By GianCarlo Canaparo for The Daily Signal
Attorney General Merrick Garland a memo issued The Department of Justice and the FBI on Monday ordered a series of extra efforts to address the increase in criminal behavior against school staff in the coming days.
The Garland memo looks like an attempt to use the FBI threatening and silent parents who are outspoken opponents of critical race theory in schools. That alone would be an astonishing biased abuse of power. What Garland did, however, is even more shameful.
Maybe Garland does not actually intend to use the FBI to go after parents – maybe he knows he does not have the power. In that case, he tries to deceive parents into thinking he is doing it. He hopes this tactic suppresses the free speech of parents and throws a leg up for a powerful ally of his political party.
Even a few FBI agents interviewing parents are possible enough to convince others that it is not worth the risk to stand up for their values.
To understand what Garland is doing with this memorandum, you need a brief introduction to the background facts and government legislation.
Start with the facts: What is this ‘increase in criminal behavior’ against school officials? You will not find any evidence in Garland’s memorandum. You will not find any evidence in the FBI crime data or.
This claim becomes parrot from a letter sent to President Joe Biden by the National School Boards Association– a powerful left-wing group representing many of the school boards across the country, driving critical racial theory curricula. The letter made vague allegations about “threats and violence” against school board members of parents who are against the theory of critical race.
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The letter complained of ‘disruptions’ by angry parents, but could find only one example of violence against a school official (probably a security guard), which was handled by local law enforcement.
The bulk of the letter is the National School Boards Association holding its pearls, upset that right-wing angry parents are interested in their children. The tactics used so far are certainly nothing compared to the riots of the summer of 2020 that have destroyed more than a billion dollars in property and resulted in multiple deaths.
This tactic was not determined by the National School Boards Association and its liberal friends. In fact, the current Vice President organized financial support to the engaged criminals.
The National School Boards Association is not really concerned about an isolated case of violence being properly handled by local law enforcement. It is much more upsetting that it is powerless to restrain parents from exercising their rights on the first amendment to return against the critical racial theory in the classroom.
And so, in a move that is almost a reflex among many left-wing organizations, it has asked the government to give part of its law enforcement power to silence its intervening critics. Garland was only too happy to oblige. In doing so, he made a hypocrite out of himself and Biden.
I spent my entire professional life looking at Ed Levi and the other Attorney General who walked into Watergate, who stood up on behalf of the department against impermissible pressure and influence. If I am confirmed as Attorney General, I intend to do the same.
There is no clearer example of political influence entering the DOJ than a demand letter to the president of a left-wing advocacy group that turns into a DOJ memorandum in less than a week.
But Garland’s DOJ armament has a problem: there is no conceivable basis for federal law enforcement against these parents.
Unlike Attorney General Eric Holder, who distorted and abused the Freedom of Clinic Access Act pro-life lawyers too quiet, Garland can find no law he can do in the same way to silence parents. If he could, he would have put it in the memo.
But the parents do not know.
And here enters the laws of law. Garland’s memorandum provides no basis for law enforcement by the DOJ or the FBI, but it hides that with a morass of official language that says nothing but that federal law enforcement will give advice to local school boards.
FBI agents and federal prosecutors (who apparently have nothing better to do) will travel the country by giving school administrators the telephone numbers of their local police and the web address of the FBI’s Internet line.
After the noise and anger subside, there is nothing left.
What do we make of it all?
First, there is no reason to bring federal law enforcement into this; local authorities have it under control.
Second, Garland has shown disappointingly that he belongs to powerful left-wing political groups and is very happy to use the threat of the federal government’s law enforcement power to suppress their critics’ right to free speech. The promised illegality of the DOJ is a hoax.
Third, it is more important for Garland to spend scarce law enforcement resources reconciling liberal interest groups than for more urgent national concerns.
Fourth, good news, parents do not have to be afraid. It is their constitutional right to legally return against schools that teach children critical racial theory.
Go to the school board and let your voice be heard.
Syndicated with permission from The Daily Signal.