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Biden Admin Weighed Using ‘School Children’ To Help Register Dem-Leaning Voters, Emails Show

By Dr. Rich Swier

The Biden administration sought taxpayer funding for a program that would use school children to provide voter registration materials to Native Americans, according to emails obtained by Protect the Public’s Trust and shared with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Department of the Interior (DOI) officials in 2022 developed a plan that would have given Native American children attending Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools voter registration materials to bring home to their parents, internal emails show. Native Americans strongly preferred Democratic House candidates that year, with 56% saying they would cast their ballot for a Democrat compared to the 40% who said they’d vote Republican, according to a poll conducted by the African American Research Collaborative shortly before the midterm elections.

“Department leadership is proposing having BEI send home voter registration cards with students to give to their parents,” BIE team lead Jennifer Wiginton wrote in a February 2022 email.

BIE’s proposed native voter registration plan, according to DOI attorney-advisor Joshua Berg, was formulated to comply with Executive Order 14019, which President Joe Biden issued in March 2021. The order compelled the heads of federal agencies to “evaluate ways in which the agency can, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, promote voter registration and voter participation.”

Berg went into greater detail regarding the proposed voter registration operation, writing in March 2022 that he and his colleagues had “developed a plan to distribute voter registration applications at BIE schools so that school children [could] bring home voter registration applications to their parents and/or guardians.” Under Berg’s plan, the federal government would also have provided “return envelopes with pre-paid postage so that parents and/or guardians [could] mail in their completed voter registration applications directly to the corresponding elections office in their state.”

The BIE, which is a division of the DOI, funds a network of 183 elementary and secondary schools spread across 64 Indian reservations in 23 states, according to the agency’s website. These schools, 53 of which are directly administered by the agency and 130 of which are tribally operated, serve roughly 46,000 Native American students.

Berg contacted DOI Deputy Assistant Secretary Eric Werwa on March 2 seeking to schedule a call so that the two could discuss funding for the BEI school voter registration initiative, emails show. On March 22, Wiginton and Brian Quint, a DOI attorney-advisor, were sent a link to a meeting with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) where taxpayer funding for the BIE’s “voting rights” initiatives was to be discussed.

However, a DOI spokesperson told the DCNF that “there was no program to distribute voter registration materials to children attending BIE schools.”

“It’s disgraceful that BIE would even consider diverting resources that could be used to increase student achievement, especially among a population of students that has already fallen behind,” Protect the Public’s Trust director Michael Chamberlain told the DCNF.

Additionally, DOI employees maintained a list of states paired with information related to voting in those states, according to the documents obtained by Protect the Public’s Trust. The states included were New Mexico, Arizona, South Dakota, Montana and Kansas.

Of states appearing on the circulated list, New Mexico had a toss-up House race with a Republican incumbent, Arizona had contentious Senate and state-wide races and Kansas had a governor’s race where the Democratic incumbent narrowly retained office.

“What a coincidence that there is such strong overlap between the states BIE apparently chose to target and those Democrats see Native American turnout as important to their chances of electoral success,” Chamberlain said. “These records show that the worst fears of those who believed this order would be used to help the President and his party were justified.”

Democratic organizations have long looked to Native Americans as a way to shore up their electoral prospects in 2024.

Montana Democrats launched a $1 million campaign to turn out Native Americans to support incumbent Sen. Jon Tester in November’s election, Politico reported. The Democratic National Committee in June, meanwhile, announced it would be investing money into Native American voter participation in South Dakota, according to ABC News.

“American Indian voters have arguably been the deciding factor in recent elections,” Alexander Castillo-Nunez, the civic engagement coordinator at the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, a nonprofit representing 20 tribes in Arizona, said to NPR. Strong turnout among Native Americans in Arizona contributed to Biden’s victory in the state during the 2020 presidential election, the Associated Press reported.

“What they have done is weaponize all federal agencies on behalf of President Biden’s reelection campaign,” Republican Wisconsin Rep. Bryan Steil, chair of the House Administration Committee, said in May of Biden’s voter registration executive order. “As we see the actions taken by this administration to leverage taxpayer dollars for political purposes, that should be concerning to all citizens.”

The House Oversight and Accountability Committee announced a probe of the executive order’s constitutionality in May, with lawmakers voicing “concerns about the lack of constitutional and statutory authority for federal agencies to engage in any activity outside the agency’s authorized mission, including federal voting access and registration activities.”

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A Roadmap—If We Want It

By Charles C.W. Cooke

Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes

In the course of my work examining the original meaning of the Second Amendment, I have often had cause to sift through some of the great legal textbooks of the past. Among these, I count such efforts as A View of the Constitution of the United States of America by William Rawle, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States by Joseph Story, and General Principles of Constitutional Law by Thomas Cooley. I have always enjoyed perusing these works, not only for their considerable explanatory value, but because, while reading them, I have gotten the unmistakable sense that their authors liked and revered their subject of choice. In our age, detailed descriptions of the Constitution are more often penned by its most aggressive critics. “Here is the system,” they say; “and here is why it shouldn’t be.” Or, even, worse: “Here is the law, and here is how my friends and I think it can be cleverly undermined.” I am happy to report that, at long last, we have an entry into the canon that fits the older, more celebratory model. That book is Yuval Levin’s American Covenant.

That Levin likes the Constitution—indeed, that he considers it to be a work of great and timeless genius—is not merely incidental to the argument he proffers. It is central to it. And yet this is no saccharine love letter. Levin believes that James Madison hit upon an extraordinarily appropriate and prescient set of rules—rules that, unlike those that would replace them, accurately account for the nature of the United States and the permanence of human nature—but he at no point allows this judgment to push him toward sentiment, boosterism, or myopia. On the contrary: Levin is worried about America, and about its Constitution. In his telling, we are unduly angry with one another, and, in almost every area of public life, we have forgotten how to use the system we were bequeathed. As a result, we are filling the presidency with men who lack the characteristics that make that office work, we are filling Congress with lawmakers who do not wish to make law, and we are fetishizing the finality of the judiciary at the expense of more democratic forms of debate. Or, to put it another way: We are not being failed by the Constitution; we are failing the Constitution.

Both practically and intellectually, this is a fraught argument to advance. Practically, it is awkward for any democratic society to accept that the people themselves are at fault. Intellectually, the charge that the people are not living up to the Constitution yields the obvious question, “Then shouldn’t we consider that Constitution to be unfit for purpose?” Levin acknowledges these problems, considers their ramifications, and then answers them in depth.

In Levin’s view, our present discontent is the product not of our constitutional order’s being intrinsically broken or hopelessly outdated, but of our having succumbed to a neither-here-nor-there arrangement that is simply incapable of making us virtuous or happy. Specifically, Levin charges that, over time, we have constructed a peculiar hybrid model of government, in which our expectations and the parties that channel them are Wilsonian in nature, but our institutions remain Madisonian. This amalgam, he suggests, does not work—and never will.

Nor, Levin argues persuasively, would giving up on our Constitution completely be likely to improve anything. Why? Well, because politics is division, and because the Madisonian system that he champions incorporates that fact into its design in a way that no other scheme can rival. It is here, in his assessment of human nature, that Levin is at his most conservative. He pushes back hard against the supposition that the political divisions that have animated Americans since the founding of the republic are shallow or fake, and that it is private corruption and architectural inertia, rather than earnest disagreement, that makes our politics fractious. Likewise, he rejects the claim that there is “a preexisting unity” in the country that is “waiting to be represented at last,” rather than “durable differences that need to be negotiated and assuaged” at all times. “An implicit premise of the Constitution,” he writes, is that “the diversity of interests and views in American society is a permanent reality” that cannot be stamped out by force or by expertise. Insofar as the Constitution is used in a manner that acknowledges that, it will work nicely.

The public is routinely presented with a peculiar bastard-child version of the Constitution that leads voters to precisely the opposite set of conclusions than the ones Levin submits.

By “used,” Levin is careful to stress that he does not solely mean by judges. Indeed, he records throughout that, while the Constitution is our highest law—and while it ought to be treated as such—its role in American life goes far beyond litigation. In this sense, Levin’s work represents an extended call for originalism in every area of our civic life. In his chapter on the courts, he acknowledges that originalism has prevailed within the judicial sphere—and that this development is salutary—but he worries that this has given those who affected that change a form of tunnel vision that has led them to focus exclusively on Article III. For the Constitution to be restored in toto, Levin insists, Americans need to understand what it is for in every area to which it applies. Accordingly, in addition to a correct understanding of the courts, they need a correct understanding of federalism, a correct understanding of the role of Congress, a correct understanding of the nature of the presidency, a correct understanding of the role of political parties, and, ultimately, a correct understanding of their rights and responsibilities as citizens. He treads lightly in this area, as is his style, but, clearly, he does not believe that enough citizens currently possess that understanding.

While he considers this regrettable, it does not necessarily surprise him. As a matter of fact, he notes that James Madison himself possessed “a kind of middle of view of the virtues of his fellow citizens,” which led him to conclude that there “was no escape from self-interest and ambition” but that “Americans, nonetheless, did take freedom, equality, and personal honor seriously.” On this, he and I agree. But I suspect that we differ a little in our estimation of how likely to come to fruition the restoration he seeks really is. I agree with basically everything Levin says. I agree with his description of where we are. I agree with the premise of his broader case: That the Constitution is the roadmap to renewal. And I agree with him on most of the particulars. With the exception of his briefly offered view that “Congress alone is empowered to decide” “how much of the federalist compromise of the Constitution should be abandoned”—I see no limiting principle there and would like to learn more about what he means—I am, in almost every way, a Levinite. Were he a sorcerer, able to instill his view of the Constitution into the hearts of the American people, I would happily acquiesce to the endeavor. Ultimately, though, I am not as optimistic as he is.

This is not dispositional. Like Levin, I am a flag-waving immigrant who, on balance, tends toward gratitude and buoyancy. Rather, it is because I seem to worry more than he does about two key drivers of constitutional illiteracy that Levin does not meaningfully address: the media, and the schools. Levin begins his book with the observation that people shape constitutions, and, in turn, constitutions return the favor and shape the people. This is correct, and there is no doubt in my mind that this process has kept America freer and better governed than any other democracy over the last 250 years. Nevertheless, that shaping process is only as good as the people doing the shaping, and it seems clear to me that the vast majority of our mediating institutions have decided in recent decades to promulgate a version of the US Constitution that simply does not exist. Were Levin’s vision to be the norm in our newspapers and universities, I’d expect to see a revival in two decades flat. Instead, the public is routinely presented with a peculiar bastard-child version of the document that leads voters to precisely the opposite set of conclusions than the ones Levin submits. That ersatz Constitution has Wilsonian assumptions about the role of each branch—but only when a Democrat is in charge; it is almost entirely driven by outcomes, rather than processes; and it allows no room for the sort of informed nuance that serves as a prerequisite to the proper understanding of our system. That being so, I would add a step to Levin’s plan. First, we must transform our elite culture; then, once the people have been given a fair chance to learn about the structure under which they live, we must prevail upon them to live up to their patrimony.

But that, ultimately, is a nitpick. Levin is an intellectual, not a sorcerer or a politician, and it is his job to describe the world as he sees it, irrespective of the political niceties. At this, he excels, and in a style that is unusual for our cynical, partisan age. Back in the 1780s and 1790s, during the debates over the ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, James Madison liked to write letters to figures whom he believed had characterized his handiwork particularly well. One such missive, written to Tench Coxe in 1789, thanked him for his “explanatory strictures” on the first ten amendments, and suggested that the prospects for ratification were “indebted to the co-operation of your pen.” That I can imagine Madison sending an updated version of these words to Yuval Levin speaks volumes about the scale of his achievement.

We have a roadmap—if we want it.

*****

This article was published by Law & Liberty and is reproduced with permission.

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What IS Critical Thinking? It’s about time we discussed that!

By John Droz, Jr.

I’ve now written commentary for a few years about Critical Thinking, without formally defining it! Although that might seem to be a bit nonsensical, my position regarding Critical Thinking is similar to that famous phrase about pornography: “It’s hard to define it, but you know it when you see it.”

Why is Critical Thinking a Big Deal? Because there is no more important skill that a student should be taught. The benefits of being a Critical Thinker are amazingly broad, profoundly significant, and lifelong — see this list.

As such, Critical Thinking must be formally included in K-12 Science Standards (e.g., here), and ideally also in State Legislation (e.g., here). An essential part of making those happen is to agree on a definition, so that we are all on the same page.

Another important reason for doing this is to head off-at-the-pass the opponents of Critical Thinking, who will definitely be working to distort its true meaning. By spelling out what Critical Thinking is and is not, such an effort is doomed to fail.

Let’s start with the opposite of Critical Thinking, as that is easier to spell out. The antithesis of Critical Thinking is robotic conformity — i.e., being a lemming or a sheeple. Current K-12 Science Standards (NGSS) teach this!

This message is clearly and persistently communicated by conveying that students should accept what is currently politically correct, go along with consensus, defer to experts, support the conclusions of computer programs, buy into one-sided presentations of facts, etc., etc. [I’ll expand on this in my next commentary.]

