Welcome to 2021 – although many are praying it will be better than the Annus Horribis that was 2021, many have their doubts. So hold on to your Happy New Year cheer: you are going to need it.
With just hours to go, the intended election of creepy Uncle Joe looms near, and the usual suspects are moving forward to make the most of it. And of his designated replacement. (I understand that the betting right now is whether or not Uncle Joe stays in office as long was William Henry Harrison. (Harrison (“Tippecanoe”) died of something he supposedly caught at his Inauguration just 31 days later, back in 1847.)
As I write this, Georgia’s election for TWO conscript fathers/mothers (“Conscript Parents” in Nancy Pelosi lingo) is underway. Everyone is screaming foul and fraud and doom. (As I asked (and answered) before, will Georgia save the republic? No, it will not, regardless of who wins.)
Back to the point: a massive and general assault on cultural norms and individual liberties – especially free speech and the right of free association – is looming. I call this a counter-revolution (and not the first in our American history). Why? Because the so-called “left” (the enemy of liberty) is pushing back against the American Revolution – the American War of Independence. That war, that revolution, was not just against a colonial power. It was against an ideology in which there were rulers (hereditary and via violent (massive, usually) means, with an elite (nobility) and in which ordinary people had little in the way of recognized rights, liberty, and a voice in governing themselves. Today the enemy (regressives; the street mob; the social-justice warriors, so-called liberals, left-wing, progressives) seeks to overturn that conflict’s results. And “reset” society and nations – immorally stealing more and more liberty, further chipping away at the idea of self-government.
Under the presumably incoming Biden regime, there are many efforts being pushed and implemented.
One of these is a plan to further subvert religion and education.
The “Human Rights Campaign” organization in DC recently published a long laundry list of demands to provide “equal rights” to their particular special interest group (SIG).
Which, in my opinion, includes many denials of rights to everyone NOT in their SIG – and ultimately, even their own clientele.
In a document, “Blueprint…” the HRC demands, in the field of education, two particularly nasty changes:
Ensure Nondiscrimination Policies and Science Based Curricula Are Not Undermined by Religious Exemptions to Accreditation Standards
Language regarding accreditation of religious institutions of higher education in the Higher Education Opportunity Act could be interpreted to require accrediting bodies to accredit religious institutions that discriminate or that do not meet science based curricula standards. The Department of Education should issue a regulation clarifying that this provision, which requires accreditation agencies to “respect the stated mission” of religious institutions, does not require the accreditation of religious
institutions that do not meet neutral accreditation standards including nondiscrimination policies and scientific curriculum requirements.
Mandate Public Notice for Receipt of Title IX Religious Exemptions by Colleges and Universities
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 allows religious colleges and universities to be exempted from nondiscrimination requirements on the basis of sex. Until recently, the college or university had to affirmatively seek an exemption from the Department of Education (ED). Some religious colleges and universities have requested an exemption from Title IX with regards to LGBTQ students. Students should have the ability to know which schools have claimed a right to discriminate against them in advance of applying for admission. ED should issue a regulation mandating that colleges and universities once again request exemptions, and provide public notice of their request for and receipt of a religious exemption. In addition, ED should provide a publicly available list of colleges and universities that have received religious exemptions.
Now, a lot of people may say, “so what? I’m not one of those religious nuts that this is aimed at. It is no skin off my nose if Liberty University or Oral Roberts University or Abilene Christian University loses their accreditation or their federal money. In fact, I think it is good that SOME schools are getting off the federal teat.” (Agreed with the last.)
But when we stop and think about it, we realize this is just another step.
If the Congress and Biden (or Harris) squat in the White House and pass laws like this about those who are deemed “homophobic” or deny “scientific facts” about transgender humans, what is next? Certainly the same institutions that these “recommendations” are aimed at are probably also guilty of denying OTHER “science” and “reality.” It may also be those that dispute Al Gore’s claims of manmade climate change (global warming). It may be those who refuse to teach that “America” (racist, sexist, homophobic, etc.) was established in 1619 and is built on a foundation of slavery, genocide, and conquest. Or maybe what they teach about the “gender roles” (according to their religious doctrines). It may be that they deny that the age of the earth is billions of years, or that humans are the product of blind evolution.
Again, maybe this won’t bother a lot of people. Consider, though, what happens if the same “scientific” measure is applied to other ideas that they don’t like.
Like economics? Is it going to be forbidden to teach Austrian economics? Principles of the free market? (Not capitalism, in which governments are the dominant partner with so-called private business.) Or will Keynesian economics be required – or even Modern Monetary Policy?
Will factual history be replaced by one of the bizarre schemes of history being promoted by many?
Will the study of English and American literature of the 15th-20th Centuries be banned because they were all a bunch of racist, sexist, homophobes?
Will education become (even more) propaganda for the State and the enemies of liberty? Will home-schooling and private-schooling be abolished because it teaches the wrong things?
All of this is possible. And must be fought, if we are to regain our lost liberty.
I doubt that two centrist Democrats like Biden and Harris will do much to upset the applecart. Now that they’ve won the election, it will be a good three years before they remember again that they need “progressive” support to do so.
Tom, you are more optimistic than I am, and I thank you for your encouragement. If it were just Biden, with some VP like Bennet or even Warren, that would be the case. With Harris? I have my doubts.
I always find it funny how a centrist part-climber like Harris suddenly becomes some kind of “far left Marxist” merely by climbing the centrist party ladder to the VP nomination.
From what people with whom I correspond in California tell me, she didn’t “suddenly become a far left Marxist” (using the usual political spectrum). Instead she has always been an incredibly nasty, power-grabbing politician who has done and will do virtually anything to gain and increase her personal power, and has always expressed (if not acted on) fairly consistent authoritarian, Marxist/Socialist views. At least that is the view from far northern California, I am told.
I’ve no doubt we shall see which version is right, soon enough. Yesterday’s events have given a massive boost to anyone who claims a need for the “Great Reset.” Whether that translates to actual legislation and enforcement of even more tyrannical laws is hard to say.
Any “Marxism” in Harris’s makeup is an artifact of growing up in, and grasping the lowest rung of the political ladder in, San Francisco. If she’d been born white in Selma, Alabama, she’d have been a post-Dixiecrat, because that’s what would have got her elected. She’s never shown any inclination to any ideology other than whatever she thought would get her more power.
It was almost painful watching her in the Democratic debates. She had some one-liners stowed away, but any time she actually got asked a question, you could actually see that deer in the headlights look: “What do they want me to say? Which answer might get me more votes?”
Whatever the flow is, she’ll go with it.
No doubt about that – and the flow seems very much to more tyranny, doesn’t it?
It almost always is toward tyranny. And it may get faster. But neither Biden nor Harris look like they’re going to be … innovative … in increasing its speed. It’s hard to make them even as scary as Obama or the Clintons with the “most left-wing administration EVAH!” talk that invariably accompanies a Democrat win (with a Republican win it’s always “LITERALLY HITLER,” and that’s usually hype too).