MATTHEWS: Democrats setting themselves up for 2022 catastrophe with war on parents

President Joe Biden greets Virginia democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe as he arrives to speak at a campaign event for McAuliffe at Lubber Run Park, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

We’re still days away from Halloween, but the masks are slipping off of Democrats to expose yet another unseemly side — and just as campaigning for the all-important 2022 midterm primaries and subsequent general elections begins to heat up.

In 2020, Democrats wholeheartedly embraced the “Defund the Police” movement, if not by actions, then with words. Prominent Democrats — including numerous members of Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, then-Sen. Kamala Harris, and then-presidential nominee Joe Biden — all took gratuitous swipes at the men and women whose job it is to faithfully protect and serve their communities and put their lives on the line.

The Democrats’ embrace of “Defund the Police” backfired spectacularly in House races across the country, with losses in the double digits. It left Pelosi with only a razor-thin majority to work with as Biden and Harris were sworn in. Regardless, Biden still promised an ambitious agenda and a return to the good ol’ days of “bipartisanship” — which is Democrat-speak for, “Shut up, Republicans, while we ram our agenda through unimpeded.”

The 2021 Democrat war on parents — which has seen concerned parents across the country mocked, demeaned and treated as dangerous “threats” by Democrats for showing up to school board meetings and strongly opposing radical left-wing ideas like Critical Race Theory — could be in 2022 what their coddling of “Defund” was to them last year.

We see the war taking shape on two fronts: the first one being at the state level with Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe providing a perfect example. His campaign imploded in the aftermath of his admission during a late September debate with Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin: “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

Since that time, McAuliffe has repeatedly doubled down on his admission while also insinuating that parents who are concerned about the implementation of Critical Race Theory, which he falsely claims is not being even considered for Virginia public school classrooms, are “racists.”

The second front in this Democrat war on parents is of course at the federal level, where the Biden administration through his Attorney General Merrick Garland is also attempting to silence parents who speak out.

In response to a National School Boards Association letter urging federal involvement in investigating supposed “domestic terrorist” parents, Garland issued a concerning “memo” earlier this month that directed the FBI to, in concert with each U.S. Attorney, “convene meetings with federal, state, [and] local” officials “within 30 days of the issuance” of the memo in order to “facilitate the discussion of strategies for addressing threats against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff, and will open dedicated lines of communication for threat reporting, assessment, and response.”

We now know that at a certain point before that Garland/DOJ memo was issued, the NSBA and members of Biden’s administration colluded together on the letter that was sent to Garland. While the NSBA has since apologized for using the words “domestic terrorists” in their letter, there’s been no word yet from Garland as to whether or not he’ll rescind his directive.

As it stands now, the polls don’t look good for Democrats, including Biden. With that in mind, you’d think they’d at least pretend as though they care about what parents have to say at these meetings. But instead, Democrats are ripping those masks off at a rapid-fire pace, once again showing us who they really are when they think no one is paying attention.

That’s perfectly fine, in my view, because I’ve always believed that it’s best to only judge the full measure of a person, and Democrats at all levels of government sure have given us plenty of opportunities to do just that in recent weeks, haven’t they?

Media analyst Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym Sister Toldjah and is a regular contributor to RedState and Legal Insurrection.