THE GOVERNMENT’S ASSAULT ON OCEAN STATE FAMILIES

Rhode Island families are disillusioned … and under assault from their own government:

  • ECONOMICALLY

    Inflation & high taxes are robbing family budgets

  • CULTURALLY

    Controversial and divisive theories are turning our society upside down

  • RELIGIOUSLY

    Intolerance for God, Christians, and Jews is fueling hate and restricting religious freedom

  • EMOTIONALLY

    The bombardment of age-inappropriate content is leading to mental health issues among our youth

  • PHYSICALLY

    Crime, drugs, woke transgender policies, and the erosion of self-defense rights put family members at risk of  bodily harm

  • PATRIOTICALLY

    Animosity towards America and her founding fathers, as pushed by the Left, is creating enemies within

  • A People’s Convention

    SOLUTION: Did you know that there is a #4thBranchRI of government … that can bypass our state’s corrupt legislative, executive, and judicial branches … and that puts the power back with the people? This fall RI voters will have the chance to APPROVE a “convention of the people” statewide ballot question.

RHODE ISLAND’S RULING CLASS HAS FLOODED OUR STATE WITH TIDAL WAVE AFTER TIDAL WAVE OF EXTREMIST POLICIES THAT THREATEN THE PROSPERITY AND SECURITY OF WORKING-CLASS FAMILIES

Has our own government become the enemy of Ocean State families? Corrupt insiders win … families lose!
It’s time to restore traditional family values, “love of country” and “trust in God” #AssaultOnRIFamilies

ECONOMICALLY

On the economic front, family budgets are stressed to the breaking point. Because of oppressive regulations, not only is our state one of the worst states in which to start a business and create jobs, but Rhode Island suffers from one of the highest costs of living in America due to high taxes and inflation-causing regulatory and spending policies that reduce supplies and raise demand. Our Ocean State is also one of the most expensive states for seniors to retire.

EDUCATIONALLY

Ocean State families have lost trust in a failing government-run public school system that is increasingly controlled by corrupt teacher unions and radical left ideologues. Many families are seeking to escape the system and are desperate in seeking alternative options.

Both major teacher unions in RI have persistently stood in the way of significant educational reform by threatening to use their massive political war chest to oust lawmakers who do not support the agenda of union bosses. In recent years, both the AFT and the NEA rejected calls to focus more on objective subjects like math, science, and English … and instead make the politically subjective issue of “social justice” a priority in K-12 schools. Who wins and who loses?

CULTURALLY

The Left’s assault on RI families is decades old. The great American “pursuit of happiness” begins with a safe, prosperous, and optimistic family environment … yet Ocean State lawmakers have continually undermined these pillars of happiness.The Left’s #AssaultOnTheRIFamily must end. And, if we all work together and take a principled stand, we are going to end it for them!

PHYSICALLY

Extreme radicals on the Left literally are seeking to tear your family apart. If parents refuse to affirm certain delusions of their children – including the desire for harmful gender-transitioning procedures – woke LGBTQ activists are working to authorized the State to remove your children from your care … and make them wards of the State. They are even looking to turn many school buildings into 24/7 full-service campuses, that will house children removed from their families.

RELIGIOUSLY

The Left’s disdain for those who believe in God continues to grow. Keeping in mind that “In God We Trust” is the official motto of the United States, in recent years, many woke and progressive activists now refer to peaceful, God-fearing Christians … as “Christian Nationalists” … as if believers in Christ are some kind of terrorist who should be monitored by the justice department.

EMOTIONALLY

The emerging mental health crisis developing among Ocean State youth, and recognized by virtually every expert. Woke teachings in K-12 schools that all but tell young males that they are misogynist’s, whites that they are racist, blacks that they are less capable, and religious students that they are foolish , often create anxiety that require professional help.

The increased emotional instability of students and their decreased social development, was exacerbated by the the mishandling of the pandemic by education officials, forcing students to wear masks and isolating them to home-based learning and away from their friends.

PATRIOTICALLY

Today’s Left can be characterized by a deep-seated animosity towards every-day Americans and their patriotism to the USA. This antipathy is based on visceral disdain for rural, white, male, small-business-owning, religious, married straight parents and towards America itself. This hostility is increasingly reflected in government policy and in K-12 school curricula.

CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

Did you know that there is a fourth branch of government? It can bypass our state’s corrupt legislative, executive, and judicial branches and that puts the power back with the people! This fall RI voters will have the chance to APPROVE a "convention of the people" statewide ballot question.

The preservation and advancement of the well-being of families and children should be the foremost goal of our society and government. Every resident of Rhode Island aspires to live in a peaceful and prosperous society, and every family wishes for a bright future for their children.

Yet, here in our state, families are struggling to keep their heads above water. Wave after wave of radical policies – from all levels and branches of government – undermine commonly held values and increasingly put the American Dream out of reach.

Will we hold them accountable? Per our cherished Declaration Of Independence, when a “long train of abuses” causes the people to “suffer”, it is the right of the people, “it is their Duty to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security” and prosperity.

Such “abuses” are detailed in this paper.

This election year, Ocean State voters should keep this “duty” in mind and determine if existing politicians should be “thrown off” … and elect new “guards” to replace them.

The current all-of-government abuses and corruption is robbing our children of a bright and prosperous future and is destroying the chances for most families to advance up the income ladder. In short, Rhode Islander’s own government is at war with their families.

The 2016 national study, the Family Prosperity Index, ranked our state 48th in America when measuring the social and economic well-being of families. For decades, liberal-leaning Ocean State lawmakers have placed the interests of insider groups ahead of the prosperity of the traditional family unit. And it’s only gotten worse in the last 8 years.

Who wins and who loses?

Indeed, RI public policy has become an “assault” on Ocean State families … in favor of selfish and corrupt insider cronies and their false narratives.

Survive or Thrive? Sadly, Rhode Island’s political class has turned our state into a less-attractive place to call home … and to raise a family or build a career … because the high taxes and cost-of-living are forcing us to spend beyond our means just to survive.

The economic, educational, and cultural hurdles placed in our way by the political supremacists in our own special-interest-driven government are making it increasingly difficult for families to thrive. Who wins and who loses?

