PA school board member pens blistering op-ed to parents: ‘No, I don’t work for you’

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With parents making inroads against the “woke” leftist ideologues, who have used their positions within the educational system to promote the poisonous racism of critical race theory while subjecting young children to tyrannical forced masking, a member of a Pennsylvania school board is pushing back.

In a blistering diatribe published by the York Dispatch, York Suburban School Board member Richard Robinson unloaded on the parents who have begun turning out for meetings to demand that board members be held accountable, spurring him to declare “I don’t work for you.”

Robinson began his op-ed by taking exception with parents who show up, “It is a requirement of local school boards to provide opportunities for public comment. This provision gives residents of a school district the chance to vent their spleens about exorbitant taxes or demand subjects be taught properly the way they were during the most frigid period of the Cold War. In the past, more often than not, nobody showed up.”

Decrying the idea that school board meetings are the “new battleground in the fight for America’s future” which he attributed to social media, Robinson wrote, “Some members of my community appear to interpret this part of board meetings as the occasion to tell board members why they have the collective intelligence of a village idiot and how the school district ought to be addressing real problems. When the board does not fall in line with each and every demand, we are accused of ignoring the thoughtful, unbiased, sincere and righteous ultimatums of our community.”

He proceeded to run down a list of six key points that he sought to make, the first of which being, “With all due respect to the men and women who snarl, “I’m a taxpayer! You work for me!” No, I don’t work for you. I was elected by people who voted to represent you. It is not the same thing. You may also be surprised to learn every member of a school board is a taxpayer, too. I come from a long line of taxpaying men and women.”

Robinson also took exception with “people who introduce themselves as doctors without mentioning their specialties or credentials and expect their pronouncements to be accepted as unimpeachable,” adding “After all, Jack Kevorkian was a doctor,” referring to the physician who was nicknamed “Dr. Death” for his role in assisting terminally ill patients with committing suicide.

The school board member also lashed out at parents who threaten lawsuits against school board members as well as those who threaten to pull their children out of school over mask mandates, “Framing your choice this way makes you sound like a bully.”

“Finally, with all due respect to the charlatans who claim health and safety measures are responsible for destroying the mental health of children simply to justify their own social agenda, Robinson wrote, “you are the most offensive and vile of all. There are members of this community who tried to draw attention to the warning signs of increasing mental distress among our children long before you ever thought of mental health as a potential cudgel. To listen to your repeated distortions of the facts is nauseating.”

“As far as the right side of history is concerned — I like my odds,” he concluded.

The reaction to Robinson’s screed was entirely predictable.

Robinson’s mini-manifesto also draw a response from Nicole Neily who is president of Parents Defending Education, a group that identifies itself as “a national, grassroots nonprofit empowering parents to advocate for classrooms that educate – not indoctrinate.”

Neily commented to Fox News Digital, “Far too many elected officials have shown over the past two years that the ‘consent of the governed’ is little more than an inconvenient speed bump on the road to advancing their unpopular agendas.”

She added, “Mocking and dismissing the concerns of the community may be cathartic for petty dictators, but it is not a path to electoral success.”

The growing calls for school board accountability is seen by leftists as an alarming development that has struck panic into the hearts of far-left teacher’s unions and so disturbs Democrats that Attorney General Merrick Garland was compelled to equate parents with domestic extremists with his controversial October 2021 memo tasking the FBI with using counterterrorism tools to monitor parents.

Now that parents have managed to turn the tables, don’t expect the leftist charlatans who have been masquerading as educators to go down without one heck of a fight.

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