Just days after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that will teach students the “evils of communism,” the Arizona House passed a bill requiring that students hear from people who fled communism and learn how the authoritarian ideology contradicts American ideals.
The requirements, part of House Bill 2898, are designed to help students to be “civically responsible and knowledgeable adults.”
Schools will be required to hold “a comparative discussion of political ideologies, such as communism and totalitarianism, [that] conflict with the principles of freedom and democracy essential to the founding principles of the United States.”
The bill also says that a curriculum should be developed that features the “civic-minded expectations of an upright and desirable citizenry” that will preserve and defend the “blessings of liberty.”
The Arizona State Board of Education would also be required to compile oral history resources that instill “patriotism based on first-person accounts of victims of other nations’ governing philosophies who can compare those philosophies with those of the United States.”
Rep. Jake Hoffman, R, said,
“The reality is one of the greatest threats facing the globe today is communism and totalitarianism.…We have governments like the Communist Chinese government, that their stated goal is to be the world’s sole and only superpower, and that they will achieve that goal through any means possible.”
Hoffman further warned, “The threat of communism, and honestly, even here within our own borders, the threat of Marxism is on our front porch.”
Democrat Rep. Daniel Hernandez responded, “You know what’s a bigger threat? White nationalism.”
“So, yes, let’s talk about communism,’’ Hernandez added, “but let’s talk about making sure we are not letting people get away with the kinds of things that happened on Jan. 6 and teaching our kids it’s okay to try to overthrow a democratically elected government.”
His comparing the Jan. 6 incident to communism prompted a response from Rep. Quang Nguyen, R, who was born in Vietnam in 1962 and came to the United States after the Vietnam War.
“White nationalism didn’t drown 250,000 Vietnamese in the South China Sea. The communists did,” he said.
Rep. Nguyen reminded the legislature that communism caused the execution of 86,000 Vietnamese during the fall of Saigon and caused him to flee his homeland and lose most of his family.
“So don’t take it lightly, don’t mock me, don’t mock what I go through in life. If we don’t stand up to teach communism to our children, we’ll lose this country.”
The House bill now heads to a conference committee to work out differences between it and a Senate education bill, which does not contain any language about adding curriculum about the dangers of communism.
These actions taken by Florida and Arizona are an encouragement to patriotic Americans everywhere. As the left continues its push to paint a negative view of U.S. history and our freedoms, Americans who love their country are standing up to protect the glorious ideals of liberty and capitalism that this nation was founded on.
The left continues its ludicrous false equivalencies by insisting that the mythic threat of white nationalism is somehow on par with the most destructive ideology in human history.
More than 100 million people were murdered by communist regimes over the past 100 years and well over 1 billion people remain captive in communist countries like China, North Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Laos, and Venezuela, according to the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, which was authorized by an act of Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton, D, in 1993 to commemorate those who suffered and died under communism and to educate future generations about its false hope and tyrannical goals.
Why do Democrats like Hernandez scurry to draw attention away from communism and on to white nationalism? While it is unknown what Hernandez’ personal motivations are, the tactic certainly helps to distract Americans from the insidious threat of Marxism that is slowly being integrated into our country through concepts such as critical race theory and socialism.
The left, and their willing dupes in government, media, and Big Business, want Americans focused on made-up boogeymen so the state and its allies can consolidate their power over the people.
In due course, schoolchildren in Florida and hopefully Arizona studying the tactics and impact of communism will recognize this type of mass gaslighting as a favorite tactic of totalitarian leaders — particularly communists like Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, and Fidel Castro — to try to manipulate those it seeks to control and dominate.