Conservatives, for practically the first time ever, have gone on offense in the debate over Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill. They’ve responded to the left’s “Don’t Say Gay” moniker by accusing them of wanting to groom children.
Some right-wing commentators have expressed discomfort at this discourse. I am curious as to why conservatives would back off an aggressive but largely accurate allegation against people who regularly smear them as bigots over the most minor of political differences. In fact, I was fired last month after left-wing activists falsely accused me of racism over criticizing the vice president’s outfit. It’s awfully satisfying to see them get a taste of their own medicine.
It smacks of naivete to think that the left’s radical ideas on sex and gender can be defeated with respectful discourse. In just a couple of years, we’ve moved from Drag Queen Story Hours in public libraries to teachers seeking validation for their alternative lifestyles from vulnerable children and young women being crowded out of their own sports competitions. The American public is largely against these trends, but often can’t be convinced to oppose them vocally because the right has failed to properly defend them from allegations of bigotry and transphobia. The right has an obligation to make it even more toxic to support these ideas than it is to oppose them.
As we inevitably move on from the “groomer” discourse, it’s important to examine why the left wants so badly to sexualize children. Yes, some of them are just pedophilic creeps. But there’s also a larger strategy at play.
The left’s goal is to drive a wedge between children and their parents so they can be more easily indoctrinated with radical, progressive ideas. This used to start in the universities. Hard-working families would send their kids off to college only for them to return home for the holidays spouting nonsense about white privilege and systemic racism. Conservatives grew hip to this game and started exposing the fantastical concepts being taught in higher education. In order to continue their successful brainwashing, leftists needed to turn the kids when they were younger and more impressionable.
A nice one-two punch was developed. Kids learn key concepts of Critical Race Theory, which encourage them to hate themselves and their peers because their skin color makes them complicit in systemic oppression. The kids who are marginalizing others with their mere existence are then offered the opportunity to pick new, safe identities from a batch of made-up genders and sexualities. They’re encouraged to hide this from their parents, whose bigotry won’t allow them to understand.
Children who accept this paradigm are applauded and set up as the virtuous heroes against their evil parents. Parents are forced to accept their child’s new identity or risk losing them forever. It’s a stunningly effective way of creating new woke warriors.
When facing this existential crisis, fretting about the term “groomers” should be the least of conservatives’ worries.