Idaho newspapers don’t run every column Jim Jones writes, but you can bet if he writes about the Idaho Freedom Foundation they will, because they hate the IFF as much as Jones does.
Jones’ columns are full of the same lies we expect of him. Jones has created a new political action committee and is raising funds for the express purpose of attacking my organization and its allies. He writes about the IFF almost every week now, so our rebuttal is important.
A quick note: I don’t expect your local paper to publish this response, just as I’ve noticed newspapers omit that little detail I mentioned about Jones raising money to fight us. But here is my response to his statements:
Claim: The IFF “has worked hard to sabotage Idaho’s public schools.” Fake. Idaho’s public schools are doing a fantastic job of sabotaging themselves by giving unions control and exposing students to left-wing ideology. It’s also no secret that Idaho student test scores have remained flat and poor long before the IFF even existed. All we did was highlight the problem and recommend solutions, including universal school choice, which Jones opposed.
Claim: The IFF attempted to “prevent people of modest means from getting medical care.” Wrong again. The IFF opposed the expansion of the state Medicaid program which was originally intended for the poor and disabled. Expanded Medicaid includes able-bodied, childless adults regardless of income. Their presence on the system not only distracts from the original intent of the program, but also incurs a much higher cost than originally intended. Additionally, Medicaid itself represents a socialist regime that comes at the expense of families, churches, and nonprofits that care more about a person’s health and well-being than a bureaucracy of health.
Claim: The IFF “has fueled disputes over a number of non-existent issues just to score political points.” Double false. As I have said many times before, please visit our website and read the research our team has been working on. It details the infiltration of critical social justice into our K-12 colleges, universities, and public schools. See example after example of the use of critical race theory and the hypersexualization of children in our own state. Despite saying this time and again, the media has done its readers and viewers a disservice by ignoring the evidence in pursuit of the leftist agenda.
I much prefer working on fiscal and monetary policies. I prefer to focus our energies on restoring constitutional principles and promoting freedom. But the indoctrination of our children is the biggest problem facing America today, and it’s happening in communities in Idaho as well as in public schools in more radically progressive places like Portland or Seattle.
Finally, Jones attacks several of my friends in his last missive: Raul Labrador, Priscilla Giddings, Dorothy Moon, Branden Durst, Janice McGeachin, Barbara Ehardt, Ron Nate, Bryan Smith and Doyle Beck. Each of these men and women are people of principle and integrity. No one forces them to engage in the public sphere. They do so at great personal cost, attracting enemies and submitting to the vitriol and relentless lies of leftists like Jones. They do it because we are all invested in saving America from socialism.
These are the real reasons why Jones and his little leftist allies hate us, and why you and I continue to be subjected to his rants.
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