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MIND CONTROL: Greg Abbott politicizes Texas children while asking DeSantis to hold his beer

MIND CONTROL: Greg Abbott politicizes Texas children while asking DeSantis to hold his beer

Greg Abbott politicizes Texas children while asking DeSantis to hold his beer

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”
― George Orwell, 1984

If it’s not glaringly obvious to you already, Republicans want full control of what your children learn so they can carefully teach them to be obedient slaves to Dear Leader.

“Reichstag Ron” DeSantis is already turning Florida into 1933 Germany but with coastlines and theme parks, so Texas Governor Greg “I Hate Myself So I’m Going to Make You All Miserable Too” Abbott is now working overtime to top that.

Texas officials finally acted on their years of threats to control the eighth-largest public school district in the country, announcing the full state takeover of Houston’s schools on Wednesday, which set off an immediate firestorm from angry local Democrats.

Houston is a giant Blue oasis in the otherwise Red state, so it’s no surprise whatsoever that Authoritarian Abbott wants to push MAGA propaganda there more than anywhere else in his police state.

People hold up signs at a news conference on Friday, March 3, 2023, in Houston while protesting the proposed takeover of the city's school district by the Texas Education Agency. Local and federal officials say state leaders are preparing to take over the Houston Independent School District over allegations of misconduct by district board members and the yearslong failing performance of one campus. ( Juan A. Lozano/AP Photo)

Other big cities (including Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Detroit) have seen school districts taken over by their states in the last decade, but only as last resort solutions for the “underperforming” schools.

Education experts point to past outcomes which showed little improvement following state interventions. And while the American public school system needs plenty of improving, the GOP’s ideas are never it.

Race is also an issue, of course. The overwhelming majority of the nearly 200,000-student population in Houston schools are Hispanic or Black.

It’s just another example of the deliberate dumbing-down of America as orchestrated by the racist Republicans, who would love nothing more than to have their Black and other communities of color receive the barest minimum when it comes to everything, but especially education.

Houston Democrats aren’t going to roll over so easily on this one, Authoritarian Abbott.

Tara Dublin
Tara is a reported opinion columnist at Occupy Democrats. She's a woefully underappreciated and unrepresented writer currently shopping for a super cool novel that has nothing to do with politics while also fighting fascism on a daily. Follow her on Twitter @taradublinrocks

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