Centuries of empirical evidence and common sense have shown that a stable and nurturing family environment is the best path to a productive future. The “success sequence” supported by extensive research, is that path, which consists of three main pillars: 1) completing a quality education and earning at least a high school diploma; 2) securing full-time employment; and 3) marrying before having children. Following these steps alone can provide young adults with more than a 97% chance of avoiding poverty.

However, virtually all significant societal and economic issues we encounter today can be attributed to the breakdown of the traditional family structure and its security, which in turn leads to the collapse of faith. Our Ocean State’s corrupt ruling elites ignore the needs of working-class families … forcing them to pay for polices that benefit deep-pocket insiders. Who wins and who loses?

Alarmingly, between 2018 and 2022, 32 percent of RI infants were born to a mother with less than a high school diploma, while 34 percent of fathers had less than a high school diploma. These troubling trends can be largely attributed to destructive public policies in our state that erode one or more of these pillars, encroach upon our freedoms, and impose more politicized government control over our lives. For instance, as we describe below, many of our state’s public assistance programs actually create a “marriage penalty” for couples who want to tie the knot.

Unfairly, for those of you who do study, obtain a good job, and get married … all too often your hard-earned tax dollars are redistributed to others who weren’t responsible enough to follow this path!

These misguided policies often stem from corruption, where government bureaucrats prioritize serving insider special interest groups and agendas – especially when under public pressure from progressive activists, the media, and academia – which inevitably results in negative consequences for families and taxpayers.

The Proof: The Great Ocean State Exodus

Nothing points to the failures of our state government more than actual people who vote with their feet.

Faced with the multitude of problems caused by agenda-driven public policy described in this narrative, families are fleeing Rhode Island. A recent Pew Research report showed that Rhode Island’s population will actually shrink over the next decade, in contrast to growth across the nation.

Over the past 15 years, Rhode Island suffered the worst population loss due to state-state migration of all New England states.

Clearly, our government’s assault on families is causing economic and cultural hardships that many families can no longer bear. 

Corrupt Identity Politics.

In a disturbingly large number of instances, important public policy issues are decided upon based on false narratives manufactured and advanced by self-serving special-interest groups … often inventing new categories of victims who ostensibly suffer from some contrived fake injustice.

Many of these false narratives defy America’s founding principles of ‘equality for all’ … and also defy the realities of our God-given world.

These “identity politics” narratives are then perpetrated by the compliant local media, academia, and liberal advocacy groups … then, finally, legislative and executive actions are enacted to address these pretend “social inequities”, resulting in benefits for the special interest few at the expense of the well-being of the many Ocean State families.

The woke agenda is an assault on working-class families by undermining traditional values and forcing low-moderate income workers to subsidize those at the top of the economic ladder.

The public has lost complete faith in our government, which increasingly is ruled by politicians who are beholden to these obviously false narratives … and voters should put their support behind candidates who offer a change … a realistic, family-friendly, and taxpayer-centric approach.

Low-income families, with under-educated children, have been voting for liberal-left candidates for decades … and they’re still poor, with un-educated kids!

The gross corruption of governmental officials – beholden to these false narratives and the extremists who support them; elected and and appointed officials who oversee policies in the economy, education, housing, and the environment as well as of compliant judges in the courts – is robbing our children of their rightful opportunity for a bright and prosperous future in our Ocean State … all so that crony insiders will benefit instead. Who wins and who loses?

Citizens must re-dedicate ourselves to becoming consecrated in God’s Truth … and in America’s Truth!

Union Motived Corruption Raises Property Taxes

In a comprehensive 2019 report by the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, it was estimated that through our government’s unholy alliance with public employee unions – overly generous collective bargaining agreements and state laws that heap special advantages on unions and union workers – that Ocean State property taxes are 25% higher than they should be.

The Washington Bridge debacle exemplifies yet another consequence of our state government’s corrupt dealings with one special interest group – public and private sector unions – resulting in significant incompetence and waste as well as danger for all of us. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation was aware of the bridge’s structural issues since 2012, but for over a decade, they concealed the report and failed to take action to protect the safety of motorists. Rather than spending $8 million on repairs at that time, unionized construction firms now stand to gain as much as $300 million of taxpayer money to reconstruct the entire bridge. This raises the question we must often ask: who wins and who loses?

The Left’s War on Women

In Washington, DC, the Biden Administration’s 2024 reckless reforms to Title IX, which will put the safety of boys and girls at risk, seeks to reshape and dismantle the role of families in the raising and education of their children, by inventing and mandating a new set of rights for gender-denying students, which have no constitutional basis.

In response, Americans are revolting and many state superintendents across America have issued directives NOT TO COMPLY with these dangerous new woke rules.

Back here in Rhode Island, and as detailed throughout this post, families are under further assault from our own state government and the progressive Left, beginning with RI’s Education Commissioner, Angelica Infante-Green, who refuses to change RIDE’s anti-family guidance on school transgender policies.

The critical question is whether or not state lawmakers will “wake up” to the harsh realities of the consequences of the Left’s misguided policies.

While not everyone can be raised in a stable family environment, and while we have a responsibility to support citizens in our state who may be in real need, elected officials should continually strive to adopt public polices that reward marriage, promote a thriving economy with a low cost of living and free-market business climate, and provide a meaningful public educational system that respects parental rights.

SAVE OUR KIDS FROM THE WOKE LEFT

Most disturbing of all, is that the Left and our government is now focusing its family assault with a targeted war on our children.

Instead, Rhode Island families are under constant assault from our own state government and the progressive Left. The critical question is whether or not woke lawmakers will “wake up” to the harsh realities of the consequences of their misguided policies.

While not everyone can be raised in a stable family environment, and while we have a responsibility to support citizens in our state who may be in real need, elected officials should continually strive to adopt public polices that reward marriage, promote a thriving economy with a low cost of living and free-market business climate, and provide a meaningful public educational system that respects parental rights.

No other metric best illustrates the oppressive nature of RI’s failed public polices than the well-documented pattern of graduates, retirees, middle- and upper-income families, and high-net-worth individuals fleeing our state … reducing our state’s tax base and limiting the amount of capital available to invest in starting or expanding a business, or to donate to charitable organizations.

