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Parents Are on Fire and Are Fighting Back

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They are not just waging war in Ukraine. Parents around this country have started to unite and send a message to the rest of America—“We’ve had enough of Biden’s America. We are mad as hell, and we’re fighting back!” One of the major fronts for that battle is our schools! Parents are fighting mad at what is happening to their children.,



While Biden is trying to appease his far left progressives, he’s angered one of the largest and most powerful interest groups in this country—Parents! In fact, democrats seem to be doing everything they can to turn them into rabid conservatives. The evidence of their impact is growing.



Governor Youngkin’s surprise victory in Virginia was driven by an optimistic campaign fueled by his rock-solid belief in American exceptionalism and opportunity. He also promised to stand with parents who wanted more school choice and an end to any form of Critical Race Theory curriculum in Virginia schools. Parents applauded Youngkin’s policy priorities, and they helped secure his victory.



In many states, teacher unions are the biggest supporters of democrat candidates. Parents are beginning to realize that their “interest” group is far more interested in themselves than they are of the children they teach. The more teachers resist opening schools and support CRT propaganda, the more parents are turning from the candidates they support.



Concerned parent Brian Echevarria, appearing before the Cabarrus County Schools Board of Education, made an impassioned defense of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr’s belief that people ought to be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. His words have rallied parents across the country for a stronger voice:



“I’m bi-racial, I’m bilingual, I’m multicultural. The fact is in America and North Carolina, I can do anything I want, and I teach that to my children. And the person who tells my little pecan-color kids that they’re somehow oppressed based on the color of their skin would be absolutely wrong and absolutely at war with me. And I think that’s the same for every parent. What the mask showed us is that the parents are the most powerful group of people in our country and that they’re taking back the wheel.”



As we near the mid-term elections, more and more democrats should be concerned. Minority and female parents have been the backbone of the democrat voter base. But parents have a much bigger commitment to their children than to Joe Biden and his progressive priorities. When you mess with their children’s education, caring parents mobilize to defend and protect their young.



Parents are seeing the cost of Biden’s decisions. The policies and mandates introduced to deal with the COVID pandemic are impacting the quality of their children’s education. During this pandemic, kids are falling behind. Virtual classrooms just aren’t as effective. Their children miss their friends and the social interaction that is so necessary for normal development. Suicides are up. Parents want schools to open and stay open!



Even when schools are open, many children are being forced to wear masks. This flies in the face of increasing evidence that masks don’t work. The incidence of COVID in children and teens remains low. Parents are looking at the science and listening to their children. As a result, they are demanding an end to mask mandates.



Parents have learned all they need to know about the Black Lives Matter Critical Race Theory curriculum. No responsible parent of any race wants to send their kids to a school that is telling their kids that whites are systemically privileged and racist. Such programs risk increasing the racial divide and racial animus. We spent decades fighting white racism and must continue to stand against it wherever it surfaces. But now, it is time to fight an emerging black racism in the form of CRT and claims of “white privilege.”



Already, parents are taking on school boards that are refusing to listen to these concerns. Few states are more liberal than California, but even in super progressive San Francisco, parents campaigned against progressive school board members and are winning. School boards better listen or learn the hard way at the next election.



A school choice proposition is gaining ground in California. They hope to give parents the choice in what school their children attend and the public funds to make that happen. Minority parents have seen their children trapped in poorly performing public schools. They desperately want school choice, and the republicans are poised to give it to them.



States are passing laws to ensure parental rights. The Florida House just passed the “Parental Rights in Education Bill” and has sent it to the Florida Senate. The most controversial provision bans the discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity with young children: “Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.” Will other states follow their lead?



Parents aren’t happy with their schools and what is happening to their children. They care about their children’s future, and they’re ready to fight and vote for change. When you add the devastating impact of inflation on middle class parents that call for change is growing stronger. Biden’s America is a disaster waiting to be stopped. Furious parents are ready to help do just that. May it be so.



Terry Paulson is PhD psychologist, author, and professional speaker on Earned Optimism, Making Change Work, Claiming Your American Dream, and Becoming a Conservative Values Voter. Contact him at [email protected]


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Dr. Terry Paulson is a PhD psychologist and author of The Optimism Advantage, They Shoot Managers Don't They, Speak Like a Pro, Meditations for the Trail, and The Dinner: The Political Conversation Your Mother Told You Never to Have. Since founding Paulson and Associates, Inc. in Agoura Hills, CA, Dr. Paulson has presented to such companies as IBM, 3M, Kaiser, Nationwide, SONY, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, and hundreds of hospitals, government agencies, and associations. Dr. Paulson is a past president of both the Global Speakers Federation and the National Speakers Association. He’s been inducted into NSA’s CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame, an honor given to less than 230 speakers worldwide. Dr. Paulson is a long-time conservative Republican who has spoken to numerous Republican groups. He currently is a regular op-ed columnist for townhall.com and politicrossing.com. Terry brings knowledge, tasteful humor, and a passion for conservative principles to every presentation. Dr. Paulson graduated with honors from UCLA and received his PhD in psychology and an MA in theology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA.



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The Age of Rage

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Many Republicans are seething in response to Biden’s destructive agenda that has contributed to high inflation, ad exploding deficit, urban lawlessness, and an out-of-control Southern border. More and more Americans are eager to turn their anger into a November landslide against Democrats. They’re tired of the rampant lawlessness, the irresponsible DAs unwilling to prosecute criminals, and the deficit spending that has unleashed inflation impacting the lives of every American.

