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Dear Teachers: You Work For Us. And We Don’t Want To Hear About Your Wokeness

Teachers across America (though certainly not all teachers in America) have made the decision to bring wokeness, bigotry and anti-American zealotry to our classrooms. What was once thought only to be the purview of college campuses – indoctrination, intimidation and professors who mock students who disagree with them (though certainly not all professors in America) – has now horrifically made its way into high schools and middle schools across the nation.

But this story is not about CRT, anti-racism or SEL, though they are all targets of the important fight against wokeism parents have taken on across the country. This is the story of a teacher in Newport, CA, Kristen Pitzen, who believes it is funny to lie to students, mock students for loving their country, lie to students about not having an American flag in the classroom and tell students instead to “pledge allegiance” to a gay pride flag. Watch the video below:

I live in Indiana. And what is happening in California is, indeed, happening here; the Heartland is not immune. And while the school board in Newport, CA looks into what Pitzen is doing, teachers and school boards in Central Indiana, and across the Hoosier State, should be aware of what parents are saying: Act like this, and we will throw you out.

So we are clear, it must be understood that the teachers, the administrators, the coaches, the cafeteria workers and any one else associated with public schools work for the citizens. Teachers, you work for us.

You’ve been horrifically lulled into a false sense of security and piety by your unions. You believe that the students are your students, and that the classroom is your classroom. This is not true. The students belong to the parents. The classrooms belong to the taxpayers.

Also note that no one is interested in your politics. Again, let us make sure you understand – we don’t care who you voted for. We don’t care what you think of gay kids…or straight kids…or black kids…or Asian kids…or Hispanic kids…or white kids…or kids who have Liberal parents or Conservative parents or atheist parents or God-fearing parents. We don’t care about your wokeness, or lack thereof. We care that our kids learn the area under the curve, understand the full depth and breadth of American history (the good and the great, the bad and the ugly) and how to not dangle a participle.

We don’t mind that we may not agree on everything. We don’t mind that our kids learn other perspectives and points of view; other perspectives are important to learn. We mind greatly that a teacher thinks hiding the American flag is funny (she laughed out loud about doing it) and that it is remotely acceptable to “pledge allegiance” to any other flag. For clarity, the concept of the pledge – of appreciating and respecting your nation – is a valuable one, not to be mocked. Also, if the American flag makes you feel uncomfortable, dear teacher, then you are the problem. Take a mental health day, and get yourself the help you need.

Some teachers may take my words as a threat. Those teachers are the ones most outraged by the idea that parents all across America are reasserting their power in their school community. If a teacher believes it is outrageous that parents should have a voice in their child’s education, or that parents say that teachers should teach and not indoctrinate, or mock, or threaten their kids, then that is a teacher who needs to be removed from the classroom and never be allowed near children again.

That is not a threat. That is responsible parenting.

Teachers need to be given the tools, and the respect, to run and control the classroom we, the parents and taxpayers, entrust to them. We want to give them our respect. And students need to offer them the respect they deserve, as well. But teachers, administrators and unions who break the trust of the community at large do not, can not and should not get our respect. They should get fired.

Just like Kristen Pitzen should be.

An Open Letter to Gov. Eric Holcomb: Support Parents, End the Mask Mandates

Gov. Holcomb,

Hoosiers need your help. They need your leadership against fear, and against coercion. School boards across Indiana have shunned the parents in their districts, and have instituted masks mandates for students. Gov. Holcomb, you need to end these mandates, and loudly speak out against them.

You and I disagreed over mask mandates last year. In your view, this was a “once in a generation” virus. But now, we know that Covid is no longer that. Covid will no longer be once in a generation, but an every year occurrence. Covid, a coronavirus, is here to stay. It will remain for the rest of your term. It will remain for the rest of your life, and mine. It will remain in the lives of Hoosier children for as long as they live.

Children survive Covid. An unvaccinated child is less likely to get Covid than a vaccinated adult over 30. Masks have been shown to carry numerous amounts of bacteria and viruses, but they have not been shown to reduce the rates of Covid. Allow me to spell this out more directly: Masks, worn by the civilian population (those not in hospital settings) do not stop the spread of Covid. The virus is too small, the mask is not of the proper fabric and is more often than not improperly worn.