Now that we are clear about what we do NOT want to teach students, below is my current draft for K-12 schools. I’m open to simple, constructive improvements, so please feel free to add comments below. NOTEI will periodically update this definition as corrections or improvements are processed…

  1. basic definition is that Critical Thinking is looking at things wider and deeper.
  2. An academic definition is that Critical Thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of skillfully synthesizing, conceptualizing, and evaluating information, as a guide to belief and behavior.
  3. Critical Thinking can be seen as having two teachable components: a) a set of information processing skills, and b) the habit (based on intellectual commitment), of continually using those skills (grounded in fair-mindedness and intellectual integrity) to positively influence the thinker’s perspectives and actions.
  4. Students will be taught how to do Critical Thinking in Science classes. Scientists are people who are trained to ask questions (who?, why?, when?, how?, etc.), and questioning what one is told is foundational to Critical Thinking. Critical Thinking will be encouraged and applied in ALL subject areas, from kindergarten through high school.
  5. Critical Thinking will be presented in such a way that students will appreciate its extreme importance in essentially all aspects of life (e.g., employment, selection of a life partner, civic responsibility, maintaining optimal health, etc.).  Some additional outcomes of proper Critical Thinking education are that students will have improved decision-making, better self-management, as well as more self and interpersonal awareness.
  6. Students will be educated about how Critical Thinking is a powerful tool that enables them to be aware of (and sensitive to) internal illusions (e.g., cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias) as well as external deceptions (e.g., media misinformation and groupthink).
  7. Students will be educated that Critical Thinking arguments rely on facts, not feelings (or the much weaker political position of consensus).
  8. Students will be educated that Critical Thinking should be applied (not disengaged) when they encounter claims from computer models and experts.
  9. One’s level of Critical Thinking quality will be a matter of degree, and dependent on factors like attentiveness, commitment, interest in objectivity, etc. concerning particular issues.
  10. (Once properly instilled, the development of the Critical Thinking skill and disposition is a life-long endeavor that should be instinctive, pervasive, empowering, and enjoyable

Let me know any questions, or suggestions for improvements.

©2024. John Droz, Jr. All rights reserved.

FYI, just for kicks, I tried out the latest version of Poe AI: Claude-3.5-Sonnet. I asked: “What is critical thinking?” The answer was reasonably decent:

Critical thinking is the process of actively and skillfully analyzing, evaluating, and applying information to form a judgment or solve a problem. Some key elements of critical thinking include:

  1. Asking questions and identifying assumptions: Critically thinking individuals question information, look for biases, and identify unstated assumptions.
  2. Evaluating evidence: They examine the reliability, relevance, and sufficiency of evidence to support a claim or conclusion.
  3. Considering different perspectives: Critical thinkers try to understand multiple viewpoints on an issue before forming their own opinion.
  4. Drawing logical conclusions: They use sound reasoning to arrive at well-reasoned judgments and solutions.
  5. Reflecting on the thinking process: Critical thinkers think about their own thought processes and are willing to re-evaluate their positions based on new information.

Developing strong critical thinking skills is important for effective decision-making, problem-solving, and being an informed and engaged citizen. It involves cultivating habits of the mind such as intellectual humility, curiosity, and open-mindedness.

Here are other materials by this scientist that you might find interesting:

Check out the Archives of this Critical Thinking substack.

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C19Science.infocovers the lack of genuine Science behind our COVID-19 policies.

Election-Integrity.infomultiple major reports on the election integrity issue.

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Retribution

By Neland Nobel

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

Regrettable But Necessary

Retribution is a subject being discussed among Conservatives right now.  There is a feeling, perhaps premature, that Donald Trump will likely win in the coming election and that Republicans will generally control at least one house of Congress.  There is also a growing consensus that a strong counterattack to Democrat lawfare is the only way to get them to stop.

We say it is premature because, well, it is.  Much can happen between now and election day.  However, Republicans don’t want to be caught flat-footed as in Trump’s first term.  They were unprepared to govern, did not have good candidates to fill the Federal bureaucracy, were not prepared for the “resistance”, did not understand democracy killing “lawfare”, the change in election laws, and did not fully appreciate the rise of the Deep State.

Today, however, these new factors are better understood.

So, while we do not wish to diminish election efforts to win, we should have plans in place should we win.  That is reasonable.

What is somewhat amusing is that those who dished it out are now growing frightened that Trump might win as well. Let’s call it PTVA.  That stands for Premature Trump Victory Anxiety.

What is meant by retribution in this context?  Retribution is punishment inflicted on someone as vengeance for wrong or criminal acts. Note the definition says criminal acts, not political views.

In Progressive circles, the word retribution is also circulating, and some have visions ranging from concentration camps to having their TV shows canceled.

Some Republicans feel the blowback coming and are just trying to distance themselves from the concept because it is believed distasteful.

Remember, retribution means punishment inflicted on someone as vengeance for wrongful or criminal acts. 

Thus, if restricted to lawbreakers, it would leave Left-wing TV shows alone.  However, market forces and boycotts can be applied.  Turnaround is fair play. Those who pushed the “cancel culture” on Conservatives might be more understanding when they get a taste of their own medicine.

Concerning lawfare, Conservatives need to recognize the danger of tit-for-tat retaliation.  We certainly don’t want to cement these bad practices by accepting the bad precedent Progressives have set.

However, there is nothing wrong with going after those who committed “wrongful or criminal acts”, using the standard procedures of the law as they existed before the recent age of lawfare. 

That is not called vengeance, it is called justice.

Not only is the pursuit of justice praiseworthy, but it may also be necessary today as a deterrent.

If Conservatives don’t respond, then the Progressive Left will just keep using lawsuits and prosecutions as a substitute for the ballot box.  And if they are allowed to keep this up, they will ruin the country and achieve one-party rule.

It must be appreciated that the Democrat Party of John Kennedy, Scoop Jackson, and Sam Nunn, died about 20 years ago and has been supplanted by Obama and Bernie Sanders radicals. This is now a radical, revolutionary party that wants to upend political institutions, the economy, and the family, and “transform America.”

So, the only way to stop them from doing this is to hit back legally, preferably without adopting their methods.

Now admittedly, some conservatives think we should use their methods, and that is the only way to stop the radicals from using them again.  They reason that if Conservatives counterattack using the same methods, like mutually assured destruction among nuclear powers, both sides will learn the hard way not to use the legal system for political ends.

However, there is a danger in doing this.  As stated earlier, it now sets a precedent that is bad for the law and our politics. Moreover, the abuse of power is not limited to radicals from the Left.  The potential for the abuse of power resides in all men, not just people from the Left side of the political spectrum.  The great wisdom of the Founders was to assume power corrupts all men of all political hues.  We should make the same assumption.

However, the excesses of the Democrats have been so flagrant and so extreme, that standard legal procedures existent before the age of lawfare, should be sufficient to hold them accountable and obtain justice.  We don’t need to copy their dastardly innovations to strike back.

This means rigorously holding accountable those who broke the law and who are not being prosecuted by the current DOJ and Administration.  True, some alteration of the statute of limitations might be necessary because the DOJ has deliberately run out the clock on selective cases. It means being relentless in exposing, prosecuting, and firing those who have abused their office or failed under their watch to enforce the law as written.

As one of our recent contributors put it, we have a road map back to sanity and it is called the Constitution. Strict adherence to the original meaning of the Constitution will do much to shore up institutions of government and ensure the proper functioning of Federalism.

Cutting off the money is another perfectly legal but non-judicial methodology.  For example, those universities that receive money in any form from the Federal Government will have their funding off if they practice racial discrimination against white people, Asians, males, or any other citizens based on race or sex.

This should also be true of any primary and secondary school system that received Federal money.

Ideally, eliminating the Department of Education should be the goal, but in the interim, the structure can be used to stop DEI and CRT in the schools.

Congressional investigations, hearings, Presidential Commissions, and tribunals may also be valid non-judicial ways of exposing and punishing those who have abused their power.

However, the days when a Senator can be shamed on the floor of the Senate with “Sir, do you have no sense of decency” are long gone.  The irony is, despite the condemnation of his fellow Senators, McCarthy was largely correct even if his methods were not always kosher.

That said, we do live in a different era today.  The sort of rhetorical condemnation suggested above was once sufficient but today would hardly dissuade them from continuing lawfare. Our political opponents are radicals and revolutionaries, and we cannot just stand by and be abused without striking back.

They will try to paint it as vengeance and maybe there will be some truth in that.  However, strong counterpunching within the law should be a successful deterrent.  Vengeance might be a worthwhile side effect of pursuing justice but justice should be the main goal. 

We wish it could be done outside of the courts, but given thin majorities, and a “free press” which largely supports the radicals and legal abusers, and has failed its task of informing the public; justice will likely only be served in court and Congressional hearings.

We can expect the corporate media, corporate board rooms, universities, book publishers, and Hollywood to run cover for the Left.  That may change over time, but we cannot realistically think they will turn against the Left anytime soon.  The Left still thoroughly dominates the communication hubs within the culture.

A Republican victory is a growing possibility. If so, Conservatives need to examine retribution, its problems, and its consequences. And, we need to start making plans and picking out targets.  It is a target-rich environment out there!

We must also guard against those who think these legal abuses should go unanswered because it offends their sensibilities.

How offended were they when these legal atrocities like the use of fabricated foreign intelligence were used to impeach a President twice?  Intelligence that was paid for by leading Democrats and pushed by the FBI and the CIA?  Did they oppose the abuse of the legal system when five Democrat jurisdictions started prosecuting an ex-president on bogus charges? Did they complain when states attempted to keep him off the ballot? Did they condemn all the lies we were told about Covid and did they apologize for the abuse of our civil liberties and the great inflation they have inflicted upon us? Did they complain when district attorneys fail to prosecute because they believe criminals are just victims of an unjust society and care nothing of the real victims? Did they complain about the one-sided manner the January 6th Committee conducted itself and hid information from the public?  Did they complain loudly about the bankrupting of America or did they partake in the boondoggle? Were they offended when the law is used to pursue every attorney who has the temerity to represent a Republican in court or give legal advice?

Those who did not complain loudly and forcibly, have no credibility in talking about the evils of retribution. Their failure to speak out and fight back is what now makes retribution necessary.

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Legal Retribution: The Plan to Address Progressive Overreach

By Neland Nobel

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

Regrettable But Necessary

Retribution is a subject being discussed among Conservatives right now.  There is a feeling, perhaps premature, that Donald Trump will likely win in the coming election and that Republicans will generally control at least one house of Congress.  There is also a growing consensus that a strong counterattack to Democrat lawfare is the only way to get them to stop.

We say it is premature because, well, it is.  Much can happen between now and election day.  However, Republicans don’t want to be caught flat-footed as in Trump’s first term.  They were unprepared to govern, did not have good candidates to fill the Federal bureaucracy, were not prepared for the “resistance”, did not understand democracy killing “lawfare”, the change in election laws, and did not fully appreciate the rise of the Deep State.

Today, however, these new factors are better understood.

So, while we do not wish to diminish election efforts to win, we should have plans in place should we win.  That is reasonable.

What is somewhat amusing is that those who dished it out are now growing frightened that Trump might win as well. Let’s call it PTVA.  That stands for Premature Trump Victory Anxiety.

What is meant by retribution in this context?  Retribution is punishment inflicted on someone as vengeance for wrong or criminal acts. Note the definition says criminal acts, not political views.

In Progressive circles, the word retribution is also circulating, and some have visions ranging from concentration camps to having their TV shows canceled.

Some Republicans feel the blowback coming and are just trying to distance themselves from the concept because it is believed distasteful.

Remember, retribution means punishment inflicted on someone as vengeance for wrongful or criminal acts. 

Thus, if restricted to lawbreakers, it would leave Left-wing TV shows alone.  However, market forces and boycotts can be applied.  Turnaround is fair play. Those who pushed the “cancel culture” on Conservatives might be more understanding when they get a taste of their own medicine.

Concerning lawfare, Conservatives need to recognize the danger of tit-for-tat retaliation.  We certainly don’t want to cement these bad practices by accepting the bad precedent Progressives have set.

However, there is nothing wrong with going after those who committed “wrongful or criminal acts”, using the standard procedures of the law as they existed before the recent age of lawfare. 

That is not called vengeance, it is called justice.

Not only is the pursuit of justice praiseworthy, but it may also be necessary today as a deterrent.

If Conservatives don’t respond, then the Progressive Left will just keep using lawsuits and prosecutions as a substitute for the ballot box.  And if they are allowed to keep this up, they will ruin the country and achieve one-party rule.

It must be appreciated that the Democrat Party of John Kennedy, Scoop Jackson, and Sam Nunn, died about 20 years ago and has been supplanted by Obama and Bernie Sanders radicals. This is now a radical, revolutionary party that wants to upend political institutions, the economy, and the family, and “transform America.”

So, the only way to stop them from doing this is to hit back legally, preferably without adopting their methods.

Now admittedly, some conservatives think we should use their methods, and that is the only way to stop the radicals from using them again.  They reason that if Conservatives counterattack using the same methods, like mutually assured destruction among nuclear powers, both sides will learn the hard way not to use the legal system for political ends.

However, there is a danger in doing this.  As stated earlier, it now sets a precedent that is bad for the law and our politics. Moreover, the abuse of power is not limited to radicals from the Left.  The potential for the abuse of power resides in all men, not just people from the Left side of the political spectrum.  The great wisdom of the Founders was to assume power corrupts all men of all political hues.  We should make the same assumption.

However, the excesses of the Democrats have been so flagrant and so extreme, that standard legal procedures existent before the age of lawfare, should be sufficient to hold them accountable and obtain justice.  We don’t need to copy their dastardly innovations to strike back.

This means rigorously holding accountable those who broke the law and who are not being prosecuted by the current DOJ and Administration.  True, some alteration of the statute of limitations might be necessary because the DOJ has deliberately run out the clock on selective cases. It means being relentless in exposing, prosecuting, and firing those who have abused their office or failed under their watch to enforce the law as written.

As one of our recent contributors put it, we have a road map back to sanity and it is called the Constitution. Strict adherence to the original meaning of the Constitution will do much to shore up institutions of government and ensure the proper functioning of Federalism.

