The Department of Education (DOE) is out of control and must be stopped. Here on PolitiChicks.tv, some of our most popular articles are ones about Common Core, the so-called “consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn”. Common Core pushers leave out the facts: that it was ushered in without any input from parents, there are no studies that prove its effectiveness, there is no constitutional right for the feds to dictate education guidelines to states and a million other things. What’s really disturbing is that if you ask most parents about Common Core, they have no idea what you’re talking about. Unfortunately, the DOE has been in our lives for so long, no one bothers with them anymore, but they should!
Over 30 years ago, President Ronald Reagan called for the termination of Jimmy Carter’s 1979-80 brainchild. For years, the GOP had the termination on its platform. FOX News wrote, “Every year from 1980-2000, Republicans included in their platform the plank: ‘The federal government has no constitutional authority to be involved in school curricula or to control jobs in the market place. This is why we will abolish the Department of Education,’ read the 1996 platform.” But by the mid-1990s, abolition was no longer a priority.
“President Obama’s 2012 spending request for the department is $77.4 billion for discretionary spending – up from $46.2 billion 10 years earlier. The department itself notes it has the third largest budget despite having the smallest staff of 15 Cabinet agencies,” says FOX. Former secretaries of education Lamar Alexander and William Bennett have stated that the department has “an irresistible and uncontrollable impulse to stick its nose into areas where it has no proper business. Most of what it does today is no legitimate affair of the federal government. The Education Department operates from the deeply erroneous belief that American parents, teachers, communities and states are too stupid to raise their own children, run their own schools and make their own decisions.”
The current administration has overtly promoted racism by pushing the old narrative of white people, in particular white conservatives, hating blacks. Attorney General Eric Holder has been the perfect comrade to help Barack Obama tear down race relations in an effort to recreate America into the Marxist utopia they envision. There’s plenty of examples of this ranging from the Department of Justice’s refusal to prosecute the New Black Panther’s for Voter Intimidation to both Obama and Holder’s (and the DOJ via Holder) involvement in the George Zimmerman case. So, when the Dept. of Education announced it was going to actually investigate an Arizona school for having ‘Redneck Day’, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I am, and I’m mad.
Queen Creek High School is in Queen Creek, Arizona on the outskirts of Phoenix. They had ‘Redneck Day’ back in May as a spoof on the A&E reality show Duck Dynasty. Two pastors, one with an interesting background, complained about the activity. Rev. Ozetta Kirby, president of the Maricopa County branch of the NAACP, complained that it “really affected” his 16-year-old grandson who attends the school. He said, “We all know the connotation of ‘redneck.'” But he didn’t complain to the DOE. The other pastor, Rev. Jarrett Maupin, an Al Sharpton protégé, said, “I found it to be offensive. I think many in the community did and the department responded.” Maupin contacted the DOE to complain after finding out one child wore a Confederate flag on his back. Tom Lindsey, superintendent of the Queen Creek Unified School District says the child was taken aside and ‘asked’ to remove the flag. “The student, who is from a state where the flag is more prevalent, did not see a negative connotation. It was explained to him that, in Arizona, we look at it differently,” said Lindsey. The DOE’s Office for Civil Rights answered Maupin with a letter saying the Confederate flag was protected under the First Amendment. However, they’re still going to investigate “whether a racially hostile environment was created due to language and actions that were not protected by the First Amendment.”
