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By now, gentle readers, you’ve heard. The Department of Justice, the FBI, and just about every other federal agency have declared Normal Americans concerned about Marxist indoctrination and Covid insanity in the public schools domestic terrorists, and they’re strategizing about how to utterly crush these violent, threatening terrorists. You know: soccer moms. The Biden Administration has declared war on America’s parents.
Here’s the outline of what has happened thus far:
Across the nation, schools boards have become more and more authoritarian, arrogant and radical, imposing Critical Race Theory under a variety of guises, Marxist indoctrination in general, and mask and vaccination mandates. They, like execrable VA Governor’s candidate Terry McAuliffe, believe parents have no right to know what their children are being taught, nor do parents have any business questioning the intellectual and moral superiority of education “professionals.” Initially they denied CRT exists, then they denied teaching it, then they admitted it exists and they’re teaching it, and what you gonna do about it, peon? It’s none of your business!
Surprisingly–to education professionals–parents are not amused, and have resorted to filing FOIA requests, for which they are commonly charged thousands of dollars. Often school districts simply refuse to provide any information, and as regular readers know, some actually sue parents for daring to try to obtain public records, and even for disseminating the public information school districts so unwillingly provide.
School board meetings have become heated as angry parents demand accountability from their elected employees. In response, many school boards have enlisted local police to arrest parents and other citizens for daring to question them. This, as Monty Python so aptly put it, is the violence inherent in the system.
The National School Boards Association sent a 09-29-21 letter to President Biden, demanding federal intervention because “America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat.” Amazingly, the NSBA denies CRT is being taught, something already widely admitted for months across the nation by its proponents:
…many public school officials are also facing physical threats because of propaganda purporting the false inclusion of critical race theory within classroom instruction and curricula.1 This propaganda continues despite the fact that critical race theory is not taught in public schools and remains a complex law school and graduate school subject well beyond the scope of a K-12 class.
Despite providing no examples whatever of threats, violence or injuries to school boards or school personnel, the NSBA demanded an unprecedented, unsupportable and Stasi-like mobilization of federal resources:
NSBA respectfully asks that a joint collaboration among federal law enforcement agencies, state and local law enforcement, and with public school officials be undertaken to focus on these threats. NSBA specifically solicits the expertise and resources of the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service, and its National Threat Assessment Center regarding the level of risk to public schoolchildren, educators, board members, and facilities/campuses. We also request the assistance of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to intervene against threatening letters and cyberbullying attacks that have been transmitted to students, school board members, district administrators, and other educators.
The NSBA claimed parent concerns “could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” It continued with very specific demands:
As such, NSBA requests a joint expedited review by the U.S. Departments of Justice, Education, and Homeland Security, along with the appropriate training, coordination, investigations, and enforcement mechanisms from the FBI, including any technical assistance necessary from, and state and local coordination with, its National Security Branch and Counterterrorism Division, as well as any other federal agency with relevant jurisdictional authority and oversight. Additionally, NSBA requests that such review examine appropriate enforceable actions against these crimes and acts of violence under the Gun-Free School Zones Act, the PATRIOT Act in regards to domestic terrorism, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Violent Interference with Federally Protected Rights statute, the Conspiracy Against Rights statute, an Executive Order to enforce all applicable federal laws for the protection of students and public school district personnel, and any related measure.
Once again, note the unusually specific demands made by the NSBA. I’ll explain this shortly. Mary Chastain at Legal Insurrection reported on Attorney General Merrick Garland’s response: this Department of Justice document, issued on 10-04-21:
Garland also simultaneously sent this letter:
MEMORANDUM FOR DIRECTOR, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR U.S. ATTORNEYS ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL. CRIMINAL DIVISIONUNITED STATES ATTORNEYS
FROM: THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
SUBJECT: PARTNERSHIP AMONG FE ERAL, STATE, LOCAL, TRIBAL, AND TERRITORIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO ADDRESS
THREATS AGAINST SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, BOARD MEMBERS, TEACHERS, AND STAFF
In recent months, there has been a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff who participate in the vital work of running our nation’s public schools. While spirited debate about policy matters is protected under our Constitution, that protection does not extend to threats of violence or efforts to intimidate individuals based on their views.
Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values. Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their work without fear for their safety.
The Department takes these incidents seriously and is committed to using its authority and resources to discourage these threats, identify them when they occur, and prosecute them when appropriate. In the coming days, the Department will announce a series of measures designed to address the rise in criminal conduct directed toward school personnel.
Coordination and partnership with local law enforcement is critical to implementing these measures for the benefit of our nation’s nearly 14,000 public school districts. To this end, I am directing the Federal Bureau of Investigation, working with each United States Attorney, to convene meetings with federal, state, local, Tribal, and territorial leaders in each federal judicial district within 30 days ofthe issuance ofthis memorandum. These meetings will facilitate the discussion of strategies for addressing threats against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff, and will open dedicated lines of communication for threat reporting, assessment, and response.
The Department is steadfast in its commitment to protect all people in the United States from violence, threats of violence, and other forms of intimidation arid harassment.
Notice Garland’s DOJ has, virtually to the letter, fulfilled the NSBA’s demands, elevating the occasional, local display of anger, and demands for public accountability at school board meetings, into “domestic terrorism” and putting the FBI in charge. Again, notice as with the NSBA’s demand letter, the DOJ press release and internal letter have no mention of any specific threat, nor are there any examples of violence, intimidation or harassment of any kind. What Garland is calling terrorism, and crimes requiring the mobilization of all federal criminal—and surely, intelligence—agencies is nothing more than the occasional angry commentary of parents upset at the lunatic mandates and arrogance of local school boards.
Do you recall the Tea Party, gentle readers? The organization was comprised of Normal Americans who argued for limited government, fidelity to the Constitution and the rule of law. In other words, obvious radicals and domestic terrorists. Their rallies were outrageously peaceful and polite, and they took pains to ensure the venues were more clean and orderly when they left than before they arrived—they removed their trash and everyone else’s. Doesn’t every domestic terrorist?
However, just as there is far more demand for racism than there is supply, which is causing innumerable fake race crimes, almost always committed by black people, the Tea Party was slandered by D/S/Cs, which always includes their media propaganda arm, as violent, domestic terrorists and haters. Every accusation was quickly proved false, but D/S/Cs haven’t learned a thing, and are employing the same dishonest, despicable tactics today, but not against an organization, rather, against individual, Normal Americans.
Since before Temporary President Biden took office, D/S/Cs have used their Tea Party tactics to label their political enemies–Normal Americans–domestic terrorists and insurrectionists. In January of 2021, that meant about half of America. In only nine months far more than half of Americans are their political enemies, and they’re getting increasingly desperate, thus now are parents across America, concerned with the Marxist indoctrination, racial hatred and unnecessary and abusive Covid measures imposed on their children, domestic terrorists.
Apparently the DOJ and FBI don’t have any legitimate work to do. Our borders are thrown wide open, international terrorism is once again unleashed, unrestrained and well armed with American weapons, Chinese spies are seeded throughout our government, academia and industry, to say nothing of the beds of congressmen and offices of senators, crime is spiking, terrorists have been flown to America from Afghanistan at taxpayer expense so they can assault female soldiers on military installations, terrorists are flowing unimpeded across the southern border, their numbers and identities unknown, and the DOJ and FBI are focused on soccer moms taking local school boards to task for Marxist indoctrination of their children, general incompetence and imperious behavior?
Before we go on to the topic at hand, let’s take a moment to go back to Bubba Wallace and NASCAR. You remember the great NASCAR garage door pull hoax of June, 2020 don’t you gentle readers? Black NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace—isn’t he appropriating a redneck name?—reported someone hung a noose in the garage stall he was assigned at Talladega race track. The crime was so horrendous, no less than 15 FBI agents were sent to preserve evidence and catch the racist perpetrator.
I’m sure you recall the “noose” was nothing more than a garage door pull, like many others in other garage stalls. The demand for racist acts far outstrips the supply, so entrepreneurs like Wallace have to make their own.