Cutting off the money is another perfectly legal but non-judicial methodology.  For example, those universities that receive money in any form from the Federal Government will have their funding off if they practice racial discrimination against white people, Asians, males, or any other citizens based on race or sex.

This should also be true of any primary and secondary school system that received Federal money.

Ideally, eliminating the Department of Education should be the goal, but in the interim, the structure can be used to stop DEI and CRT in the schools.

Congressional investigations, hearings, Presidential Commissions, and tribunals may also be valid non-judicial ways of exposing and punishing those who have abused their power.

However, the days when a Senator can be shamed on the floor of the Senate with “Sir, do you have no sense of decency” are long gone.  The irony is, despite the condemnation of his fellow Senators, McCarthy was largely correct even if his methods were not always kosher.

That said, we do live in a different era today.  The sort of rhetorical condemnation suggested above was once sufficient but today would hardly dissuade them from continuing lawfare. Our political opponents are radicals and revolutionaries, and we cannot just stand by and be abused without striking back.

They will try to paint it as vengeance and maybe there will be some truth in that.  However, strong counterpunching within the law should be a successful deterrent.  Vengeance might be a worthwhile side effect of pursuing justice but justice should be the main goal. 

We wish it could be done outside of the courts, but given thin majorities, and a “free press” which largely supports the radicals and legal abusers, and has failed its task of informing the public; justice will likely only be served in court and Congressional hearings.

We can expect the corporate media, corporate board rooms, universities, book publishers, and Hollywood to run cover for the Left.  That may change over time, but we cannot realistically think they will turn against the Left anytime soon.  The Left still thoroughly dominates the communication hubs within the culture.

A Republican victory is a growing possibility. If so, Conservatives need to examine retribution, its problems, and its consequences. And, we need to start making plans and picking out targets.  It is a target-rich environment out there!

We must also guard against those who think these legal abuses should go unanswered because it offends their sensibilities.

How offended were they when these legal atrocities like the use of fabricated foreign intelligence were used to impeach a President twice?  Intelligence that was paid for by leading Democrats and pushed by the FBI and the CIA?  Did they oppose the abuse of the legal system when five Democrat jurisdictions started prosecuting an ex-president on bogus charges? Did they complain when states attempted to keep him off the ballot? Did they condemn all the lies we were told about Covid and did they apologize for the abuse of our civil liberties and the great inflation they have inflicted upon us? Did they complain when district attorneys fail to prosecute because they believe criminals are just victims of an unjust society and care nothing of the real victims? Did they complain about the one-sided manner the January 6th Committee conducted itself and hid information from the public?  Did they complain loudly about the bankrupting of America or did they partake in the boondoggle? Were they offended when the law is used to pursue every attorney who has the temerity to represent a Republican in court or give legal advice?

Those who did not complain loudly and forcibly, have no credibility in talking about the evils of retribution. Their failure to speak out and fight back is what now makes retribution necessary.

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The one thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn anything from history.

By Karen Schoen

Deep fake, cheap fake are all the same thing.  One thing is certain, the left is great on marketing. They can make Marketing is just the act of persuasion. Persuading someone to change their belief to that which you want. If you really want to understand what the globalists are doing, catch a few early episodes of  Mad Men. This 60’S show was a glimpse of the world of advertising which became the norm. There was never a concern for the customer, just a concern to sell the product whether it was good, bad or indifferent was not important. Just sell, sell, sell.

Today, that is our government. Their policies are no longer looked at: are they good for the country, are they good for Americans. Policies are only put in place to benefit those in power and friends and family of those in power.  All news that works against the government’s agenda is now considered cheap fake or deep fake.  All news that shows Biden in a bad light are cheap fake, deep fake or now disloyal.  Punishment will be severe.  People will lose their livelihood, possessions, their freedom. We have read 1984 and now we are living 1984. What have we learned? Very little I fear. We are repeating the same mistakes that allow the government to become bigger and more invasive.

Te people we trusted are knifing us in the back and we are doing nothing. We knew the J6 committee was corrupt and we did nothing. For instance, Dr. Navarro in jail for having Executive Privilege ignored by the OBiden DOJ, Bannon is going to jail for having Executive Privilege ignored by the OBiden DOJ. Both were subpoenaed by the corrupt J6 committee. Garland just claimed Executive Privilege for his subpoena and nothing happened. Where is congress? Out to lunch. The J6 committee destroyed their evidence so why is anyone going to jail?

  • Conservative attorneys are being disbarred  but we did nothing because we were not attorneys.
  • Conservative Journalist are being silenced but we did nothing because we were not journalists.
  • Farmers are regulated to death but we did nothing because we were not farmers.
  • Private property owners are being taxed to death but we did nothing because we don’t own property.
  • Government workers are forced to get vaccinated but we did nothing because we aren’t gov’t workers.
  • Children are forced to learn WOKE and be Trans but we did nothing because we were not children.
  • Businesses are forced to be DIE, ESG compliant but we did nothing because we didn’t own a business.
  • Globalists want baby killing till birth and we didn’t stop them.
  • Globalists want our guns and slowly we are giving them away.
  • We have allowed an economy killing invasion by electing America hating legislators
  • We have allowed men/boys to infiltrate girls sports, bathrooms and locker rooms
  • We have allowed our children to believe there are more than 2 genders
  • They have lied and are still lying and we believe them because it is easier than confrontation

The indoctrination going on in schools have been in place hot and heavy since the 60’s. We now reap the reward of not paying attention to what our children were reading and doing. We gave our children to the corrupt communist schools. Alex Newman, today’s guest just wrote an article about the violence against teachers.  Apparently the communists forgot to tell their comrades that eventually the eat their own.

READ: Brutal Violence Against Teachers is at “Crisis” Levels on Substack

Sadly this is nothing new. What is new is that in the 60-80’s teachers could discipline. Many parents were involved. They came to school to assist. Sending a letter from school, going to the Dean or the principal’s office meant something. Getting an F or an A meant something. Yes there were drugs but not as a first resort. “Broken families with children growing up in fatherless homes with no discipline” was one and still is one of the biggest problems. And then came Dr. Spock. Gone were rules and boundaries. Gone was be the best you can be. Everyone got a trophy and nothing matters except “me”. Students have no respect for themselves so they can’t respect someone else. And then they graduate. They can’t read or write or do math and they become teachers. We continue to strive for incompetence.

Is America worth saving? Get your kids out of those indoctrination clinics masquerading as public schools.

Globalists push and push and push. They will not stop until we grow a pair and stop them. They want us to fight. Don’t fight. Fighting will just enable them to call an emergency crisis and take away more freedom. So what can you do? lots.

  1. Start by countering the lies. Write in social media, local papers, ezines.
  2. Call into shows and ask questions
  3. Stop taking grants in your local communities. Work with you county and local commissioners.
  4. Make up flyers, palm cards, printed material and give it out at local street fairs
  5. Buy from American companies with your values.
  6. Go to clubs and organizations out of your comfort zone.
  7. Work with Pastors to spread the truth
  8. Are you volunteering for election integrity action
  9. Speak out about Anti-Semitism and white privilege. – stop giving to alumni funds.
  10. Encourage your state to create state currency.
  11. Recognize climate change is a hoax and stop buying into its lunacy restrictions
  12. Communicate with your elected official
  13. Contact your AG and join Missouri in suit against NY for election interference.
  14. File your own Amicus Brief for election interference according to Alan Dershowitz
  15. Blitz our neighborhood with flyers, then send postcards to your neighbors.

Also tell SCOTUS The J6 Committee was illegitimate, and so were the subpoenas.

Remember, these people will never give up. They have lots of money and have covered every front. So pick your passion and learn the truth about the propaganda. Then become the expert and share the information with everyone you know. Never stop talking. Slowly the truth will come out.

Reggie Littlejohn is my other guest today. Reggie is a co-founder of the Stop Vaccine Passports Task Force, dedicated to sounding the alarm about the dangers of digital IDs, which can be used as tools of mass surveillance and control, similar to the China Social Credit System. She also was co-founder and co-chair of an initiative to expose the human rights atrocities of the Chinese Communist Party, in an effort to stop the 2022 Genocide Games from taking place in Beijing. She is a member of the Committee on the Present Danger: China.

Reggie just started a new group you can join. Anti-Globalist International seeks to expose, oppose, resist, and ultimately, defeat the global power grab known as the “Great Reset,” the “New World Order,” “Sustainable Development,” “Agenda 2030,” or the “One World Government.”  Our counter offensive will deploy means such as education, advocacy and legal action. We are determined to preserve the freedom and sovereignty of individuals and nations worldwide from the Chinese-style “digital gulag” set in motion by supra-national globalist entities such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the World Economic Forum, the G20 and the World Bank.

©2024. Karen Schoen. All rights reserved.

Interesting Articles:

Undercover Bombshell: Biden Admin’s Secret Plan to Flood U.S. with Criminals Exposed. 

Supreme Court Ruling: State Sponsored Banks Can Disband from the Federal Reserve System and Issue Their Own Currency

The injunction against the rule protecting LGBTQ+ students comes as part of a Louisiana-led lawsuit — one of several against the regulations.

Louisiana Requires All Public Classrooms to Display Ten Commandments


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Parental Rights Leaders Highlight Threats to Kids

By The Daily Signal

WASHINGTON—Leading women in the parental rights movement spoke out in defense of the family from cultural extremism at the Road to Majority Policy Conference.

Alleigh Marré, executive director of the American Parents Coalition, and Michele Exner, senior adviser of Parents Defending Education, emphasized the importance of parents having conversations with their children about advocating for themselves.

“These should be dinner table conversations,” Marré said. “We need to make sure our kids are equipped with the language, and to know that what they feel is right, to be able to push back.”

Exner said there is an increasing trend in schools of not sharing information with parents.

“Right now, we’re up to 1,100 school districts, which includes about 10,000 schools and about 18 million students, that have policies in place that are essentially meant to keep information from parents,” Exner said.

Exner and Marré spoke to a packed room at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual event. Daily Signal senior reporter Mary Margaret Olohan, author of “Detrans: True Stories of Escaping the Gender Ideology Cult,” interviewed the two parents Friday afternoon.

When it comes to social media use, Marré said a Gallup poll found that kids under 18 years old spend an average of five hours a day on social media and nine hours per day in front of a screen.

“Of all that, 41% of American kids spend two hours a day on TikTok,” Marré said. “That’s more face time than we get with our kids when they’re in school for a full day.”

Within two to eight minutes of kids using TikTok, they are exposed to content about eating disorders and suicide, Marré added.

“It is incredibly important for parents to be having those conversations with their kids about setting [social media] boundaries,” she added.

Both women said there was a parental awakening in the United States during the mass COVID-19 shutdown in 2020 and 2021.

“It took us off auto pilot,” Marré said. “All of these institutions were slowly moving a certain way.”

With the curtains pulled back, she said, parents see it all in totality today.

Marré and Exner said they are hopeful about the future. Exner said the effect COVID shutdowns had on parents will “continue to give parents the power to speak up and advocate on behalf of their family and their children,” something that was uncommon a few years ago.

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What Happened to Education?

By Lyle J. Rapacki, Ph.D.

It’s summer and time for fun, not concerns regarding school. But parents should take this time to work on stop abdicating their God-given privileges of raising their children to the government and worldly standards.

The teaching of character in our schools is not a new idea. It is, in fact, as old as education itself. Down through history, in countries all over the world, education has had two great goals; to help young people become smart and to help them become good. Students across America today face a crisis of character. Many young people struggle to distinguish right from wrong and seem indifferent to whether it matters.

C.S. Lewis, the great religious philosopher from England tells a story, an allegory, of a mythic country where the educational leaders decided to drop math from the course of studies. This was a popular decision with almost everyone except math teachers. Students cheered, and the general public, awash with painful memories of cosines and unbalanced equations, went along with the policy. All was sweetness and light in this country – for about a dozen years. Then people noticed that trolley fare collectors couldn’t get the fares right. Confusion and tension abounded as shopkeepers and their customers haggled over incorrect change. The chorus of complaints was ignored until the tax collectors discovered that people were making so many mistakes the tax system would grind to a halt. Of course, the no-math policy then came under serious review, and mathematics was quickly returned to the curriculum.

C.S. Lewis’s story illustrated a truth that is too often forgotten; there is a direct cause and effect connection between a society’s education system and its social progress or decline. Today in America we have twelve-year-olds pushing drugs; fourteen-year-olds having babies; sixteen-year-olds killing each other, and kids of all ages admitting to lying, cheating and stealing as routine. We have crime and violence rampant and unethical behavior in business, the professions, and in government. We have a crisis in character across America that is threatening to destroy the fabric of this country.

When our country was founded, building character was considered just as important as imparting knowledge by our educational system, from first grade through college. For decades now, character education has been dropped from the public schools. If the schools would educate students to be young people of high character, our country would eventually become a nation of high character. Historically another benefit of character education in schools is that academic performance rises.

The English word “character” comes from the Greek word “charassein,” which means to “engrave” such as on a wax tablet, a gemstone, or a metal surface. Thus, character is a distinctive mark or sign we carry with us. It is very simply the sum of our intellectual and moral habits – those that are good, and those that are not. Becoming a person of character means gaining control of one’s own clamoring desires, developing a deep regard for others, and being ready to put aside one’s own interests and sometimes even one’s own needs in order to serve others.

