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Dear Editor,

Re: paraphrased from Laying Siege to the Institutions, Christopher F. Rufo,

April/May, 2022 issue of Imprimis a publication of Hillsdale College.

He writes: I say we need to lay siege to our institutions; because of what has happened to our institutions since the 1960's. (Many readers are too young to have experienced the violence of that time or the extremist organizations like, the Black Panthers, the Weather Underground, or the Black Liberation Army.) The 1960's saw the rise of new and radical ideologies in America that now seem commonplace - ideologies based on ideas like identity politics and Cultural Revolution. He writes: there is a direct line between those ideas born in the '60s and the public policies being adopted today in leftist-run cities like Seattle, San Francisco, and Chicago; (to name only a few). He states: the leftist dream of a working-class rebellion in America fizzled after the '60s. By the mid-1970a radical groups like the Black Liberation Army and the Weather Underground had faded from prominence. But the leftist dreamers didn't give up.

Abandoning hope of a Russian-style revolution, they settled on a more sophisticated strategy - waging a revolution not of the proletariat, but of the elites and specifically of the knowledge elites. It would proceed not by taking over the means of production (Communism/Socialism), but by taking control of education and culture.

This march through our institutions, begun a half-century ago, has now proved largely successful. Over the past two years, I've looked at the federal bureaucracy, the universities, K-12 schools, and big corporations. And what I've found is that the revolutionary ideas of the '60s have been repackaged, repurposed, and injected into American life at the institutional level. (Note: I add that the above has infected our political scene as well i.e. the Squad = Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. There are others in government as well, but the above are the extreme and most annoying. )

He concludes - We make a mistake in thinking about politics simply in terms of a left versus right dynamic. That dynamic is significant, but where the opportunity really lies today is focusing on a top versus bottom dynamic. An elite class; representing a small number of people with influence in the knowledge- based institution, are acting in their own interest and against the interest of the vast majority of the American people.

I suggest a careful read. Our educational institutions should be teaching our young HOW to think, not WHAT to think. I believe that Critical Race Theory (Marxist inspired) has no place in K-12 education. Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd,3rd graders should not be exposed to gender identity theory. There are other cultural issues as well, but the above suffice for now - our students need to learn - "reading, writing, and arithmetic"; History, Social Studies should be left to later years of study.

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John Stieglmeyer


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Tony Staab June 15, 2022, 1:44 pm John Relax and take in a CONCERT!


Anthony Bopp June 15, 2022, 4:24 pm Im going to suggest that ultimately what you are saying is that by the time the 60s started, we had effectively learned everything worth learning, and everything since has been part of a liberal agenda.

The fact is that we we teach different things today because we know different things. LGBTQ is not a liberal agenda, it is the way God made us, and our educational system needs to reflect that understanding. It's not a case of teaching kids things that some people don't believe. it's an issue of teaching kids things that are true, so they can better understand themselves as they grow older and more mature. Who is seriously against children being as mentally healthy as they can be?

And, you know, the Black Panther movement was not inspired by Marxism. It was inspired by institutionalized racism.

It is interesting that the left is accused of Russian-inspired thought when the it's the right that is currently siding with Putin. It is the right that is trying to take control of the education system and culture by trying to regress to the ignorance we had 60 years ago.

We have to stop this. America needs to grow as a curlture if it wants to grow as a nation. It cannot go backward, revert to a time when we understood much less than we understand today.

It is time for the right to get on the ball, to stop getting in the way, and work toward progress rather than regress.

Gerald Bates June 16, 2022, 7:11 am Exactly on point John although adding top to bottom dynamics may only confuse some of the critics who continue to be confused about such simple things as gender while they can’t figure out which restroom to use. Yet they continue to spew their venom to everyone else.
Anthony Bopp June 18, 2022, 8:54 pm "critics who continue to be confused about such simple things as gender while they can’t figure out which restroom to use. "

So we absolutely know today what we were ignorant of 60 years ago, that gender identity is not as simple as seeing what's between your legs in the shower. This is not a point of contention, so I fail to see your point.
Anthony Bopp June 19, 2022, 9:23 pm "I believe that Critical Race Theory (Marxist inspired) has no place in K-12 education. Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd,3rd graders should not be exposed to gender identity theory."

If I'm going to be generous, I'll suggest you don't know what critical race theory is if you don't believe it should be taught. And gender identity is not a theory. It's proven.
Anthony Bopp June 19, 2022, 9:26 pm Pride is important because there are still people tonight who believe that being dead is better than being who they are.

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