Crapweasel of the Week: Educrat Arne Duncan

Michelle Malkin, May 24, 2018

Educrat (ED-yoo-krat) noun, usually pejorative. A government school official or administrator whose primary function is to spend tax dollars telling other parents what to do with their children.

Beltway education bureaucrats abhor families who choose to keep their kids out of public schools -- unless it's to grandstand over gun control.

Behold Arne Duncan, longtime pal of Barack Obama and former U.S. Department of Education secretary, who called last weekend for parents nationwide to withdraw students from classes "until gun laws (are) changed to keep them safe."

Emotions are still raw after a teen shot 10 classmates and teachers to death in Texas last week. But Duncan has no excuse for his cynical, made-for-cable-TV exploitation of the Santa Fe High School massacre. Existing state laws banning minors under 18 from purchasing or possessing guns didn't stop the shooter. Neither did laws against possessing sawed-off shotguns or pipe bombs.

And contrary to hysterical early reports, the accused 17-year-old gunman did not use "assault rifles." So a "common sense" ban on "assault weapons" would not have saved lives, either.

But effective solutions to maximize students' safety and well-being seemingly aren't Duncan's goals. His mission is airtime. Publicity. Entertainment. Provocation for provocation's sake. Show time -- for the children, of course.

School boycotts are a "radical idea," he admitted to MSNBC. "It's controversial. It's intentionally provocative." Praising teacher walkouts and student protests, Duncan told The Atlantic he supported parent-initiated school shutdowns for gun control because "we are not protecting our kids... And the fact that we're not doing that -- we're not willing to think radically enough to do it -- I can't stomach that."

Ah, the royal, unstomachable "we."

Here's another thing I find hard to swallow: Education overlord Arne Duncan now championing the radical idea of parents exercising their autonomy to do what's best for their children.

As Obama's meddling power-hungry education secretary, Duncan attacked "white suburban moms" and their children who turned to homeschooling in protest of the top-down Common Core "standards"/testing/data-mining program. Duncan sneered that he found it "fascinating" that the grass-roots anti-Common Core revolt came from "white suburban moms who -- all of a sudden -- their child isn't as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn't quite as good as they thought they were."

This elitist control freak revealed his fundamental disdain for rabble-rousing parents who've taken educational matters in to their own hands. By characterizing the movement against Common Core as "white" and "suburban," Duncan also exposed his bigotry against countless parents "of color," like myself, who've long opposed Fed Ed's sabotage of academic excellence, local control and student privacy in school districts across the country.

Note that newly minted parents' rights advocate Arne Duncan never once advocated boycotting Chicago public schools, which he ran for eight years, for their abject failure to quell rampant school violence.

Nor has Duncan called for parents to demand their districts withdraw from the disastrous "PROMISE" alternative discipline program that he helped create. (After Duncan's protege, Broward County school superintendent Robert Runcie, initially denied that Parkland, Fla., shooter Nicholas Cruz had benefited from the program, he sheepishly acknowledged last week that Cruz had in fact been referred to the program and avoided criminal prosecution for school vandalism as a result.)

Nor has Duncan said a peep about systemic coddling of abusers in the classroom by teachers' union presidents in New Jersey and Ohio, as exposed over the past month by undercover investigative journalists at Project Veritas.

Instead, Duncan has won high praise and more media interviews for his phony boycott proposal. "My family is all in if we can do this at scale," he nobly tweeted.

But what his slavering fans in the liberal media won't tell you is that Duncan's wife works at and his own children attend the exclusive, private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in tony Hyde Park, which a Lab Schools brochure brags is "patrolled by the University of Chicago Police Department and private security."

Armed, of course, for thine and thee, Arne. But not for we.

South Carolina Dem, Once a Party Hero, Refuses to Leave Race After Abuse Charges Surface

Cortney O'Brien, May 24, 2018

Archie Parnell is a Democratic candidate in South Carolina's 5th Congressional District to defeat Republican incumbent Ralph Norman. The party is urging him to withdraw, however, after new domestic violence reports have surfaced. Court records reveal that Parnell physically abused his former wife in the 1970s.

In October 1973, Archie Parnell, then a University of South Carolina student, was locked out of some friends' apartment to protect Kathleen Parnell, who was staying there. At 2 a.m., Archie Parnell used a tire iron to break a glass door, the complaint said. He made more unspecified accusations to Kathleen Parnell before striking her several times. She said she was beaten again later that evening.
After the "acts of physical cruelty," Kathleen Parnell said she feared for her life and did not want to stay married. She obtained a restraining order against Archie Parnell after seeking the divorce, according to court documents. The divorce was finalized in early 1974. (The Post and Courier)

Parnell did not deny his ex-wife's allegations, prompting several staffers to quit, Democrats rescinding their endorsements and party leaders demanding he step aside for the sake of the South Carolina seat. 

"His actions, though long ago, directly contradict the values of the Democratic Party," South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Trav Robertson said Monday.

But he's refusing.

This campaign has always been about the people of the 5th district, my home, but never about me," Parnell said in a statement. "Forty five years ago, while still a college student, I did something that I have regretted every single day since. In response to actions I feel unnecessary to specify, I lashed out and became violent with other people, including my former wife, which led to a divorce and monumental change in my life.
"These actions were inexcusable, wrong and downright embarrassing," Parnell said. "Since then, my life has been changed by a remarkable woman, two amazing daughters, a forgiving God and a career that has taught me to cherish what I have."

Before Parnell's scandal came to light, his campaign was praised as "the best Democratic campaign of 2017." In a season of extreme partisanship, Parnell succeeded by staying positive and being self deprecating, Politico explained.

"How did he do it? By staying out of the line of fire. He was positive. He was humble. And Republicans barely knew he was there."

Republicans faced a similar situation to the Parnell scandal in Alabama last year, when controversial candidate Roy Moore refused to bow out of the Senate race following his own decades old sexual assault allegations. Democrats ended up winning their first Senate seat in Alabama in 25 years.

(H/T America Rising PAC)

Editors Corner

I know this is going to upset some of you, but it's not the first time that I have stirred up a fire storm, so here goes, after riding highway 51 on numerous occasions and I have become accustom to the traffic circle at the intersection of highway 51 and Idlewild Rd. and I like it. Before the traffic circle was installed I would be stopped in traffic as far back as Phillips Rd. coming off the four lanes in Matthews. With the traffic circle this doesn't happen and traffic continues to flow. I know that at one time the NC DOT was interested in installing a traffic circle in Locust and I for one would like it placed at the intersection of highway 200 where Meadow Creek Rd. and Bethel Church Rd intersect. I believe the traffic flow justifies a traffic circle, if it doesn't it soon will with additional 500 homes going up on Mission Rd.