Many educators and critics (almost one in the same) are convinced character education must be avoided, as it is nothing more than brainwashing. They claim this amounts to imposing particular values or personality traits on young people, or worse, crude manipulation of children by the dominant powers in their lives. They see character education as “indoctrination.” All reasonable cultures recognize the need to help children become productive, responsible members of society. Let me ask: A mother sternly telling her three-year-old not to play so roughly with his baby sister, is this indoctrination? How about a seventh-grade teacher who puts a stop to a wolf’s pack mentality of taunting a new student and instructing the students about moral values of civility and clarity, even simple kindness. A church that engages its high school youth group as cooks and servers in a homeless shelter, is this indoctrination of youth or is it the teaching of ethic of service to others? You know, every act of education or parental intervention can be conceived and viewed as indoctrination.

I believe we need to take students seriously as persons and help them become informed and responsible moral agents. We need to teach the strength of character, in that, teach students to make good choices and honor their commitments. For students to choose nobly they need direction, and that direction can be incorporated into academia. I will bet a bagel and coffee that the preponderant majority of those reading this article grew up with such teaching – at home, as well as in school. I pray today’s parents (maybe with the help of grandparents) need to stop abdicating their God-given roles of raising up a child in the direction he should go and STOP giving this privilege to the world.

“A child is a person who is going to carry on what you have started. He is going to sit where you are sitting, and when you are gone, attend to those things which you think are important. You may adopt all the policies you please, but how they are carried out depends on him. He will assume control of your cities, states, and nations. He is going to move in and take over your churches, schools, universities, corporations and government. The fate of humanity is in his hands.” — Abraham Lincoln

©2024. Lyle J. Rapacki, Ph.D. All rights reserved.


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REPORT: Anti-Israel Education in NYC’s K-12 Schools

By Canary Mission

An antisemitic “bait and switch” appears to be happening in New York City’s Department of Education (NYC DOE). The ruse, facilitated by the department and its Chancellor David Banks, claims they are addressing the rampant antisemitism in its public schools while at the same time, facilitating it.

Specifically, the department is taking steps to educate the next generation of New York City’s children against Israel and into the pro-Hamas, “anti-colonialist” ideology now prevalent on the city’s streets.

The NYC DOE, over which Bank presides, is the largest K-12 public school system in the United States and among the largest in the world. NYC’s public schools serve over 1.1 million students across the city’s five boroughs in 1,800 separate institutions.

A month after the Hamas’ October 7, 2023 massacre of 1,200 Israelis and the kidnapping of 250 more, Chancellor Banks sent an email to teachers prior to a planned November 9, 2023 student and staff walkout billed as part of a national “shutdown for Palestine” event.

In the email, Banks cautioned teachers about violating the education department’s rules on political speech, even going so far as to warn them that this type of activity, “even on one’s personal time,” can violate city rules if it “disrupts…the school environment.”

“All employees should ensure that expressions of their personal political views are kept separate from their NYCPS job. School leaders, teachers, and other school staff should not express their personal views about political matters during the school day, while on school grounds, or while working at school events, and it is critical that they set aside their personal views during class discussions about current events.”

However, what has happened in practice tells a different story. Not only did staff participate in the November 9 walkout, but there have been no perceivable consequences for their actions. In addition, instances have been reported where teachers directly facilitated student involvement in the protests.

Teachers have not only been emboldened by Banks’s lack of disciplinary action, but some consider themselves impervious because they are tenured. (Unlike many public school systems around the country, the NYC DOE has a system of quasi-tenure, which makes it harder to fire a teacher who has been granted this status.)

But arguably some of the most egregious violations of the NYC DOE’s rules have come from the chancellor himself. Since the conflict began, Banks has hired or rewarded a number of blatantly anti-Israel activists, some for the explicit purpose of educating students and staff on Israel and the war.  

On Nov 25, 2023, students rampaged through Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, Queens, after it was discovered that a teacher had attended a pro-Israel rally. It took 24 police officers to rescue the teacher and nearly two hours for staff to bring order back to the school.

During the riot, students stormed through the hallways yelling, “F**k the Jews,” ripped a water fountain out in a hallway and shattered tiles in a bathroom.

[PHIL – We are looking for a video of this now]

The teacher, a veteran educator of 23 years who has taught at Hillcrest for the last seven, was whisked away shortly before the riot started and left locked in an office as students attempted to force their way into her classroom.

At a press conference following the incident, Banks defended the students from accusations that they had been “radicalized” at the school.

“This notion that these kids are radicalized and antisemitic is the height of irresponsibility,” he said. “I, for one, will not accept that at all.”

At a “both sides” meeting in January 2024 with a group of education and faith leaders about antisemitism and Islamophobia, Banks said he found the student protest “deeply concerning,” but countered that, “The way through this moment is not to malign our students or to impose our own ideologies on them. We must distinguish between truth and misinformation, and between disagreement and hate.”

Following the incident, Banks reassigned Scott Milczewski, Hillcrest’s principal, and appointed him director of teacher development and evaluation within the NYC DOE. At a May 8, 2024 Congressional hearing that zeroed in on the antisemitism problem in New York City’s public schools, Banks claimed that incidents have been dealt with “in an appropriate fashion.”

Referring to Hillcrest and Milczewski, Banks was pointedly asked by Rep. Brandon Williams (R-NY), “How can Jewish students feel safe in New York City public schools when you can’t even manage to terminate the principal of ‘open season on Jews High School?’”
Banks replied, “We considered his leadership to not be strong enough in that school.” Williams countered, “Is he strong enough to be on your payroll?”

Reporting on the hearing, the New York Post wrote, “Critics called Banks’ testimony dishonest.” The Post then cited NYC Councilwoman Inna Vernikov, who said that Banks’s comments “make it seem as though NYC has somehow got a handle on antisemitism.”

“He wasn’t transparent. He danced around direct questions and couldn’t say what disciplinary action was taken against antisemitic students and teachers,” she added.

DEBBIE ALMONTASER “INTIFADA HIGH”

Shortly after Banks’ congressional testimony, where his school system was singled out along with two others in the country for antisemitism problems, NYC DOE hired Debbie Almontaser, the notorious former principal of what became known as “Intifada High.”

Almontaser earned the moniker and outrage when, in 2007, interview when she condoned T-shirts that read “Intifada NYC,” causing her to resign as head of the city’s newly formed Khalil Gibran International Academy.

Further, the city has paid Almontaser through her firm at least $235,000 in taxpayer money since fiscal year 2021, according to city records. On June 6, 2024, Bridging Cultures Group conducted professional development training sessions in at least 10 NYC public schools.

Speaking to the New York Post, Sharon Malkin, a teacher at Horace Greeley IS 10Q in Astoria, Queens, said the workshop makes no mention of the Israeli hostages kidnapped by Hamas and being held in Gaza or the missile strikes launched by Iran and other terror groups at Israel.

Based on a video of the workshop, the Post reported that another presenter “snickered before providing her group data on the 1,200 Jewish deaths on Oct. 7 compared to over 37,000 Palestinian deaths over the past eight months.” Malkin also confirmed this information.

It should also be noted that Almontaser is:

  • Currently the board president of the Muslim Community Network, an organization that has been active in backing anti-Israel protests and offers “safety-training” seminars to protesters
  • Promotes hatred of Israel and spreads anti-Israel content on her social media accounts
  • Promotes anti-Israel rallies and student walkouts on U.S. college campuses on social media
  • Endorses and promotes antisemites Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Linda Sarsou
  • Endorses and promotes antisemite Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and her daughter who was suspended from Barnard College for disruptive anti-Israel protests

BROOKLYN PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER RITA LAHOUD

Rita Lahoud is a teacher at PS 261, an elementary school in Brooklyn where she runs an Arab Culture Arts program and also teaches Arabic to grades 1-4. As late as January 2024, a map of the “Arab World” hung in her classroom, in which she affixed a handwritten label over Israel, renaming it “Palestine.”

The arts program is funded by the Qatar Foundation International (QFI), the American affiliate of the Qatar Foundation) which is known to be bankrolled by Qatar’s royal family. In 2019, it was reported that QFI “gives grants to public K-12 schools, academic programs and colleges” in order to “support education in Arabic language and about the Arab world.”

In the May 2024 congressional hearing in which the issue of Lahoud’s map was raised, Banks admitted that the “Qataris write the checks,” but denied that the map was part of the program. He further claimed that the foundation “has had no impact…on the curriculum that’s been developed and how it’s been implemented.”

In April 2024, after the map incident, QFI gave Lahoud its 2023 Arabic Teacher Excellence Award.

As of June 2024, Lahoud still retains her position at PS 261.

In November 2023, close to 200 parents signed a petition against Siriana Abboud, the only preschool teacher at PS 59 Beekman Hill International School in Midtown Manhattan, for her “ongoing campaign against Jews.”

The parents’ petition asked the NYC DOE to investigate Abboud, whose Instagram account was filled with anti-Israel hate. The parents had discovered posts, such as, “For 100 years European Zionists have tried to wipe Palestine off the map,” (May 15, 2021) and “There can be no peaceful Zionism. There can be no peace so long as Zionism exists…” (June 30, 2021)

In addition, Abboud also runs the Allusio Academy, an online business that provides at-home curricula for kids as well as consultations, webinars and workshops for parents, teachers and activists to “unlearn” wrong information about “Palestine.”

Her recommendations include the notorious antisemitic children’s book “P Is for Palestine” (by Golbarg Bashi).

Abboud’s social media guides offer advice on how to talk to 4-year-olds about “land theft, displacement and ethnic cleansing.” As reported by the New York Post, after October 7, “She encourages parents to take them [young children] to pro-Palestinian protests — while blasting Israel as a ‘fascist ethnostate.’”

Yet, despite Abboud’s egregious Instagram posts, NYC DOE took no action. In fact, the department failed to even respond to the allegations against Abboud. Quoting parents with children in the school, the Post reported that PS 59 principal Nekia Wise had “flatly refused to discuss Abboud, becoming hostile when asked about the school’s sole pre-K teacher.”

Shockingly, in mid-November, NYC DOE selected Abboud for the 2023-2024 Big Apple Award, the highest possible honor for an NYC public school teacher. The award also affords the recipient a seat on the Chancellor’s Teacher Advisory Council.

Abboud came under public scrutiny as early as 2022 when she was called out for pinning a drawing of noses outside her classroom with a note asking, “Why do people have different noses?”

Jewish staffers complained at the time that the display evoked antisemitic stereotypes, yet no disciplinary action was taken against Abboud.
Without explanation, Abboud quit her teaching position at PS 59 in Feb 2024.

WALKOUTS IN SUPPORT OF HAMAS

The November 9, 2023 walkout was billed as an event advocating for a ceasefire. However, calls for a ceasefire just weeks after the beginning of Israel’s actions to eradicate the Hamas terrorists on their border are broadly understood as code words for support for the terrorist group and its machinations.

Tellingly, the November 9 walkout was scheduled to coincide with Kristallnacht, the 1933 pogrom against Jews in Nazi Germany that marked the beginning of the mass deportation of Jews to concentration camps.

The November 9 walkout was the first in a series of anti-Israel protests in NYC’s schools that are part of pro-Hamas campaigns led by multiple national anti-Israel organizations, including Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), where students are taught to chant for “intifada,” i.e., a call for the violent destruction of Israel.

At the November 9 protest, in which 770 NYC public education students participated during school hours after walking out of their classes, one teacher told The Daily News that she is tenured and thus plans to continue protesting.

“I’m not going to let the chancellor scare me into silence. No way, no how,” said the middle school teacher from Manhattan’s School District 1, who spoke to the News on the condition of anonymity. The teacher related that she has been wearing a keffiyeh (a symbol of intifada) to school every day, but mentioned no consequences from that behavior.

As late as May 2024, with the School Walkout & Rally at the NYC DOE and Banks headquarters, NYC’s public schools have allowed students to leave class and allow students to leave class to protest the Israeli “genocide” of Palestinians and call for BDS.

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‘Anarchy U’ Reveals The Battle For UCLA | Trailer Out Now

By The Daily Caller

What started as routine leftist protests in April quickly turned into a battle for the UCLA campus — and the Daily Caller’s investigative reporters were on the ground to document it all.

The Daily Caller’s new documentary, “Anarchy U,” gives a behind the scenes look at the most chaotic campus riot since the 1960s. On April 25, 2024, anti-Israel protesters set up an encampment on the lush campus of UCLA. What happened next makes even the “Summer of Love” look like a walk in the park.

“Anarchy U” premieres June 28 and will be available exclusively to Patriots members. Catch an exclusive first glimpse below.

First, the Daily Caller uncovered the true cost of the Defund the Police movement in “Lawless.”  Then “Rigged” exposed the issue Democrats fear most: how their political machine managed to secure Joe Biden the presidency in 2020. Now, with “Anarchy U,” investigative reporter Cam Higby infiltrates the UCLA protests, documenting the chaos and violence with hours of original video footage.

Higby’s footage shows how the masked protesters set up their own autonomous zone within UCLA. He confronts masked guards and private security as they restricted freedom of movement on the public campus, preventing students from getting to class and denying access to “hostile media.”

Even once Higby made it through the “border,” protesters refused to answer questions — sometimes even reverting to physical violence. They claimed to have no food or water, but aerial drone footage proved they were amply supplied.

Higby stayed on the ground as the situation escalated. With police standing idly by, protesters and counter-protesters clashed in an attempt to tear down the encampment.

This all raised the questions: who’s funding this and why?

Higby has some ideas. The rank-and-file proved ignorant of the questions he asked them about their supposed cause. But the ringleaders know exactly what they’re doing — and their cause extends well beyond the war in Gaza.

The Daily Caller’s documentary productions are made possible by our faithful Patriots members, and we wouldn’t be able to do it without them. To watch “Anarchy U” on June 28 — and to help support future investigative documentaries — please consider subscribing.