The recent leak about the reversal of Roe v. Wade has given woke extremists all they need to justify angry, even violent, demonstrations. The decision is not even final, but liberals are marching on the homes of conservative Supreme Court Justices. Some justices have moved from their homes to ensure the safety of their families.

The lockdowns and restrictions tied to the COVID pandemic have certainly added to the anger of many citizens. People watch shows that reinforce their own views. Such one-sided journalism helps justify violent actions. But let’s be clear. Viewers respond with high ratings from the steady stream of extremists. Rage is the “eye candy” that now attracts viewers. Yes, there are extreme views expressed on either side of our political divide, but the vast majority of rage and violence is coming from the left.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki has complained about threats and personal attacks, but Republicans point out that the party has not publicly shared the addresses of any Biden administration official’s home address.

After the leak of a potential Supreme Court reversal on Roe v. Wade, a pro-abortion protest in downtown Los Angeles turned into a violent clash with law enforcement after officers were called to disperse the increasingly disruptive crowds, resulting in the injury of at least one officer. What started as a small protest outside the city’s federal courthouse building, grew increasingly rowdy and disruptive. The protest grew despite promises from state officials and liberal lawmakers to codify the ability to access abortion in California.

A group called “Jane’s Revenge” claimed to be behind the attack on the offices of Wisconsin Family Action. The “warning” demanded that pro-life organizations disband in 30 days. They claimed, “We have run thin on patience for those who seek to strip us of what little autonomy we have left.” The group claimed that it had groups “all over the U.S.”

Columnist and pundit Victor Davis Hanson wrote, “Politics are resembling the violent last days of the Roman Republic. An illegal leak of a possible impending Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade that would allow state voters to set their own abortion laws has created a national hysteria. Never has a White House tacitly approved mobs of protesters showing up at Supreme Court justices’ homes to rant and bully them into altering their votes.”

Commenting on the angry demonstrations, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel said it well, “It is an attempt to replace the rule of law with the rule of mobs.” It’s the mobs that get the coverage, and that coverage encourages more attacks.

The rage hasn’t been limited to the abortion issue. In January, the leftist ShutDownDC group picketed outside Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) home in Virginia. Hawley said at the time, “Tonight while I was in Missouri, Antifa scumbags came to our place in DC and threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who can’t travel. They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door. Let me be clear: My family, and I will not be intimidated by leftwing violence.”

Since that threat, there have been seemingly a stream of violent attacks and murders. From the mowing down of innocent black citizens in Buffalo New York, to the ongoing carnage in inner-city Chicago, and to the attack on worshipers at the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, the violence is just expanding.

We may have ushered in the age of rage, but the vast majority of Americans do not want it to continue. It’s time we all demand an end to violence and stop legitimizing destructive demonstrations. The answer to hate speech is not violence or forced silence. The answer is more speech, more respectful, thoughtful, even passionate dialogue across our divide. Freedom and rights are only real when you extend and ensure those rights to those who openly disagree with you. Let freedom ring. Let’s return to disagreeing without being quite so disagreeable. Rage may get you on the news, but it doesn’t ensure the future of our republic. Demand more. Start being part of the answer by being responsible for your own actions.

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Ignore Much of What Pundits Have to Say

Can we be confident in advice we receive from people who have not mastered what they teach?

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When the opportunity arose, I attended a lecture by one of the most well-known authors and speakers in America. I had previewed his CD and read two of his books prior to his lecture; in person, he lived up to my expectations. So, I was intrigued when a friend, involved with bringing this speaker to our area relayed a personal incident to me. 

Directly following the speaker’s presentation, my friend was responsible for driving him to the airport, and accompanying him until his flight departed. That summer afternoon, it was rainy and the skies were dark.

As it turned out, the author was a nervous flyer and took several drinks in the airport lounge prior to boarding the plane.  I found this incident to be amazing because I had so often heard him say things such as, “Everything in this universe is perfect.” It struck me that, in many ways, the speaker wasn’t practicing his philosophy. Nevertheless, all human beings have their faults and foibles and, as time passed, I forgot about the incident.

High-Priced Gurus

One morning, I had the occasion to pick up USA Today. In the lifestyle section, there was a feature on a relationship guru and author of international best-sellers on relationships. She had won the “Oscar” of infomercials, earning $24 million in a single year.  

In this published interview, the reporter asked her why we should listen to a relationship guru who had been married five times. Five times? I couldn’t believe it! She had wedded her fifth husband, some 11 years her junior, only a short time before producing her award-winning infomercial on having a successful relationship. 

In the infomercial, she is featured as having a loving relationship with her husband. Okay, but in no way does the infomercial tell us that he is her fifth husband and that she had married him three weeks ago.

Not Walking their Talk

I had a flash from the past: I recalled the story about the nervous flyer author. Yet, nothing prepared me for the revelations about the relationship guru, a self-proclaimed expert, using the slickest 21st-century marketing available to sell her information and products.  

She was well-versed in her subject matter. Upon hearing her advice, I recognized that it did seem sound. However, the larger issue is, “Can we be confident in the advice we receive from those who have not mastered what they teach, or who do not even remotely walk their talk?”

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