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Like most of you, I found myself in the doldrums about our current state of affairs in this country. So a few days ago I wrote a post on the importance of appreciating those positive decisions, events, and victories that are happening, so that we might be uplifted and energized. For at least one more week, I decided to list some more “victories” so that we can also celebrate our progress.
To begin, I proudly present our Sheriff Grady Judd in Polk County, Florida:
The six-month-long undercover investigation aptly named ‘Swipe Left for Meth’ began when the sheriff’s office received a tip through Crime Stoppers.
As Polk Sheriff Grady Judd explained Thursday during a press conference, investigators made undercover profiles on three different dating apps: Grindr, Scruff and Taimi.
Detectives said they ‘found it relatively easy to strike up conversations with those who were selling methamphetamine, cocaine, Ecstasy, LSD, Fentanyl, and marijuana in Polk County.’ It was clear these individuals were primarily using these apps to sell drugs, not to find a date, the sheriff’s office added.
Fourteen firearms were seized during the arrests. You can be certain that these people will not be freed through a lawless district attorney and they will be duly prosecuted. Take that, DA Bragg!
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On Sunday, January 23, there was a protest rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial against government mandates. From the article:
The organizers said they would be protesting mandates, not vaccines themselves. ‘Since the vaccines do not stop people from getting sick, why should we impose them as a requirement to keep one’s job or to enjoy the freedoms that we have always enjoyed such as eating at a restaurant, going to a concert, or attending school or the university?’ said Louisa Clary, an organizer, in an email.
This kind of protest is laudable and powerful, as we continue to fight against government overreach.
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Governor Glenn Youngkin is already beginning his efforts to stop the “progressive mandates and control of schools” in Virginia:
New Gov. Glenn Youngkin is off to a fast start in Virginia, pushing back as his campaign promised against the coercion of progressive mandates and control of schools. One of his early moves seems especially notable and promising: Recasting the state’s ‘diversity, equity and inclusion’ office to substitute ‘opportunity’ for ‘equity.’
At a general level this change is largely symbolic because what matters is how the office will operate in practice. But the symbolism still matters because it represents a major fault line in American culture and politics.
The seeds of a victory in taking back our schools have been planted; now the governor will need to ensure that there is follow-through on his intentions.
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Truck drivers in Canada have been protesting vaccine mandates by forming a potentially record-breaking convoy this past couple of weeks:
The Freedom Convoy left from Vancouver for Ottawa on Sunday to protest the federal government’s vaccine mandates for cross-border truckers, which took effect on Jan. 15. The Canadian Trucking Alliance estimates that roughly 15% of truckers in the country are not fully vaccinated, or about 16,000 truck drivers.
The Prime Minister was not happy:
[He] said participants of the protest are a ‘small fringe minority who are on the way to Ottawa who are holding unacceptable views.
‘What we are hearing from some people associated with this convoy is completely unacceptable,’ he continued.
Crowds in Canada have cheered them on their journey, and they plan to reach Ottawa on Sunday to protest. They set a powerful example for pushing back.
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And finally, voters in San Francisco have the opportunity to remove three school board members for government overreach regarding the pandemic:
San Francisco voters will decide in February whether to recall three members of the city’s school board. The Department of Elections announced Monday that supporters gathered enough signatures to put the continued employment of board president Gabriela López, vice president Faauuga Moliga and member Alison Collins on the ballot.
The drive to oust three of the board’s seven elected members grew out of frustration over schools remaining closed for over a year while neighboring counties and private schools resumed in-person instruction, and the board’s coinciding effort to rename 44 schools, a decision it later reversed after a judge ordered it to do so.
Parents were also upset by the board’s vote to end merit-based admissions at academically-rigorous Lowell High School.
The recall election will be on February 15. Let’s hope the greater public turns out in order to stop these authoritarian and undemocratic board members.
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What “victories” have you heard about? You don’t have to provide a link; just share your stories with us! We can celebrate together!Published in