These productive citizens are being replaced, in large part, by undocumented immigrants who often rely on public assistance – tax dollar eaters instead of tax dollar producers.

Our Ocean State’s population has stagnated in recent decades and has not kept pace with population growth in other states. As such, most experts agree that Rhode Island will lose one of its two prized House of Representative seats in the US Congress after the 2030 Census.

THIS HOW OUR OWN GOVERNMENT HAS BECOME THE ENEMY OF RI FAMILIES

On the economic front, family budgets are stressed to the breaking point. Because of oppressive regulations, not only is our state one of the worst states in which to start a business and create jobs, but Rhode Island suffers from one of the highest costs of living in America due to high taxes and inflation-causing regulatory and spending policies that reduce supplies and raise demand. Our Ocean State is also one of the most expensive states for seniors to retire.

ECONOMICALLY

On the economic front, family budgets are stressed to the breaking point. Because of oppressive regulations, not only is our state one of the worst states in which to start a business and create jobs, but Rhode Island suffers from one of the highest costs of living in America due to high taxes and inflation-causing regulatory and spending policies that reduce supplies and raise demand. Our Ocean State is also one of the most expensive states for seniors to retire.

A June national 2024 report showed the Rhode Island’s economy is floundering, among the worst state economies in America.

The average 2-parent Rhode Island family will pay over $1,369,000 in taxes throughout their lifetime … over 30% higher than the US average!

Also, family savings have completely reversed (-72% drop) under the Biden’s control over the national economy as compared with Trump’s (+129% rise).

The Left’s war on energy is major factor in the high electricity and heating costs that stress family budgets, as well as a driving force in raising inflation rates.

It is immoral to heap massive energy price increases upon struggling families … just to meet arbitrary and unattainable climate targets.

The “tax the rich” and spend mentality of the progressive-left actually makes worse the problem of wealth inequality by robbing low income families of opportunities for upward mobility; instead of encouraging them to become dependent on government assistance.

When income or wealth is over-taxed at the individual or corporate level, there is less incentive to invest cash (capital) to hire and pay workers or to start or expand a businesses, while at the same time driving high-income investors out of Rhode Island and to other, less oppressive, states.

These kind of natural and human reactions are why increased taxation often leads to decreased revenues to the government.

Such counter-productive policies that borrow opportunity from future generations, in order to satisfy the demands of corrupt insiders, inevitably lead to many negative and unintended economic consequences for families:

  • Soaring “Local” Inflation (High Cost Of Living) means families are losing thousands of dollars of purchasing power each year, as prices on many staples continue to rise. Groceries cost too much. Clothing costs too much. Housing costs too much. Electricity costs too much. pastedGraphic.png
    • On top of the national inflation problem, Ocean State politicians have made local inflation even worse. RI politicians have continually and mindlessly collected billions of of dollars in federal aid and hundreds of millions in wasteful spending bonds … most of which end up in the pockets of insider cronies and special interest groups.
    • It’s a basic “supply and demand” situation: Combined with over-regulation (which limits output, or supply), these unchecked levels of federal & bond funds and indiscriminate state spending (which increases consumer spending power, or demand) are a direct and major cause why local prices have risen so significantly. 
    • For too many families, rises in family incomes are not keeping pace with rises in the local cost of living. “Shrinkflation”, where consumers get LESS product for the same spend, is also a direct cause of government over-spending.
  • “Real” wages for families (income as compared with inflation) have fallen by 2.54% under the progressive policies of progressives in the White House
  • High housing costs in RI are significantly higher than the national average, while misguided over-regulation by government has reduced the number of units to rent and homes to buy. Housing prices have exploded past the level of affordability for an increasing number of Rhode Islanders, with lack of availability even a bigger concern. Never-ending government regulation in the housing industry has reduced the number of available units, while increasing costs on builders, sellers, and landlords … all of which are passed onto buyers and renters.

Further, with RI effectively a sanctuary state, when undocumented immigrants are granted housing by the government, there are fewer available units for citizens in our state. This reduction in the available ‘supply’ of housing unit necessarily drives up the prices of all other housing across the state.

Latinos Especially Harmed: Misguided policies that restrict the building of new housing units, as forced upon our state by environmentalists and urbanists from the Left, have resulted in dramatically low home ownership rates for Hispanics in Rhode Island. In fact, Ocean State Latino home ownership rates are only about 36% of their white and Asian counterpartsthe third-worst rate in all of America!

    • Property Taxes are among the highest in America, largely due to overly-generous collective bargaining agreements with unionized public employees
    • Most new and available public housing units are being developed for the benefit of illegal immigrants and NOT for hard-working Ocean State families.
    • SOLUTION: Allow natural market forces to determine what gets built, free from onerous regulation. Repeal 2014 “RhodeMapRI” regulations that mandate social-engineering and urban-planning policies (such as “sustainable development” and “smart growth”) that artificially increase the cost of building and restrict the supply of home and rental units. End free housing policies for illegal immigrants.
  • ENERGY: Ever increasing cost of utilities and exploding energy prices, while simultaneously decreasing energy choices, when it comes to heating our homes and driving our vehicles. Our government’s foolish race to be the first net-zero-emissions state … will actually result in zero world-wide benefit … but will impose massive energy costs upon families, while limiting our freedom of choice.

Family budgets are being crushed by residential electricity prices are nearly two and a half times more than the U.S. average … and are expected to keep rising rapidly, due to RI lawmaker’s oppressive green energy mandates.

“Wind farms”, we are told, is the solution. But wind energy is unreliable and extremely costly. The destruction to the environment and sea life when it comes to building, maintaining, and disposing of obsolete and oft-broken wind-turbines and their parts … is astronomical!

The hundreds of millions of dollars paid to enrich these wind-farm developers comes at the great expense of everyday families. Who wins and who loses?

