So now we know: the 2010 blog post deleted from a tea party social network recently comparing America’s public schools to Nazi Germany was in fact written by Kim Simac, a tea party organizer and the state Republicans’ choice to recall a Democratic state Senator in Wisconsin on August 9. But we still don’t know why the post mysteriously disappeared just as the election is entering the homestretch.
Incidentally, we also know this: Simac says she doesn’t think America is headed towards its own 1,000 Year Reich, though she stands by the arguments she posted back in 2010.
On a Wisconsin Public Radio interview Thursday, Simac was asked about the post, which appeared on the Patriot Action Network back in Oct., 2010. Here’s a sample:
The scary comparisons of the indoctrination tactics of our youth today and those of the Hitler Regime of past.
I am done raising my kids but if I was a young parent today I would take my kids out of the public school system today. At what point will we stop talking about the comparisons to what is occurring today and what actually happened by the regime of the Nazi’s in the past?… Take the commercial that Glenn Beck showed from British Progressives that explains to little children that if they do not listen to their teachers recommendations on subjects such as carbon emissions, they could have their heads blown off. Add to that Kindergarten Sex Ed classes and I really wonder how it is American parents smile and kiss their children good bye every morning and in good conscience hand their most precious resource over to the hands of such questionable people.
Here’s a cached version of the full post.
On WPR’s Route 51 Thursday, show host Glen Moberg asked Simac about the post, which her campaign and the state GOP declined the comment about to TPM.
Simac confirmed she was the author of the post — and doubled-down on most of the sentiments contained in it, though she said she doesn’t think America is turning into Nazi Germany.
“I believe, I think this was like two years ago,” she said. “And I think we were—the postings were just talking about, I’m not worried that we’re going that way, absolutely not. Okay?”
“But do we need to be careful and guard what we’re doing? And are there similarities that seem to happen?” she asked. “I mean we can’t deny the fact that the world is changing and that we need to stand up for our American values. I don’t think that that’s a conversation that I should hide from.”
Earlier in the interview, she explained the motivations behind the original post:
“That posting was talking about how we need to be careful about how the world is changing. About how we need to be careful about what it is we are putting into our schools. And we are being careful. We do need to have parent involvement and to make sure that we all work together to make sure that our American values are protected, and defended. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.”
Simac’s campaign did not immediately respond to a question about why the post was deleted, or by whom.