Looking at Maupin’s past helps you to understand why he would try to turn an innocent, fun day at school into something racist. Maupin, aka “Kid Sharpton’, held his first ‘rally’ at the age of 7…over milk cartons. According to former classmates, when he was in high school at Brophy College Preparatory, where he had “bodyguards”, he complained of racial harassment. Foremost though, is that he has a criminal history…for lying to the Sheriff’s Office and the FBI about a crime. While the story is long and complicated, it proves that Maupin has some trouble with obeying the law, or at the least, respecting it, and it doesn’t end there. When he ran for mayor in 2007, Maricopa County Clerk’s Office determined that nearly 185 of the signatures that sealed Maupin’s spot in the race were collected by felons. He said he was “outraged” by the challenge of his petition by incumbent Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, apparently, outraged enough to go after him. He reported that Gordon had committed “some type of crime” to the Sheriff and the FBI. They spend over 8 months and thousands of dollars investigating the ‘crime’ before Maupin finally admitted he was making it all up! He pleaded guilty for making false statements to law enforcement, a felony, and was sentenced to five years probation and has to pay $51,000 in restitution. Then, during his probation, AZCentral wrote, “he had failed to work regularly, failed to tell his probation officer when he changed jobs, failed to pay court-ordered fines and did not immediately tell his probation officer when he was questioned by police,” so he was remanded into federal custody for a short time.
This “civil rights activist” has followed in the footsteps of his father. You may remember in 2005 when ‘anti-war activist’ Cindy Sheehan decided to camp out at President Bush’s Crawford, Texas ranch. In his never-ending quest to insert himself into the news of the day, Rev. Al Sharpton came to visit her. The good reverend must have been late for his flight because police had to bust his driver, Jarrett B. Maupin, Sr., after a nine mile chase hitting speeds of up to 110MPH! Guess who was in the car with them? Yep, his son, Maupin II (aka “The Rev”, he doesn’t use “Jr.”). Sharpton denied the allegations, saying that he was not part of any police chase. He declined an offer from the police to drive him to the airport, and began walking down the road, accepting a ride from a passing vehicle. He told the press that the sheriff’s report was “ludicrous on its face” and accused the officers of “embellishing the story.” Maudin II claimed his father was arrested on “trumped up” charges. Surprised?
This same man said of Republican Congressman Ben Quayle, “He’s my nigga”. This same man claims he “unequivocally” believes the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office commits racial profiling. Back then, he said if he wouldn’t have been in legal trouble, he’d be “doing the activism” against the department because of their “actions against the immigrant community, though “I don’t go far as to say he’s (Sheriff Arpaio) a racist.” He said that after the black and Latino community got upset with him for publicly supporting the sheriff, so he started backpedaling. Is this guy for real? For the record, Maupin tried to make “Redneck Day” a much bigger issue. But, the DOE’s Office for Civil Rights shot that down. Perhaps we need to ask the DOE why this convicted criminal and race- baiter is even a voice in yet another school system? He ‘resigned’ (part of his plea deal!) out of a position he once held with Phoenix Union High School governing-board. Even his resignation letter was a lie, claiming, “Maupin, 21, plans to pursue a career opportunity which requires him to be away from Phoenix”! *No surprise that he elaborated quite a bit to the media about what the DOE would be doing in response to his complaint about “Redneck Day”.
I’d like to know if any black children complained about the event prior to their interaction with these pastors, attorneys, civil rights activists, etc.? Was it necessary to go to the DOE? Could a meeting between the actual children who were offended (if there were any), their parents and the school been a better first step? This teaches our children to rely on the government even further than they’re already taught to in school. The DOE should have ignored the request by this quack activist, and if asked, immediately responded to any actual claimants by referring them to the school district in charge of the school. This reeks of Pop-Tart and finger guns and kids getting expelled for bringing their asthma inhalers to school! Throw in all of the other absurd, Orwellian actions delivered by the feds under the unconstitutional DOE and other organizations with their hands in our kids schools. How are our children going to learn to be strong, independent and responsible American citizens with know-it-all activists and criminals butting in? They’re not, and obviously, that’s the plan. That’s the reason our plan needs to include ridding our schools of federal anything!
“Last October, Queen Creek High School was recognized nationally when the football team took a bullied special needs student under its wing.”
*The actual letter responding to Maupin’s complaint can be read in its entirety HERE. Maupin told the press, “the DOE will…determine the remedy, including moderating conversations between school administrators and civil rights community leaders to shape new policy and racism prevention measures.” As you can see, the DOE did not write that.