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The Republican Party has found a new election marketing strategy based on the idea that parents ought to have some say in what their children are taught in taxpayer-funded public schools. The Washington Post (running interference for a Democrat candidate who gaffed on the issue) adamantly insists “Parents claim they have the right to shape their kids’ school curriculum. They don’t.” Democrats are in the position of claiming it’s completely right and proper to use public schools for social justice and racialist indoctrination, while at the same time calling it a made-up, “phony culture-war” issue that “nobody cares about.” (And then immediately announce the Kamala-Brandon “National Strategy on Gender Equality.“)
It’s kind of like in 2010 when the Republicans latched onto the unpopularity of Obamacare as their silver bullet to take back the House. They managed to take back the House, but they never actually followed through on the “Repeal and Replace” thing. So, it’s doubtful “parental rights” are anything more than another marketing gimmick.
Just like when Republicans run on Border Security and not only do nothing about it, but actively thwart anyone who tries. Or when Republicans run on “Fiscal Responsibility” and then sign off on budget deals giving Democrats more spending than they asked for. Or when they campaign on reducing the “size and scope” of Government; but it actually increased by 70% under George W. Bush who gave us the Patriot Act, the TSA, and No Child Left Behind. If you’re old enough, you may remember Republicans running on “Tort Reform.” That was almost thirty years ago, and no torts have been reformed. School choice has been in the party platform even longer, but didn’t even make it into NCLB.
If you want to see how serious the Bush-Republican-Establishment is about protecting parental rights in schools, consider how angry (sorry, I meant “deeply concerned”) the editors of The Dispatch and The Bulwark have been over Ron DeSantis and other Republican governors attempting to restrict the teaching of CRT. “That’s not who we are,” they huff. It’s simply ungentlemanly to stand in the way of Democrats using public schools for racialist indoctrination.
If the Republicans latch onto this issue, it may possibly win them some seats. And after, maybe, a symbolic vote or two, it can then be tossed aside so the party can get back to the business of keeping securing tax breaks and cheap labor for the only voters they actually care about: the big donors.Published in