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You’ve heard how parents having been fighting back at some school board meetings to take back the rearing and education of their children. Now Florida has set a new standard for fighting back, and it’s spreading all over the country. The message it is sending is more than a shot over the bow to angry Progressives. This exciting movement is called Moms for Liberty.
The group was started by Tiffany Justice and Tina Descovich, and they began their efforts fighting mask mandates. When those goals were pretty much met with the help of Gov. Ron DeSantis, they started to go after books they called pornographic, as well as books that discussed gay and transgender questions, such as “Gender Queer.” Their message is being heard not only all over the state but all over the country. Currently, they have 60,000 members in 152 chapters in 33 states. Chapter locations can be found here.
It’s not surprising that Progressives are upset at their efforts and are pushing back:
. . . Wes Hodge, chair of Orange County’s Democratic Party, sees Moms for Liberty as less grassroots and more part of a ‘coordinated effort’ to influence 2022 elections by firing up supporters of former President Donald Trump through culture war issues.
The group’s views do not represent mainstream thought in Orange County, he said. A Quinnipiac University poll from August found 60% of Floridians supported mask requirements for students, teachers and staff.
‘This is a way to keep the Trump Train engaged,’ he said. ‘If you want to show up in a clown suit and spew nonsense about how masks cause UTIs, more power to you. That’s Democracy. Does that mean they have a right to have policy enacted after their viewpoints? No.’
Mr. Hodge managed to try to tar them with a connection to Trump and then added a sexist comment (UTIs) for good measure.
Even though most of Moms for Liberty’s donations are small, the left has tried to tie their success to the Republican Party. Sarasota County School Board member Bridget Ziegler’s husband, Christian Ziegler, who is the vice chairman of the Florida Republican Party, said he expects education issues will mobilize voters for “liberty-minded” candidates up and down the ballot in next year’s elections. That “tie” to Republicans sounds ominous to some:
The group’s ties to Republican leaders prompted speculation that Moms for Liberty is bankrolled by GOP donors with deep pockets. Because the group is so new its financial records with the Internal Revenue Service haven’t been made public.
Descovich said Moms for Liberty is supported through small donations and merchandise sales. The group’s online store offers t-shirts and hats and a Moms for Liberty flag that costs $75.
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These women are sending a powerful message to the people who care about this country. First, women, who are usually most engaged with childrearing, can do much more than raising their kids (the most important job for a mom). They can unify and be politically active in their communities too. Second, they are role models, not only for other citizens who care about the future of this country, but for their own children who are watching them take risks, speak out, and use their power productively. Finally, they are becoming known and respected for their efforts.
It sounds like Moms for Liberty are the mama bears of 2021!Published in