No parent in Indiana wants their child to be sick. But if children do get Covid, the odds of them dying are remarkably small. Not just less than a percent, but around a thousandth of a percent, according to data out of the UK. Children, the facts show us, survive Covid.

What we don’t have data for is the damage done to Hoosier kids by constant mask wearing. Damage to our children’s mental health. And damage to their development in reading and pronunciation, along with the isolation of not being able to pick up on social cues from their classmates and others.

School boards across Indiana believe it is their job to protect children. They are wrong. Parents protect children. Parents ensure their social and emotional development. Parents make the decisions on the health of their children. Always.

By allowing school boards to make these sweeping decisions and declarations, not only are we adversely and negatively impacting the lives of our kids by forcing masks on them for hours a day (again!,) we are making a larger statement. We are saying that parents don’t know best. We are saying that parents can’t be trusted. By implementing these mandates, school boards are separating parents and children, and stripping away the rightful, necessary duty of those parents. Mandates replace the parent with the State.

Gov. Holcomb, this is not something you believe in. The parent makes the decision, not the State. The parent makes the choice, not the State. You do not believe that the State comes first, so say so!

Without mandates, parents can still decide to mask their children. Without mandates, parents can still decide to vaccinate their children or themselves. I do not oppose vaccines. It is mandates we should all oppose; mandates undermine not only the Constitution, but the accepted values that have been at the heart of American life and civilization. To allow the State to make these decisions is to create a new society built on a social framework that eventually eradicates the parent outright, excepting for creating babies that are then offered to the State because, “They Know Best.”

You don’t believe in this, Gov. Holcomb. So say so! Speak out against this abuse. Speak out against school boards that engage mask mandates that offer no science behind them. Speak out against fear that school boards suffer from, and then push on Hoosier children.

Speak for parents who must always be first in making the decision for their family, even if you personally disagree with it. And disagree if you choose! Use your bully pulpit to convince, to request, to plead for things you think keep children safe. The Hoosier parent can then decide to agree or disagree with you. That is rational, and decent. That is an exchange of ideas and thoughts. That is Indiana.

School boards have decided they know best for our children. They do not, and they will find out how unpopular they are during their next election cycle. Gov. Holcomb, you need to stand up for parents, for children and for an America that really is of, by and for the people.

Speak out against mask mandates. Put an end to them, if the law allows. Call the General Assembly back into session if it doesn’t. Hoosiers need you, now. Do not let them down.

On Vaccines, Masks, and Mandates: The post- Americanism and Fear, Incorporated

I have stated – and I am in no way trying to reshape the words I’ve written, posted on social media or explained via my radio shows – that doctors and data show that the Covid-19 vaccines have been helpful in preventing death amongst vaccinated people. I’m fine with people getting vaccinated. But I do not support force: I support choice. Whether you get vaccinated or not is completely up to you, including whether or not you consult with your doctor.

When I came across this piece at National Review, I thought I could have written it. Michael Brendan Dougherty explains that the fear Americans are being hammered with will only end when we stop looking to so-called experts and failed institutions for their “help:”

This is a question of politics — political culture, the authority of normal life versus the respected authorities in charge of public health. Public-health authorities don’t know how to stop giving you extra-restrictive advice. And they can’t learn how to stop giving it if we don’t learn how to stop asking for it. Or until we start ignoring what they say, and start punishing politicians who translate their guidance into nuisances.

– Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review Online


I generally agree with his overall point, and wanted to further elaborate on my point above. I oppose forced vaccination. I find those who favor employers demanding their employees get vaccinated disgusting. It’s more than just a strong disagreement; the people who advocate for forced vaccination believe in an America that is anything but America.

I support those who have already had Covid deciding that they do not need the vaccine. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY, and a doctor in his own right) has long been discussing the value of natural immunity, meaning those who already have had Covid-19 have natural antibodies – natural immunities – that keep them safe. Forcing those people to get a vaccine seems backwards and irrational. I also support the use of monoclonal antibodies, or other therapeutics that a citizen and their doctor decide to take.

