Oh the games the news media play now, every night and every day now….
The typical left-propping mainstream media source calls Kimberly Riecks an “activist.” She is, in fact, a mother who is willing to do what more parents should do in defense of their children, their own parental rights, and the arrogant abuse of power by school boards in pursuit of ideological agendas that have little to do with the best interests of children. The conservative news sources call her “a mother”.”” or a “mom.” That is correct, but you see, the terms are positive ones. Can’t have that for a “clear and present danger” to the state.
A high school in Ankeny, Iowa held an after-school drag show for students, the apparently rogue project of a gay students organization. Parents weren’t alerted in advance, the protocols weren’t followed and the school board was supposed to investigate. No results were forthcoming, nor explanations, nor heads rolling down steps, though the event occurred in May.
Kimberly Reicks, who is a mother of a student in the district, came to a public meeting of the School Board dressed as one of the drag performers, and said in part,
Does this outfit make you turn your head? Does this outfit seem appropriate for anybody here to see? This is what the man dressed like in front of our kids. So if this makes your head spin — if this pisses you off in any way, shape, or form — it should. Because I’m embarrassed to stand here in the outfit that I am in today, but I have a point to prove — that this outfit should not be ever accepted in our schools anywhere.
Where’s the transparency in this? How are we going to entrust you — the board members — to do what is right for us parents and make sure that the kids know what is right?
She also asked for an official apology.
I have to inject here: the advent of drag shows for youth audiences in schools and libraries completely missed my radar, and apparently it has been going on for a while. The New York Post reported that NYC schools spent over $200,000 putting on drag queen shows for their students. Wait, what? Why, for heaven’s sake? What maniac thought that was a good idea? What submissive slugs shrugged and said, “Sure! Sounds fine to me!”? I don’t get it. I thought men in drag for entertainment had been stuffed in the politically incorrect closet as misogynist, and nobody was allowed to laugh at Flip Wilson, “Bosom Buddies,” “Some Like It Hot” or Monty Python again. It’s educational now? Educating about what?
The Des Moines Register, the most influential newspaper in the state, made its side clear by basically implying that Reicks is a radical conservative nutcase as the founder of Iowa Mama Bears, “an organization that expresses views against masks” —no, it expresses views against masking children, which is cruel, harmful, and stupid— “COVID-19 vaccines”,”—no, it objects to mandatory vaccinations– “LGTBQ content”— no, the group properly believes that sexual content doesn’t belong in lesson plans—and “the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” I guess because the agency has proved itself to be politicized, incompetent, dishonest and untrustworthy. In other words, the paper’s coverage of Reicks’ protest was a standard issue biased, misleading smear.
But then the Register is all in for adults parading around like this…
In a feature last month called “For LGBTQ youths, Des Moines’ all-ages drag show is about more than just performing,” the Register explains,
Dozens of LGBTQ children and young adults from across the state perform monthly at an all-ages drag show at The Garden in Des Moines. The youths involved say the gatherings are like family and help build important bonds in a space where they can find safety and simply be who they are….Drag is an art form where performers exaggerate or play up gender presentation. It often incorporates elaborate makeup, costumes, dance and music. It’s a major part of nightlife, and self-expression, in the LGBTQ community.
Who ruled that transvestism and cross-dressing were “art forms”? Sexual fetishes are art forms now? In 2010, Ethics Alarms discussed Rich Iott, a Tea Party candidate for Congress whose prospects were ruined by the revelation that he liked to dress up as a Nazi SS officer as recreation. Iott tried to escape by stating that he was a “re-enactor.” The fool! He should have said, “Pretending to be a Nazi is an art form where performers exaggerate or play up Nazi behavior and character traits. It often incorporates little mustaches, uniforms, goose-stepping and Wagner. It’s a major part self-expression in the conservative history-minded community.” Then all would be well. He might even have been asked to goose-step for fourth graders at a library.
Let’s be clear: I don’t care what adults dress up as in their private lives, and if parents want to take their sexually-disoriented teens and gay kids to drag shows, that’s their business. I understand that watching men act like, dress like, and pose as girls and women might be reassuring to a small minority of minors. None of that justifies making drag shows part of the educational process. Like so much else, this phenomenon is the result of responsible authorities being unwilling to say, “No” and accept the inevitable accusations, denigration and attacks that being responsible now requires.
Kimberly Riecks is a role model they need to look to for inspiration and guts. She’s an Ethics Hero. Now we need to find a few million more like her.