The NSBA wants Parents that oppose local school board policies to be viewed as “Domestic Terrorists” according to a letter sent to President Biden. So, right on cue, US AG Garland issues such a letter.
I am just aghast that here in the US, we are now seeing again the totalitarianism of the first Progressive President, Woodrow Wilson as expressed in first, the Espionage Act of 1918 that was quickly followed by the Sedition Act (emphasis mine):
The Sedition Act of 1918 (Pub.L. 65–150, 40 Stat. 553, enacted May 16, 1918) was an Act of the United States Congress that extended the Espionage Act of 1917 to cover a broader range of offenses, notably speech and the expression of opinion that cast the government or the war effort in a negative light or interfered with the sale of government bonds.
It forbade the use of “disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” about the United States government, its flag, or its armed forces or that caused others to view the American government or its institutions with contempt. Those convicted under the act generally received sentences of imprisonment for five to 20 years. The act also allowed the Postmaster General to refuse to deliver mail that met those same standards for punishable speech or opinion. It applied only to times “when the United States is in war.” The U.S. was in a declared state of war at the time of passage, the First World War. The law was repealed on December 13, 1920.
Though the legislation enacted in 1918 is commonly called the Sedition Act, it was actually a set of amendments to the Espionage Act. Therefore, many studies of the Espionage Act and the Sedition Act find it difficult to report on the two “acts” separately. For example, one historian reports that “some fifteen hundred prosecutions were carried out under the Espionage and Sedition Acts, resulting in more than a thousand convictions.“ Court decisions do not use the shorthand term Sedition Act, but the correct legal term for the law, the Espionage Act, whether as originally enacted or as amended in 1918
And now Biden is essentially bringing this back in terms of school boards: the indefatigable Christopher Rufo has the Letter issued by AG Garland:
BREAKING: Attorney General Merrick Garland has instructed the FBI to mobilize against parents who oppose critical race theory in public schools, citing "threats."
The letter follows the National School Board Association's request to classify protests as "domestic terrorism." pic.twitter.com/NhPU03YOYq
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) October 4, 2021
This is just part of, IMHO, the Federalization of our school systems for the sake of political purposes.
Remember, Biden will send money to school systems that will break the law issued by States that remove mask mandates. With this, we see that Biden is working to re-segregate schools. How can this not be, if he is willing to FORCE the basic message of Critical Race Theory onto all our children (Whites are Oppressors and Blacks are Victims – everything in life is solely about obtaining and wielding power through the lens of your skin color and NOTHING else matters).
If I’m yelling at my school board members that they are indoctrinating MY child in this, THAT’S intimidation? That I would post a threat that must be met by Federal Law enforcement?
You know, as this gets out, I can guarantee one thing: public schools are already losing their students to private, charter, online, and homeschooling. This is going to create a FLOOD of Parents yanking their kids out of those Government schools for better places.
So, watch out Parents – your local School Board members, especially those that already hold grudges against parents, may turn into Federal snitches.
I asked my school board last night, as I said here if they held with the NSBA. Only ONE member, Kyle Sanborn, spoke against the news (he had seen this news earlier yesterday like I did). The others remained silent. Should I be expecting a knock on the door and look outside to see people with badges and guns looking back at me?
I don’t think I can be viewed as paranoid – how much more of a threat can I be by suing the Board? And just look at this Letter, above?
So, do I now get to use the New Rules created by the Left against them and outright claim that the rest of the Gilford School Board may well call in the FBI against me for challenging them? The Parents, too, that have spoken against Mask policies?
I’m betting that this story is going to get a whole lot bigger rather quickly – and I would tell EVERY Parent to start confronting their Boards as quickly as possible. After all, they WILL have your children if they take you out of the picture. And there are those that want that scenario to become reality just as soon as possible.
Federal Government: There will be NO Dissent!
H/T to Instapundit who had this to say:
Remember when they told us that Garland was a moderate? Instead he’s a willing enforcer for a police state.
Meanwhile, smart parents will be pulling their kids from public schools, and electing people who will cut their budgets, or eliminate them outright.
Or all three. I guess I have to go back and try to persuade TMEW (who has early childhood and elementary Ed certifications as a teacher) to reconsider homeschooling. And maybe I WILL run for Budget Committee again. Three goals there and I don’t want to be seen as a slacker.