“You let one ant stand up to us, and they will all stand up! Those puny little ants outnumber us a hundred to one. And if we ever let them figure that out …there goes our way of life! It’s not about food. It’s about keeping those ants in line.” -Hopper in A Bug’s Life
“They come, they eat, they leave. It’s our lot in life.” -Princess Atta in A Bug’s Life
In September, I wrote an article (“Even Liberals Must Adhere to the Narrative”) about a liberal public defender twice elected to Manhattan’s largest school board in our nation’s largest school system. Maud Maron in the Southern District of New York was skewered and shunned by the black attorneys of Legal Aid Caucus for writing an op-ed in the New York Post in July 2020 referencing the racist garbage being dished out in public education.
Maron refused to accept a city Department of Education anti-bias training where she was explicitly instructed to refer to herself as a “white woman — as if her whole life is reduced to her race.” Maron subsequently filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court on July 12, accusing the Legal Aid Society of racial discrimination.
Maron is on the proverbial warpath as an outraged mother of four children — and she isn’t the only one. The openly racist teachings of Critical Race Theory (CRT), mask mandates, pornographic sex education, elimination of merit-based admissions, the scrapping of objective tests and dismantling of gifted and talented programs have finally gotten the attention of parents.
But now, the FBI is considering using the PATRIOT Act against parents for showing up and dressing down school boards over their obvious dereliction of duty towards parents and children.
The National School Boards Association (NSBA), an umbrella organization representing thousands of local elected board officials, recently sent a letter addressed to the man presently occupying the White House. The Association warned that “America’s public schools and its education leaders are under immediate threat.” It stated that “the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” The letter importuned the White House to engage the support of Homeland Security, the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to thoroughly investigate the threats under the purview of the “PATRIOT Act in regards to domestic terrorism.”
In response, Attorney General Merrick Garland wrote a memo foolishly poking mama bears in the nose as Miranda Devine, author of a devastating article titled “AG Merrick Garland is at war with American families” in the New York Post on October 10, pointed out. Garland is a “radical ideologue” who targets political foes and lamely injects “himself into every cultural war, from pregnant “people” to school board meetings.” Garland issued a menacing memo to the FBI, directing it to “investigate parents as domestic terror threats … He cited no evidence for what he claims is a ‘disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence’ against school boards.”
Devine continues, “His memo was a shocking abuse of his office on behalf of left-wing activists who have been using schools as brainwashing factories for future social justice warriors. It was designed to intimidate parents and stop them advocating for their children. For all his awesome power, Garland has met a force greater than his weaponized Department of Justice: the love of parents for their children.”
Devine quotes Asra Nomani, a mom and the VP of investigations and strategy at Parents Defending Education, as saying, “Nobody gets between a mama bear and her cub. We are not intimidated or afraid … You are criminalizing parenting, and you owe the people of America a swift apology.”
Garland did not draw back, but announced specialized training for school board members to “aid in the investigation and prosecution of these crimes,” and, even more egregious, the creation of a task force comprised of FBI and DOJ representatives to “determine how federal enforcement tools can be used to prosecute these crimes.”
This is insanity. Parents have every right to speak out publicly and passionately about their children’s education. Rather than sit down and shut our mouths, they should post on social media, write letters to school boards and submit op-eds to every possible publication. It’s their constitutional right under the First Amendment to organize with like-minded parents to form advocacy groups, show up at school board meetings and organize peaceful protests. This is not domestic terrorism. It’s mama bears protecting their precious cubs. It is patriotism in its highest and most glorious form.
Like the brave ants in the wonderful kids’ film, A Bug’s Life, parents are rising up because they understand that they outnumber education tyrants not by the thousands but by the millions. When we stand together, educational tyranny will come to a well-deserved end.