(TruthandLiberty.com) – In October 2021, Virginia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe created a firestorm when he told parents in a debate they had no business involving themselves in their children’s education. It was the beginning of the end of the former governor’s campaign. Republicans won the governor’s mansion, lieutenant governorship and flipped the statehouse for the first time in decades.
Could Michigan repeat the pattern?
On Saturday, January 15, the Michigan Democratic Party set the political world on fire. It posted on Facebook, saying parents had no right to be involved in what public schools taught children. The Democrats declared public schools would teach kids what they “need to know,” and parents are not clients of public schools. For their arrogance, parents blasted Democrats and forced them to retreat. But the damage is done ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
Democrats Declare Superiority Over Parents
The post came as public schools in Michigan began closing over concerns about the Omicron variant spread. Parents expressed their displeasure over harm to their children’s education through school shutdowns. While Congressional Democrats push a semi-socialist agenda, unconstitutional racial equity programs, and try to complete former President Obama’s vision of fundamentally transforming America, Michigan Democrats are taking matters to a whole other level in pushing back against parents.
Republican leaders protested. Many felt the Democrat post was wrong in so many ways. Among the objections, some stated children do not belong to the state; they fall under the guardianship of their parents. The government’s interest in education is to ensure future generations have an opportunity to excel through critical thinking skills established in reading, writing, math, science and history. Others said public schools are not test labs for politicians or partisans to indoctrinate students.
At least one Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate pointed out that taxpayers fund public schools. James Craig said parents, the taxpayers, have a compelling interest in their children’s education. Conservatives could suggest that for Democrats to suggest otherwise is a gross violation of the public trust.
Michigan Democrats Harm Whitmer’s Re-Election
The outlandish statement by the Michigan Democratic Party could put Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a difficult position as she runs for re-election in what is already a bruising campaign. In 2020, Whitmer instituted some of the harshest lockdowns in America. Now, the left is adding more fuel to the fire.
On Martin Luther King Day, the Democratic Party deleted the Facebook post and apologized for the rhetoric. They affirmed a parent’s right to be involved in their children’s education and said it didn’t reflect the views of Michigan Democrats.
The question is, is it too little, too late?
Republican gubernatorial candidate Craig blasted the Democrats’ post and said he vehemently disagreed with their viewpoint. He said parents should expect more from their local public schools, should not be told to pay up and shut up and ought to hold school districts accountable for the quality of education.
Education is just one of many issues confronting Democrats in a hotly contested election cycle nationwide.
Michigan’s gubernatorial race is one worth watching in 2022. If you’re a political watcher, stay tuned.
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