Letter: Chris Manthos, Leesburg           

Editor:  In our daily human interactions, few are more despised than “know-it-alls,” and bullies.  Both, the products of authoritarian tendencies. “Know-it-alls” are carriers of the notion that if only everyone thought as they do, the world would be so much better. Bullies simply get off on thuggery and inflicting pain and suffering on others. When these negative behaviors intersect, as they often do, we get politicians. 

A hallmark of a know-it-all is one who tells you how to raise your kids. With thinly veiled disgust, they lecture you on their perceived failures of your parenting ability, and the need to listen to them or other assorted ‘experts.’ 

No better display of this intellectual deficiency was exemplified than in this week’s Virginia gubernatorial debate. Democrat Terry McAuliffe stated “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”   

Regardless of political affiliation, every parent in the Commonwealth should be appalled by such a comment.  Virginia law guarantees parents the “fundamental right” to be involved in their children’s education – something McAuliffe is aware of, and clearly wants to change.  If someone tried to get between you and your kids at a backyard party, you’d likely show the dude the gate.

A mentality like McAuliffe’s is symptomatic of authoritarianism. Throughout history, authoritarians—Hitler, the Castro brothers, Mussolini, Stalin, Chavez, and other thugs, have always gone after people’s kids. It’s an effective control feature. Democrat Terry McAuliffe is all about going after your parental rights. He should be scorned for such an extreme statement, yet he stands by it.

When it comes to bullying, Terry has that down cold as well. A few weeks ago, he said of the unvaccinated. “Until we make it hard for people to get on planes or go to movie theaters, people just aren’t going to do it.” Adding, “We can’t force them, we’re not going door to door, but you make life difficult.”  

Think about that: A politician, running for office, pledging to “make life difficult” for citizens. Inflicting mental hardship, pain, and economic turmoil on others is the epitome of a bully. If your neighbor made such a pledge over the fence, you’d alert the Sheriff.  

In Loudoun, Supervisor Mike Turner, a democrat, recently wrote in his newsletter “I truly believe we will only start seeing much higher vaccination rates when we make it extremely inconvenient for the unvaccinated to be entertained outside their homes.”  

It’s the individual’s personal choice, in consultation with their medical professional, to be given a shot (It’s not a true vaccine). To be vilified and have quality of life threatened by state and local politicians is completely unacceptable. These people are quick to resort to persecuting others, yet always hold themselves up as the ultimate authority on every issue.  They are not, nor will they ever be.  They are simple minded know-it-all bullies who should be held in contempt for their efforts to deny people their civil liberties.  

Terry McAuliffe is the ultimate establishment product with an authoritarian streak. He sent his kids to private school, yet denied poor people the right to choose better schools for their kids. By his own words, he’s committed to undoing the essential parent-child relationship within our families. The last thing Virginians need is another four years of a draconian know-it-all in Richmond. We’ve suffered enough with the control freaks. Vote for freedom in each and every contest. Our kids deserve nothing less. 

Chris Manthos, Leesburg           

7 thoughts on “Letter: Chris Manthos, Leesburg           

  • 2021-09-30 at 7:14 pm
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    Terry McAuliffe has always been a strong supporter of public education. He doesn’t oppose parental involvement in their children’s education. During Tuesday’s debate, he expressed support for local school divisions to create their own policies, not simply rubber-stamp Richmond’s guidelines. How does that square with the allegation that he doesn’t believe in parental involvement? But please remember we’re talking about public schools, not private schools. Public schools must ensure a quality education for EVERY student. If some parents don’t like that, so be it.

    • 2021-10-01 at 12:46 pm
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      The carpetbagger said what he said.
      And then he doubled down on it.

      No amount of gaslighting is going to change that.

      This is straight out of the Clinton handbook.

  • 2021-09-30 at 9:58 pm
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    Well, no. McAuliffe has it exactly right. Parents have neither the education nor the knowledge of pedagogy to “dictate” what schools “should teach.”

    That much is clear from the lunatics who have been screaming and yelling at school board meetings in recent months. They’re insane and wildly out of step with the values of most parents.

    I trust educators who have, you know, studied pedagogy and curriculum, to teach. If you don’t, that’s fine. Private school is appropriate for some.

  • 2021-10-01 at 9:05 am
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    Chris, I’m a lifelong Republican and you are making us look bad. Invoking Hitler, the Castro brothers, Mussolini, Stalin, Chavez? “It’s not a true a vaccine”? If you are trying to win over moderates and liberals to vote for Youngkin, this isn’t going to work.

    • 2021-10-01 at 11:59 am
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      James, you’re wrong and Chris is right. Our nation is bordering on tyranny. Meanwhile, you sound like you would have been telling Winston to shut up and send Adolf another “let’s try diplomacy” telegram back in ’37. If McAuliffe wins he will immediately invoke mask mandates, vaccine mandates and God only knows what else. You might be OK handing over your civil liberties to the Left… but I’m not. And I’m grateful Chris isn’t either.

      • 2021-10-02 at 4:33 pm
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        The appeasement of Chamberlain in 1937 is a great history lesson, but bears no resemblance at all to the state election in Virginia. I would keep the powder dry on that analogy. McAuliffe will win, due to over-inflammatory positions like yours and Chris. Republicans should win on cogent policy, not on pissing off the middle, which this article and your post are sure to do.

  • 2021-10-05 at 3:19 pm
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    Leesburg Mom — the chances of “Mr. Gordon” being an actual republican are about the same as me being one. Zero. Most likely the writer is a democrat playing dress-up. They know Terry’s comments were appalling. They know history does indeed show authoritarians always go after people’s kids. That’s why “Mr. Gordon” didn’t refute anything I said: They just attacked the message.

    Rational people should believe it when establishment thugs say parents have no role to play in their kids education. They mean it. A quick look at the headlines today, with the AG directing federal law enforcement to go after parents who object to polices of school boards, says it all.

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