by Joseph DeMaio, ©2021
(Oct. 24, 2021) — OK, so after the damage has been done, the National School Boards Association (“NSBA”) has determined to “apologize” for some of the verbiage contained in its September 29, 2021 letter to the Goofball-in-Chief.
Specifically, the NSBA has now decided to “regret and apologize for the letter,” presumably referring to the assertion in the original document that parents of school children appearing at their local school board meetings and voicing their opposition to the indoctrination of their sons and daughters in critical race theory, mask mandates and other subjects were comparable to the acts of “domestic terrorists.”
That incendiary allegation was forwarded by the Goof (or his handlers) to Attorney General Merrick Garland who, on two business days’ notice, fired off a memorandum to all federal agencies under his jurisdiction announcing a plan to, among other outrages, surveil and monitor the actions of these purported “domestic terrorists.” Given that hypersonic governmental turnaround, one might be tempted to surmise that Garland had prior knowledge that the letter was already “in the pipeline.” Just sayin’.
Adding insult to injury, it now appears that apparatchiks in the Goofball Regime – if not the Goof himself – had collaborated on the content of the letter with the NSBA prior to its issuance. Really? If so, it would strongly suggest that regime collaborators approved of the “parents as domestic terrorists” slander.
The blowback was instantaneous, vocal and justified. The right of the people, including parents of school children, to free speech and to petition for the redress of grievances is enshrined in the Constitution. Merrick Garland’s memo had the effect, in derogation of their constitutional rights, of intimidating and threatening those parents who thereafter dared to exercise those rights with not only surveillance and monitoring, but arrest, prosecution and punishment if things got “out of hand,” with the definition of “out of hand” to be left to the whims of thin-skinned liberal school board members.
It is more than ironic – and perhaps even a breach of federal conflict of interest ethics rules – that Garland did not recuse himself from issuing and himself signing the memorandum. This is because, as now widely-reported, Garland’s daughter is married to one Alexander (“Xan”) Tanner, a co-founder of Panorama Education, an organization promoting the teaching of, among other things, critical race theory.
The rules of ethics require recusal not only in cases of actual conflicts of interest, but also where there may be an “appearance” of a conflict or ethical impropriety. Garland, of course, refused to answer direct questions on that matter in his recent congressional testimony, only exacerbating the issue.
As it turns out, Panorama Education also promotes the false narrative that Trump and “MAGA” supporters are contemporary iterations of the Ku Klux Klan…, while whitewashing the deep and widespread connection between the KKK and the Democrat Party.
As but one example of that historical synergy, who can forget that eloquent eulogy delivered by the Goofball on the passing of his “friend and mentor,” Democrat Senator and Senate Majority Leader (1987-1989) Robert C. Byrd? Once the “Exalted Cyclops” of the Sophia, West Virginia KKK, the Goof eulogized him as his “mentor.” Stated otherwise, the Goof was unapologetically offering thanks to a “mentor” who once committed racial verbal offenses which today would get him politically guillotined. Go to that Wikipedia link in the preceding sentence to see what Byrd really thought of black folks. Memo to the Goof: do some research before you praise a former Exalted Cyclops of the KKK.
Perhaps the most galling aspect of the NSBA “apology” memo, however, lies in the fact that it is directed to its own member school boards rather than to the parents who have been threatened and slandered. The memo specifically apologizes for the “strain and stress this situation has caused you and your organizations.” Seriously?
Where is the mea culpa “open letter” to the parents? Where is the request to the Goof – and his minions who appear to have collaborated and colluded with the NSBA from the outset to include references to parents as potential “domestic terrorists” – that the incendiary references in its original letter be purged? And where is the request to Garland to similarly disregard the “domestic terrorist” slander of parents seeking to exercise their constitutional rights in defense and protection of their children?
Despite politically shopworn Virginia gubernatorial lunatic Terry McAuliffe’s contention that “parents should have no role” in the education of their children, the government does not own them: they are not puppies to be trained or indoctrinated to “sit” and “stay.” They are small, innocent people brought into this world – despite the options in Roe v. Wade – by parents who care about them.
True parents care deeply about their kids and how they are being educated; far too many school boards, “associations” like the NSBA and private “educational organizations,” seek only to use kids to further their own objectives. Not good.
That mindset is a malignancy which needs to be terminated. If surgery and chemotherapy don’t work, then perhaps the ballot-box will. The results of the upcoming Virginia race for governor should reveal a lot about how deeply even deep blue Northern Virginia agrees.