is: your children don’t belong to you. Nor do you have a say in matters of your local schools. The State will determine these things.
It may be that Merrick Garland has a financial conflict of interest partially motivating him. But is there more to it? America First Legal (AFL) sent a letter to Inspector General Michael Horowitz asking for an investigation of the Garland memorandum and the provenance of the NSBA letter because they appear to involve a conspiracy to deprive parents of “constitutionally-protected rights and privileges, for inappropriate partisan purposes.” The evidence they have collected suggests that the NSBA letter was likely a coordinated action that either began or was aided by those at the highest levels of the government.
The “inappropriate partisan reasons” are perhaps the bright spot in this mess. The Biden Administration, AFL contends, was motivated by the fact that the disastrous turn in education is bad news for Democrats. “Stakeholders also held discussions with senior department officials,” AFL reports, “including at least one political appointee in the department’s Civil Rights Division (Jane Doe #2). Jane Doe #1, John Doe #1, and others in the White House separately expressed concern regarding the potential partisan political impact of parent mobilization and organization around school issues in the upcoming midterm elections.”
While Democrats have tried to convince themselves that opposition to CRT, gender theory, and the rest is simply the reaction of some racist rubes, the reality is that it is much broader. And the proof is starting to pour in, most importantly in the Virginia gubernatorial campaign where Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who famously said, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” has found his lead over Republican Glenn Youngkin now reduced to within the margin of error. When questioned by local reporters on October 7 about one of the issues that is causing his drop in the polls, he suggested that those upset by Critical Racist Theory are “racist” because it is not taught in Virginia. When asked for a definition of CRT, the voluble McAuliffe could not and would not define it.
The Empire has struck back because the Rebel parents are winning too often. Not only is Terry McAuliffe sinking, but the many fights against school boards are going swimmingly. In Loudoun County, Virginia, one of the epicenters of these disputes about educational policy, a judge ruled that a far-left prosecutor who was attempting to stop the recall effort against Loudoun School Board member Beth Barts, who was engaging in her own FBI-less intimidation of parents, should be taken off the case and a special prosecutor assigned instead.
Despite the passivity of too many national-level Republican politicians on this matter (with such notable exceptions as Senators Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul), state-level leadership is rising up in a variety of places to the challenge of this egregious disturbance in the Force of Federalism. Unsurprisingly, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, continuing his courageous course of actions, tweeted in response to Garland’s memo: “Attorney General Garland is weaponizing the DOJ by using the FBI to pursue concerned parents and silence them through intimidation. Florida will defend the free speech rights of its citizens and will not allow federal agents to squelch dissent.”
DeSantis pledged not only to make sure any harassment or threats to local officials were dealt with locally, but he affirmed that he would not allow parents’ First Amendment rights or their rights as parents to be infringed. In fact, in July he signed the Florida Parents’ Bill of Rights that says, in Section 1014.03: “The state, any of its political subdivisions, any other governmental entity, or any other institution may not infringe on the fundamental rights of a parent to direct the upbringing, education, health care, and mental health of his or her minor child without demonstrating that such action is reasonable and necessary to achieve a compelling state interest and that such action is narrowly tailored and is not otherwise served by a less restrictive means.”
Instead of dividing the country, aiming their weapons at ordinary parents, and slouching toward totalitarianism, Democrats need to look in the mirror and see that they are the ones wearing the Darth Vader costume. Parents don’t believe it when school board members or Merrick Garland tell their kids, in essence, “I am your father.” And they certainly aren’t going to stand by when they hear the Star Wars villain’s other well-known lines: “I have altered the deal. Pray I do not alter it any further.”
David P. Deavel is editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, co-director of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy, and a visiting professor at the University of St. Thomas (MN). He is the co-host of the Deep Down Things podcast.
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Kick McAuliffe and Merrick to the curb. These socialist POSs have worn out their welcome. FJB
Every week brings about another “government versus American citizen” issue. This is what happens when We the People allow government to grow into such a Socialist monster that we can no longer control it as it gains more control over US.
Why is a school board allowed to conduct a private in-house investigation of a criminal sexual assault charge?
If you say or do nothing, silence and inaction is taken as approval.
Biden and his leftist thugs are transforming America illegally and unconstitutionally into a socialist dictatorship similar to what Hitler, Stalin or Mao did when they started theirs. There have been so many that escaped that and have spoken out, yet it seems no one listens or remembers.
Also look at Venezuela and Argentina, residents of these nations, once prosperous like America have been speaking out for you to hear their tragic stories.
This is what tyranny looks like. Comparing the Biden administration to Hitler’s Third Reich is not without some merit. “Sieg Heil” — it’s not just for Nazis anymore!
Neat article, I liked the Star Wars references inserted into the text. But my main topic is for us on the right to resist, not so much by getting in the face of elected officials, but by simply refusing to accept and live the lie the left wants to impose on us. Solzhenitsyn wrote about it. Dan Binging spoke about it. We can refuse to comply simply by living the truth. I have no problem with parents fighting for their children. I have no problem with armed insurrection if it comes down to it. But we have another arrow in our quiver: Truth.
The entire government should be abolished and start all over again. I can just see our forefathers now. They are probably so sad that this wonderful country is going to the dogs. Those causing this are the 13 Reps and the commie Democrat party. Getting very tired of all this stuff going on and I trust that the end is near for the good people of the USA when they all really get up and fight!
The Democratic Party and Joe Biden are making a lot of mistakes, they are turning a lot of Democrats away with their Dictator like actions. I pray that every state turns into America First States. The we can all see that the Democratic Party is the Slave Party!
democrat supporters are just as bad if they accept and say nothing about the racist,divisive, anti american party they belong too.
