The following Op-Ed was submitted by Art Da Rosa. Note: Op-Eds do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.
While on the campaign trail, I have been privileged to meet many Idahoans. Inevitably, the topics of education, Critical Race Theory, and gender identity come up. I have pledged to support a School Choice Program. I am opposed to CRT and similar ideologies. Interestingly, some continue to say that CRT and gender identity are not being taught in Idaho.
The passage of HR 2471 shows us that the federal government will continue to pressure states to implement CRT and gender identity.
HR 2471 is a $1.5 trillion “omnibus” spending bill. It was passed by the US Congress on March 9, 2022, and ratified in the US Senate on March 11, 2022.
Among the 2740 pages of the HR 2471, are:
- Gender identity protection program;
- Critical Race Theory to be mandated in government policies in the disguise of “improving equity and reducing disparities;”
- Classifying it as domestic violence for fathers to attempt to dissuade their wives or girlfriends from having abortions;
- More gun control measures;
Idaho has accepted billions of dollars during the Covid Emergency declaration. While it is ending, our state has, nonetheless, agreed to comply with many of the federal mandates and future mandates.
Unrecognized by many Idahoans, the implementation of some of these mandates often comes incrementally.
Take gun control as an example. Our right to possess firearms is protected under the 2nd Amendment. Since the Left cannot outright ban guns, they do it incrementally. So, we have registration requirements, ammunition control, cost control, demonizing firearms manufacturers, etc. The Left is continuing its assault on firearms. Relentlessly.
The same goes for gender identity programs and Critical Race Theory. During the Idaho State budget hearings, a BSU Executive told us that CRT is not being taught in our universities. But we know that is not true. They merely change the name and hide those programs somewhere. With HR 2471, we know that the federal government will continue to promote them.
The solution is, therefore, not only to question our State agencies and officials but to be vigilant in fighting the encroachment of Leftist ideas. We need to recognize that their goal is the total corruption of our moral values. An equal resistance on our part is necessary to counter it.
I pledged that I would represent my constituents in speaking out against these issues. I will vote to eliminate federal encroachment in our State.
Tags: Art Da Rosa, CRT, Gun Control, HR 2471