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Welcome, welcome, welcome. Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Another great program. Perfect timing, by the way. In a few moments, we’ll talk with Mark Mix, who is the head of the National Right to Work movement, who has had a keen eye on the teachers unions and what the teachers unions have been doing for decades. And obviously, that’s coming home to roost, as we say.
Which reminds me, our later guest on the program will be David Horowitz. And when I think about the chickens will come home to roost. Remember when Jeremiah Wright Reverend Jeremiah Wright was yelling in his pulpit about America and how bad it was and Barack Obama was a young state senator, maybe, or even before that, sitting there nodding his head. Well, our guest, David Horowitz, has written about how the left has targeted America for a long time. We’ll visit with him about what’s going on, what he’s seeing, which is always an enjoyment, always enjoyable to listen to David Horowitz and his insight. I’ve got a question following up on one of his books called Blitz, Blitz. It’s called Trump Will Smash the Left and Win. And I got to follow up with that on that. So anyway, we’ll get all that.
But remember, the program is divided into four parts. First, what you need to know at the open here, a couple of stories, and then a main story for you, then two great interviews, and then we close with what you need to do, some steps you need to do. We’ll get to that at the end of the program or the podcast, if you’re listening there. Please remember, visit Proamericareport.com, Proamericareport.com and there you can find a way to sign up for a daily email. You can also check out these great interviews. We post them as individual standalone links. You can do that and there’s a lot more there. And also visit PhyllisSchlafly.com. I think tomorrow we’ll talk with John Schlafly about his weekly column. That’s where that’s archived and other stuff there. All right.
What you need to know today, the daily WYNK. What is it that’s at top of mind… Again, there’s a lot of things out there, right? We still are getting inundated with messages on Ukraine. It’s not clear what it all means. I don’t think it’s clear to anyone. Joe Biden late on I guess it was Tuesday, gave a speech from the White House. I don’t know, he sort of claimed that, yes, things were under control, but I don’t know. Does anybody really understand if they are? Not sure.
I received an essay from one of our guests, Jim Hollingsworth, earlier, talking about inflation, the impact of inflation and what it’s having. He said his essay is characterizing the inflation uptick as devastating for most working folks and low income folks. Not a lot heard on that. Not a lot heard about the immigration problem, illegal immigration in this country. In fact, forget illegal immigration as the phrase, just think of the border, which is wide open, drugs coming, bad guys coming, all sorts of problems. That’s all going on. All right?
So there’s a lot we could talk about that. However, what I want to talk about, specifically what you need to know. And you’ll see some coverage of this, at least over on the conservative cable stations, is what happened in San Francisco on Tuesday. And I’ve told you over and over again, the civil war in this country politically is within the Democrat Party.
The Republican Party has become solidly, whether you want to call it a Trump Party or you want to just call it a center right conservative party, it’s pro-life. The Republican Party is pro life. The Republican Party is pro opportunity in all its forms. The Republican Party is pro individuals versus the big government and big tech and big others. In fact, the Republican Party has turned into the party of free speech, especially in contrast to the left that wants to censor anything that they disagree with. So we have all this Republican… the Republican Party is unified. Within that there are distinctions, right?
There are some people who want to argue for this approach or that approach, but certainly there is a unified vision of the Republican Party now. You can call Trump’s Party if you want, America First party if you want, MAGA if you want. But there’s some substantive positions. Seal the border, close the border, build the wall. Big multilateral trade deals are bad for us. Big Paris Accords are bad for us when they’re us giving over money and sovereignty and China doing less. All that’s there.
The Democrat Party, on the other hand, is fighting amongst themselves tooth and nail. And they have a progressive wing that wants to defund the police. They have a progressive wing that wants – is in office – that’s defunding the police, that’s defunding, not defunding the prosecutors, defanging the prosecutors. So that in cities you have prosecutors who will not actually sink their teeth into real cases and stop violence.
They will pick and choose. The preferences, though, are based on a progressive far left agenda. The progressive far left agenda, not only isn’t… the Republican Party has criticism of capitalism when it’s crony capitalism, when it’s capitalism that is more about multinational corporations than American corporations, but in general, the free market capitalist system with the rule of law works pretty well for growth, for individual opportunity. That’s what Conservatives, Republicans think.