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Legalizing Pedophilia—The Sorensen Report

By Linda Goudsmit

Globalism is a replacement ideology that seeks to reorder the world into one singular, planetary Unistate, ruled by the globalist elite. The globalist war on nation-states cannot succeed without collapsing the United States of America. The long-term strategic attack plan moves America incrementally from constitutional republic to socialism to globalism to feudalism. The tactical attack plan uses asymmetric psychological and informational warfare to destabilize Americans and drive society out of objective reality into the madness of subjective reality. America’s children are the primary target of the globalist predators. 

David Sorensen, anti–mainstream media journalist and founder of the website Stop World Control,[i] provides the most comprehensive data on the United Nations’ and World Health Organization’s criminal efforts to legalize pedophilia in a stunning report, “‘Schools must equip children to have sexual partners’—The UN agenda to normalize pedophilia.[ii]The September 2022 Sorensen Report is an unflinching exposé of globalism’s orchestrated, coordinated effort to destroy children’s innocence worldwide in its megalomaniacal campaign for world domination. The report begins with an invitation to download and disseminate the information in order to raise public awareness of the insidious attack on children worldwide:

This evidence report reveals how the World Health Organization and United Nations are sexualizing little children in primary education worldwide, for the purpose of normalizing pedophilia. This report consists of nothing but solid evidence, with many official documents, videos, books, archives, etc. All PDF documents may be downloaded from the references section at the end of this report [or by using Archive.org][iii].

Readers are invited to share the Sorensen Report with the world:

It is critical that this report reaches as many people as possible. Please send it far and wide, using all possible means. You can, for example, copy this short letter and send it to local newspapers, schools, law enforcement, churches, hospitals, politicians, etc. You can find their contact info with a quick search on the Internet.

To whom it concerns,

The World Health Organization and the United Nations are instructing education authorities worldwide to teach babies, toddlers and young children to masturbate, use pornography, learn different sexual techniques such as oral sex, and engage in same-sex relationships. The WHO and UN instruct educators to encourage children to start with sex as young as possible, and help all children to have sexual partners. Evidence shows how this is part of a worldwide operation to normalize pedophilia. See the following report: https://www.stopworldcontrol.com/children

We invite you to carefully consider this information.

Sincerely,

Your signature

I was absolutely shocked by the Sorensen Report. I read it and reread it to be sure of what I was reading, because its contents are so sexually explicit, sexually graphic, and sexually inappropriate. The report is horrific and emotionally overwhelming, but essential reading to fully understand how widespread and sinister the campaign to destroy children’s innocence actually is. After validating the report’s sources, I include excerpts here, but I highly recommend that the reader take a deep breath and read the report in its entirety.

The Sorensen Report is summarized in its opening paragraphs:

“Little children are sexual beings who must have sexual partners and begin with sex as soon as possible. For this reason, kindergartens and elementary schools must teach children to develop lust and sexual desire, learn masturbation, build same-sex relationships, use online pornography, and learn different sexual techniques such as oral sex.”

The above is a paraphrased summary of the official guidelines issued by the World Health Organization and the United Nations to educational authorities worldwide. Meanwhile, judicial organizations are issuing statements that sex between little children and adults should be legalized, while media outlets and political parties are calling for the acceptance of pedophilia as a “normal sexual orientation”.

Supporting evidence for the claims being made is provided by primary sources—the United Nations’ own documents. It is very difficult and painful reading, but necessary for people to grasp the absolute malevolence of the assault on children’s minds, their sexuality, and their developing ability to reality-test.

The 2021 publication of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), “The journey towards comprehensive sexuality education,” describes comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), discussed at length in Chapters 17 and 19, as essential information for children:

Comprehensive sexuality education is central to children and young people’s health and well-being, equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy, informed, and responsible choices in their lives, including to prevent HIV and promote gender equality.

The first document presented in the Report is the United Nations “International Technical Guidance on Sexual Education,”[iv] the official guideline for elementary schools around the world. The actual goals of this document are described on pages 16 and 17. In its own words:

“It [CSE] aims to equip children…to develop sexual relationships.” (p. 16) “These skills can help children and young people form respectful and healthy relationships with family members, peers, friends and romantic or sexual partners.” (p. 17)

On page 71, under Key Concept 7: Sexuality and Sexual Behaviour, educators are instructed to teach little kids from the age of five about kissing, hugging, touching, and sexual behaviors. Nine-year-old children are to be taught about masturbation, sexual attraction, and sexual stimulation.

The World Health Organization document “Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe” contains instruction for preschool children, kindergarten, and elementary schools:

  • Children between 0 and 4 years must learn about masturbation and develop an interest in their own and others’ bodies.
  • Children between 4 and 6 years must learn about masturbation and be encouraged to express their sexual needs and wishes.
  • Children between 6 and 9 years must learn about sexual intercourse, online love and self-stimulation.
  • Children between 9 and 12 years should have their first sexual experience and learn to use online pornography.

Sorensen includes logos of the most familiar organizations actively involved in advancing CSE. They appear under the heading “Sexualizing kids is part of UN Agenda 2030”:

The logos on the United Nations “International Technical Guidance on Sexual Education” document show that this is part of the UN’s Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

UNAIDS

UNFPA

UNICEF

UN WOMEN

World Health Organization

Education 2030

United Nations Agenda 2030 is a plan to transform every aspect of human existence on the earth by the year 2030. In their own words:

We have adopted a historic decision on a comprehensive, far-reaching and people-centered set of universal and transformative goals and targets. We commit ourselves to working tirelessly for the full implementation of this Agenda by 2030.

As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.

These are universal goals and targets which involve the entire world, developed and developing countries alike.

The official statements from the United Nations are clear: they want the entire world to be transformed. Making sure that little children have sexual relationships, learn how to masturbate and use online pornography is part of this agenda. In the United States, the Biden administration has released statements confirming plans to implement this agenda throughout the USA as soon as possible, and no later than 2030.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is an unapologetic supporter of Comprehensive Sexuality Education worldwide. The WEF’s build back better campaign must first destroy what already exists, including your children’s innocence. Echoing UNESCO’s Orwellian claims, the WEF posted the article “Comprehensive sexuality education can prevent rapes, unsafe abortions and save lives[v] on its website on October 16, 2019.

The Sorensen Report examines the Rutgers Foundation,[vi] the Dutch equivalent of Planned Parenthood. The importance of the Rutgers Foundation to our discussion is that it is a main source of educational materials internationally, and collaborates with the United Nations and its Agenda 2030. Any nation’s commitment to Agenda 2030, including the United States, involves Rutgers Foundation materials.

On its website link About Rutgers,[vii] it self-describes as the Netherlands on Sexuality, and traces its origins back to founder Dr. Johannes Rutgers (1850–1924) and his wife, both driven by feminism, socialism, and, like Planned Parenthood, the plan to provide contraception for all—particularly poor people. From the Sorensen Report:

Contraception for all

Johannes Rutgers worked in the poorest neighbourhoods of Rotterdam and saw the distressing situations that arose because poor women in particular had no access to contraception. Therefore, from 1892, he gave free consultations on contraception in his practice.

He focused on the fight for free access to contraception and became an active member of the New Malthusian Union in 1898.

Malthusianism was an international movement based on the ideas of English pastor and economist Thomas Malthus. Malthus wrote “An essay on the principles of Population” in 1798, in which he said that population growth and food production would remain unbalanced, resulting in poverty and hunger. Sexual (total) abstinence was the only way to counter this, according to Malthus. In the Netherlands, these ideas led to the New Malthusian Union (NMB, founded in 1881). But unlike its English counterpart, the Dutch Malthusians believed that contraception was also a way to limit population growth, hence the “new” in the name New Malthusian Union.

The start of the Rutgers Foundation

Johannes Rutgers died in 1924, leaving numerous publications and a large network of expert collaborators in the field of contraception. As early as the 1930s, the NMB opened consultancies “on marriage and sex life” in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. In 1946, the union continued under the name Nederlandse Vereniging voor Seksuele Hervorming (NVSH).

The huge demand for the consultancies meant that this branch of the organisation was created [as] a separate foundation in 1969: the Rutgers Foundation (the predecessor of today’s Rutgers). Named after Doctor Johannes Rutgers. People that needed help with sexuality could attend these consultancies at so-called Rutgers houses. In 2002, these Rutgers houses became part of the municipal health authorities. The foundation itself continues—to this day—to work for people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Rutgers and ‘racial improvement’

Johannes Rutgers is often mentioned together with early “eugenics” [eugenicists], people who argued that races could be improved by sterilising poor or mentally disabled people. A theory that was popular in the Netherlands from around 1900 until well into the 1950s. At the time, Johannes Rutgers also put forward the idea that it would be better for some people, such as those living in poverty, not to have children.

The Rutgers Foundation is the worldwide publisher of sexuality education materials[viii]chosen by the WHO and UN to implement their CSE agenda in twenty-seven countries around the world. Funded by Bill Gates, Planned Parenthood, and the UN, Rutgers launched its 2023 “Spring Fever” campaign aggressively pushing homosexuality in the Netherlands. A school poster teaching young children of the same sex to “do it” with each other was put up in elementary schools across the Netherlands.

Under the heading “Teaching 6-year-old children about oral sex,” The Sorensen Report provides a shocking example of what Rutgers deems appropriate sex education material for young children.

One of the children’s books recommended by Rutgers for use in elementary schools is called “What is Sex?” by Channah Zwiep. Here is a page from this book, with an excerpt [translated].

“Blowjob is sex with the mouth. That is why it is called oral sex.”

“Have you ever given yourself a kiss on a soft spot of your body? Try it. How does that feel?”

“The skin of a dick or vagina is also very sensitive. Because of this, people sometimes like to touch each other there with their mouths. When someone licks or suckles a dick, this is called sucking. Of course, the same is true for a woman. If someone licks a vagina, this is called pussy eating.”

Rutgers has published a guide for training teachers how to indoctrinate little children about sex. In the guide they reference the WHO guide, “Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe.” The Sorensen Report includes mention of this because it is an international program, and not to be dismissed as a localized program in Europe.

Rutgers instruction advocates sex games in elementary schools in which kids take the genitals of their classmates in their mouths, lick them, and put their fingers in the vaginas of girls. For those who insist this cannot be happening in the United States, please read Alex Newman’s article from May 9, 2023, “Girl, 6, Performed Oral Sex in Class with Teacher in Room.”[ix]From that article:

Critics say government “educators” and the sex-ed fanatics have some serious explaining to do after a 6-year-old girl at a government school in Texas was forced to perform oral sex on a boy in first-grade class. Classmates filmed the monstrous crime on April 19 [2023] even as a teacher was in the room, according to news reports.

The horrific event at South Elementary first came to the attention of parents after a video of the sex act was found on a district-issued device. From there, despite officials’ efforts to cover it up, word spread rapidly as parents and members of the community began protesting and demanding answers from officials online and outside the school….

The horror comes as the United Nations also remains under scrutiny for peddling the idea that children can and should be allowed to “consent” to sexual activity.

Sorensen explores the real motivation behind the strategic operation to sexualize little children, and presents undeniable evidence that it is part of the agenda to normalize pedophilia in every nation of the world in its push to reduce the world’s population.

This is particularly evident when we consider the publisher who was handpicked by the WHO and UN to execute this agenda in 27 nations: the Rutgers Foundation.

When the Rutgers Foundation was founded in 1969, its main purpose was to reduce population growth through sex education, abortion and contraception. In 1999, Rutgers merged with the NISSO group (Netherlands Institute for Social Sexological Research), whose goal was also to reduce birth rates by encouraging abortion, free sex, and sex education. In 2011, Rutgers merged again with the World Population Foundation, which had the same mission of reducing the world population through abortion and sex education.

The common thread in the history of Rutgers is the agenda to reduce the human population by pushing unbridled sex in society. When people are sexually perverted, they can’t form healthy families and are not as likely to produce offspring.

Rutgers always pushed for the normalization of pedophilia

Aside from the agenda to reduce the human population, Rutgers was always heavily involved in the worldwide movement to normalize pedophilia. In 1946, the Netherlands Association for Sexual Reform (NVSH) was founded, once again with the objective of reducing the human population. NVSH organized working groups on pedophilia that were supported by Labour Party Senator Dr. Edward Brongersma. This same Brongersma then became the foreman of the pedophilia acceptance movement in the 1970s….

The magazine published by Brongersma featured in its September edition of 1982 a comic [strip] that describes how a pedophile has oral sex with a young girl…. The mindset propagated through this publication is that being with a pedophile is preferable over being with the family. It is “wrong” that the predator is in prison, while the man who caught him red-handed is free.

These are the fundamental mindsets of pedophilia: that what they are doing is good, and people who are against it are bad. This mindset is also promoted in the guides of the United Nations, World Health Organization and Rutgers, albeit in more sophisticated wordings. It is nevertheless the same: promoting sex with little kids is a human right, and opposing it is a violation of human rights.

In The Netherlands, which appears to be the center for the worldwide agenda to normalize pedophilia, a political party for pedophilia was founded and was supported by the government. This “Pedo Party” distributed a 1,000-page Manual for Pedophiles that teaches adults how to rape babies and toddlers.

The Manual for Pedophiles explains such things as:

  • Methods of seducing children, for example by deflating the tires of their bike and then offering to fix it to gain their trust;
  • How to use psychological techniques to get children to consent to sex—for example by rewarding them with money or gifts;
  • How to stretch the rectum of babies and toddlers for anal sex;
  • Where to find children;
  • What ages are the safest (babies are safe, as they can’t speak yet; 3–4 year olds are dangerous, as they can’t keep secrets);
  • How to use forensic techniques to hide your DNA, so the police can’t track you.