What’s important here is it took 15 FBI agents to look at a piece of rope used as a garage door pull and realize it was a garage door pull. If this is the kind of “investigating” the FBI is doing these days, we have to wonder if the FBI has any real work to do? How many agents, one wonders, will be required to investigate a soccer mom who threatened to unseat a school board member at the next available election? And just for the hell of it, is this the federal government’s business? Former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy, at National Review, explains:
Even as President Biden shrugged his shoulders over progressives’ harassment and intimidation of a sitting United States senator of his own party — a crime under Arizona law — Biden’s Justice Department was running roughshod over the First Amendment, threatening to investigate and prosecute parents for protesting against school boards and teachers who insist on indoctrinating children with the cultural Marxism beloved by Democrats. [skip]
[Attorney General Merrick] Garland knows this is dangerous nonsense. I personally know that he knows it. He was a high-ranking official in the Clinton Justice Department, which gave me a very hard time — though it ultimately relented — when I proposed charging a notorious terrorist with soliciting acts of violence and seditious conspiracy.
Take the link, gentle readers, for the whole story, as I continue to skip around a bit:
Garland well knows, as he and Clinton officials stressed to me nearly 30 years ago, that in the incitement context, the First Amendment protects speech unless it unambiguously calls for the use of force that the speaker clearly intends, under circumstances in which the likelihood of violence is real and imminent. Even actual ‘threats of violence’ are not actionable unless they meet this high threshold.
In other words, a soccer mom, angry at a school board’s attempts to silence her, shaking her finger and angrily exclaiming she’s going to make them pay, doesn’t qualify as a crime. Where is the real, imminent threat of violence? It’s protected speech. Were it not, the First Amendment would protect only the most excruciatingly polite and simpering speech, which needs no protection, and would mean nothing.
A fortiori, the First Amendment fully protects speech evincing ‘efforts to intimidate individuals based on their views.’ As long as such speech does not constitute a clear and imminent threat to do violence if the individual acts on his or her views, there is no incitement — and hence no law-enforcement interest to vindicate.
This is particularly important:
And in particular, there is no federal law-enforcement interest to vindicate. Under the congressional statute criminalizing incitement (section 373 of the penal law, ‘Solicitation to commit a crime of violence’), even an actual threat of violence is not actionable unless the speaker has called for “’physical force against property or against the person of another in violation of the laws of the United States’ (emphasis added).
“The laws of the United States” are not every law in existence anywhere in the country, but specific, federal laws, the United States Code, which is necessarily limited. Most crimes, indeed, every potential threat or crime actually committed against a member of a school board or any school employee is a state or local crime, and virtually always a misdemeanor at that. There is no such federal crime. It’s not the federal government’s—the FBI’s—business. Disturbances at school board meetings–any actual crimes–have been handled, and can be easily handled, by local law enforcement, but there’s no political advantage in that. That doesn’t further D/S/C national narratives.
McCarthy goes on to explain the Biden DOJ is an extension of the politicized, weaponized Obama DOJ. They made the process the punishment, because being forced to defend oneself against federal charges is ruinous in every way imaginable. The threat of federal involvement is sufficient to force most people to just shut up, to abandon their civil rights, to do what government or government’s cronies want, though it be immoral or illegal. It’s essentially federal extortion.
McCarthy cites the examples of the Trayvon Martin case, the IRS suppression of conservative organizations and the “Dear Colleague” letters that gave colleges license to do away with due process in establishing kangaroo courts to destroy the lives of young men falsely accused of sexual misbehavior.
That is what progressives do when they’re in power: They use demagogic rhetoric to defame constitutionally protected dissent, and threaten government retaliation — with its portents of investigative harassment and ruinous legal costs — to extort compliance.
Let’s now turn to the NSBA’s oddly specific letter. Normally, organizations do not directly address the President, and they surely don’t specify the governmental bureaus to be activated and the laws to be employed. Unless, that is, they’ve been conspiring with that very government, which provides them with that information, before writing the letter, as Gwendolyn Sims at PJ Media explains:
‘The federal government is using its power to silence and intimidate American citizens,’ said conservative talk radio host and author Mark Levin, who released a bombshell letter on his program Thursday. ‘They’re trying to chill free speech.’
