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Opinion

School board member's attendance at D.C. rally crosses line


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jan. 15, 2021 - 8:22 AM

Dear Friends and Fellow Americans,

In our society as well as our schools, we teach our children to follow a certain set of values. We teach them the value of our republic and its fragility. That in this country every person has a voice in our democratic process and that voice shall be heard.

On January 6th, we were reminded of this as we witnessed a group turn violent in their support of the baseless claim of voter fraud and stolen elections perpetrated by President Donald Trump — who was defeated fairly in the November election by President-Elect Joe Biden. At the direction of Donald Trump, the crowd – including Coweta County Board of Education Member Linda Menk according to posts on her public Facebook page – made their way to the Capitol. As our democratically elected representatives fulfilled their constitutional obligations to oversee the final counting of electoral votes, the demonstrators turned violent as they breaching the U.S. Capitol for the first time since 1814. The British burned the Capitol in 1814, this time it was fellow American’s perpetuating the assault. Amidst these people were not only people who have bought into the President’s false claim that the election was stolen, but also neo-Nazis, white supremacists, racists, and QAnon supporters the like.

As Americans, it is time that we take a stand across the country and within our community to condemn to the highest degree this act of violence that has resulted in multiple deaths, many more wounded, and our nation scarred. Anyone who attended this event or continues to support the lies that spawned this deadly event no longer deserve the right to call themselves proud Americans. Much less do they deserve the right to continue to participate in our democratic process by holding any elected office. As an elected official and fellow American, Ms. Menk has the same rights we all have; but her rights do not supersede the rights of the American voice being heard as she tried to do by attending a rally to challenge the election results and ended up trying to overthrow the government. She stood in support on the Capitol steps as rioters attempted to silence the American people’s voice – a right that Ms. Menk’s stated she would “die for” at the recent Board of Education meeting on January 12th.

On January 6th she crossed a line, that no elected official should ever cross in her attendance of the rally that ultimately attempted to overthrow the very system that gave her an elected post. It is for this reason, that I as well as Citizens for Positive Reform Taskforce demand for the immediate removal of Coweta County School Board Member Linda Menk. In her position on the board, she helps shape the minds of our next generation of citizens. We cannot allow the children of our county to grow up thinking that her actions that day have no consequences and are permissible.

Sincerely,

Spencer Lewis

Newnan