“Republicans can and must become the party of parents.” So said Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, in an Election Day missive as CNN and MSNBC propagandists hurled racial vitriol at Virginia voters.
Banks is right. But the Republican Party already is the de facto party of parents. Democrats, through the machinations of their radical-woke apparatchiks, have made themselves the Anti-Parent Party. GOP lawmakers are welcome, albeit late to the fight. The RSC’s dispatch recalls Joseph Stalin’s declaration of war on Japan after America A-bombed Hiroshima. Alas, there is no mistaking the Red Army pincer movement in Manchuria with the RSC’s memo, which observed, “There is real energy from parents that we need to understand.”
The Democratic radar spotted this parent revolt earlier. In September, the Biden White House conspired with the National School Boards Association to smear parents as domestic terrorists who objected to their children being brainwashed and raped.
Co-written by White House aides but signed by the NSBA, the September 29 letter pleaded with President Joe Biden: “NSBA believes immediate assistance is required to protect our students, school board members, and educators who are susceptible to acts of violence.”
The letter then slammed concerned parents: “As these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” The NSBA urged Biden to direct the departments of Justice, Education and Homeland Security to deploy “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.”
The NSBA also offered its counterterrorism expertise and suggested unleashing the post-9/11 PATRIOT Act against moms and dads.
Within five days — light speed on the Potomac — the despicable Attorney General Merrick Garland sicced the Justice Department’s FBI and US attorneys on these pesky parents. While citing zero examples of parent-fueled violence or terrorism at school-board meetings, as the NSBA also failed to do, Garland flexed his police powers and “authority and resources to discourage these threats, identify them when they occur, and prosecute them when appropriate.” This did not resemble the milquetoast Garland, whom Obama nominated to the Supreme Court.
What led Garland and other Democrats to consult their inner storm troopers when faced with the mothers and fathers of school kids? These leftists simply could not stand to see parents resist Critical Race Theory and related woke propaganda being inflicted on their children. Parents were sick of hearing that their sons’ and daughters’ classrooms are “safe spaces” when, in fact, they are hazardous zones in which teachers condemned white grade-school kids as evil, irredeemable racists and enfeebled black and brown children as permanently oppressed victims who are doomed to failure.
Wait! What about Asians?
The social-justice Red Guard relegates Americans of Asian heritage to the Purgatory of the “white-adjacent.” They are not quite white demons from Hell, but close enough to prohibit from the Heaven of entitlement and grievance.
In its brilliant anti-CRT primer, the Chinese American Citizen Alliance of Greater New York called this ideology, “a hateful, divisive, manipulative fraud.” The civil-rights group added, “Hate groups, with allies in politics, the press and education, pass CRT off as anti-racism and diversity, equity and inclusion, but CRT is exactly the opposite. From its very roots, CRT is racist, repressive, discriminatory and divisive.”
The primer further warns, “Parents need to watch for CRT in schools, talk to each other, and organize.” It urges parents “to speak with their kids to anti-indoctrinate (or un-doctrinate ) them at home. This needs to start early because CRT indoctrination also starts early. Don’t trust schools and teachers blindly.”
Warning: Democratic salivation for universal pre-kindergarten is about much more than mere childcare.
Not content merely to ruin children’s minds, these radicals threaten their bodies. A fourteen-year-old boy in a skirt sexually assaulted a fifteen-year-old girl in a female bathroom at Stone Bridge High School in Loudoun County, Virginia.
Superintendent of Schools Scott Ziegler told an audience including Scott Smith, the girl’s father: “To my knowledge, we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms.” When the understandably irate father tried to complain at a school board meeting, cops wrestled him to the ground and arrested him. The NSBA then used the rightfully enraged Smith as the poster boy for the so-called potentially lethal parental menace from which their members desperately needed FBI protection.
