Monday the 4th of October, 2021 the United States’ Attorney General Merrick Garland in a memo ordered federal law enforcement authorities to meet with local leaders and discuss what he described as a recent “disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence” against teachers and school board members. Garland’s memo directed the FBI to lead a task force to address threats against school officials, including creating a centralized way to report the threats.
Over the last year we have seen many videos of parents protesting during school board meetings over the implementation of Critical Race Theory curriculum as well as mask mandates. Garland’s memo came just days after the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent a letter to President Biden saying clashes between school boards and parents may amount to “domestic terrorism.”
A conservative legal group set up by Stephen Miller requested that the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General investigate the circumstances surrounding the Attorney General Garland’s memo last week which pledged to mobilize the FBI and other Department of Justice forces against parents protesting Critical Race Theory and Mask mandates.
Miller said that, “Targeting parents in local school boards is atrocious. There’s no lawful basis for doing so. There’s no federal connection that’s even associated to such an investigation.” “Throughout the country local disputes or any disorderly conduct is handled by local authorities. The federal authorities have no right or jurisdiction in local matters. Clearly all this action is meant to suppress free speech and scare parents into silence and into obedience.”
The suppression of free speech as addressed in our Constitution is strictly prohibited by both the first and 14th amendments. It’s also, the right to peacefully assemble to protest grievances against the government. Yet here is the current government, instructing law enforcement to suppress those rights.
Some might say the people are unruly but I think many people have to shout to be heard by government officials. In many cases the loud voices and angry people may be caused by the Boards not paying any attention to the parents.
Mitch McConnell said “Parents absolutely should be telling their local schools what to teach. This is the very basis of representative government.” He also said, “They do this both in elections and, as protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution, petitioning their government for redress of grievances. Telling elected officials, they’re wrong is democracy, not intimidation.”
How true those words are, but these actions by our Attorney General are the beginning of a descent in authoritarianism. Actually, not the beginning, the mask mandates and lockdown orders were the beginning but now the left is attacking our right to free speech and the right to protest.
Last year when BLM and Antifa protested burning down cities there was no FBI task force, but when average parents speak up it somehow is Domestic terrorism. Oh, those riots were during Trump term, that’s right and he let local police handle it unless the left leaning governments wanted to let it continue which many of them did. But the offer was made for help, all you had to do was ask.
Today, it’s “Call out the troops” the people are speaking out and demanding action. Surround the capital with wire and troops, “We’ll make it a place where no citizen can go without our permission.” You can bet, it will be in more places very soon.