Originally revealed in late May, we’re hearing more about the new Biden administration “interpretation” of Title IX of the 1964 Civil Rights act to include “sexual identity and orientation” along with biological sex among the factors for which public and private “schools” (including universities) receiving federal funds must comply. And it has a bearing on virtually all local public schools, the content of what is taught, and even the pronouns that people use inside the buildings.
The Washington Free Beacon’s Elizabeth Troutman expands on this, with news that some high-profile conservative governors are ready to push back, even after one of them was accused of homophobia and closed-mindedness just for supporting moves to not sneak sexual-identity into teacher-student conversations and school math books that taxpayers would be forced to fund.
That governor, is, of course, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis.
A spokeswoman for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) said the Biden administration’s decision to ‘withhold food from disadvantaged children in order to advance a deranged political agenda’ was ‘appalling.’
‘We will not allow Biden to force Floridians to choose between children’s food and parents’ rights,’ DeSantis’s press secretary Christina Pushaw told the Washington Free Beacon. ‘That is the kind of ‘decision' that a totalitarian regime would force upon its citizenry.’
Likewise, for the governor of South Dakota. On June 1, Kristi Noem (R) took to Twitter to write a message and offer more in video:
Joe Biden has threatened to take away children’s school lunch money to pursue his radical agenda. He’s targeting states like ours that make it clear biological men do NOT belong in girls’ bathrooms and sports. If you act on this, Joe, we’ll see you in court and we will win.
In her video, Governor Noem even went to the lengths of claiming that Biden was, “going to take food off our kids’ plates.”
Which indicates that either these governors are pandering through their attempts to appeal to concerned parents and social conservatives, or they are not as familiar with the US Constitution as they might pretend.
Libertarians often are forced to remind self-described “conservatives” what their so-called “rule book” says. Often, this is a result of normalcy bias, wherein breaches of the US Constitution see a downward knowledge curve among future generations when it comes to awareness of what life was like prior to the breach.
Once federal programs are established, new generations obtain less and less awareness of the way things are supposed to operate.
But there’s another, much more sinister, phenomenon at work – and that’s about corruption, payoffs, and intentional “blindness.”
Anyone who spends even 15 minutes looking at federal funding for things like school lunches, or any aspect of education, can see that there is no provision for any of it in the U.S. Constitution.
Every crumb of school lunch funding falls into that category.
Now, I don’t earn my living working in a governor’s office. They do.
So one would expect these people to be well aware of this reality, and, if they truly do want to be dedicated to their oaths, one would expect them to do the “conservative” thing, stop spouting about “totalitarians,” and openly reject all federal funds they could get via unconstitutional means.
We won’t even go into the immorality of taxation to fund education, which enslaves taxpayers to “teach kids” and puts the content of what will be taught into the cauldron of dark magic that virtually all taxpayers want – and have a right -- to stir.
If they take your cash, you should have a say, right?
Indeed. It’s possible that some parents and other taxpayers might want their kids taught under a leftist “woke” LGBTQ paradigm.
But this isn’t a private education environment. It’s a collectivist education environment, where everyone will be taxed in some way, and not everyone can steer the ship of government the way he or she desires.
So now, we have federal pressures on states, state pressures on localities, local pressures on taxpayers, and taxpayer versus taxpayer conflict.
How about, first, staring the reality of this unconstitutional federal “lunch money” in the face and rejecting it?
This is hard for desperate governors to do, and it’s how Donald Trump’s grievous error to “declare an emergency” March 13, 2020 (not in the Constitution) over COVID19 should have shown so-called “conservatives” that Mr. Trump wasn’t exactly a constitutional hero. This move opened up the federal “emergency money” spigot, and set most state governors on the path to declare “emergencies” in their states in order to suck up the federal graft – and crush our rights.
This lesson must be learned. These governors must be reminded. Not one penny.
Resist, and at least fight for the label “conservative” to mean something.