The letter, from the nonprofit organization America First Legal (AFL) to the United States Inspector General, claims, ‘In light of the Attorney General’s Memorandum of October 4, 2021, it appears the Department of Justice is committing the full weight of its federal law enforcement resources to prevent parents from exercising constitutionally-protected rights and privileges, for inappropriate partisan purposes.’
Take the link to the letter, which asserts the NEA and AFT, as well as other leftist organizations, conspired with the Biden Administration to act against individual parents:
In early September, Biden Administration stakeholders held discussions regarding avenues for potential federal action against parents with a key Biden Domestic Policy Council official (Jane Doe #1) and White House staff (John Doe #1). Stakeholders also held discussions with senior department officials, 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.
D/S/C administrations have long used a “sue and settle” strategy, whereby bureaucrats encourage like-minded leftist groups to sue the government, demanding policies bureaucrats want, but cannot safely, politically—even legally–impose. Once sued, the bureaucrats quickly “settle” the lawsuits, giving the leftist groups what both wanted in the first place, but giving the bureaucrats political cover. This is merely a non-lawsuit—thus far—method of doing the same thing:
Upon information and belief, at the express direction of or with the express consent of Jane Doe #1, Jane Doe #2 and other Biden Administration officials developed a plan to use a letter from an outside group (‘not the usual suspects’) as pretext for federal action to chill, deter, and discourage parents from exercising their constitutional rights and privileges.
Upon information and belief, in or about mid-September work began on development of what became the Attorney General’s Memorandum. Concerns expressed by department staff included (1) the absence of federal law enforcement nexus and authority, and (2) the constitutionally protected nature of parent protests. However, Jane Doe #2 made it clear this was a White House priority and a deliverable would be created.
What immediately followed were the NSBA letter to President Biden, and AG Garland’s letter. But Levin alleges even more:
On October 5, there was a follow up call involving, inter alia, the White House Counsel’s Office, Jane Doe # 2, and many other Biden Administration political and career officials. The briefing included how to talk about ‘equity’ initiatives, avoid liability for violating discrimination laws, and hide ‘equity’ measures, initiatives, and action from Freedom of Information Act disclosure.
Not only is the Biden Administration conspiring to intimidate Americans into abandoning their rights and threatening to unlawfully prosecute them if they are not intimidated, but they’re working with dishonest, dishonorable leftists across America to lie to Americans, to break the law without consequences and to hide the Marxist indoctrination they’re inflicting on America’s children.
But what if there really is a nationwide, terroristic conspiracy against school personnel and school boards? There isn’t; it’s just individual parents responding to abusive, Marxist school boards, mostly in blue states/cities. How can we be sure? If there were, there would already be massive arrests and abusive prosecutions, and it would be the top of the news for months, the better to intimidate political enemies, vindicate D/S/C narratives and distract people from the continuing, self-demolition of the Biden Administration and D/S/Cs in general. Just as with race crimes, the demand for terrorism against school personnel greatly outstrips the supply, so the Biden Administration is helpfully supplying it. Here’s additional evidence:
In a striking admission of what appears to be a massive double standard, FBI Assistant Director of of Counterterrorism Timothy Langan stated in a congressional hearing last week that the FBI does not track violence perpetrated by groups such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
In the hearing entitled, ‘Confronting Violent White Supremacy (Part VI: Examining the Biden administration’s Counterterrorism Strategy,’ Langan stated that the Bureau does not consider Antifa to be an ‘organization,’ and therefore, does not have specific information on their activities.