    • In recent years, RI lawmakers enacted green energy mandates for power suppliers and voluntary entered our state into a regional cap-and-trade market … each of which artificially drives up the cost of electricity, hoping many families will use less
      • The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a regional compact between participating states, whose goal is to artificially raise electricity prices
    • By next decade, Rhode Island motorists will be banned from buying lower-cost gas powered cars, and will be forced to buy significantly higher-priced and less-reliable Electric Vehicles … because state lawmakers mandated that RI must follow California’s (CARB) oppressive vehicle emissions standards. RI should follow the recent lead of CT and VT and decouple from CARB’s  unattainable and oppressive emissions standards.
    • The TCI Gas Tax: Just prior to the pandemic RI lawmakers sought to heap even more unnecessary costs on RI families, when they committed to passing a new tax on gasoline call the Transportation Climate Initiative. Fortunately, the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity was able to raise enough awareness about the TCI Gas Tax, whereby Governor McKee was compelled to cancel the plans for RI. However, radical climate alarmists are sure to try again in the near future.
      • SOLUTION: Every candidate for statewide office should pledge to never vote for the TCI Gas Tax in coming years. 
    • The “Act On Climate”, passed by RI lawmakers in 2021, supports our state’s  unachievable path to eliminate carbon emissions … a path that will lead to increased utility and energy prices even more rapidly than we have seen in recent decades.
      • SOLUTIONS: Accept the reality of the limitations of green energy. Repeal the Act of Climate and end RI’s voluntary membership in RGGI and CARB
  • Fewer good paying jobs will be available for many Rhode Islanders as they are increasingly going to illegal immigrants welcomed into our state by Rhode Island’s and Providence’s “sanctuary state” and “sanctuary city” policies.
    • Small businesses, the main source of jobs in our state, are being crowded out by high local inflation and oppressive regulations imposed by progressive lawmakers that make it costly to produce goods or provide services
    • Also, RI’s high and ever-increasing minimum wage mandates, means employers will hire fewer workers and will cut back on the hours of part-time or hourly workers.
    • SOLUTION: Reform RI’s minimum wage laws to match the federal minimum wage minimums. This will increase job availability and allow good-performing workers to quickly earn higher wages from employers who will want to keep them.
  • Reductions in Public Assistance for low-middle income families are at threat because of the Left’s misguided polices. First, the influx of illegal immigrants means more public funds are being diverted away from long-time Rhode Island resident families. Second, our high tax and cost-of-living environment means thousands of people are leaving our state every year, which will lead to a loss of one of our two prized House of Representative seats in the US Congress … resulting in lower levels of federal aid for Rhode Island. Who wins and who loses?

EDUCATIONALLY

We must save our kids from RIDE

Ocean State families have lost trust in a failed government-run public school system that is increasingly controlled by corrupt teacher unions and radical left ideologues. Many families are seeking to escape the system and are desperate in seeking alternative options.

Our kids do not belong to the government! Parental rights also under assault.

It’s time for a parent revolution … to take back control of their children’s education and to reclaim their parental rights!

The RI Department of Education, at the direction of its Socialist commissioner, Angelica Infante-Green, have weaponized K-12 school districts in the Ocean State to advance radical and divisive theories and content with the goal of  influencing and manipulating students to become political tools of the Left.

Click here to see RIDE’s Top-10 Failures

Families seeking to escape RI’s poorly-run public school system, have very few options:

  • Teacher unions and their legislative allies refuse to allow real school choice programs
  • State lawmakers and the Providence school committee refuse to allow new charter schools to open … some even seeking to impose a moratorium on future charters

To make matters worse, the woke ideology has overtaken RIDE and most RI public schools. The DEI and CRT craze forces teachers to tell white students they are oppressors, while they tell students of color that they are less capable victims.

Transgender ideology denies biology and God’s truth, while encouraging harmful medical and chemical ‘gender-denying’ interventions that will result life-long negative consequences … often purposefully kept secret from parents.

Despite these serious problems, both major teacher unions in RI have persistently stood in the way of significant educational reform by threatening to use their massive political war chest to oust lawmakers who do not support the agenda of union bosses. In recent years, both the AFT and the NEA rejected calls to focus more on objective subjects like math, science, and English … and instead make the politically subjective issue of “social justice” a priority in K-12 schools. Who wins and who loses?

Teacher unions, with their long-time special-interest and insider crony status, have more recently devolved into just another radical-left activist group that use alleged concern for students to attain power and influence. The reality, however, is while they care about teachers, they harm students far more than they help them. 

One example is teachers unions’ opposition to school choice. Those who actually care about students should support the right of parents to choose their children’s schools—just as many teachers do when they send their own children to schools of their choice.

A second example is teachers unions’ making it nearly impossible to fire incompetent teachers.

A third example was teachers unions’ demands that schools lock down for nearly two years during the COVID-19 era. The unions did so despite there being no scientific evidence in support of school lockdowns and despite ample warnings that many children would suffer intellectually, scholastically, emotionally, and psychologically.

Moreover, wrote John H. Cochrane of the Hoover Institution in The Wall Street Journal, “When schools went remote, parents found out what was actually going on inside the classrooms. Teachers were coaching students to hate themselves, their country and their religious traditions, and sexualizing young children.”

The last point brings us to a fourth example: Teachers rob young students of their sexual innocence with premature talk of, and books that deal with, overt sexual activity, and the infamous use of drag queens to perform in front of children as young as 6 years old.

Just how left-wing teachers organizations are was made clear by the sympathetic left-wing magazine The Nation in January 2024:

A rank-and-file campaign inside the National Education Association is demanding the president stop ‘sending military funding, equipment, and intelligence to Israel.’ … But the rank-and-file campaign goes beyond [that]. … Members want the [National Education Association] to revoke its endorsement of Joe Biden for the 2024 presidential race until the president … stops ‘sending military funding, equipment, and intelligence to Israel.’

That was only two months after Oct. 7.

Sadly, many believe that we must save our kids from RIDE – the RI Department of Education. In fact a petition drive calling for the resignation of commissioner Angelic Infante-Green has garnered hundreds of signatures and scathing comments.

The alarming collapse of educational achievement among students, combined with the cultural attack on children and parents … is even more troubling.

In 2019 the RI General Assembly granted RIDE with the authority to develop statewide curricula standards for core subjects … however, since then, under the direction of Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green, RIDE has proven to be wholly irresponsible and unworthy of such authority.