To that end, I support a citizen and their doctor deciding to use hydroxychloroquine. I support a citizen and their doctor deciding to use ivermectin, which I am pretty sure is a phrase that will get you banned from Facebook. Imagine the world we Americans live in now. Stating “I support citizens and their doctors making decisions about their own health, including what treatments to try” is a radical, revolutionary act!

As Joe Rogan stated on his podcast, they (the politicos, the health professionals, the media) are “mini-dictators:”

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Biden Calls Facebook “Killers,” Psaki Supports Censorship. Are Republicans Smart Enough To Ride This To Victory in 2022?

The comments from White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki aren’t unbelievable. They are very believable. Too believable, really. They are exactly the kind of totalitarian double-speak we have come to expect from today’s political left leadership. It is obvious that they have taken Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s edict to heart that too many people are interested in being, “factually” correct instead of being “morally right,” even when espousing the most debased morality.

Psaki admitted to the White House press corps that the Biden Administration is working with Facebook (and other social media) to flag “misinformation” on Covid-19. (Misinformation is the new buzzword for information the political left does not want posted. Said another way, it’s information that the political left doesn’t believe you have the right to post. Now certainly, people can/have/do lie on social media, but the question is should the federal government be watching your posts and then censoring them for “public good?”)

Not only did Psaki admit to working with Facebook to flag “misinformation,” she doubled down, saying that someone who has been banned on one platform should be banned on all platforms:

Understand what Psaki has said here. “Social Media companies should collude to ensure that certain people don’t have a voice, and they should do so at the behest of the US government.” Here’s another translation: That’s a nice social media company you’ve got there. It would be a shame if something happened to it! (Cue theme song to The Sopranos.)

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Did Rep. Cori Bush Violate Her Oath of Office

St. Louis Democratic Rep. Cori Bush is an activist first and a member of Congress second…or maybe third. Her radical nature was known to voters when they elected her, and has been on display in the House of Representatives ever since. Her anti-Police stance has been made clear. Her Trump hatred has been well discussed.

But did she violate her oath of office with a recent tweet about Independence Day?

Playing up the standard leftist canard of racial division, Rep. Bush put out on Twitter:

For clarity, let’s engage a simple breakdown of the Tweet:

  • It’s Independence Day, not the 4th of July, that is about American freedom.
  • It’s not just American. The Declaration of Independence is a document for the people of the world.
  • Who is “they?” She doesn’t mean the Founding Fathers here. I assume she means “white” people, but she would have to answer that question. I wonder if any member of the press will ask her about this?
  • “This land is stolen land” is where I question the potential violation of her oath.
  • Black people are free. Rep. Cori Bush is lying.

Facts are not important when tweeting, that much has been made clear by society. But if former President Donald Trump was inciting a riot by saying, “We’re gonna fight like hell,” then what, exactly, is telling Black people that they are not free? But since there are so many Black Americans who know they are free, and don’t subscribe to Rep. Bush’s hate-mongering, her words are understood to be aimed at fellow Leftists. That is whom she looks to agitate.

Did Rep. Bush violate her oath of office? The oath reads:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Oath of Office for Members of Congress

Stating that, “this land is stolen” seems to fly in the face of supporting and defending the Constitution. Rather, it seems that she is siding with enemies (foreign and domestic) who often claim the same. What allegiance and true faith does she show here towards the Constitution? And how could she have taken the oath without reservation when she makes statements like this?

I expect, barring something miraculous, that nothing will happen. Considering Speaker Pelosi’s willingness to excuse the anti-Semitism of fellow Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, I can only assume that Bush’s comments will not be given a second thought. But they should be. Americans should note the hate she spews, and the lies she tells.

As a citizen, she is entitled to say what she wants. But she’s not just a citizen. She’s an elected official, with immense power and responsibility. And her comments damage Americans (of all colors,) and fail to support the wisdom, value and growth of the US Constitution.

