If the attacks directed at opponents of Critical Race Theory sound familiar to you, it’s because we’ve been here before.
The Left is using all the same tactics it deployed against the Tea Party Movement eleven years ago.
For example, they claim that opposition to Critical Race Theory isn’t coming from the grassroots; instead, it is a phony astroturf movement backed by big-money donors.
That’s the same thing they said about the Tea Party.
As random folks from all walks of life and both sides of the political aisle joined together to protest Obamacare, the media accused them of being “astroturf” rather than from a grassroots movement.
And not just the media. Nancy Pelosi herself accused the Tea Party of being “astroturf.”
Here’s another example. Opposition to Critical Race Theory is motivated by racism.
Yup. Same thing they said about the Tea Party. Remember? The only reason the Tea Party movement began was because white people objected to having a black President. Remember that?
Speaking of Nancy Pelosi, in describing Tea Party protesters who descended on Congressional Townhalls during the Obamacare debate, Nancy put on fake crocodile tears and decried the threat from these moms and dads carrying homemade signs. Nancy went so far as to accuse them of “carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on healthcare.”
When the Tea Party converged on Washington to stop the passage of Obamacare, Nancy and her coterie of Democrat colleagues famously marched through the crowd laughing and smiling while delighting in how little they cared about the protesters’ concerns. Congressman John Lewis pushed the envelope even further by claiming he was called the N-word multiple times. Problem was, despite the overwhelming trove of video documentation of the event, not one ounce of footage gave proof to John Lewis’ spurious claim.
As they did during the Tea Party movement, CNN and MSNBC are once again taking the lead in accusing opponents of Critical Race Theory of being motivated by racism. And nobody has been more vitriolic than that loathsome bigot Joy Reid.
All the same slander, ridicule and attacks hurled at the Tea Party are being dusted off and deployed against those fighting to get Critical Race Theory out of their schools. And it is not at all surprising.
When there is a rising populist movement fighting back against the Left, the Democrats and the media pull out all the stops to destroy it. It’s what they do. It’s what they’ve always done.
No lie is off the table. No slander is beyond the pale.
They aren’t angry and upset because those opposing Critical Race Theory don’t understand what it is; they’re angry because we know exactly what it is and just how pervasive it’s become.
You weren’t supposed to know. Parents especially weren’t supposed to find out what kind of insidious and evil indoctrination their children are subjected to in the classroom.
And at the same time media outlets claim that CRT isn’t actually a thing, they are publishing news stories like this:
This is where things differ from the attacks on the Tea Party.
While the Left pretends Critical Race Theory is a “Right Wing Conspiracy Theory,” because racial identarian ideology is the only thing motivating the Left today, they can’t give it up. Because without it, they have nothing.
So they lie. They gaslight. They slander and attack. While at the same time they have to continue promoting the narrative that “whiteness” is the problem, and America is irredeemably racist.
The Left needs to spread their race-based divisions as far as possible and as fast as possible.
As Jesse Kelly often points out, it is a religion of domination.
Collective racial guilt is a central doctrine of this radical Left religion. They will no more give that up than the Christian Church will give up the doctrine of salvation through grace.
The Left’s tentacles reach into every corner of American life and culture. But the infiltration of public schools has been its crowning achievement. Parents waking up to what’s happening is the single greatest threat the Left has ever encountered.
The other parallel between the Tea Party revolution and the fight against CRT is a fascinating one.
The Left has grown accustom to keeping their opponents on defense. But both the Tea Party movement and the opposition to Critical Race Theory are offensive operations. They aren’t just holding their ground, they’re pushing back hard to take ground away from the Left.
Parents aren’t just sitting at home complaining about their children’s racialist class assignments; they’re showing up at school board meetings in exactly the same way the Tea Party people showed up at townhalls. They are pushing back and taking the fight to the Left.
Just like Tea Party people decided to run for office for the first time in their lives, those opposing CRT are running for school board seats to fight back from within.
Playing offense is such a surprise to the Left, they don’t know how to handle it. So they fall back to the only weapons in their arsenal. They call their opponents “racists” and “conspiracy theorists.” They slander and smear in the most derisive and vicious ways.
They will say anything, do anything, make any slanderous attack to maintain their grip on power – especially their power over public education. That is the one piece of ground they simply cannot surrender.
If you thought the attacks on the Tea Party were bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet. The battle to keep parents from meddling in the indoctrination of their own children is going to make the vilification of the Tea Party look like playground taunts.
But the end result of these attacks may also be similar to the Tea Party movement. Despite the constant drumbeat of slanderous smears, the Tea Party ushered in the biggest Republican House majority in over sixty years. But the victories weren’t just in Congress. Throughout the country Democrats lost hundreds of seats in state and local governments. 2010 was an electoral bloodbath.
The attacks against the Tea Party didn’t cow the Tea Party into silence; the attacks emboldened them. It made it crystal clear just how little those in power cared about the consent of the governed.
This is what I call “Operation Backfire.” The harder the Left pushes, the more powerful the pushback.
The Left’s decision to run the Tea Party playbook against opponents of Critical Race Theory just might cause the same kind of electoral bloodbath in 2022.
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