In case you missed it, before Tuesday’s mid-term elections, Illinois Democrats were freaking out about conservatives freely choosing to get involved in local school board elections with the same kind of vigor Democrats have approached taking over—well, everything.
For the last half-century, leftists have been mincing, marching, charging, slashing, and sashaying through our institutions largely unimpeded. They now run state boards of education; elementary, middle, and high school administrations and faculties; colleges and universities; medical schools; law schools; social media; legacy media; professional medical and mental health organizations; the arts and entertainment, and Big Business.
But that’s not enough for the leftist behemoth’s ravening appetite. Only absolute control of everything will do—a control that wholly excludes ideological diversity, a control that demands uniformity and conformity. And as of yet, they don’t have that kind of control over local school boards. So, like Gollum, they hiss that they “wants it,” they “needs it,” they “Must have the precious” control.
Look no further than the District 211 School Board race into which the Northwest Suburban Teachers Union LU 211 poured $50,000 to ensure that lefties—including the creepy sexpert Kim Cavill—made it onto the board.
You read that right: a teachers union spent $50,000 on a suburban school board election to ensure as little ideological diversity on a school board as possible.
This offense against the democratic process follows what Kim Cavill did in 2017 when she and her sister colluded with a “transgender” PAC to raise $26,000 from way out-of-district donors to ensure the defeat of three excellent conservative candidates, including two women of color—Jean Forrest, a Chinese-American woman with an MA in economics who worked as an actuary, and Katherine Jee Young David, a Korean-American woman with a BS in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. So much for representation, racial diversity, and inclusion.
Do D211 voters know they are being played? Do they know that elections are being bought by powerful unions with deep pockets and by people outside their district? Do they know their votes border on meaningless?
And what about union members? Do all of them support their dues being used to pack a local school board with leftists who value “diversity” and “inclusion” about as much as BLM and the New York Times do?
On March 26, 2023, the Chicago Tribune reported on the effort of Democrats led by fat cat J.B. Pritzker to thwart ideological diversity on school boards:
Backed by the bully pulpit and bank account of billionaire Gov. J.B. Pritzker, the state Democratic Party is wading into school and library board races in an unprecedented way this year, with a plan to spend nearly $300,000 supporting 84 candidates and opposing 74 across 17 counties.
Leftists have given the obscene middle finger to parents who don’t want their children indoctrinated with pro-racist propaganda that identifies as anti-racist.
Leftists have given the middle finger to parents who don’t want their boys and girls sharing restrooms and locker rooms with peers of the opposite sex.
Leftists have given the middle finger to parents who object to obscene books in classrooms and school libraries.
And leftists have given the middle finger to parents who object to the ideological grooming of their children with the disordered and deviant beliefs about sexuality that is identified as “comprehensive sex ed,”—which is sex ed that excludes any ideas that leftists hate.
But, there exist rebels in our midst—harlequins committed to throwing jelly beans in the works. It is conservatives who, like the Harlequin in Harlan Ellison’s story “Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman,” refuse to submit to the tyrannical diktats of those at the top of the power hierarchy.
Conservatives mistakenly think Antifa, BLM, and Stanford Law School Students are the troublemakers when, in reality, conservatives are now the “menaces, heretics, rebels, disgraces, and perils” whose “every tremor and vibration threatens to dislodge the wealthy, powerful, and titled from their flagpoles.”
For years, America has witnessed the values and beliefs of “Officialdom” in the words and actions of Antifa, BLM, and the secular incarnation of Comstockery on university campuses. Ellison offers a course correction.
He begins his story of mayhem against “Officialdom” with these words from Henry David Thoreau’s essay “Civil Disobedience”:
The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies. They are the standing army, and the militia, jailors, constables, posse comitatus, etc. In most cases there is no free exercise whatever of the judgment or of the moral sense; but they put themselves on a level with wood and earth and stones; and wooden men can perhaps be manufactured that will serve the purpose as well. Such command no more respect than men of straw or a lump of dirt. They have the same sort of worth only as horses and dogs. Yet such as these even are commonly esteemed good citizens. Others—as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers, and officeholders—serve the state chiefly with their heads; and, as they rarely make any moral distinctions, they are as likely to serve the Devil, without intending it, as God. A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men, serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it.
Conservatives be cultural heretics, rebels, and menaces. Be heroes, patriots, martyrs, and reformers. Make judgments, use your moral sense, serve the state with your consciences. Resist. Throw a few thousand jellybeans in the works. Fight for those school boards and much, much more.