Here are a few quotes from this handbook:

“The pedagogy of secrecy is about educating the child on how to keep secrets. We accomplish this by using special pedagogical methods based on a combination of child psychology and real-life experiences of professional pedophiles.”

“You need to learn a lot about evidence and forensics so that you make it as difficult as possible for the police to arrest you. These three important tips ensure that all DNA traces are removed after sexual activity with the child…. It may sound like hassle, but many pedophiles have been sent to jail because they were too lazy to perform these three simple tasks. If they had done so, the police would have no evidence and they would have their freedom.”

David Sorensen summarizes:

It’s beyond alarming that this explicit pedophile organization was handpicked by the WHO and UN to execute their agenda for the sexualization of little children all around the world.

Legalizing pedophilia is globalism’s nuclear weapon that will vaporize every boundary of a child’s selfness, collapse the child’s developing identities, and, finally, destroy the child’s ability to reality-test—the primary requirement for living in the world of objective reality. The child’s entire sense of self disappears. This monstrous abuse of power is reflected in the linguistic demand for plural pronouns, which I discuss in the next chapter.

©2024. Linda Goudsmit. All rights reserved.


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[i]  Stop World Controlhttps://stopworldcontrol.com/

[ii]  ‘Schools must equip children to have sexual partners’—The UN agenda to normalize pedophilia; https://stopworldcontrol.com/children/?inf_contact_key=493ed73c2bce1356ae4f5c08a42d9c9e4dfbc39d7283b2cb89d5189540b69330

[iii]  Archive.orghttps://archive.org/

[iv]  International Technical Guidance on Sexual Educationhttps://www.stopworldcontrol.com/downloads/international-technical-guidance-on-sexuality-education.pdf

[v]  Comprehensive sexuality education can prevent rapes, unsafe abortions and save liveshttps://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/10/dispelling-the-myths-about-comprehensive-sexuality-education/

[vi]  Rutgers Foundationhttps://rutgers.international/

[vii]  About Rutgershttps://rutgers.international/about-rutgers/origins-of-rutgers/

[viii]  sexuality education materialshttps://rutgers.international/themes/sexuality-education-and-information/

[ix]  Girl, 6, Performed Oral Sex in Class with Teacher in Roomhttps://www.freedomproject.com/2023/05/09/tnr5923/

Trans Nashville Shooter Allegedly Wrote Scathingly About Christians, Fantasized About ‘Imaginary Penis’

By Tyler O’Neil and Mary Margaret Olohan

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

Newly released pages purportedly from the Nashville Covenant School shooter’s manifesto indicate that the shooter was strongly fixated on gender ideology and deeply held anger against Christianity.

In the pages, released Wednesday by The Daily Wire, trans-identifying shooter Audrey Hale condemns her parents, harshly criticizes Christians, and fantasizes about her “imaginary penis.” The pages come after months of stonewalling from authorities, who refused to confirm or deny a previous set of manifesto pages commentator Steven Crowder released in November.

“Officials have denied that there was evidence suggesting that The Covenant School, a private Christian school that the shooter attended as a child, was targeted because of animus toward religion,” The Daily Wire’s Brent Scher reported. “The mentions of Christianity, which appear throughout the journal entries, suggest that it certainly may have been a factor.”

“The remainder of the four pages, however, revolves around the shooter’s fixation on being a man, and suggests a serious case of gender dysphoria,” Scher added, noting that Hale “fantasized about what it would be like to have a penis.”

The trans-identifying shooter, who killed three children and three adults at The Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, in March 2023, before dying in a shootout with police, accused her parents of “selfishness” for refusing to support her desire to be a man.

“Pain of loosing [sic] a daughter?” she wrote, according to The Daily Wire. “That’s not pain, that’s selfishness. Just like any rest of the parents with that mindset. They are full of shit.”

“How could they not ever think of their own child suffering, and that they hate their gender so bad they cut + want to kill themselves?” the shooter reportedly continued. “F—ing parents like them who think of themselves first and their preference of conservative religion-gay shit make them believe that the child they are given should stay that way.”

“I’d kill to have parents who would let their child be happy no matter how different it is to their viewpoints or don’t agree, or scared of it,” she allegedly added. “I’d kill to have had those resources; 2007 was the birth of puberty blockers and a newfound discovery for treatment of non-conforming transgender children.”

“Aren’t parents manipulative? It’s total ignorance when parents step in + try to change their child’s environment,” the shooter wrote in another passage published by The Daily Wire. “Make them go to youth group + force Christian friends in their life because the old ones were a ‘bad’ influence. … Parents actually believe religion can change nature. That could explain why I don’t practice religion anymore. Let kids think for themselves … “

The Nashville Police Department did not immediately respond to The Daily Signal’s inquiry to confirm or deny the authenticity of the new pages.

The FBI previously warned Nashville police, in a May 11, 2023, memo, that the release of a school shooter’s writings might result in “false narratives” that “may lead to unintended consequences for the segment of the population more vulnerable or open to conspiracy theories.” The Tennessee Star first reported on the memo’s existence in early June.

Authorities have remained cagey on both the shooter and her documents, refusing to verify the authenticity of Hale’s alleged manifesto to The Daily Signal and other media outlets.

During the mass shooting last year, Hale killed three children and three adults—Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and William Kinney, all 9; Cynthia Peak, 61; Katherine Koonce, 60; and Mike Hill, 61, according to Fox News.

Armed with two rifles and a handgun, the killer shot through the school’s locked door at about 10 a.m. that day, Fox reported. Hale then went upstairs to the second floor, where she reportedly opened fire.

Police officers first received the 911 call at 10:13 a.m., and Metro Nashville Police Officers Rex Engelbert and Michael Collazo were among the dozens of officers who rushed to the building, The Tennessean reported. By 10:24 a.m., Engelbert and Collazo had taken out the shooter.

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This article was published by the Daily Signal and is reproduced with permission.

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Jihadi indoctrination of American children is active and spreading

By Barry Shaw

We have witnessed indoctrination taking place in America’s elite universities, creating a conveyor belt of brainwashed Hamas-supporting activists.

Now evidence is emerging that Jihad promoters are poisoning the elementary educational system in America, too.

The jihadi savagery of Oct. 7, 2023, when thousands of Palestinian armed terrorists, eagerly followed by Gaza’s citizens, stormed across their border into Israel in an orgy of murder, torture, rape, robbery, and hostage-taking.

This had been predicted by organizations dedicated to gathering the evidence of a generational anti-Semitic brainwashing in schools and summer camps across the Palestinian divide from Gaza to Ramallah. The warnings of these NGOs were ignored by Western decision-makers despite the evidence shown to them about Palestinian intentions.

Organizations, such as the Center for Near East Policy and UN Watch, documented the Palestinian schoolbooks filled with Jihadi indoctrination in classrooms and summer camps, leading children to pledge themselves to the annihilation of Israel and the murder of Jews.

The material, the evidence, is freely available, but Western organizations and governments continued to plow millions of dollars and euros into the Palestinian industry of hate and death.

Hamas propaganda on elite American campuses is well known, but now the target is American schoolchildren.

This brainwashing is being introduced into high schools and even into the elementary educational system in America.

One example, quoted in a Jerusalem Post article on June 7, 2024, titled ‘Portland’s teacher union creates anti-Israel program,” reported that the Portland Association of Teachers are promoting an indoctrination program for children as early as pre-kindergarten to high school in which the next generation of Americans will be brainwashed to delegitimize Israel, describing it as an “illegitimate settler-colonial state.”

American children are being taught to participate in Palestinian protests turning them into anti-Israel activists.

Together with a group known as Oregon Educators for Palestine (OGP) they have created a curriculum that includes courses such as “Know your Rights in Teaching,” “Organizing for Palestine within Portland Public Schools,” and “Teach Palestine! Resources for Portland Public Schools” lesson guide.

Their document provides counter definitions to reduce the legitimacy of Israel by using key terms. For example, they deduce Anti-Semitism as being a “European Christian phenomenon” and Zionism as “a settler colonial political ideology and movement.”

Their guide recommends teachers to have the academic freedom (restriction) to select (reduce) writings on Palestine only to that written by Palestinian authors, as they put it, “to offer content and context based on the authors backgrounds and opinions.”

Part of their indoctrination removes words such as “terrorism” particularly when applied to acts of Palestinian terrorism.  Instead, they replace it with the word “resist.”

Everything is wrapped around concepts such as “Occupation” even if that applies to areas from which Israel withdrew its citizens in the search for peace.

Based on that novel concept, the barbarous attacks of Oct. 7, or mass killing by Palestinian suicide bombers and gunmen, can be translated into acts of “resistance to the occupation,” even when committed by Palestinians emerging out of their self-governing territories to kill thousands of Israelis in their hometowns inside Israel.

I know. I became one of the members of the Netanya Terror Victims Association after a procession of suicide bombers and gunman targeted my hometown that hugs the clifftops of the Mediterranean, the sea defined by their slogan of a Palestine “from the River to the Sea.”  

In the quest for this homeland, they murdered dozens of Netanya folk, some of whom I knew.

Now social studies lessons for grades 3-5 in America will include a week-long curriculum on “settler colonization and Palestine.”

The Portland Association of Teachers represents over 4,500 educators. In their description of the events of Oct. 7, we can clearly define what they consider progressive to be utterly regressive.

PAT educators handed out documents claiming that the horrendous massacres, tortures, rapes, and hostage-taking were, in the words of PAT, justified “resistance.”

In May, Mosaic magazine featured an article entitled “Anti-Israel Indoctrination Starts in Elementary Schools.”

This is the opening phase of a Jihadi education in America. One that accurately copies Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad brainwashing.

There is a battle going on in the California school system. Last September, a law suit claimed that a California school district tried to impose an anti-Israel curricula.

As I predicted, the Jihadi indoctrination has leapt across the pond from the Middle East, engineered and financed by people with an agenda to convert America based on a curriculum practiced in schools and summer camps under the regimes of Hamas and the PLO Palestinian Authority.

This is the brainwashing that has prevented the mutual peace once desired by Israel but killed by incessant hate-educated Palestinians, a blind hatred that has blocked all hope for a better future for frustrated Israelis and hated-filled Palestinians.

It is now taking root in the American elementary education system.

It must be stopped before it inflicts permanent damage both to the children, to the American psyche, and to American Israeli relations, which is the ultimate aim of the haters.

©2024. Barry Shaw. All rights reserved.

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‘We’re Coming for Your Children’: LGBTQ Public School Agenda Should Concern Parents

By Family Research Council

Can you imagine not being able to opt your kindergartener out of wholly inappropriate LGBTQ propaganda at school? This is a reality in Maryland’s largest school district where the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided parents have no say in whether their K-5-aged children must sit through classes and read books addressing LGBTQ sexuality and gender.

Public schools are often the breeding ground for this radical ideology to be forced on minors. Whether it be boys in girls’ sports, “drag queen story hour” in the library, or forcing sexual themes on minors in the classroom, a war is being waged on our children in the name of LGBTQ activism that won’t stop until every parent, child, and educator surrenders to its demands.

Annually in June, Pride Month brings a heightened onslaught of the LGBTQ agenda in the public square and reminds us of the No. 1 target of this perverse ideology: children.

Coming for Our Children?

Last June, LGBTQ activists chanted, “We’re here! We’re queer! We’re coming for your children!” in New York City’s annual drag march. And we’ll never forget when in 2021, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Choir sang “We’re Coming for Your Children,” with the chilling lyrics: “You think that we’ll corrupt your kids if our agenda goes unchecked. Funny, just this once, you’re correct. We’ll convert your children.”

Though they claim these threats to come after our children are actually “tongue in cheek,” it is evident that impressionable, vulnerable children are the primary victims of radical LGBTQ ideology.

Look no further than the state of public schools, where children are paying the price of this gruesome social experiment that affirms lies to pander to the LGBTQ lobby.

The National Education Association, for example, helped draft and encouraged “sexual education standards” for teachers to discuss inappropriate topics like sexual orientation with children despite parental concerns.

In recent years, it’s been revealed that some school libraries offer sexually-charged and sometimes pornographic books on their shelves. And some schools have even socially “transitioned” students without their parents’ knowledge or consent. In Maryland’s largest public school district, internal data from 2022 showed a 582% increase in just two years in students who identify as “gender nonconforming.”

We are witnessing the carnage this pervasive ideology has had in radicalizing school policies to the detriment of students’ physical well-being. In 2021, for instance, we were struck by the news that a ninth-grade girl in Loudoun County, Virginia was sexually assaulted after a boy dressed in a skirt was allowed to enter the girls’ bathroom, which sparked national outrage.

With the Biden administration’s redefinition of “sex” in Title IX, which will be enacted in August unless the courts intervene, I fear these stories will become even more common as schools that receive federal funds will be subjected to “affirming” a student who identifies as the opposite gender. This opens the door to a plethora of safety, privacy, and ethical concerns and would allow boys in girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports.

When we were kids, our parents didn’t have to worry about radical indoctrination and dangerous policies in public schools. Sadly, that is no longer the case as public schools have attempted to co-opt the role of the parent and sabotage the foundation upon which a child’s worldview is established, attacking truth as basic as the definition of male and female.

On top of this, government-run schools are failing to provide a quality education, as evidenced by adult literacy rates and declining test scores, especially since COVID.

A Christian Solution

If anything, the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures revealed the cancer that has seeped into the classroom as parents witnessed the ideologies certain teacher “activists” were promulgating on their students. This is one of the reasons parents pulled their children out of public school in droves as public education numbers continue to fall.

With a new school year quickly approaching, I implore parents to pray about where their children are receiving instruction five days a week and become serious about the responsibility to “train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6), understanding what’s at stake in this post-Christian world.