Of course. National racist, terrorist, Marxist, anti-American organizations flush with millions, with their own flags, organizations, charters, and who commit arson, destruction of property, all manner of violence, even murder on a massive, nationwide scale, don’t merit the scrutiny of our federal law enforcement agencies. But Suzi Soccermom of Moosebreath, Montana, who told off a school board desperate to silence her, can expect a visit from the FBI, and can even expect to be seized in a predawn, paramilitary raid filmed by CNN, thrown into solitary confinement, denied her right to a speedy trial, and maliciously and unlawfully charged with outrageous, impossible to prove crimes, the better to let all those other domestic terrorist/insurrectionist parents across America know what’s going to happen to them if they dare invoke their rights, try to protect their children, and remind school boards they’re the employees, not the masters, of the public.
This must be the “unity” about which “moderate” Joe Biden speaks.
I failed to see in any of this as in any way a restriction of a pissed off soccer mom waving her finger. The letter of Oct. 4 simply states violent threats of intimidation against educators and elected officials.
The odd thing with all this… in “normal” times it was always hard to get parents involved in their kids education. Now it’s all about politics. Some… a lot actually, of those parents screaming at school board members and frothing at the mouth honestly have no idea about education.. have NO idea what CRT is other than what’s told to them.. and are there because of politics.
You’ve been in the business before, Mike.. you should readily see this. I’m not a CRT person by any stretch but even I am confused as how it’s being alleged to be applied… and I’ve researched the original theories.
Mike McDaniel said:
It’s not a restriction, yet, but it is un-American, foolish intimidation. And no, it’s not all about politics, it’s about parents trying to keep politics out of the schools. They’re there not to impose any political ideology on kids, but to keep all political ideologies out.
The problem is not that parents don’t know what CRT is; the problem is they know exactly what it is and D/S/Cs know they’re in trouble.
As to being confused about the nature of CRT, stick around. I’ll be addressing it later this week.
Do you know what CRT is?
I’ve heard a number of different, conflicting accounts.
I would recommend.. if you want an intellectual definition as it pertains to the theory going back the decades to various social theorists just do a Google search. If you are searching for the contemporary definition as it relates to all the controversial educational settings, you’d likely find a myriad of differences based almost entirely on political interpretation. To me the entire thing can be settled with simple comparison. If I am a simple parent wanting to judge a school district’s application of what my other neighbors are telling me is “bad” about CRT…. 1. Illustrate what you have been teaching before this CRT controversy, then, 2. illustrate to me what you want to teach our children that’s being called CRT, 3. Tell me why the change(s) are necessary and what would be the expected outcome for the children.
Simple. But apparently it’s way too politically divided to be simple.
Mike McDaniel said:
We must keep in mind an essential element of D/S/C philosophy is the manipulation of language, the better to manipulate reality, or to avoid having to deal with it–real reality that is. Thus do they deny teaching CRT by simply relabeling it DEI–Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, or something else. The essential elements are all the same: denial of merit, demanding equality of outcome, racism and hatred.
The D/S/C philosophy? There is one? I mean, did all three of those independent ideologies unify somehow to meet in some collective gathering congress to hold true to what you are alleging them as having as an “essential element”? Perhaps they did and I was off playing hooky that day.
Mike McDaniel said:
Oh there are a variety of philosophies. Witness the internecine warfare in the D/S/C Party at the moment, but you know what I mean when I speak of CRT and the manipulation of language.
Homeschool! While you have the chance!
Many, many parents have trouble simply parenting, and you want them to formerly educate their kids?
Mike McDaniel said:
Considering the alternative in many school districts–and one is too many–yes. The materials available to parents homeschooling are far, far superior to what they were even a few years ago, and enormously superior to Marxist, political indoctrination.
Sometimes it astounds me how far removed from reality you are. Having the right “manuals” in NO way assures parents can teach a damn thing to their kids. And again.. no… the average parents inside these board meetings do NOT understand CRT.. just the politics of it all.
But you know… things are getting to a critical mass and as soon as those red state legislatures who passed those anti-democracy laws declare their elections fraud and vote for Trump and his people…. home schooling won’t make a damn bit of difference.
Mike McDaniel said:
As always, we’ll let readers determine who is grounded in reality. As to “anti-democracy laws” such as ensuring only eligible voters vote, and vote once, we should be so fortunate.
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