Instead of pursuing a traditional “content-based” curricula strategy, an objective method of teaching factual material, RIDE has adopted a more subjective and controversial approach, often referred to as “concept-based” pedagogy. In Rhode Island’s case, the Socialist worldview of Infante-Green and her “America as oppressors” point-of-view is persistently woven through almost all RIDE-recommended instructional content.

  • SOLUTION: Repeal the 2019 statue that empowered RIDE with curricula authority and return related decisions to locally-elected school committee officials, as Senate bill S2518 attempted to achieve in 2024.

The Marxification of Education in RI: On RIDE’s own website, the prominent Marxist Paulo Freire is prominently quoted. Freire’s “critical pedagogy,” whose theoretical roots are derived directly from Marxism, seeks to indoctrinate students to become critical agents of social change.

RIDE has failed in its mission to prepare children for college and life, while also leading the way in advancing a woke, social justice agenda that has divided local communities.

Education or Indoctrination?

  • Failing statewide test scores that have not recovered to pre-pandemic levels, despite ever-increasing spending
    • Graduation rate racial disparities remain far too high
  • A radicalized and divisive curricula that politicizes education by advancing controversial race and gender theories and by exposing young children to age-inappropriate sexually explicit materials.
    • Anti-American History. RIDE’s 2023 social studies standards adopt the Marxist tenets of Critical Race Theory; teaches students to hate America, men, and Christians; and advances the notion that America was founded so as to “oppress” minority and native population
    • Censorship. RIDE partnered with a so-called “media literacy” group, which in reality, instructs teachers on how to censor credible political views and media organizations – in K-12 schools – just because they offered a conservative political analysis
    • America’s two major teacher unions – the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association – openly support a progressive-left agenda that puts politics ahead of student achievement
    • Another major player in corrupting the minds of young students with inappropriate content is the American Library Association, which continually pushes member school librarians to display and make available sexually explicit and other anti-American, anti-God, and pro LGBTQ books.
  • The rights of parents are continually eroded, by forced “woke” teachings in schools about sensitive personal and cultural issues that only parents should discuss with their own children.
    • To radical woke education officials, parents are considered the enemy of their own children, if moms and dads do not support the transgender delusions of their kids
    • Many education experts believe that just around the corner is the threat of the State physically seeking to remove children from their loving families because they refuse to comply with gender-denying programs that being pushed by school officials.
  • Lack of confidence is public schools is demonstrated by the alarming levels of student and teacher absenteeism, as well as increasing numbers of students and teachers fleeing the public school system entirely

Of course, not every family objects to the issues raised above … as many parents believe that the government should have more say in the raising and education of children. Some parents may also believe in some of the teachings that others find controversial or inappropriate.

  • SOLUTION: Expand school choice options for families. Given these emotional differences of opinion on what is being taught to our children, it is more important than ever for families in Rhode Island to be afforded the same choices that parents in dozens of other states presently enjoy. More school choice opportunities … in the form of educational scholarship accounts that provide for some level of public money to follow each student to the public, private, parochial, or home school of their family’s choice … must be instituted in our state.
  • SOLUTION: Repeal the 2017 state law that bans “conversion therapy” on gender-confused youth … the very therapy recommended as the first line of treatment by Doctors Protecting Children. This legislation made it impermissible for licensed health professionals working with minors to engage in the practice of conversion therapy.
  • At a higher level, even greater educational freedom is required in our public , including full curricula transparency, full parental notification polices, with greater awareness and opportunities for parents to opt their children out of some of the controversial surveys and other Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programs that school officials now persistently expose to young students.
The Left’s assault on RI families is decades old. The great American “pursuit of happiness” begins with a safe, prosperous, and optimistic family environment … yet Ocean State lawmakers have continually undermined these pillars of happiness.

CULTURALLY

The Left’s assault on RI families is decades old. The great American “pursuit of happiness” begins with a safe, prosperous, and optimistic family environment … yet Ocean State lawmakers have continually undermined these pillars of happiness.
Parental Rights at Risk: school board members across our state are advocating that important medical and personal information be kept secret from students’ parents. It’s gotten so bad, that parents are now demanding that school boards enact policies that prevent school districts from lying to parents.
Liberal and big-government advocated believe that students belong to the government, via schools, and that parents often are not looking out for the best interests of their own children.
Common-sense Rhode Islanders know otherwise: No one cares for or knows how to make the best decisions for children … more than kids’ parents.
In fact, in recent years, two examples of extreme Left policies demonstrate the government’s warped approach towards children:
  • During the early months after the Covid vaccinations became available, the RI Department of Health set up “vaccine clinics” in many schools across the state. Seeking to vaccinate every child possible, regardless of parental authorization, RIDOH actually exclaimed that minor students under the age of 18 did not need parental consent to be vaccinated … and should be “emancipated” from their (harmful) parents. Imagine that!
  • For middle and high school students suffering from gender dysphoria, many school districts forbid teachers and staff from notifying parents about that child’s “preferred” pronoun or gender delusions … lying if necessary to hide the truth. Instead of discussing this issue with parents and potentially seeking professional mental health counseling … many Rhode Island schools secretly aid students in advancing their gender-denying fantasies.
There are a number of other important cultural issues that are destroying the traditional family unit:
  • Stand Up For Marriage: Promoting and glorifying “fatherlessness”, while paying single women to have more children … leads to increased levels of poverty, crime, school drop-outs, drug use, and incarceration for our children. Men and women who stay married accumulate much greater wealth and live far more meaningful lives than those who don’t marry. (from the book Get Married, 2024, by Brad Wilcox)
    • Eliminate the Marriage Penalty: Income eligibility guidelines for receiving government assistance continually punishes couples, financially, if the were to marry. POLICY SOLUTION: MARRIAGE SHOULD BE POSITIVELY INCENTIVIZED.
    • A 2024 Gallup survey found that married adults consistently rate their lives far more highly as “thriving” as compared with others.
    • Father’s matter: in about 9 of 10 abortions, the father is not committed to the mother by marriage.
  • Acceptance of a drug culture, including the legalization of marijuana; Oregon has recently rescinded its 2-year old drug legalization policies and will now re-criminalize drug possession after disastrous increases in deaths
  • Mask & vaccine mandates during the pandemic that infringed on constitutional rights and cost many family members their jobs. Who wins and who loses?
  • The pressure to adopt DEI and CRT policies in government institutions, in public schools, and in corporations … has led to the loss of jobs and discrimination against family members who do not fully conform with woke philosophy or who do not check certain boxes.
  • The Left’s false narrative of “white supremacy” is hate speech itself. What hypocrisy … and foolishness … to believe that discrimination can be solved by a different form of discrimination.
  • Woke transgender policies – that defy medical and biologic realities – often inflict permanent emotional (and physical harm) to individuals confused about their gender
  • Abortion. A ‘death culture’ that glorifies abortion. It is the Left who holds the extreme and non-mainstream views on abortion … the killing of babies in the mother’s womb. 75% of Rhode Islanders believe in some restrictions on abortion. However, the Left believes in no restrictions and openly promotes: gruesome late-term and partial-birth procedures; taxpayer funding of the taking of a life; as well as NO parental notification or approval for minors seeking this life-ending procedure.
  • Leftists also have submitted legislation in RI to once again make prostitution legal … which would encourage child and human trafficking and exploitation
In a 2024 press release, the Clare Boothe Luce Center found in a survey, that “the beliefs and aspirations of young women (largely believed to be the most woke) often unify around conservative principles, particularly those centered on femininity and family values,” regardless of political affiliation.
The Left’s #AssaultOnTheRIFamily must end. And, if we all work together and take a principled stand, we are going to end it for them!
Government policies have also threatened the emotional stability of family members. The emerging mental health crisis developing among Ocean State youth, and recognized by virtually every expert. Woke teachings in K-12 schools that all but tell young males that they are misogynist’s, whites that they are racist, blacks that they are less capable, and religious students that they are foolish , often create anxiety that require professional help.