Even if you don’t believe that her tweet is a call for violence against our nation, and a violation of her oath, it’s easy to agree that Rep. Cori Bush’s view of America is just vile.

SCOTUS Sides With Right To Privacy In California Case

The government agencies of California wanted to know which citizens were donating to which causes and groups. All the donations are perfectly legal, so the only real reason for wanting this information is to imply sinister intent of the donor, or flat out intimidate people not to donate to the “wrong” groups. In California, “wrong” groups means “not liberal” groups.

Casey Mattox, VP for Legal and Judicial Strategy for Americans For Prosperity, spoke with Tony about the case AFP brought against the Golden State. After seven years of legal battles, the Supreme Court voted in AFP’s favor, 6-3.

CNN’s Brian Stelter Says Balanced News Comes From The East AND West Coasts

That Americans even need to discuss the idea of “balanced” news in America is part of the serious problem with American media. News outlets are proudly un-balanced. They market themselves that way. They revel in it. For CNN’s Brian Stelter, “balanced” news involves reading newspapers from Washington DC and Los Angeles, CA.

This is not a conversation about the opinion and commentary shows. While they should all look honestly at news and stories affecting the nation, they will have thoughts and views that have a bias. That’s rational. As a radio host, I have a point of view that I share with my audience on 93.1 FM WIBC in Indianapolis. Our newsroom, however, is a separate entity. They practice journalism; they report the story. I, as a commentator and host, share my views on those stories.

But it is increasingly obvious that newsrooms across America don’t share this view. The “journalism” is their point of view. Hannah Dreier of the Washington Post engaged in a full attack on Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis for not ensuring FEMA assistance after the condo collapse in Surfside. (As of writing this, nine people are dead and numerous people are still missing and believed buried in the rubble.) She claimed in a tweet:

But this was not the case. As Gov. DeSantis’ office explained, the governor signed an executive order to get assistance to those affected by the building collapse:

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Ilhan Omar Should Be Expelled. Why Won’t Republicans Loudly Say So?

No Democrat should be able to speak to a tv camera or into a microphone without being asked their stance on Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar. Citizens and media should be putting elected officials on the record: Do you really stand silent for such bigotry? Are you really looking the other way on such hate? Will you really continue to pretend that she isn’t inviting and inciting attacks on Israel and Jews in the US? 

No member of Congress should go a day without being reminded that Ilhan Omar is actively courting for genocide in Israel, and then be asked, “Do you agree with her? Should Israel cease to exist?”

This isn’t hyperbole. The facts have been laid out and the reality is undeniable:

 – Rep. Omar and the “Squad” at-large have condemned Israel, condoned bigotry and cozied up to anti-Semites like Louis Farrakhan and Jeremy Cornyn. Add to it members like Rep. Andre Carson (D, IN-07,) who proclaimed at a ‘Free Palestine’ rally in front of the US State Dept. that he and others, “love their sister,” Rashida Tlaib. Carson is also famous for refusing to condemn known bigot Louis Farrakhan, and maintaining that he would work with Farrakhan in the future.
 – Omar’s hatred for Israel and Jews is not a passing fad, nor a misinterpretation of her comments. It’s who she is.
 – Omar should be a great story of America’s triumph. Instead of having a life of hardship in Somalia unfathomable to Americans, she was welcomed into the US. Educated in the US. Had access to the greatest doctors and healthcare in the world. Free to worship as she chose. Was able to speak her mind without fear of violent abduction by any government.

And instead of loving the nation that welcomed her – clearly, not a racist nation – she hates it, decries it and compares it to the terrorist organization, Hamas.

What does the Democratic Party do? It continues to lift her up. Perhaps, for Democrats, she didn’t speak out of turn. Perhaps, for more of the Democratic Party than even Democrats realize, she spoke the truth: The Democratic Party hates America, and thinks we’re the terrorists.

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Parents Continue Being Singled Out, Threatened For Asking About CRT in Schools

The website Legal Insurrection shared the story of a Rhode Island mother who was on the brink of being sued by her local school board for asking questions about Critical Race Theory, and how it was being taught in schools.