The average child’s worldview is in place by age 13, based on research from George Barna. Who do you trust to help shape your child’s worldview in some of the most crucial years of development?

Christian parents should consider the importance of a private Christian or homeschool education with godly educators who acknowledge truth and believe parents are the primary stakeholders in their child’s education.

Parents need to understand that select alternatives to public school provide a quality education from a faith-based perspective and Christian worldview that won’t compromise on values.

Your child is being discipled one way or another; ensure they’re being discipled in Christ and not in the world. This can change the course of a generation and the trajectory of children’s lives and spiritual growth.

As Voddie Baucham said, “We cannot continue to send our children to Caesar for their education and be surprised when they come home as Romans.”

AUTHOR

Mat Staver

Mat Staver is founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, chairman of Liberty Counsel Action, an educator, and a former founding dean of a leading Christian law school.

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The Contrarians Were Right About Covid Hysteria

By David Harsanyi

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

Editors’ Note: We are quite proud, that in our very early history, The Prickly Pear chose to be a skeptic of the Covid lockdowns and endorsed the Great Barrington Declaration. Having an esteemed physician as one of our editors helped, although our innate suspicion of government overreach and common sense was equally helpful. We chronicled the many errors of the top-down, medical professional panic as well as the national and local initiatives that at the time seemed nonsensical. With the benefit of hindsight, many of these policies look downright sinister. Lockdowns destroyed many small businesses in an arbitrary manner without compensation, destroyed jobs, blew up huge public debt with resulting inflation, sabotaged a Presidency, trampled on civil liberties, and upended the education of our children. Many of the rules were known to be false as they were being promulgated. They did not save lives as evidence shows excess deaths were lower in both countries and U.S. states that had either the lightest lockdown policies or none at all. Major damage was done to the country and the world by a bureaucracy that hatched the idea of “gain of function” virus tinkering and then their lockdown policies that were inflicted on all of us. One final casualty that may never recover is the reputation of our public health authorities. Oh, and Stephen Colbert.

And the fearmongers did irreparable damage.

If you head over to “The Federalist” entry on Wikipedia, you will find, among other smears of our little operation, a “COVID-19 pandemic misinformation” section. It’s a sad reminder of how authoritarians misuse the idea of “misinformation” to quash debate and control the conversation.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic,” Wikipedia contends, “The Federalist published many pieces that contained false information, pseudoscience, and contradictions or misrepresentations of the recommendations of public health authorities.” According to Media Matters for America,” the entry goes on, “The Federalist published articles calling on the government to quickly end social distancing directions, and to open businesses again.”

To begin with, even if Federalist writers had turned out to be completely wrong about lockdowns and social distancing, calculating the tradeoffs of public policy and forming opinions that conflict with public-health officials isn’t any kind of “misinformation.” It’s the way we debate in an open society.

Public-health officials are preternaturally risk averse. They see the world through the prism of safety, often ignoring— among many other factors—personal freedoms, economic consequences, and social disruptions. Safetyism can lead to some of the worst infringements of individual rights. That is why we don’t live in a public-health dictatorship.

Or rather, why we didn’t until Covid.

The thing is, though, most of the time our writers weren’t wrong. It is now indisputable that shutdowns inflicted deep harm on children and destabilized the economy. It is also highly unlikely that, after it was clear Covid variants would continue to spread, keeping businesses closed for months saved lives.

And “social distancing” rules were definitely bunk. Fauci admitted as much in a January interview with the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic. “It sort of just appeared, that six feet is going to be the distance,” he explained.

“It sort of just appeared” doesn’t sound like the vigorous inquiry we were promised by the self-ordained pontiff of “science.” Yet anyone who dared to tread within, say, five feet of another person was accused of being in a “death cult” and often censored on social media.

One of the problems was that Fauci could never admit to being unsure of anything. Remember when he told Americans, “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask,” and then, months later,  he wanted us wearing two of them at the same time. Yet governments almost always enacted his every suggestion.  

Fauci also admitted to lying about the threshold for herd immunity because “polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine.” Worse, when three scientists — Martin Kulldorff of Harvard, Sunetra Gupta of Oxford, and Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford — released the “Great Barrington Declaration,” questioning the efficacy of lockdowns and warning, among other things, about the damaging “physical and mental health impacts” of closing schools, Fauci colluded with others to suppress the document, plotting a “quick and devastating published takedown.” 

Read the declaration. They were right. He was wrong.

In any event, one of Wikipedia’s citations allegedly proving The Federalist spread social-distancing “misinformation” was written by an academic physician from an Ivy League institution who wrestled with ways to help flatten the curve. The piece is logical and cautious. It begins like so:

COVID-19 is severe. There is no doubt about that. We are now also learning that it is not a matter of if but when many of us will get coronavirus, whether we develop symptoms or not. Our only hope is to ‘flatten the curve,’ relieve stress on the medical system, and wait for a vaccine.

That sounds exactly like the framing of public-health officials before “flatten the curve” evolved into “shutter your business and shut up.”

Another Wikipedia footnote regarding “false information” leads to a completely factual opinion piece that points out that Zeke Emanuel, then named to Joe Biden’s Covid task force, had spent years arguing that people older than 75 were a suck on our resources and the elderly should be vaccinated last. Pointing out this person’s ugly positions was well within the norms of debate.

In another instance of alleged misinformation, a Federalist founder is accused of attacking the “prominent analysis from Imperial College London.” More like infamous analysis, as the model turned out to be a dubious guesstimation. Maybe it’s Wikipedia that needs a misinformation entry?

Now, I’m not contending everything The Federalist published about Covid turned out to be correct. But the alleged misinformation articles on the site are normal pieces of contrarianism. We need more of that, not less. Recall that Facebook, pressured by the government, banned any mention of the Chinese lab-leak theory, which is now widely believed to be true.

Sure, there are limits to skepticism. Reflexive disbelief of everything is no better than the opposite. It often manifests in conspiratorial thinking. But it is clear now that no one undermined trust in our public-health institutions like those who used rickety “science” to shut down businesses, churches, schools, and speech.

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This article was published by The Federalist and is reproduced with permission.

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Educator Cherie Zaslawsky on the ‘official narratives’ vs. critical thinking and the truth

By Dr. Rich Swier

In this Dissent Television episode we interview Cherie Zaslawsky about “official narratives” versus critical thinking and the truth.

Cherie takes us on a trip down the rat hole of those who perpetuated and those who believe these “official narratives” rather than taking the time to learn the truth.

From climate change, to influencing the 2024 election by persecuting their political opponents. The official narratives have now become public policy not unlike in the former Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin.

This is a must watch video.

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Cherie Zaslawsky is a writer, freelance editor, and private educator/teacher/writing coach for high school students.

Cherie is a confirmed Constitutionalist who, nevertheless, lives in California.

Her work appears in News with Views, Renew America, Lew Rockwell, American Thinker, Canada Free Press, World Net Daily, The Post & Email, and DrRichSwier.com.

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Four Marxist Cornell College Instructors Stabbed in Communist China

By Geoff Ross

More news coming out of Communist China stating that four American teachers/instructors from the Marxist Indoctrination center in Cornel College, Iowa have been stabbed in a park while visiting a Communist controlled temple in Jilin.

It’s important to remember that Marxist Cornel College in Iowa has had a strong symbiotic relationship with the Communist government ran Chinese university in Beihua since 2018.

One of the four American Cornel Marxist college instructors stabbed in the attack in Communist China was David Zabner the brother of Communist Democrat Iowa state representative Adam Zabner.

Iowa State representative Adam Zabner is your typical Marxist socialist with a Venezuelan mom and dad who also advocated communism by supporting Hugo Chavez. My wife is from Venezuela and she spits on these evil Venezuelan Communists.

Adam Zabner the brother of the stabbed Cornel College instructor is a chip off the old Communist block who volunteered while in High School for Comrade Obama’s Communist “transform America campaign” into a Socialist utopia. He also was a volunteer for the homosexual sodomite Pete Buttigieg.

Adam Zabner’s campaign included advocating Marxist interference in free markets in Iowa, (like California) letting illegal immigrants invade Iowa (like California) and giving free university tuition to Iowa students who must then be shackled to the state as future employees for pay back.

So these four Marxist college instructors from Cornel College in Iowa with one having ties to a Marxist Iowa State Representative got stabbed and rushed to the hospital all the while the Marxist leadership at Cornell continued to praise the Colleges partnership with the Communist government ran Chinese university and how this affiliation opens up new opportunities.

Nobody was killed in the stabbing so installed Marxist Joe Biden did not lose any potential voters not that it matters he’s soon to be fired from the White House but the march towards a communist America continues even in Cornel College Iowa.

Wake up America.

The Communist Chinese continues to threaten the sovereign nation of Taiwan with military force, they purchase millions of acres of US farmland near military bases and detain at whim American tourists.

American universities are coordinating with the Communist Chinese government indoctrinating our young American students into compliant Marxists funded in part with Federal taxpayer dollars approved by the Republican controlled Congress.

Young Americans today have a limited knowledge on how our constitutional republic is supposed to function so my advice is stay the hell out of these Marxist university indoctrination camps and vote against any politician supporting them.

BTW: Vote for Donald Trump on November 5th.

©2024. Geoff Ross. All rights reserved.

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From Profits to Pandering: How Government Turned Universities and Businesses into DEI Bureaucracies

By David Brady, Jr.

The Board of Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on May 13, announced that they would be diverting the $2.3 million that the university spends on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies toward campus safety amidst protests over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. UNC-Chapel Hill joins a list of universities like the University of Florida and the University of Texas that have eliminated their DEI programs in part due to lawmaker pressure.

Protestors have boiled up on college campuses, voicing their concerns and demands for schools they claim are supporting the Israeli war effort in Gaza. At Chapel Hill, the school was woken up on the morning of May 11 to vandalism of an administration building, the same day as its commencement ceremony. It has since voted to eliminate its DEI program in favor of greater campus safety.

It took protestors as well as lawmakers in other states to eliminate DEI programs. However, why did universities get so invested in DEI programs that often exist only to push Maoist-style racial tensions on their campuses? Ludwig von Mises gives us an answer from his 1944 book Bureaucracy. The government caused these schools to diverge from what Mises properly dubs profit management and into bureaucratic, and often pseudo-Marxist, management.

Universities, like all other institutions that deal in the buying and selling of scarce resources, are businesses. They offer services—education, in their specific case—in exchange for payment—tuition paid by students. The financing of a student’s purchase of education is certainly caught up in government intervention, but that is another issue entirely.

However, universities certainly do buy scarce resources to sell to students. Professors must be hired, buildings must be obtained, and other educational materials dont simply fall from the sky. Students certainly buy the services of universities. They may be doing so just for the sake of earning a diploma in a field they love. Most will treat their education as a higher-order good to reach lower-ordered goods they truly desire (perhaps a career path they enjoy or financial success). Universities are businesses, plain and simple.

The idea that a university isnt one has seeped in alongside government spending in them. Some will cite necessary research conducted in universities as a part of the education imparted to students, but this positive externality is true of every business. Yet politicians use this justification almost exclusively for subsidizing higher education and setting controls on it. (Worry not! They have other excuses for getting in everyone else’s business!)

Value is certainly created when universities are run like businesses. The very fact that a university profits at all is a sign that it is efficiently using the resources available to it to provide for its customers—the students. Students derive value from it; that is plain enough to see by their willingness to pay tuition. If they didnt value the service, they wouldnt forgo the pleasure of leisure to take up textbooks and study. However, to the encroaching politician or bureaucrat—the operations of the business alone in free exchange arent enough value.

To the bureaucrats, the business isnt meeting the lofty ideals they want it to reach. Rather than use their funds as a consumer or producer to influence others, they wield a pen and gun to force businesses to comply with the lofty ideals they establish. These ideals, even those that generally are acceptable to average citizens, provide entry points for the federal leviathan.

Legislation that targets government contractors and universities that accept government funds will always necessitate compliance. Equal employment standards, harassment and whistleblower claims, nondiscrimination clauses, and other government-established standards force the private (or semiprivate) firms to report and track compliance. Even if they would meet these standards otherwise, now government paperwork and processes must be imported. What would otherwise be productive resources are funneled into lawyers who help to maintain compliance and human resource personnel who drag their feet.

These nonproductive employees and activities drag down businesses. It is no wonder that a well-established trick used by larger companies is to lobby for further regulation. Regulation makes companies into political rent seekers. The costs of compliance alone can prevent new competition from arising. However, they also drag profit-seeking firms into bureaucratic management. Mises defines bureaucracy as that matter of affairs of which there is no cash value on the market. In layman’s terms, it means that a firm or agency works bureaucratically by focusing on satisfying ends for which there is no profit to pursue. By placing ideals greater than profit, the firm goes chasing inefficiencies.

Mises also describes the despotism that this creates for private business:

Under this system the government has unlimited power to ruin every enterprise or to lavish favors upon it. The success or failure of every business depends entirely upon the free discretion of those in office. If the businessman does not happen to be a citizen of a powerful foreign nation whose diplomatic and consular agents grant him protection, he is at the mercy of the administration and the ruling party.

However, what has the government done? By establishing a myriad of legal codes and compliance costs, the firm must now create a glorified compliance department. These employees and departments owe their existence wholly to government edict and the tedious bookkeeping mandated by it. Thus, they must further justify their existence.

To not be resented by their employers and their coworkers, they must invent some ideals they strive toward! What better than our dreaded DEI? An apparatus has already been made. The firm has already adopted the tendencies toward inefficiency. Rather than focus on those affairs that may create more value for its consumers, these employees and departments can now pander toward these lofty ideals.