As Americans they have a responsibility to expose and expel all these politicians who are violating their oaths and disobeying Our Constitution and laws!!!
These traitors must be removed and ignoring or going along with ruining America, makes them part of the problem too.
Biden got a majority of the women’s votes. This DOJ action sounds like a stupid move for Biden if he’s taking the moms votes for granted. That would be a big mistake.
biden did not get the majority of any votes, he and the corrupt democrats cheated and stole the election.
President Biden should be impeached for unAmerican Activities. That goes for VP Harris, Nancy Polosi and most of our elected officials. They intend to destroy this country and are actually well on their way to doing so. Budgets that are unaffordable, open borders, changes to voting laws that make ballot counting impossible, brain washing our children. I’m disgusted with the current administration and their unconstitutional activities. This is supposed to be a government of, by and for the people and this administration is taking our rights away from us.
They’ve all forgotten their oath of office and therefore, you are right, they should be removed from whatever office they hold for their unAmerican activities.
Garland needs to removed. DOJ and FBI investigate violations of federal law. Since when is crt a federal law?
Socialists don’t give a damn about the law or the people. The Central Committee has spoken.
This is completely expected. All Leftist/fascists have the same end game, just look at history. If ‘they’ win then yes, we can expect death camps at some point in the future.
We had a lieutenant colonel stand up against the powers that be in charge of the Afghanistan debacle, look where that landed him. He’s in jail and has been for a while. The mess at our southern border with illegals coming across the border with the dreaded Covid. I could go on all night with the fine leaders we have been given by the democrat party. I question the fact that has anything been done right. I could complain a lot more but I decided to fight instead. Legally we have a leg to stand on and it’s convention of states. Look it up at conventionofstares.com. Study it and join up and work to fix the problem legally while we still can. We the people. When you have done all you can Stand.
Put your faith in God! The End Time draws very near! Scriptures tell us that in the End Time, “Right will be Wrong”, and “Wrong will be Right!” Also that Father will turn against Son, and Mother against Daughter”, and all manner of Evil will be out in the open… If this doesn’t describe what is now happening on a daily basis, I can’t imagine what would! Time grows short, Folks! Accept Jesus as your Personal Savior! Live for Him! Love God with all your heart, mind, body and soul! There is only ONE WAY to the Father, and that is Thru the SON! Praise God…
The department of “Justice” is the department of injustice that is reminiscent of the German secret police in 1936. What does this regime plan to do to these parents?
These communists that think that they are good at going against the will of the people,they are not thinking AMERICA.They are ONLY concerned about control,wealth and power,ONLY for themselves.The real AMERICANS have had it,way,way too much of this”BULL EXHAUST”.If the dense oc RATS cheat and win again,I don’t even want to think about what will happen to our country.They think that they can withstand anything,well,good luck”to ya”,but not really.
The DA Merrick Galand is making millions $$$$$$$$ with his daughter and son-in-law on the backs of tax paying parents. CRT a woke joke. Let the parents raise their children. Garland does not care about the kids…
Joe Make-The-Taliban-Great-Again Biden is succeeding at his Marie Antoinette Socialist Plan; “Let them eat brioche” (that’s “cake” in Rio Linda), the Build Back Bogus Agenda.
Screw the economy, screw anyone who disagrees with the radical racist fascist Marxists, burn their cities, rape their women, indoctrinate their children, kill their children, beat them in the streets, loot their stores, cancel their police, invite illiterates to invade their southern border and give them free college, murder anyone who gets in their way, and do it with impunity; that’s the Democrat way, Let an unarmed mother enter the Capital Building, waved in by Capital Police, and they shoot her dead on the spot, with impunity. Just when you are thinking the Joebama, Pelosi, Schumer regime could not be more fascist than that, they order every American to get vaccinated or lose their job, sick the FBI on mothers attending school board meetings to protest indoctrinating children in Marxist Critical Race Theory, and their withdrawal from Afghanistan could not have been worse if it were planned by Communist China.
If the past two years have taught the American people anything, it has taught WE THE PEOPLE, to paraphrase John Adams; “trust no man living with the power to endanger the public Liberty. A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”
The Democrats are bringing America to the brink of a second Civil War. They lost the first one, the Republicans freed the slaves, made Slavery illegal, cancelled their Jim Crow Laws, and made the KKK illegal. The Democrats they have revived Slavery coming across the southern border, and they will lie, cheat, steal, and fight to keep Slavery alive. Of course, the Democrat wordsmiths call it “human trafficking”, because “Slavery” sounds so 19th century.
John Adams wisdom is most relevant today;
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.”
At some point in the near future there will come a time when the Marxist Biden Regime issues orders that are not only unconstitutional (they have already done that), depraved (already done that), immoral (already done that), Illegal (already done that), blasphemous (already done that), and morally corrupt (already done that too). Crap, I am running out of words. There will come that order that no America loving soldier can follow and they will have to make a serious decision. Sadly, some have already done that.
Well said, Sparks! The destruction of America is happening before our very eyes. People refuse to believe it! Most of the republicans stand on the sideline doing nothing! The day is coming when Obiden will order our military to kill civilian protesters as seditionists.
How about we leave the parents alone and go after the rioters and killers out there destroying property and killing police officers and people! No CRT and no masks!
The DC sewer rats (both sides of the aisle), DOJ, FBI, CIA and soon the military have made themselves irrelevant to society. Game on!!!!!!