There are usually a couple of stories every week that raise my blood pressure and result in dark thoughts and angry mumbles. Here is a recent sampling:
• Angus King votes to confirm eco-terrorist and tree spiking apologist Tracy Stone-Manning as the director of the Bureau of Land Management, charged with the stewardship of millions of acres of public land. Ms. Manning was approved 50-45, with nary a Republican vote, including Senator Collins, who can usually be counted on to support the environmental left.
Angus gave the middle finger to every logger in Maine and the entire forest products industry. He vigorously defended Ms. Manning in committee and laughed at the ecoterrorism charges. Ms. Manning’s activism more than 30 years ago in the Pacific Northwest resulted in thousands of rural jobs lost and the precedent setting abuse of the endangered species act to destroy rural economies, which our lobster industry is now dealing with. Even Senator Collins, who after the salmon listing fiasco announced her support for the endangered species act on the Senate floor, could not rationalize supporting Ms. Manning and betraying her constituents. Of course, Angus will almost certainly not run for another term, so flipping the bird to rural Maine and the forest products industry while reaffirming his fealty to the environmental left makes perfect sense.
I wrote the following to my former boss:
Your vote and committee defense for eco-terrorist Tracy Stone-Manning is an insult and betrayal of Maine's Forest Products Industry workers. I challenge you to come to mill towns in the 2nd CD and explain your vote for an eco-terrorist tree spiker apologist.
The environmental left and the climate alarmists must be very proud of their Senator. Congratulations on betraying your constituents who live North of Brunswick.
I will let you know whatever Pablum response I get. Do not hold your breath expecting to see Angus any time soon. I wonder what Maine Senate President, Democrat and logger Troy Jackson thinks of Ms. Manning and Senator King’s vote.
• School Board and Educrat Lobbyists appeal to Biden administration to classify parents who object to Critical Race Theory and Covid Mandates as Domestic Terrorists who must be shut down.
I know that local attorney Rebecca Irving believes that quoting from the Epoch Times is sure proof of domestic extremism, implicit bias and white supremacist beliefs, but she’s welcome to explain, along with Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McCaullife and the teachers unions why parents shouldn’t be allowed to have any say in what their kids are taught in public schools.
From the Epoch Times:
“The national organization of public school boards is calling on the Biden administration to protect its members from “angry mobs” of parents who protest against COVID-19 restrictions placed on students and the teaching of critical race theory, characterizing the protests as “domestic terrorism.”
The National School Boards Association (NSBA), which represents more than 90,000 school board members in the United States, wrote in a Sept. 29 letter to President Joe Biden that the federal government must “deal with the growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation occurring across the nation.”
The letter moves on to cite incidents of “threats or actual acts of violence” against school leaders, alleging that parents who sought to express their opposition to mask and COVID-19 vaccination policies have been “inciting chaos” during school board meetings. It also denies critical race theory is being taught in classrooms, and describes parents’ attempts to hold school board members accountable by posting watchlists online as “spreading misinformation.”
“As these threats and acts of violence have become more prevalent,” the letter claims, “NSBA respectfully asks that a joint collaboration among federal law enforcement agencies, state and local law enforcement, and with public school officials be undertaken to focus on these threats.”
Specifically, the NSBA asked that federal agencies such as FBI, the Secret Services, and the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security “investigate, intercept, and prevent the current threats and acts of violence” by whatever “extraordinary measures” necessary.
“As these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crime,” the NSBA argued in the letter, encouraging the federal agencies to use laws designed to target domestic terrorism, such as the PATRIOT Act, to address the issue.”
Silver lining - school choice support is growing across the nation, and several GOP Governors and candidates, including Paul LePage, are making it a major plank in their campaigns.
Addendum - Attorney General Merrick Garland has instructed the FBI to protect school board members and educrats from parents, that is domestic terrorists, who vigorously question educrats on critical race theory and covid mandates. However, leftists who harass and chase US Senators into the bathroom are just fine and according to the head of the Biden crime family, just “part of the process.”
Jon Reisman is an associate professor of economics and public policy at the University of Maine at Machias. His views are his own. Mr. Reisman welcomes comments as letters to the editor here, or to him directly via email at [email protected].