Lana Theis’s Attack on Mallory McMorrow Failed
Yea, I know. Who the hell is Mallory McMorrow.
First let me explain Lana Theis. Lana is a state senator representing the Michigan state district I lived in when I was near Brighton, Brighton Michigan. Lana is Republican and was pretty much protected from being replaced due to state gerrymandering. You may remember her as the Michigan Republican state senator who falsely described McMorrow as a “groomer” in an April fundraising email.
In the fundraising email, Michigan State Sen. Lana Theis of Brighton said colleagues like McMorrow were “outraged” they couldn’t “groom and sexualize kindergartners.”
To make matters worse, Republican Sen. Lana Theis opened a Michigan Senate session with an invocation by claiming children are being attacked by “forces” that want to indoctrinate them with ideas their parents do not support.
Three Democrats walked out of last week’s meeting to protest her apparent reference to how schools address sexual orientation and gender identity and critical race theory. McMorrow was one of them. Within days, the one who tweeted criticism of the prayer was targeted by Theis in a fundraising email.
Theis called Sen. Mallory McMorrow a liberal social media “troll” and accused her of wanting to “groom” and “sexualize” kindergartners and teach “that 8-year-olds are responsible for slavery.”
And State Senator Mallory McMorrow responded with a spirited speech in the Senate in her own defense — a speech that went viral and made her a political celebrity on the left.
It is a good speech and one I hope would inspire Democrats to take to the podium and answer Republicans.
What was the outcome of this back and forth?
Theis didn’t see an influx of small-dollar donations from the solicitation — her take from individual donors was just $235. But McMorrow used the response to her speech to build a data base of 11,000 donors from all 50 states, according to her husband and treasurer Ray Wert.
Senator Mallory McMorrow raised more than $1 million.
We need more State senators and Representatives like Mallory McMorrow.
“The attack on Mallory McMorrow backfired” – POLITICO, Adam Wren
well, this is a little ifficult for me, because i think i know who the good guys and the bad guys are. but i have some thoughts you won’t agree with…and will think i am one of the bad guys.
schools don’t need to teach everything grown ups wish the kids “knew.” they figure stuff out on their own. and stuffing their heads with proaganda usually backfires unless it is reinforced by the community of their peers.
i first noticed i believed this when the schools started teaching “new math” which was a completely backward way to teach math: starting from “the foundations” instead of teaching intuitive math. so a first grader had to know — or be able to say–what “associative law of addition” meant before learning to add.
now we have, apparently, people who want to teach about racism, or teach about sexual identity in gracde school. or, on the other hand, we have people who want to teach Amurrican “values” and “Christian” morals ..also in grade school.
When I went to school we pretty much learned “history” with a bit of a bias toward “freedom and justice for all”, learned that the Civil War had something to do with ending slavery, and we heard nothing at all about sex until about eighth grade when it was beginning to become relevant to “kids”, but it was mostly taught as an abstraction in biology classes, not in “morals” class. And by the tenth grade most of us had begun to figure out that sex was important, and even, in those innocent days, that “homosexuals” were people too. and that not everything you read in the news — or history class– was true. we did fine. grew up voting for our idea of truth, justice, and the american way, republican or democrat.
politics was always the agenda of school boards, but at least at that time they left us kids free from that nonsense until we were old enough to begin to think about stuff for ourselves.
neither the Right nor the Left have any respect for childhood or love for children. All they want is to make sure kids believe exactly what they do, whether they even know what the grownups are talking about or not.
How do schools address “sexual orientation and gender identity and critical race theory?” Do they treat children as equals? That is but a small part of this but which you leapt to discuss. Theis would have none of this and is pandering to the Michigan bigots who panicked when they discussed light rail to Howell, MI.
What was the Civil War about?
Nice and big so you can read it. Theis brought up schools and insisted McMorrow was for the teaching of various subjects in order to groom children for her liking (get it). I can not think of a more disgusting thing to bring up. McMorrow never talked about such. Theis just figured she could bring it up and everybody would buy into it.
McMorrow didn’t and Theis lost credibility in her district amongst both sides of the aisle. Should schools teach equality and the causes of the civil war? Damn right they should.
like I said… you will think I am the enemy.
basically, I was saying kids should be spared politics…and new math…until they are ready for it.
i have some reservations about that. some kids will be horribly abused, mentally, by their parents,
A great teacher can spot that and may do some good. ordinary teachers will just make it worse and call the thought police down on her head.
Nothing there about how to teach. There was a whole lot about politics. There were some thoughts on the civil war. THIS IS ALL ABOUT THEIS CALLING McMORROW A GROOMER.
Do you understand now?
not sure that I do. What is “all about” is something you and I have trouble agreeing on.
what your “all about” was all about the Right accusing the Left of trying to indoctrinate (groom) kids to be radical left socialist democrat atheist homosexuals, and the Left accusing the Right of indoctrnating kids into being racist homophobic superstitous maga morons.
my comment was meant to suggest that both sides go home and take a cold shower, let kids be kids for a few years before they have to sort out which popular hysteria they want to devote their lives to.
Since I have been a friendly commenter here for fifteen years, it hurts my feelings that you belive I am a
magamoron at times.
oh. go back and read your post. you will find several references to “teaching.”
This is not about children. It is about false accusations by Theis. These accusations have to be answered which McMorrow did in a manner acceptable to most who live(d) in Michigan and found the Republican ideology as repulsive. The word “teach” was used one. Everyhing else can be construed.