Commentary: Biden’s Attack on Public School Parents Cannot Stand

by Richard Manning


President Joe Biden’s Attorney General, Merrick Garland’s memo directing the FBI to investigate parents who speak out at school board meetings has shocked the nation.

The Biden administration has gone into full attack mode against the First Amendment right to petition the government as Attorney General Merrick Garland has declared that parents opposing Critical Race Theory before their local school boards should be treated as terrorists under the Patriot Act.

This abuse of that dubious post-September 11 law proves once again that while well-intentioned, twenty years later, the Patriot Act is one of the biggest legislative mistakes in our nation’s history.  The politicization of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations has led to many well-chronicled abuses of power. However, the brazen application of this anti-terrorism law against parents voicing opposition to a Marxist education policy that racist academicians are trying to force down the throats of their children is such a step beyond the intended scope of the law that Congress must take steps today to repeal it.

The announcement by Garland falls hard on the heels of an FBI request for 200,000 encrypted protonmail emails accounts in an unprecedented mass surveillance operation targeting conservatives.

Congress needs to begin the process of repealing the Patriot Act, and holding Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray accountable for its abuse. In the meantime, state attorneys general need to push back hard against these broad, sweeping measures which criminalize political activism.  Governors, state legislatures, county commissions and school boards must denounce the characterization of the very taxpayers who pay for the schools as being terrorists because they support Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I have a dream” vision.  And state and local governments should deny any and all public funds from being spent for membership in the National School Board Association which asked that the terrorist designation be given to parents opposing Critical Race Theory.  There is no excuse for a single taxpayer dollar to go to an organization which has declared war on the parents of the children entrusted to them.

Americans have a right to hold election officials accountable for their decisions.  Americans have a right to petition government at all levels for redress.  Americans have a right to speak out and organize in favor or against public policies.  The attempt by Garland to criminalize these actions is grounds for his impeachment.

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Richard Manning is President of Americans for Limited Government.
Photo “President Joe Biden” by The White House. CC BY 3.0 US. Background Photo “School Board Meeting” by Maryland GovPics. CC BY 2.0.




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3 Thoughts to “Commentary: Biden’s Attack on Public School Parents Cannot Stand”

  1. Deborah

    Great response to the attempt by yet another Biden official to criminalize any opposition. It’s called political persecution, and is very familiar in Russia, China, Cuba, and many other countries, where political prisoners are common. Biden has started down that route with the January 6 prisoners incarcerated in a D.C. jail for many months now without a trial. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck…

  2. Steve Allen

    It’s about time moral America started pushing back against the marxists trying to destroy our nation! It’s called the First Amendment. Whenever there is push back from the Right, the liberal socialists cry foul and jump up and down wringing their hands. For example, it’s no problem for those BLM idiots to burn loot and murder, but God forbid people express their displeasure with the FACT that the democrats cheated their way into controlling Washington.

    The sad thing is that when the Right regains control of America nothing will be done to the thousands of traitors who are working to ruin America.

  3. Ben

    Quit sending your children to these Marxist indoctrination centers. Yes, it will be inconvenient and possibly costly, but you’re handicapping your child for LIFE by subjecting them to this kind of “education.” Is that what you really want?