Conservatives lose the information war on Monday night’s like this one because they don’t show up. Here is Laurie Higgins writing at the Illinois Family Institute:
Following a contemptible Facebook post by the now nationally infamous School District U-46 school board member Traci O’Neal Ellis in which she asserted that the American flag means no more to her than toilet paper, Monday’s board meeting saw a slew of impassioned comments most of them in support of Ellis. Most, however, failed to address the crux of public outrage: The public is outraged by the incivility of Ellis and by her myopic, imbalanced view of America.
Fifteen people spoke, twelve in favor of Ellis and three in opposition to Ellis’ comment. One of those fifteen people, Megan Larson, spent her entire time criticizing board member Jeanette Wardfor condemning Ellis’ offensive comment–a comment condemned by many news outlets including the Daily Herald.
My question is, what the heck is wrong with conservatives? How can Ellis’ comment, which elicited national condemnation, including from former governor Mike Huckabee, motivate only three people to speak at a board meeting?
The meeting began as always with a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance during which Ellis was the only member not to cover her heart.
Let’s closely examine just one of the 12 Ellis-supporting statements, self-righteously intoned by Larson and capturing succinctly several Leftist arguments:
There are seven rules in the Board Members’ Code of Conduct which also form the basis of the board members’ oath.
The code states that “members of the board of education shall represent all school district constituents honestly and equally and refuse to surrender responsibilities to special interest groups or partisan political groups.”
I ask if implying that parents, staff, and students are Marxists, and radical Leftist extremists is apolitical.
The code states that “members shall take no private action that might compromise the board or the administration and shall respect the confidentiality of privileged information.”
I ask if twice issuing a call to outside agitators is apolitical.
“Members shall encourage and respect the free expression and opinion of other board members.”
I ask if taking private information and posting it publicly and then continuing to post 7 times in 4 days on the same topic is apolitical.
The failure to uphold this oath makes one unfit to represent the students and families of U-46. In my opinion, if one refuses to follow the tenets of the oath they [sic] took, they should be reprimanded.
Larson must have turned off her irony/hypocrisy detector when she wrote this.
Read more: Illinois Family Institute
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