Certain Republicans in Orange County have distinguished themselves for posting overtly racist “humor” ever since Barack Obama was elected president in 2008. First Dean Grose posted an image of watermelons on the White House lawn and Marilyn Davenport’s shared on a Photoshopped portrait of chimps with the president’s face superimposed over the baby chimp. And with that, a flyer has emerged for a fundraiser for two Orange County Board of Education candidates, that sources have since said is a joke but one only die-hard racists would find funny.
Stealing a line from “American Graffiti” (Where were you in ’62?), the flyer features Orange County Board of Education candidates Ken Williams and Robert Hammond with the headline, “Where Were You In ’52?” with a tagline of “you’re invited to a trip down memory lane when Orange County was ruled by the John Birch Society?”
The flyer says Duke Pesta, the National Director of the John Birch Society” is a special guest speaker at the march 5 Pancake Breakfast inviting attendees to return…to a “happier time” when:
- Public Schools were segregated
- Public swimming pools were for Whites only
- Real Estate Deed Restrictions in White neighborhoods prohibited sales to Blacks, Hispanics and Asians.
- Landlords were allowed (indeed sometimes pressured) to rent to only certain races.
- All high paying county jobs were limited to White Males.
- Election Ballots were printed in English only
- and best of all, all elected officials were White Males!
The flyer says “we must take back America and that cost (sic) money! The “disclaimer” at the bottom says “This Parodistic (sic) Flyer was designed by “The Committee of Crazy Old White Guys to re-Elect Ken Williams and Robert Hammond.” There’s a phone number to call, that apparently belongs to Hammond’s wife.
TheLiberalOC reached Hammond this morning and he had no knowledge of the flyer at all. When he was read the content of the flyer over the phone, Hammond gasped and expressed digust. “I had no knowledge of this flyer before now,” he said. “It’s repugnant. It hurts children in Orange County.”
Because the flyer was sent to us in Microsoft Word, under “properties,” the creator of the piece appears to be David Boyd, who is a sitting member of the Orange County Board of Education in District 2 (Costa Mesa, HB, Seal Beach, Fountain Valley, and parts of Garden Grove area), or someone using the Microsoft Word program licensed to Boyd.
Boyd confirmed the parody flyer was created in his private office to embarrass Williams and Hammond.
“I’m old enough to remember the days of the John Birch Society and how they impacted life in Orange County,” Boyd said. “I an outraged that these two members would hold a fundraiser featuring Mr. Pesta who hold a leadership position with the National John Birch Society.”
Boyd disavowed any agreement with the bullet points in the flyer, stating the bullet points are beliefs held by the John Birch Society. But parody or not, the flyer points to political infighting at the OC BoE that undermines that body’s primary goal.
Pesta does hold a position with the national John Birch Society and is an outspoken critic of Common Core which has mixed support on the OC BoE at best. And Pesta is a guest speaker at the fundraiser, with his talk strictly about Common Core.
Here’s Pesta’s bio on the John Birch Society webpage:
Dr. Duke Pesta received his M.A. in Renaissance literature from John Carroll University and his Ph.D. in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature from Purdue University. He has taught at major research institutions and small liberal arts colleges, on a wide variety of subjects at the graduate and undergraduate level, including courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, the Bible, Russian literature, Christian Apologetics, and C.S. Lewis. He has been active in educational reform, and was instrumental in developing and implementing an elective Bible course that is currently available for public high school students in Texas.
Dr. Pesta is the Academic Director of FreedomProject Academy, the American Opinion Foundation’s Online Classical school. He is also a nationally-recognized critic of Common Core, having delivered over 400 talks in 40 states, and has done more than 2500 radio and television interviews on the subject. He speaks at home school conventions and educational conferences across the nation on topics including the necessity of homeschooling, the decline of morality and critical thinking in the public schools, and the myriad ways that colleges and universities indoctrinate students.
And right next to Petsa’s photo and bio on the John Birch Society web page, you’ll find a photo and bio of former Villa Park council member Deborah Pauly, who is currently a candidate for State Assembly in AD-68.