Within the Democrat Party, they are ready and willing to use government as the great leveler. They’ll pick and choose. They’ll pick who is favored, and they’ll pick and choose. Well in San Francisco on Tuesday, the Progressives who have dominated the school board, three of them were recalled and thrown out of office. Now you can’t run in San Francisco… Years ago, there was the chairman of the San Francisco Republican Party. Nice guy whose name fails me. He ran for office, ran for Congress. And San Francisco is a Democrat city, dramatically Democrat, right? It’s not close. It’s like 80/20.
But what happened here? The Democrats, the Democrat Party is split and sane Democrats, I would say, at least somewhat sane, threw out the Progressives who were running the school board in San Francisco, who were choosing politics and progressivism over kids. They were choosing in the pandemic time, when they’re keeping kids either virtual or masked or other things – disadvantaged. They were spending time, hours and hours and hours of board meetings and millions of dollars (I think it was millions) to try to change the names of schools.
And actually, I don’t approve of any of it. I think it’s all misguided at this time. I think it’s all 1619 Project insanity instead of figuring out how to obviously hold accountable the past for any failings, but don’t get crazy. But in San Francisco, they’re changing the name of Dianne Feinstein Elementary School, or at least considering it, because she’s not Liberal enough, progressive enough. My point here is what happened in San Francisco is that a combination of Democrats, Independents, some Republicans, and mostly concerned people – and I would say in a school board race, lots of parents and grandparents decided that they had enough of the agenda being forced on the people.
Now I’m at my desk and I’m looking at my bookshelves in front of me, and one of the books that always jumps out at me when we talk about this is Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools To Destroy America’s Children. If you read that book, Alex Newman wrote it with the late Samuel Blumenfeld, you’ll be stunned to see the impact of the teachers unions, the impact of the far left, what they’re doing to our kids. Here’s what’s interesting about this moment.
What just happened in San Francisco is that the Progressives went too far and were turned out of office now. The question becomes, will there be an appetite, will there be an effort, will there be a movement to get our schools back to educating our children instead of indoctrinating them? In Northern Virginia, I saw an email sent around. There was a sign on a table in a library in the Fairfax County schools. And the sign said, these are books that your parents or the adults don’t want you to read. And they were all these books on all the kind of crazy liberal subjects. By the end of the day, because it got on social media, the principal apologized and took the book, the sign down. I don’t even know what the books were. I don’t know anything about it.
I just know this. They have awakened the parents, the grandparents, the citizens, to wanting to have a better thing happen in the schools, to have a better product, to have more control. And whether you’re someone who’s in there saying, wait a second, why are you teaching this version of, say, sex ed or this version of history or pick a topic. There’s lots of different topics in there that some people are worried about. But in general, more eyes, more scrutiny, more attention on the system will be good for the system.
Now, I would prefer that as the people are rising in these school board races and happened in San Francisco, as the people are rising, that they look for more options, not just reform of the current. Because it feels to me like you could probably replace far left Progressives in the school board in San Francisco with some regular sounding Democrats and the system will still be set up, in my opinion, to not do as well as it could – to fail the kids too often.
You could stop changing the names of the schools, but if you’re still teaching 1619 and critical race theory inspired stuff, you’re still distorting these kids. You’re still having a system that’s breaking down. That’s what Crimes of the Educators by Alex Newman and Blumenfeld, the late Samuel Blumenfeld talks about more specifically. But for now, what you see is the people rising, the parents, grandparents, citizens saying, hey, we are not going to tolerate this. We’re going to seek change even in places like San Francisco that have a far, generally a far left electorate, I would say. I think it’s safe to say.
And so it is an extraordinary moment. We’ll see what it yields. All right, we’re going to take a break. When we come back, we will talk with Mark Mix, head of the National Right to Work. We’ll see what he has to say on the schoolteachers unions and that fact. We’ll also talk to a few moments with David Horowitz, the great David Horowitz, and we will have a lot more.
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We’ll take a quick break and we’ll be right back. It’s Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report, back in a moment.