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Conservative Texas Students Denied the Right to Meet

[UPDATE: Exactly one week after posting this, our team received word that the Garland High School chapter of YAF had received approval to meet . . . Thank you!]

Good Wednesday, y’all! Hump day! And, yes, I could spend my time with this missive chiming on about last night’s Democrat (socialist) Party presidential candidate debate in Ohio. I think we could go without another round of blatantly apparent prognostication of the obvious.

As well, I could spend the time to join in and rail on one LeBron James, but in the end, he is just a fella that shoots and dribbles. What I do want to share with y’all is something far more important, and very close to my heart, and home.

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As you know, I reside in Garland, Texas, and was looking forward to the opportunity to speak at Garland High School yesterday after class. The young people there were starting a chapter of the Young America’s Foundation (YAF) at their school. This was to be their kickoff and first chapter meeting. If there is one thing I love, it is talking about individual liberty and freedom with our young people. That is why I have been a speaker for YAF for almost four years now, most recently in Washington, DC at their annual summer leadership summit. I am also honored to be an Honorary Advisory Board Member for Turning Point USA and will be speaking on several Texas college and university campuses for them.

When I watch the TV and see the young people in Hong Kong marching in the street singing our national anthem and carrying our flag — because of what America represents — it is breathtaking. Those young people are standing up to a brutal and repressive communist regime on one hand, and individual liberty, freedom on the other. Yet, here in America, we have young people who are protesting as they seek to embrace the very thing that those brave young people in Hong Kong are standing against, progressive socialism. Make no mistake, it was Vladimir Lenin who asserted that “the goal of socialism is communism.”

So, consider this: how much time in a day do you spend with your child or grandchild as opposed to a teacher or professor? It is imperative that our students are educated, objectively, and not subjected to a certain partisan ideological indoctrination. I suppose that is why the progressive socialist left goes apoplectic — I mean pure nuts — when any constitutional conservative seeks to speak on campus, or in a school. That is why I was stoked about coming to Garland High School, right here where I live, to christen a new YAF Chapter.

Or so I thought.

As I awaited entry into the school, I was met by the parent of the senior student who was going to be the YAF chapter leader. He sadly told me about what had happened. His son received an email from the principal of Garland Hight School denying the chapter under the premise that is was not “neutral.” Yes, the principal made a decision about what is “neutral.” The dad went on to tell me that there would not be the group they expected, but ya know what, there were five young men with whom I spoke, and that was fine by me. Great movements have begun with small starts.

I figured I would share with y’all the mission statement, and a little history about YAF, from their website:

“Young America’s Foundation is committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.

As the principal outreach organization of the Conservative Movement, the Foundation introduces thousands of American youth to these principles. We accomplish our mission by providing essential conferences, seminars, educational materials, internships, and speakers to young people across the country.

Young America’s Foundation stepped forward to save President Reagan’s Western White House, Rancho del Cielo, in the spring of 1998 to preserve it as a living monument to Ronald Reagan to pass on his ideas to future generations. President Reagan committed himself to reaching young people with his ideas—a goal that is also central to the Foundation’s mission.

Preserving the Ranch and passing on the President’s lasting accomplishments is Young America’s Foundation’s way of thanking Ronald Reagan for all he has done for his country and the world. His beloved ranch is a place of learning, a place of encouragement and a place of inspiration for generations to come. The Reagan Ranch Center in downtown Santa Barbara is a “schoolhouse for Reaganism” where young and old alike can visit and learn more about one of America’s greatest presidents.”

So, I have to ask the principal of Garland High School, what needs to be neutralized about YAFs mission?

Am I to believe that any discussion about the ideals of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values are not welcomed at Garland High School? I found it interesting that there is a LGBTQ club for students at Garland High School. I don’t think that is neutral. So why is it that a constitutional conservative organization needs to be “neutral,” or shall I better say it, “neutralized?”

If there is one thing I care little for are the academic elites whose objective is to impose a fascist idea of suppressing any and all opposing political thought, perspectives, views, principles, and insights. If there is one thing that should happen in our system of education, it is a fair and equitable presentation of ideas.

Earlier yesterday I spoke with the Plano Republican Women at their monthly luncheon. In attendance was one of the Plano City Council members who chimed in when I talked about the importance of local school boards. She informed the group that in one of the local schools, as part of a social studies class, the students were made to watch CNN for Kids. Now, yeah, you know what I am about to say . . . is that “neutral?”

We must stand up, as adults, for our children and grandchildren who wish not to participate in the grand progressive socialist indoctrination. Click To Tweet

Ladies and gents, there is a reason why our children are going down an ideological path, completely different from the stance the young people in Hong Kong are taking. There is a reason why LeBron James will offer biting criticism of our America, and President Trump but will assail someone who tweets about standing up against a communist dictator and the country of China. There is a reason why we watched a presidential debate where candidates were trying to out “socialist” the other, espousing a philosophy of governance that is antithetical to the fundamental principles of our Constitutional Republic, and our rule of law, the US Constitution.

This is all happening because we do not teach civics and history. It is happening because we, conservatives, have not emphasized the importance of local school board elections. It is happening because school principals are making subjective value judgments about not allowing conservative ideas, YAF chapters, into schools because they are not “neutral.”

I had a great time with those five young men, along with the dad and one of the good guy teachers. I told them that I would write about this episode and expose this egregious action by the principal of Garland High School. We must stand up, as adults, for our children and grandchildren who wish not to participate in the grand progressive socialist indoctrination.