EMOTIONALLY

Government policies have also threatened the emotional stability of family members.

The emerging mental health crisis developing among Ocean State youth, and recognized by virtually every expert. Woke teachings in K-12 schools that all but tell young males that they are misogynist’s, whites that they are racist, blacks that they are less capable, and religious students that they are foolish , often create anxiety that require professional help.

In legalizing recreational marijuana, RI lawmakers put regular users on a 25% path towards developing a severe mental disorder, with an increased risk of suicidal tendencies … according to recent studies in the US and Europe.

The increased emotional instability of students and their decreased social development, was exacerbated by the the mishandling of the pandemic by education officials, forcing students to wear masks and isolating them to home-based learning and away from their friends.

Further, often bullish social media engagement along with perverse Hollywood and television storylines, only add to the confusing and destabilizing influences that our children are constantly subjected to.

To top it all off, the age-inappropriate sexual, gender, and racial themes regularly pushed by most schools … only adds to the problem. Imagine being taught to question your own God-given personal characteristics or to question whether your home and you parents might not be a ‘safe space’ for you to live.

No wonder the Left’s assault on children has been so devastating to their emotional well-being.

Extreme radicals on the Left literally are seeking to tear your family apart. If parents refuse to affirm certain delusions of their children – including the desire for harmful gender-transitioning procedures – woke LGBTQ activists are working to authorized the State to remove your children from your care … and make them wards of the State. They are even looking to turn many school buildings into 24/7 full-service campuses, that will house children removed from their families.

PHYSICALLY

We no longer have have safe communities, safe schools, or safe homes!

Extreme radicals on the Left seek to tear your family apart literally. If parents refuse to affirm certain delusions of their children – including the desire for harmful gender-transitioning procedures – woke LGBTQ activists are working to authorized the State to remove your children from your care … and make them wards of the State. They are even looking to turn many school buildings into 24/7 full-service campuses, that will house children removed from their families.

Public safety should be a right for everyone. The Left pretends that crime is mostly a gun issue. In reality, it’s about the government’s failure to enforce our laws. Underprivileged women suffer most from a lack of enforcement, with black women now the fastest-growing demographic for gun ownership.

Protecting our children from drugs and crime should be a top priority to create safe communities. Yet our RI government has failed

Young students in government-run schools in RI are continually groomed to engage in unsafe and age-inappropriate sexual activity or to consider radical gender transitioning procedures such as chemical castration and surgical mutilation of sexual organs that often cause irreversible physical and emotional harm.

The Left’s recent push to not prosecute or to release violent criminals back into society makes our homes, streets, and local communities more dangerous for families. Who wins and who loses?

The incidents of bullying, assaults, and other crimes within schools is also on the rise due to the ignorant compliance of woke school officials to the narrative that certain groups of students should not be held accountable for their violent or threatening actions (called ‘restorative justice’).

Lax policies towards student discipline and the number of violent incidents in schools are on the rise, threatening the physical safety of many students and staff … while often there is little to no recrimination for the assaulting perpetrators. The Left’s “restorative justice” mindset forbids schools from reporting many incidents of violence perpetrated by minority students (in order to make the numbers look better); a misguided philosophy that allows criminally-inclined students to remain in schools and on the streets.

As fentanyl and other illegal drugs are the number one killer of 18- to 45-year olds in America, our state government’s lax approach towards drug use, even providing “safe injection sites” for addicts, creates even more lethal concerns for families. The state of Oregon recently rescinded its open-drug-use polices after an alarming rise in the number of drug-related fatalies were recorded.

The transgender policies more and more school district are adopting (at the federal government’s encouragement) that allow boys in girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms, bedrooms (on overnight field trips), and athletic fields … puts young girls and women at serious physical risk.

Additionally, persistent assaults by RI lawmakers on our constitutionally guaranteed Second-Amendment rights, means families will have fewer options when it comes to protecting themselves from crime and violent intruders.

Our state’s tyrannical dictates during the pandemic, combined with its lax approach towards crime and drug use … has led to death, permanent disability, or severe medical conditions of family members.

