DOJ classifies parents exercising free speech rights as ‘domestic terrorists’

Merrick Garland

DOJ classifies parents exercising free speech rights as domestic terrorists

Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) essentially classified parents concerned about Critical Race Theory and the explosion of Marxist ideology being taught in public schools as “domestic terrorists” earlier this week when Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memorandum whining about the “disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.”

Drawing a parallel between Merrick Garland’s memo and “domestic terrorists” is not hyperbole.

Two months ago Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a terrorism threat advisory specifically targeting the dissenting voices of people exercising their God-given, constitutionally protected right to free speech to protest government — calling them “terrorists” and pushers of “anti-government rhetoric.”

In his first address to a Joint Session of Congress back in April, Biden blamed the rise of terrorism in the United States on white Americans instead of radical Islam and black militia groups. Using a March report provided by the intelligence community under his orders, Biden identified “white supremacists” and “militia groups” as America’s greatest domestic terror threat:

“Today’s domestic terrorists espouse a range of violent ideological motivations, including racial or ethnic bigotry and hatred as well as anti-government or anti-authority sentiment.

“They also take on a variety of forms, from lone actors and small groups of informally aligned individuals, to networks exhorting and targeting violence toward specific communities, to violent self-proclaimed ‘militias’ who, despite legal prohibitions in all fifty states against certain private militia activity, assert a baseless right to take the law into their own hands.” (emphasis mine)

Then, as now, Biden’s police state agenda lumped people who believe in small government and limiting its power with real racists and real terrorists; most likely something he learned from the man he used to work for — Barack Hussein Obama.

Accusing those who reject Biden’s open promotion of Critical Race Theory, Marxism, and the teaching of anti-white racism in public schools of harboring “racial or ethnic bigotry and hatred” is standard operating procedure for the far-left, but targeting parents who oppose teaching these things to their children as “domestic terrorists” significantly elevates the seriousness of the situation.

Biden and his army of public school bureaucrats claim that Critical Race Theory isn’t being taught, but his actions tell another story because he recently appointed a pro-critical race theory activist to join the U.S. Department of Education.

Precious McKesson was selected as a special assistant in the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the Department of Education’s Office of Communication and Outreach, a position not subject to Senate confirmation. McKesson is a vocal advocate of CRT’s teaching that U.S. institutions are inherently racist, and she has openly criticized conservatives who oppose the theory.

Merrick Garland’s decision to treat parents exercising their free speech rights as terrorists comes in response to a letter sent to Joe Biden from the National School Board Association. NSBA asked him to use statutes such as the Gun-Free School Zones Act and . . . are you ready? . . . the USA PATRIOT Act to stop threats and violence directed toward school board members over actions that could be “the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes,” according to the letter. (emphasis mine)

Some of the acts of “domestic terrorism” mentioned in the letter included differences between school boards and parents on issues like mask mandates, vaccine mandates, Critical Race Theory, and remote learning.

In the DOJ press release concerning Garland’s new approach to treating concerned parents exercising their free speech rights as “domestic terrorists,” we learn some of the details of his tyrannical plan — including plans to use the FBI for muscle:

The Justice Department will launch a series of additional efforts in the coming days designed to address the rise in criminal conduct directed toward school personnel. Those efforts are expected to include the creation of a task force, consisting of representatives from the department’s Criminal Division, National Security Division, Civil Rights Division, the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, the FBI, the Community Relations Service and the Office of Justice Programs, to determine how federal enforcement tools can be used to prosecute these crimes, and ways to assist state, Tribal, territorial and local law enforcement where threats of violence may not constitute federal crimes. (emphasis mine)

According to Garland’s memo, this “task force” will be operational within the next 30 days.

Finding ways to shut parents out of the education of their children is also on the rise at the state and local level of government.

For example, in the Virginia gubernatorial debate last week, Democrat candidate Terry McAuliffe emphatically stated that parents should have no input concerning the education of their children:

“I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decisions. I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

Following the debate, McAuliffe doubled down on the issue in a media interview:

“Listen, we have a board of ed working with the local school boards to determine the curriculum for our schools. You don’t want parents coming in in every different school jurisdiction saying, ‘This is what should be taught here’ and, ‘This is what should be taught here.’”

Of course, I agree that violence should be dealt with, but when Biden, Merrick Garland, and the DOJ take to labeling parents as “domestic terrorists” simply for objecting to government policies and threaten to lock them up, we are living under tyranny . . . not liberty.


David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.

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