There is nothing neutral about progressive socialism. It has one objective: erode individual freedoms and liberties, and relegate citizens into being subjects. Click To Tweet

Perhaps, more of our students should be taught about what happened to young Chinese students 30 years ago in a place called Tiananmen Square. They need to be reminded about what is happening to young people in a place not too far away called Venezuela, right now. There is nothing neutral about progressive socialism. It has one objective: erode individual freedoms and liberties, and relegate citizens into being subjects.

That indoctrination is starting all over America, in places like Garland High School, it would appear. Stay tuned, but I will not relent until there is a Young America’s Foundation Chapter at Garland High School . . . and neither should you!

Der Kampus Kommissars . . . Right Here in Texas

There are still those in Texas who believe “Turning Texas Blue” is a fantasy, something that will never happen. However, consider that the capital of Texas more resembles San Francisco than Texas. There is a reason why the last Democrat (socialist) Party presidential debate was held in Houston, where, in 2018, every Republican elected official was defeated. Who would have ever thought the Lone Star State would produce people like Robert Francis O’Rourke, or the Castro brothers, Julian and Joaquin?

Yes, things are changing here in Texas, and anyone denying this is a little delusional, setting this State up for a bad turn. It is imperative that here in Texas we see the infiltration of progressive socialism, and develop a focused strategy to defeat, stem its tide of absurdity. And if we are to be successful, we must look to our schools. I have and always will advocate for the most important elected position in America, school Board. As well, we must do a better job of restoring our once-venerable system of education, instead of this insidious system of indoctrination. And yes, that has infiltrated the colleges and universities here in Texas.

As reported by the Washington Examiner:

“Baylor University, a Baptist university in Texas, has arranged to have an “equity officer” investigate the motivations behind Young Americans for Freedom’s decision to host conservative commentator Ben Shapiro on campus in November. According to a press release from the Baylor chapter of YAF, Gamma Alpha Ypsilon (GAY), an unofficial gay rights student group, is responsible for pushing the university to hold meetings about campus speakers. 

GAY was denied official charter status earlier this year following a May decision by the Board of Regents to uphold a ban on “advocacy groups which promote understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching.”
The Baylor chapter of YAF claimed that the school’s president, Dr. Linda Livingstone, approached GAY to say that she was on its side — a contradiction of the ruling by the Board of Regents. Shortly after this meeting, YAF says, they were contacted by the school’s director of student activities to arrange meetings with GAY.

YAF Chair Zachary Miller said he was told the meetings would be “co-facilitated” by Brittney Wardlaw, Baylor’s manager of equity and civil rights. According to the faculty profile for Wardlaw, she “conducts investigations for claims related to discrimination and harassment around protected characteristics such as gender, race, ethnicity, disability, and veteran status. She also educates faculty, staff, and students on topics including implicit bias, explicit bias, and diversity.”

Miller told the Washington Examiner that Wardlaw was employed by Baylor’s Equity Office and not the Division of Student Life, which had planned the meetings between YAF and GAY.

Though GAY has not commented on Shapiro, several students associated with the group shared their displeasure at Shapiro’s campus appearance.”

I have been a speaker for YAF events quite often, most recently this summer in DC. There have been a number of vignettes of my campus appearances that have become popular videos. But, if there is one thing I despise it is this growing fascism on our college and university campuses, supported by these administrators and professors.

College campuses are supposed to be a place where there is a free flow and exchange of thoughts, perspectives, and ideals. It is a place where critical thinking should be developed by way of strenuous debate and meticulous analysis of facts, truth.

Speaking of which, some 500 scientists signed onto a letter debunking the so-called climate change models. Yet, we have kids skipping schools, taking to the streets, and admitting to depression over something that is a political, ideological agenda. That is what happens when our schools become centers of indoctrination.

Now, at Baylor University, we have a Kommissar, an “Equity Officer,” to adjudicate why a campus organization of young Conservatives should have their preferred speaker on campus. Heck, if young leftists wanted to have Bob Frank O’Rourke speak at Baylor University, does anyone believe that an “Equity Officer” would be called upon? I remember the foolishness I went through at St. Louis University, where even the school president took a denigrating cheap shot at me, a retired Army officer and former US Congress member.

This is what is happening all over America, and yes, here in Texas. You can bet that if any conservative student organization asked me to come and speak at certain campuses here in Texas, there would be an uproar. As a matter of fact, Charlie Kirk, head of Turning Point USA, disclosed to me recently that he was seriously concerned about his welfare when he spoke on the campus of the University of Texas.

How did we get to this point? When did we stop teaching, and embarked upon indoctrinating our children? And just know, this is not something new in the progressive socialist left handbook. But ask yourself, why is college tuition so high? It is simple: because we have to pay for equity and diversity officers, who do what? They do not teach, that is for sure. How much is being wasted, by way of tuition, to ensure the leftist strangleholds on our campuses remain?

Leftism is being grown, like cancer cells in Petri dishes, in our schools, and certainly on our college and university campuses. Equity officers are safeguarding these cancer cells, and eventually, the cancer is released into the greater American society.

Yes, there are young conservatives on these campuses doing their best to stay disease-free, and we need to make sure we are inoculated from this pestilence. Ladies and gents, nowhere is safe from this cancer, not even in Texas . . . not even on the campus of a Baptist university . . . Baylor.