The school mask mandates recommended by the RI Department of Health during the Covid pandemic, and supported by Governor McKee, caused “irreparable harm” to students, ruled a RI Superior Court judge in a related lawsuit; a lawsuit that also led to a rare public hearing where members of the public could voice their concerns about the harms to their children (watch highlights here). The General Assembly failed in its oversight duties to intervene and protect our kids from this unconstitutional and negligent governmental over-reach.

For children and young adults, the chemical castration and surgical mutilation of transgender transitioning procedures often lead to permanent infertility and lifelong medical problems and surgeries.

The Left’s disdain for those who believe in God continues to grow. Keeping in mind that “In God We Trust” is the official motto of the United States, in recent years, many woke and progressive activists now refer to peaceful, God-fearing Christians … as “Christian Nationalists” … as if believers in Christ are some kind of terrorist group who should be monitored by the justice department.

RELIGIOUSLY

The Left’s disdain for those who believe in God continues to grow. Keeping in mind that “In God We Trust” is the official motto of the United States, in recent years, many woke and progressive activists now refer to peaceful, God-fearing Christians … as “Christian Nationalists” … as if believers in Christ are some kind of terrorist group who should be monitored by the justice department.

Freedom of religion is not only a 1st-Amendment right and core precept of America, but it is the fundamental principle that led to the founding of our state of Rhode Island by Roger Williams.

There is a direct correlation between being raised in a married family with a mom and a dad and a commitment to faith. The collapse of family and faith, brought on by the Godless and Marxist polices pushed by the woke Left, are one of the major causes of our society’s problems.

In seeking to erase a faith-filled life, elitists on the Left have put government in place of religion, demonizing efforts to defend religious freedom, while  themselves worshipping their own radical agendas instead of God.

The antisemitism we have seen from the Left on the streets, at the Statehouse, and on college campuses in Rhode Island should be an affront to all God-fearing good people.

In “Taken for RIDE“, the landmark report by the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity about the misguided statewide social studies standards implemented by the RI Department of Education, it is discussed how these standards exhibit open hostility towards Christians. RIDE’s bogus US History standards fail to place importance on America’s history of faith as critical factor in the early development of our nation.

Repeatedly, the Left has substituted multiple false narratives in place of God’s truth. LGBTQ extremists regularly seek to cancel and silence Christians and Jews who defend their traditional pro-family religious views.

The Left’s push to legalize brutal mid- and late-term abortions, referring to a baby of God in the womb as nothing more than fetal tissue, defies religious and medical realities.

The woke transgender belief that a person’s biological sex, determined by God at conception, was somehow a heavenly mistake … is another direct affront to belief in the Almighty.

For believers, our purpose on earth is to not serve a political party, self-proclaimed elitists, or any ideological agenda … but, rather, to live a life pleasing to God and his biblical tenets.

Today’s Left can be characterized by a deep-seated animosity towards every-day Americans and their patriotism to the USA. This antipathy is based on visceral disdain for rural, white, male, small-business-owning, religious, married straight parents … and towards America itself. This hostility is increasingly reflected in government policy and in K-12 school curricula.

PATRIOTICALLY

The many assaults on Ocean State families continues, even when it comes to Patriotism.

Today’s Left can be characterized by a deep-seated animosity towards every-day Americans and their patriotism to the USA. This antipathy is based on visceral disdain for rural, white, male, small-business-owning, religious, married straight parents … and towards America itself. This hostility is increasingly reflected in government policy and in K-12 school curricula.

This disdain is rampant within the woke Left: progressives, socialists, Marxists, identity politics activists, and other blue-leaning groups all share this animosity towards red America. While each group may have its own specific grievances and interests, they are united in their contempt for traditional American beliefs.

The Left is further united by an emotional belief that all of the perceived injustices in our society  – that they have dishonestly contrived – have been caused by centuries of American-style oppression.

The RI Department of Education is openly seeking to indoctrinate our state’s K-12 students with this perverse belief system. America’s true birthright is one of “freedom” and our 250 year struggle to achieve it equally for all citizens. Yet RIDE teaches students “to hate America” as part of its social studies standards that are based on the misguided tenets of Critical Race Theory.

The Left is constantly creating new classes of victims and claimed victim rights … and they believe that these injustices must be addressed by direct government action, no matter what rights of the rest of us might be infringed upon.

They believe, by dismantling the great civilization built by previous generations of Americans through government mandates and tyranny, that they can redistribute the spoils of power and wealth to their respective victim classes.

This anti-American sentiment and their desire for power and vengeance has been a driving force behind many of the most divisive policies and government actions in recent years. From never-ending efforts to punish achievement, indoctrinate students, defund the police and abolish ICE, to calls for reparations and the erasure of history … the left’s agenda is driven by a desire to punish those who believe in – or live out – the American Dream.

The many different factions within the Left are increasingly at odds with each other. But despite their shared and unifying hatred of America, major cracks are developing within their coalition, while more and more Americans are becoming aware of their anti-patriotic agenda.

Rhode Island voters must come to realize that they have the power to undo these destructive and divisive policies … and that they can reverse our societal-rot … by supporting candidates, policies, and organizations that seek to advance the American Dream.

CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

Did you know that there is a #4thBranchRI of government?

The big question this election year becomes …

How do we stop the assault on our families by a corrupt, agenda-driven government? #AssaultOnRIFamilies

You’ll be surprised to know that in 2024 … the answer is at the tip of your pen.

And, it’s our only chance in the next 10 years to see positive reforms enacted that will increase the quality of life for moms, dads, students, employees, business owners, and every Rhode Islander.

Voters have become disillusioned with Rhode Island’s bi-annual elections. Not just questions about the integrity of mail ballots, signature validation, drop box security, and early voting … but more importantly a feeling of hopelessness.

Too many voting-age citizens who are concerned about the direction of our state … and don’t see any way to change it … either choose not to register vote or choose to stay home … and not vote.

With over an 85% majority-party rule in our state’s General Assembly, as well as in the Statehouse … all dominated by those committed to a radical anti-family, anti-American agenda … it is difficult to imagine that enough common-sense lawmakers might ever be elected to make a difference in lives of taxpayers, students, families, and businesses … at least in our lifetimes.

It seems as if it could take decades, if not generations, to turn our Ocean State ship back on a course toward freedom and prosperity … instead of its current corrupt path of increased government control over our lives and special-interest cronyism.

