Online comments in response to our column entitled LCSB Cheerleaders Stay United, featuring School Board Members Rosanne Brandeburg, Debbie Stivender and Kyleen Fischer, lit up as some agreed with us while others thought we were being juvenile and snarky. Some people don’t understand political satire. Those who do, understand that truth is its general underpinning in making an absurd point.
There are real political ramifications for the votes by School Board Members Brandeburg, Fischer, and Stivender that cannot be ignored. There seems to be a real blowback mounting from the community. Let’s enunciate what these three have voted up for final approval.
By a 3-2 vote, the Lake County School Board authorized the formation of a gay/ lesbian club as well as other controversial civic groups for 11-12 year olds. Voting in favor of this new club policy were School Board Members Brandeburg, Fischer and Stivender. On the contrary, each of them professes to be conservative, religious, family first, core value Republicans. When they ran for their positions on the Lake County School Board, each one of them paraded through churches and conservative groups proclaiming their conservative doctrines and their commitment to traditional values.
The people who voted for these ladies had a political expectation that they would follow the core values they put forward when they were seeking their votes. During the last election, had Brandeburg and Stivender announced they would support the formation of a gay/lesbian club for 11-12 year olds, both would have been soundly defeated.
This is just another case in which the voters have been duped. Conservative Republicans in Lake County did not elect liberal Democrats to the School Board, and the vote on this issue by Brandeburg, Fischer and Stivender is a basic betrayal of their core constituents.
Oddly, several School Board Members have told us that ministers and prominent leaders of civic groups gave them cover on this vote, citing the reason that while they really don’t support the formation of a gay/lesbian club for 11-12 year olds, they don’t want their clubs tossed out with a change in policy. If this is true, this is stunning. What does that say about their value proposition?
For most parents, this is not a gay, lesbian or straight issue because there are probably very few parents who are okay with the public school system discussing any aspect of sexuality with their 11-12 year old. Every day, the news reports on a different school pervert featured in handcuffs. It seems to us, the last thing any school needs is a club that has anything to do with sexuality. In our view, that is like begging for an ugly incident to happen.
We have always been consistent on one thing–being consistent. If you proclaim to be a conservative, religious Republican and that is how you were elected then act and vote like one. If you are a minister who rails against the moral decay of America then stand on the principles by which God has called you.
The real problem in America today is that too many leaders, inside and outside of government, are compromising their core values so they can be liked. How can we expect our children to have core values and character when they don’t see any examples of it?
We fully understand there are people of good conscience who believe the schools should have open clubs; however, we take a conservative stand which says schools are responsible for educating children not organizing clubs. When it comes to the point that clubs and civic groups become a distraction to educating children then they should be closed. That’s our core value.
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