In September, [Texas] Governor Abbott signed HB3979, a bill intended to fight antiwhite race theories (and other leftist propaganda) in public schools. …
But to the teachers’ unions and their allies, this was an act of war. The law proscribes exactly the kind of brainwashing that’s the raison d’être of the education establishment. Yet there’s a wrinkle…teachers want to promote those hate-filled ideas, but they can’t admit it. They can’t say, “Yes, we want to make white students hate themselves and nonwhite students hate their classmates.” They have to say, “Oh my, we’d never teach such things! To suggest otherwise is Fox News propaganda!”
Teachers can’t say, “We oppose the bill because we want to teach the things it forbids.” Maybe they could be that honest in Oregon or NYC, but not in Texas.
A conundrum: How do you oppose a law when you can’t publicly admit why?
The left took effective political action, with a little help from their media allies:
Now, if these were rightists, they’d give up. “This too hard! Me so tired. Oh look — funnyman told joke! I win! I win!”
But leftists — and by that I mean leftist “intellectuals,” not the BLM and Antifa subhumans — have a vision that they’re fanatical about. And fanatics rise to challenges.
Several Texas educators isolated the one part of Abbott’s bill that could potentially be exploited — Section 1(h-2)(2):
Teachers who choose to discuss current events or widely debated and currently controversial issues of public policy or social affairs shall, to the best of their ability, strive to explore such issues from diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference to any one perspective. …
The Carroll Independent School District (8,400 students) is in Southlake, Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth area). Two weeks ago, a bunch of Carroll teachers and admins held a meeting to discuss HB3979. The teachers overemoted about the horrors of the new law, how it’s “terrifying,” how it’s going to “hurt the children.” The meeting was chaired by Gina Peddy, district executive director of curriculum and instruction.
Supposedly, one of the attendees “secretly” recorded the meeting (although the audio is crystal clear).
At one point, Peddy told the teachers that because of HB3979, they’ll have to teach “both sides” of the Holocaust: “Make sure that if you have a book on the Holocaust, that you have one that has an opposing, that has other perspectives.”
The teachers, of course, gasped and wept and screamed. “The ‘other side’ of the Holocaust? What has Abbott done to the CHILDRENNNNN?”
Within a day, the audio recording “that a winged Mercury did bear” magically found its way to NBC, which turned the meeting into a national story. And now the left, the Democrats, and the media have their talking point: “Greg Abbott and the Texas GOP are forcing schools to teach the other side of the Holocaust!” Every major press outlet trumpeted the story. The ADL declared war on HB3979, and Democrats statewide (with plenty of out-of-state dough) are now battling the law in honor of the 6 million!
The activists successfully shifted the narrative from a debate over the things the bill prohibits (which teachers can’t admit they advocate) to a phony debate over the Holocaust.
NBC’s Lev Golinkin (oy!) predicted that HB3979 will literally usher in the Fourth Reich. …
Of course, the “other side of the Holocaust” talking point is nonsensical. The law specifically states that the “diverse and contending perspectives” section applies only to “currently controversial” issues. When [the] New York Times’ Johnny Diaz covered the story, he excised “currently” from the bill’s wording. Dude literally altered the text. I emailed him repeatedly to ask why he did that, but apparently he was on an extended siesta and couldn’t reply.
The right took the bait, and look like snatching defeat in what should have been an easy victory:
This was a superb aktion. Not only did it shift the focus from the indefensible things HB3979 prohibits, it also triggered the “groyper” right to forget the whole point of HB3979.
Once the media started wailing about how there’s no “other side” to the Holocaust, a bunch of far-rightists took the bait and said, “Yes, there is!” I know because I heard from them. …
Thanks to the Carroll partisans, journalists who claim that CRT doesn’t exist and that parents who oppose it are Astroturf are now promoting videos of actual Astroturf parents in Texas attacking school boards for “teaching both sides of the Holocaust” — something that’s absolutely not happening.
The “dramatic” footage of “heroic” Texas parents is being used to supplant footage of genuinely heroic parents in other states fighting against CRT. …
The left are so much more effective tactically, because the right lack discipline and strategy. As the saying goes, the Democrats are the evil party and the Republicans are the stupid party.
You can gauge the health of left and right by comparing how blues act in red states vs. how reds act in blue states. As the blue Texans were pulling off their successful op, here in L.A., the recall campaign against Soros DA George Gascon died, its deadline passed, no money, no signatures, no volunteers, no publicity in the conservative press.
Blues in red states act like the future is theirs. They act like they’ll eventually prevail, if not today, then soon.
That means they will.
Reds in blue states have given up, surrendered. …
Blues in red states fight. Reds in blue states retreat. And an advancing force always catches up to a retreating object.
It was so different under Trump, who promised “so much winning you’ll get sick of it.” Typical exaggeration, but he did lead the non-left to a lot of winning.
Maybe the left are just better liars, having less affinity or liking for reality. (Especially lying by omission.)