Indeed, all three branches of our government appear to be aligned against the interests of the average Rhode Island family and business. The political supremacists that rule our state do not care about the well-being or voices of the average Rhode Islander … only about the special interest groups.

It is time for this all-of-government corruption to be brought to an end!

Our General Assembly is hopelessly compromised by progressive-Left, woke, and big-government advocates. They will never pass laws that restore power to the people or restrict their own power; or that go against the special-interest groups who influence them.

Our Executive Branch is out of control with its mandates and dictates, via unelected bureaucrats who head various agencies and departments … many of whom exhibit breathtaking levels of incompetency and corruption.

Over the past few decades, even our Judicial Branch has failed to consistently protect our freedoms and preserve our constitutional rights. As all judges are appointed and confirmed by agenda-driven extremists in the Executive and Legislative branches, it is clear that subjective politics has become the basis for courtroom decisions, rather than objective evidence and adherence to our Constitution.

So if the three branches of government are all compromised against the well-being of the everyday family … what recourse do we, the people, have?

Did you know that in RI … there is a 4th branch of government? 

Yes, that’s right … we, the people, ourselves! Per Section 2 of Article XIV the Constitution of the State of Rhode Island … we the people have the opportunity every 10 years to bypass the entrenched corruption of our government and take matters into our own hands.

As Rhode Islanders, this is our constitutional right … and it is a right we must exercise this year at the 2024 ballot box.

It’s officially called a Constitutional Convention … I call it a “People’s Convention“. And it can provide for significant reforms within just few years … as opposed to a few decades or a few generations.

On the ballot this November will appear the simple question: “Constitutional Convention: Should there be a convention to amend or revise the Constitution?”

Why do I call it a People’s Convention? Because the people of Rhode Island – we, the voters – have almost complete control.

First, the people approve the measure. Voters will decide whether or not to convene a convention when they vote in the general election. In 2014, the ballot question (#3) lost by the narrow margin of 55% to 45%. Only a 5% flip is required this year to win the question.

Second, the people elect the delegates. Upon approval of the ballot question, the General Assembly will set a statewide special election for the voters of our state to elect the delegates to the People’s Convention.

The General Assembly will also provide a budget, facility, timetable, and a plan for public transparency for the delegates to meet and conduct their business.

The Convention delegates will then meet regularly to elect their own leadership team, put forth and debate revisions to our state Constitution, then vote-out certain ‘proposed amendments’.

Third, the people have the final say. Each and every proposed amendments that is voted-out of the Constitutional Convention will then be forth to the voters of Rhode Island for ratification … or not … via separate and individual ballot questions in future general elections.

The people are in control at virtually all major decision points of the process. A process that could produce dramatic reforms and results in less than two years! Reforms to benefit the people that our corrupt elected politicians would never consider.

The possibilities are inspiring:

  • Imagine term limits whereby compromised politicians, bought-and-owned by special interest groups, could only serve for a limited amount of time as an elected official in our government
  • Imagine making it harder to raise taxes by requiring a 2/3 super-majority vote in both the Rhode Island House and the Senate
  • Imagine workplace freedom for all workers, whether public or private employees, who are often hand-cuffed by restrictive state laws or oppressive union rules
  • Imagine an Inspector General and the Line-Item-Veto that can be used to control and cut excessive and wasteful government spending
  • Imagine “Initiative and Referendum” that returns even more Constitutional power to the people by granting them a legal process, as is the law in most states, to collect enough signatures to place a policy question on the ballot for all voters to decide
  • Imagine robust school choice options for parents who are desperate for their kids to escape our state’s failed government-run school system … and to put their children on an educational path of their own choosing … pubic, home, or private
  • Imagine election integrity reforms that will ensure that only residents in our state who are legally entitled to vote … can cast their votes freely, securely, with proper verification, and be guaranteed that their ballots will be counted and tabulated accurately
  • Imagine saving women’s sports by Constitutionally prohibiting biological boys and men from competing in girls and women’s sports

Can you think of a better reason to vote this year and cast a ballot to convene a state Constitutional Convention?

If you believe that these kinds of reforms might be helpful to you, your family, your business, or our entire state … all you have to do is to use your pen this election to mark your ballot and vote YES to the Constitutional Convention question … whether you vote early, vote by mail ballot, or vote on election day.

Why do Rhode Islanders want a People’s Convention?

Click here to check out our 2014 content on this question, which includes public polling results and other discussions.

Candidates & Elected Officials

Whether for federal, state or local office, candidates and elected officials are encouraged to join hundreds of others across America in taking the pledge to protect families, save women’s sports, and restore Title IX … by assuring fairness and due process in schools.

More on Saving Our Kids from RIDE

Is there any real difference between the disgraced Harvard University President, Claudine Gay, and RI’s Commissioner of Education, Angelica Infante-Green?
  • Each oversees a falling educational institution that puts woke politics ahead of student achievement
  • Each were lauded with the meaningless trope of being the first “person of color” to lead their respective organizations
  • Each has failed in their current positions, which they were not professionally qualified for in the first place
  • Each is a product of the divisive DEI philosophy, which puts skin color and fealty to the BIPOC agenda ahead of an actual record of accomplishment
  • Each has suppressed freedom of expression, by engaging in vindictive and unwarranted administrative punishment of faculty who publicly disagreed with the woke narrative
  • Each, under the guise of advancing an “anti-racist” mindset, is openly supportive of the “racial justice” or “social equity” agenda
  • Each has promoted racist policies or guidelines that poison the minds of students against their country, their Caucasian brothers and sisters, and/or God
  • Each is engaged in corruption scandals that would disqualify any other head of an organization, were they not members of a protected class
  • Each is facing public calls for their resignation or replacement
  • Each remains in power only because those who appointed them do not have the courage to acknowledge that their faux diversity narrative has failed their institutions
When it comes to our Ocean State’s failed government-run public educational system, bold actions are required to Save Our Kids from the RI Department of Education (RIDE):
  • DEI
  • CRT
  • ESL
  • CSE
  • Transgender policies that ask school officials to lie to parents