According to William Jacobson, who is also a professor of law at Cornell University, Nicole Solas filed a series of public record requests, “concerning Critical Race and Gender theory in public schools.” Solas wasn’t commenting on CRT, rather she sought to understand what it is that the school district would be teaching her soon-to-be kindergarten student.

Yet, the South Kingston School committee voted on whether to sue Solas because of all the public record requests, which they say wasted their time. In speaking about this, committee Chairwoman Emily Cummiskey went a step further, going directly after Solas and referring to her and her requests as, “racist:”

“More than 200 APRA requests have been filed by a single individual in just the last few weeks alone,” she said, “demanding more than 300 hours of our district’s time to these records requests” and distracting from “efforts to make our schools more equitable, inclusive, and empowering by eradicating any harmful practices or prejudices through equity and anti-racism teachings.”

“It’s disappointing, and extremely disheartening, to see an individual, particularly one without a child in our schools, work so hard to harm these efforts, and in turn, send a message to our students and families that anti-racism education is not valued. Racism and hate have no place in our district.”

The Chairwoman also called the possible lawsuit, ““potential injunction” to blunt “a nationally-organized, racist group [attempting] to create chaos and intimidate our district. …This is their MO nation-wide and I anticipate other districts in our state will soon experience the same unfortunate influx we have.”

In the end, with pressure from the community, the school board relented. You can listen to my interview with William Jacobson below:

In Brownsburg, Indiana, parent Kristin Ferklic has been very outspoken about her issues with Critical Race Theory. On social media, she has asked questions and made statements about CRT, and the Brownsburg Community School Corporation (BCSC.) In response, the BCSC Superintendent, Jim Snapp, blocked her on Twitter.

Ferklic enlisted help from the Liberty Justice Center who wrote to Superintendent Snapp, stating, “Blocking Ferklic violates numerous constitutional rights: to receive publicly available governmental information, to participate in a public forum and to be free from discrimination or retaliation based on viewpoint.”

She is now the head of the Indiana chapter of No Left Turn in Education.

Parents across America are concerned about the education their children are receiving. They continue to speak out against the bigotry of CRT in schools, including the false narrative of the 1619 Project and the inappropriately named “anti-Racism” training. Yet, for asking questions, or voicing their concerns, they are labeled as bigots and racists by school groups and other “woke” organizations. Or, their legitimate concerns completely ignored.

Honest opposition to CRT is everywhere. And these parents show no signs of staying silent:

Mr. Holcomb Goes To Israel

Last week, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb (R) took a trip to Israel. Considering the violence in Israel over the last weeks, coming from the terrorist organization, Hamas, an American governor visiting the nation should be a news story.

Yet, the trip happened with little fanfare or explanation. Was it to show support for the Israeli government? Was it to attract more business investment to Indiana? A press release Holcomb’s office put out as he left for Tel Aviv stated it was both:

I stand in support of Israel and look forward to meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu to continue forging an even stronger Israel-Indiana bond….We have a growing number of Hoosiers and Hoosier businesses that share strong cultural and economic ties with this country, so when I was invited, I did not hesitate to make this trip to meet in Israel during such an hour of need.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb

According to the Indiana GOP, Gov. Holcomb met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Gabi Askenazi. Unfortunately, there was nothing sent about the meetings; no statement, no comment, no photos. The only images and statement post-visit came from the Indiana GOP Chairman, and that was as a press release.

Gov. Holcomb should be praised for taking the trip. All elected officials who are actively showing their support for Israel should receive applause, especially when they are being attacked by Iran through their terrorist proxy, Hamas, as well as being attacked by US politicians including Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Andre Carson (of Indianapolis, IN) and far too many others in politics and celebrity culture.

Governors across America should take note of Holcomb’s visit. It was the right thing to do, and they should follow suit. But if you’re going to visit, tell your constituents why. If you support Israel, say so! Be loud and strong about it. Do not shrink from the moment to educate and inform your citizens on a subject of this magnitude.