It Takes Their Collective to Kidnap Your Child

In what history will record as one of the most egregious perversions, the Left projects its own sins onto its victims to transmogrify progressive oppressors into faux victims. It is a personal and political justification and weaponization that, by its very audaciousness, can leave opponents momentarily dumbstruck. During their initial stupefaction, a dissenting citizenry is at the greatest risk of being subsumed by the Left’s repressive, collective insanity.

Often, the citizens find it impossible to believe what the Left is doing, as it is so mind-numbingly hard to comprehend rational actors engaging—indeed, celebrating—their outrageous conduct and injurious aims, while claiming to be victims. 

Parental rights prove both the point and provide the line in the sand over which, should the Left successfully cross, you will no longer be a parent or a sovereign citizen of a free republic.

Among those organizations captured during the Left’s long march through the institutions, three powerful entities are painting their outrageous actions as noble and themselves as victims; and they are demanding the Biden Administration’s politically weaponized Department of Justice stifle all dissent to these entities’ radical policies in support of surgically altering the sex of children.

Per the Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra:

The American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Children’s Hospital Association all signed the letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, urging the administration to ‘investigate the organizations, individuals, and entities’ that it claimed were ‘coordinating’ and ‘provoking’ outrage online directed at those providing the controversial services.

Obtained by Christopher Rufo of the Manhattan Institute, the letter has all the illiberal hallmarks of the progressive mind, starting with its use of therapeutic political language to claim victimhood and demand the censorship and persecution of all dissent. (It should sound depressingly familiar, as it is the same narrative the Left uses to indoctrinate college students into embracing censorship, i.e., Marcuse’s “repressive tolerance.”) 

These coordinated attacks threaten federally protected rights to health care for patients and their families. The attacks are rooted in an intentional campaign of disinformation, where a few high-profile users on social media share false and misleading information targeting individual physicians and hospitals, resulting in a rapid escalation of threats, harassment, and disruption of care across multiple jurisdictions. Our organizations have called on technology companies to do more to prevent this practice on digital platforms, and we now urge your office to take swift action to investigate and prosecute all organizations, individuals, and entities responsible.

In sum, these organizations want to end the freedom of association, censor freedom of speech, and prevent the free association of their opponents. Having already attempted to have opponents censored by Big Tech, these organizations now implicitly demand the government collude with these private sector entities’ censors to do it. Most of all, of course, they want the federal government to use its police powers to persecute and silence their opponents. 

As Rufo succinctly concludes, “This is now the Left’s playbook: last year, the National School Board Association, Department of Justice, and F.B.I. worked together to label parents who opposed critical race theory ‘domestic terrorists.’ They want to stifle dissent, suppress speech, and criminalize opposition.”

At root, this is the progressive hubris writ large: “We know what is best for you and your children.” Why? Because they’re credentialled experts and you’re just a parent. You are not permitted to disagree. If you try, the Left will deem you a danger to your children, in particular, and society, in general. 

The leftist collective is already prepping to take your children from you. Consider this Daily Wire report by Luke Rosiak, wherein “a Virginia pro-trans group with Democratic ties says it will help gender-confused students leave their families and ‘rehome’ them with new ‘queer friendly’ guardians.”

This entity, the Pride Liberation Project (PLP), promises runaways—be they “outed students who are facing familial rejection or need to leave their home for another reason”—not only shelter, but also money, transportation, and deceit to protect the minor’s activities from their parents. That PLP has not been licensed by the appropriate state authorities to provide minors with said services is apparently not a problem. 

Nor are parental rights and even legal niceties, such as the recent Virginia Department of Education’s guidance that “schools should not hide a student’s transgender status from his or her parents, and should only call them by new pronouns with parents’ written permission.” According to the PLP’s founder, Aarayan Rawal: “They can say you have to implement these, but if there’s no enforcement mechanism, you’re not gonna do s–t.” 

He then offers the Left’s macabre canard that if its ideological dictates aren’t abided, people will die: 

It’s a lot easier for someone to hide behind a legal argument if they don’t know there’s a queer student whose [sic] about to testify who’s about to say that these guidelines would have literally killed their community and would have literally led to incredible rates of self-harm.

As for the PLP’s actively deceiving parents and encouraging and subsidizing minors to run away from home—what could go wrong?

David Gordon, head of the Virginia Project that tracks ideological indoctrination and the infringement of parental rights in public schools, has an idea:

It is irresponsible and reckless to the extreme to be doing this with other people’s kids. The way this operation works is nearly identical to sex trafficking. This could never be underwritten by any insurer. The chance of one of these kids ending up being sexually abused is almost certain.

For the PLP, the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Children’s Hospital Association—and other regressive leftist organizations—the inability to conceive how their actions are harming children is indicative of their purblind hubris. They simply refuse to see not just the probable, but the actual harm their insane and injurious ideology has foisted upon children, parents, and society as a whole, and instead project their sins upon their victims—be they children, parents, or American society as a whole. 

Perceiving themselves as “liberators,” they delude themselves that their malefactions are justified, and their sins ennobled and elevated into virtues, done on behalf of the benighted masses who cannot comprehend it was all done for them. It is why the leftist collective feels no compunction about deceiving parents and curtailing and/or terminating their rights, and risking and ruining the lives of children. Doubtless, too, such delusional hubris is needed for the Left to sleep at night.

It is also why those who dissent must never rest. The leftist collective has come for your children. For America’s parents, people, and republic, it is the Rubicon that cannot be crossed. If the Left can do this to children with impunity, there is nothing they can’t or won’t do to the rest of the citizenry—and they know it. 

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About Thaddeus G. McCotter

An American Greatness contributor, the Hon. Thaddeus G. McCotter (M.C., Ret.) represented Michigan’s 11th Congressional district from 2003 to 2012 and served as Chair of the Republican House Policy Committee. Not a lobbyist, he is a frequent public speaker and moderator for public policy seminars, and a Monday co-host of the "John Batchelor Show" among sundry media appearances.

Photo: Aaryan Rawal, 18, of the Pride Liberation Project, speaks during a rally outside of Luther Jackson Middle School in Falls Church, Va. on July 14, 2022. (Eric Lee for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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