I think so, Brain … but couldn’t race theory become critical at the Indianapolis 500?
It’s clear that most of the over-credentialed but under-educated members of many school boards who are allowing (or promoting) the introduction of critical race theory and such ahistorical nonsense as the The 1619 Project really don’t understand Marx or the 20th-century history. If they did, they would not be pursing such foolishness. However, there are some on school boards who do understand what they’re trying to foist on the nation’s children. The first bunch may be persuaded to correct their errors. The second lot needs to be removed from any positions of authority.
Parent’s protests have been surprisingly peaceful thus far, but using the FBI in a attempt to stifle dissent will likely not be helpful. Indeed, an understanding of 18th-century history teaches that heavy-handed government doesn’t sit well with Americans. Imagine the surprise on some school superintendent’s face when he finds that a group of citizens dressed as Indians have thrown the district’s CRT instructional materials into a local body of water.
The protests shouldn’t have to go that far, and I doubt they will if school boards act responsibly. If …
Attorney General Merrick Garland has directed the FBI to investigate parents who are opposing the teaching of Critical Race Theory in their children’s schools. It is reported that Garland’s son-in-law is the co-founder of a company which sells CRT instructional materials to school districts.
… but I believe the Battle of the Bulge is an apt historical analogy to some things happening now.
There’s a post over at the Federalist with polling data about the lack of support for teaching critical race theory in the Loudon and Fairfax County schools. The parents’ opposition to CRT in those counties is not unique; indeed, most parents in most jurisdictions oppose inflicting CRT on their children. So why are so many school districts in such a rush to add it to their curricula?
I believe that they’re doing it for the same reason that the Democrats in the House and Senate are trying to jam as much of their wish through as quickly as possible, even if they have to get rid of rules that that they normally value when they can use them to protect their own interests. Their present tactical situation is analogous to that faced by Field Marshal von Rundstedt in January, 1945.
The Democrats’ breakthrough in the 2020 presidential election achieved a level of surprise not unlike von Rundstedt’s breakthrough in the Ardennes. However, the Democrats’ failure to secure adequate victories in state and local elections and their razor thin margins in Congress have left them overextended and unsupported much like Army Group B found itself as the battle progressed.
Von Rundstedt’s attack disrupted the Allied advance, but he didn’t make it all the way to Antwerp. The Democrats’ winning the presidency is disrupting the economic and regulatory advances of the previous four years, but they are unlikely to make to 2023 in control of either house of the Congress.
Blue states are losing House seats. The Democrats aren’t going to control reapportionment. Many Leftists can see that the 2022 election will likely flip both the House and the Senate back to Republican control. The next two years may be the Left’s last chance to enact items from their wish lists, and they seem ready to offend enough voters to guarantee their defeat in 2022 to pass those laws and regulations.
Half-baked planning led to half-baked results at the polls. Inadequate legislative control led to desperation. Desperation is leading to overreach.
The next couple of years are likely to be very ugly.
UPDATE—A minor edit to spread the blame. (H/T, @SumEgroMonstro)
I think so, Brain … but what would critical race theory mean for the Indianapolis 500?