The Grown-Ups Win..
In response to what sounds like a defaming and ludicrously false complaint made public from a 4th grade parent, a number of locals appeared at the Beaumont Unified School District Meeting last night, a few to request all Riley’s Farm field trips be cancelled and many more to support them. Although we still don’t have the minutes and the audio of the meeting, supporters seemed to outnumber detractors by 4 or 5 to 1. The Beaumont Board did not bow to cancel culture pressure.
Because of my hearing issues and some of the boardroom’s speaker settings, I couldn’t make out all the comments, but one of our staff, sitting next to me, believed the comments ran in our favor by four or five to one. At one point, sensing something shrill in the air, I inquired what was being said and our staff member reported, “she’s lamenting some tweet you made about ‘sexy homeschool moms.'”
These are the sort of Orwellian fundamentalists we are up against. These folks don’t have just one trigger. They have a MILLION triggers. It doesn’t matter what you weigh in on. The racism of Louis Farrakhan (TRIGGER! A black guy CAN’T BE RACIST. CANCEL!) The Constitutional Idiocy of David Hogg (TRIGGER! Mocking a young person trying to ban guns! CANCEL!) The comic timing of Stormy Daniels sexually assaulting an undercover female cop, even as she’s trying to accuse the President of the United States of sexual misconduct. (TRIGGER! ME TOO! CANCEL. CANCEL. CANCEL.)
Sexy Home School Moms! (TRIGGER! Someone NOTICED attractive women? Someone NOTICED why they might be moms in the first place? TOXIC MASCULINITY. TRIGGER! CANCEL! CANCEL!)
The fact that NONE of these ideas were even remotely discussed at a field trip escaped these folks. They just want to cancel, starve and destroy anyone with an idea other than their own. News flash: our very system, the great economic and political engine that is America, is based on disagreement, on speech that annoys you, that makes you think, that makes the great market place of ideas struggle for the best product and the best solution. If we had actually allowed great scientific minds to argue publicly about masks, vaccines, and lock-downs, perhaps we would have had a better response to the Communist virus. Right?)
There’s a theme wonderfully explored in a recent movie entitled The Death of Stalin. In a Communist dictatorship, without any immutable Divine truth, eventually no one knows what the “safe ideas” really are, even when they are arguing about Marxism itself.
And the odd, sad thing about these Orwellian fundamentalists? Once they cancel you, they will eventually have to cancel themselves. Silence eventually comes for the silencers.Tags: Beaumont, Beaumont Unified School District, Cancel Culture, Field Trips
This post was written by Jim Riley