Virginia’s parents became even angrier when they learned that Ziegler knew about Miss Smith’s rape and casually lied about it. Even worse, rather than call the cops, administrators transferred the young rapist to Broad Run High School — where he raped another girl!
This insanity, and similar campus rapes in New York City and across America, made it impossible for parents to avoid this conclusion: the left could not care less if their daughters get raped on campus by sexually fluid sons and others, so long as their radical ideology prevails. Parents should shut up about this, lest they endanger the entire transgender project and the radical woke agenda. The Democratic motto could be “safe spaces in classrooms and rape in bathrooms.”
Former governor Terry McAuliffe, the sneering face of Virginia’s Democrat Party, self-torpedoed his campaign with these words at a September 28 debate: “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
He immediately began to sink.
After McAuliffe slipped beneath the waves on Election Day, the left wielded its favorite weapon. They called Virginia’s parents racist. MSNBC’s resident ethnopyromaniac Joy Reid called education “a ‘code’ for white parents who don’t want their children to be taught about race.”
In a piece in the Hill headlined, “‘Parents rights’ is code for white race politics,” Juan Williams wrote, “The Parents’ Rights’ movement is gaining traction among white voters. But this movement is not about parents. It is about exciting the far-right base by stirring up racial division.”
“It is insulting to say only whites care about parental rights,” responds Wai Wah Chin of the Chinese American Citizen Alliance. “The Chinese have long honored parental rights, long before they knew about whites existing. It is insulting to devoted parents of all races and ethnicities, including blacks, Hispanics, Asians and even whites, to suggest that those who value parental rights are racially determined, rather than just good parents.”
“As an American parent of Chinese descent,” Chin added, “I share the view of good American parents of any race, ethnicity, national origin, creed or sexual orientation: do not divide us with slanderous, hateful slurs. That is for losers. Unite us in our common faith in equal individual rights under the law, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, creed or sexual orientation. This way, we all win.”
“We are mama bears and papa bears, and we have said loud and clear: get your hands off of our cubs,” said Loudoun County resident Asra Nomani. The high-profile activist with Parents Defending Education added: “You are going to lose more races if you continue to treat us like dirt, and we have risen. We are loud, and we are strong. And we are saying very clearly, we are not going to allow you to claim our babies. None of this nonsense is going to be acceptable anymore. I am a liberal Democrat and, for the first time ever, I voted for [a Republican] — Glenn Youngkin for governor.”
“I am a Muslim woman of color, and I’m telling you, we are not white supremacists,” Nomani elaborated. “If this is what a white supremacist looks like, then… all of you need a timeout.”
Mona Davids, a black woman and president of the New York City Parents Union, blasted the media and its exhausted, scratched-record message. “I am an immigrant who fled Apartheid in South Africa with my family in the early 1980s. I am a graduate of NYC’s public schools. My daughter graduated from a Specialized High School, and my son is in the eighth grade at a Bronx charter school.”
“I have lobbied since 2009 for New York City and State education laws to be changed to support parents’ and students’ rights,” Davids added. “Over the last decade, I successfully have sued the NYS Department of Education, NYC Department of Education, Mayor de Blasio, former mayor Bloomberg, and former governor Cuomo, fighting for parents’ rights, privacy rights, finances, and a seat at the education policy table.
“I am not a white supremacist. I am not a domestic terrorist, nor are the parents in Virginia and countless other places who are standing up and fighting for their parental rights to have their voices in their children’s schools.
“Critical Race Theory perpetuates the soft bigotry of low expectations for black and Hispanic children. I do not co-parent with government. I do not co-parent with so called ‘woke’ teachers and politicians.”
With Democrats now soft on school rape and hard on mothers and fathers who want to shield their children from sexual assault and bigoted, far-left propaganda, the Republican Party must assert itself morally and politically as the party of parents. Democrats have created a vacuum that Republicans have no choice but to fill.
Charles Vavruska is a Queens, New York-based parents’ rights activist. Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and contributing editor with National Review Online.