The social minority that pushes for these ideals, that otherwise would not be a marketable audience for the firm, offers just as valid advice for the conduct of this business. Better yet would be if this social minority also has the backing of the government bureaucrats that dispense funds? Why not cater to them and build better relations with the resident jailers?

DEI departments, while creating no value for the universities, are instead born of bureaucracy. Resources, like UNC-Chapel Hill’s $2.3 million, are funneled toward these new bureaucrats. Yes, they ensure compliance with government DEI edicts, but they are also given room to push their own social causes. The colleges have been turned down the road already; why turn back now when they could barrel forward?

Government regulation and bureaucratization created the environment for these offices to flourish. Issuing mandates that force compliance rather than cost-cutting create behaviors that provide ample ground for new bureaucrats and their ideals to flourish. Rather than consider ideas like merit, we are forced to think of people in the narrow lenses of social activists that are hired to satisfy government compliance.

Government overreach made DEI flourish, so we shouldnt be surprised when some firms realize they must cut costs. The DEI ship is sinking, and one wishes it would take university bureaucracies with it.

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This article was published by The Ludwig von Mises Institute and is reproduced with permission.

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The Sixties’ Toxic Legacy

By Juliana Geran Pilon

The Berlin Wall’s collapse in 1989 was a deceptive victory. Exhilarated by crumbling stones, the West did not notice the crumbling of its own culture. Overlooked, too, was the complete failure of Western intelligence to anticipate not only the timing but the circumstances of the collapse. After “winning” the Cold War, it was back to pursuing the American dream of consumerist happiness. Americans showed little interest in seeking to understand the ideology that, had its lethality been appreciated, might have prevented millions of deaths from totalitarianism. They didn’t know, and they didn’t want to know. 

Overconfident, underinformed, and naïve Americans squandered the unique unipolar moment when they stood as the sole superpower in history. They forgot that the age-old dialectic pitting pluralist communities against monolithic autocracies is endemic to history. So, the end of one tyranny can mean the start of another, even more deadly. The American foreign policy establishment had long ignored virulent fundamentalist Islamism, despite its having been brewing for decades, oblivious that its own inattention enabled that growth. Not having taken Osama Bin Laden at his word, America was caught entirely unprepared as a new century of strife dawned. 9/11 was literally a bolt out of the sunny blue sky.

In an instant, everything came to a standstill. A stunned, outraged citizenry demanded safety now. So Congress appropriated money — lots of it. The administration sprang into action. The president declared “an axis of evil,” then hardly ever mentioned it again. How had all this come about? How is Sunni Islamism related to, say, North Korea’s communism or Iran’s theocratic Shiia “democracy”? No clue.

While for the US to do nothing was not an option, waging one war and then another without an articulated strategy, nor the institutional framework to synchronize all elements of national power or adequate counterinsurgency and counterintelligence capabilities, plus nonexistent public diplomacy, was no recipe for victory.

Incompetent statecraft only reinforced the anti-American shift in a culture already being sabotaged. Sixties radicals entrenched in the academy and the media, joined by corporate fellow travelers, were using new and improved tactics. They repurposed an old template: millenarian utopianism in the name of the oppressed. For decades, monovocal professors defined knowledge as a construct benefiting the oppressor-colonialist-capitalists. Truth itself became suspect. Dialogue gave way to insults and a polarizing cacophony took the place of rational discourse.

To understand how this happened, a good primer is the well-researched NextGen Marxism: What It Is and How To Combat It, by Mike Gonzalez, a distinguished former State Department official and Wall Street Journal writer, now a Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and Katherine Gorka, former presidential appointee at the Department of Homeland Security and expert on terrorism. The latest of a growing number of excellent studies focusing on the effect of cultural Marxism on the Western zeitgeist, the book is a page-turner. It deftly exposes the roots of this ideology — a sinister, fundamentally irrational, civilizational death-wish in the European intellectual tradition.

Set in historical context, this phenomenon begins in the early to mid-nineteenth century, when the lava that had first erupted during the French Revolution erupted again. The brilliant heir of rabbis, Karl Marx — whose hatred of his own religious heritage was excelled only by a diseased vision of a dystopian future where an abstract humanity was exchanged for actual people — created the template for perpetual social upheaval. The book traces how German, Russian, and later Soviet bureaucracies of political warfare used the deeply flawed, self-contradictory cant of “dialectical materialism” as an instrument of power.

In the US, it was opportunistically midwifed through the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School, which resonated during the Vietnam Era. It would eventually morph into the network that is currently paralyzing America’s campuses. Marxism was perfectly suited to be repurposed, a formidable ideological hydra whose seemingly infinite heads can regenerate according to the “struggle” being singled out for opprobrium: Oppressor, Colonialist, Capitalist, White, Racist, Nazi, Zionist, Satan — Big or Small — etc. In a typically sinister semantic inversion, its proponents would assign to their adversary’s kettle the color of their own evil souls. 

Gonzalez and Gorka describe this ideology as “a zero-sum view of the world, a world of irreconcilable antagonisms,” where dissent is forbidden, and perfection is perpetually elusive. According to this worldview, America is depraved and must be destroyed, guided by a self-styled elite that believes itself empowered to transform human nature. Revamping economic, political, and personal relationships would presumably reboot Genesis and abolish the Fall. Apples would be rationed.

1989 was pivotal. Moscow bureau chief of the New York Times, Felicity Barringer, captured the moment: “As Karl Marx’s ideological heirs in Communist nations struggle to transform his political legacy, his intellectual heirs on American campuses have virtually completed their own transformation from brash, beleaguered outsiders to assimilated academic insiders.”  It was also the year when legal scholars of black, Asian, and at least one Mexican-American descent, officially founded and named the discipline of critical race theory (CRT), which “recognizes that revolutionizing a culture begins with a radical assessment of it.” 

And Eric Mann, a former member of the sixties-era terrorist group Weather Underground who had worked for the Black Panthers and had spent prison time for assault and battery, opened the Labor Community Strategy Center to implement the revolutionary blueprint. In 2001, the Center recruited a teenager who would make history: Patrisse Cullors. She took to heart Mann’s call to action: “We have to build a Third World Movement, with third-world people in this country,” leading a “Black/Latinx/Third World united front with an agreed-upon black priority.”  

In 2013, Cullors co-founded Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza, who in 2015 told an audience of fellow revolutionaries: “Black Lives Matter is much more than a hashtag. In fact, [BLM] is an organized network, in twenty-six cities, globally.” She added: “our task is to build the Left.” The occasion was a premier gathering of global Marxists sponsored by the Left Forum in Oakland, California, titled “No Justice, No Peace.” The sinister network of participants and their leaders, constituting what Mann described as “a little division of labor,” are amply referenced.

Their job was uniting every constituency opposed to the Western system of values, and the sixties anti-war movement provided the perfect meme. One gay radical, for example, had told Mann that the Gay Liberation Fund got its name “[b]ecause we believed in the National Liberation Fund of Vietnam. We weren’t just wanting gay marriage, we wanted to overthrow the government as part of being queer.” They had both “come out of the tradition where wherever you started, we’re all trying to make the same revolution.”

Seizing the moment in the post-ideological mirage was crucial. In 1991, Harvard professor Cornell West observed that “the inchoate, scattered yet gathering progressive movement that is emerging across the American landscape… now lacks both the vital moral vocabulary and focused leadership that can constitute and sustain it.” But he predicted that soon “it will be rooted ultimately in current activities by people of color, by labor and ecological groups, by women, by homosexuals.” Four years later, he would author the foreword to the main text of CRT, helping forge the vocabulary and jargon used to infiltrate classrooms, newspapers, and the electronic universe.  

In 2001, the anti-capitalist Red Tent went full global, inaugurating the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Six years later, the American offshoot US Social Forum (USSF) held a massive conference in Atlanta, Georgia, covering all fronts: global warming, economic transformation, race, gender, and more. The topics were veneer; everyone there knew this was “just tactics,” observe Gonzalez and Gorka. “The connecting tissue is Marxism.” The aim is destroying capitalism.

One of the largest workshops, on “revolutionary strategy and organization,” was led by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, the League of Revolutionaries for a New America, Bring the Ruckus, Marxist study groups from the Bay Area and NYC, the Left Forum, and of course, Eric Mann’s LCSC. The comrades were duly getting their marching and (mostly) peaceful-protesting orders. As in the sixties, once again police were called pigs.

Besides race in America, there was race in Palestine — Jews having been relegated to Whiteness. In 2015, Cullors would show up in Gaza alongside the antisemitic Congresswoman Linda Sarsour, sponsored by National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP). A decade later, NSJP is orchestrating nation-wide sit-ins with nifty tents and slick posters advocating “From the River to the Sea” (read: liquidate Israel) and “Genocide Joe,” and free water bottles. Admittedly, Cullors’ lavish lifestyle, enabled by the organization whose unaccounted millions led to its flagship’s fundraising being suspended in California and New York, has set the construction project back a little.

But woke-friendly corporations, billionaires, foundations, and individuals with impressive foreign ties are demonstrating the effectiveness of funding campus radicals. Echoing similar anti-Western violent hate-marches throughout Europe and elsewhere, these indoctrinated know-nothings burn American flags, vandalize Founders’ statues with Islamist garb, paint swastikas on cemeteries, threaten and attack peaceful fellow students, police, and even janitors.

Fortunately, the majority of ordinary Americans are repelled by such tactics. Will that translate into increased vigilance regarding what students learn, how the media operates, and who wishes to destroy our system of government? Not without concerted and strategic popular engagement. Thus, NextGen Marxism concludes on a positive but urgent note. It is up to each of us to “engage in the process of ensuring that this nation is governed responsibly…. The time is now. We have a country to save.” A civilization, in truth.

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This article was published by AIER, The American Institute for Economic Research, and is reproduced with permission.

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Math Teachers Group’s Push for Identity Politics Damages Math’s Inherent Equity

By The Daily Signal

The world’s largest math education organization is injecting identity politics where it doesn’t belong—and undermining math education in the process.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics told teachers to “regularly and intentionally integrate more equity, justice, and culturally centered mathematics education” in every math lesson in a May 20 position statement,

The council argues that math education must respond to the “culture” of students, represented in “multidimensional identities,” including “race, ethnicity, religion, generation, gender, sexual orientation, education, class, occupation and socio-economic status, and disability.”

While proper math education, to an extent, can engage with culture, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ position incorporates a facet of culture that doesn’t need to touch math class; namely, identity politics, the idea that people are divided into subgroups based on factors such as race, gender, and sexual orientation.

There is a place in math education for interacting with the cultures of students. Classes that disregard it entirely can become governed by rote memorization, which prevents students from learning to think deeply and analyze context.

Culturally interrelated aspects of math include the history of math discovery and its practical applications, according to Jonathan Gregg, assistant professor of education at Hillsdale College, who holds a doctorate in math education.

Interacting with student thinking and highlighting the multiple ways to reach solutions allow teachers to leverage culture in the classroom, Gregg told The Daily Signal.

Yet the math teachers council advocates for centering math on the wrong aspects of culture.

Math education shouldn’t treat students as divided into identity groups, such as by race and sexual orientation, as the council’s statement recommends.

Teachers can try to understand and connect with their students by allowing them to ask questions and share their ideas, but math itself remains the same.

If teachers focus on “cultural practices” that distract from the subject at hand, a generation of students could graduate with an insufficient understanding of math and underdeveloped problem-solving skills.

“The truth or falsity of a mathematical proposition does not depend on a person’s race, ethnicity, religion, generation, gender, sexual orientation, education, class, occupation, socioeconomic status, or disability,” Hillsdale College Associate Professor of Mathematics David Gaebler told The Daily Signal.

The truth in math is timeless, unchanged by the constantly evolving ideology promoted in the council’s statement. Teachers who “leverage cultural knowledge and lived experiences as assets” as the council recommends in its statement, are powerless to change math’s truths.

The council’s interpretation of “culturally responsive math” could even violate parental rights, as many parents may not want their children to learn about sexual orientation or so-called social justice at school, in math class or elsewhere. (The council did not respond to The Daily Signal’s inquiry about that.)

The statement rejects a “color evasive” approach to math students, seemingly suggesting that educators should adjust their teaching approach on the basis of the student’s race.

Context matters in some math problems, giving it an element of subjectivity, and technical terms of mathematics can have multiple interpretations. Furthermore, some assignments ask questions with multiple answers, like “explain your reasoning” or “justify your answer,” questions that may have multiple right answers, but also wrong ones.

But if teachers fail to recognize math’s objectivity, the subject could forfeit its natural equity.

“If you ignore the objectivity of mathematics,” Gregg said, “you usually miss its connections to truth and (ironically) actually lose one of the ways that it, as a discipline, promotes equity—that it, on some level, is the same for us all and unifies us as human beings.”

Regardless of the color, background, religion, or class of the student solving a math problem, the correct answers are the same, making it equally accessible to all.

School districts, education departments, and teachers across the country have lost sight of this, causing more schools to see education through the lens of identity politics.

For example, Webster Groves School District in suburban St. Louis, Missouri, includes the personal pronouns “they/them” in math problems and employs “math interventionists” to fight so-called racism and gender bias in math classes, The Daily Signal reported.

The Oregon Department of Education instructed teachers to “dismantle systemic inequities” in math class, recommending that teachers reduce rules that “imply that certain skills and knowledge are valued more than others” and instead prioritize the “rights of the learner.”

Good math teachers need to recognize that even though there are usually multiple ways to get to the solution, math has right and wrong answers.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics seems to be on the right track with its desire to include student collaboration in the math classroom. But by instructing its 38,000 members to undermine the objectivity of mathematics, it risks costing students critical logic and reasoning skills—as well as the opportunity to understand what makes math equitable.

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