When A Bully Is President: Truth And Creativity For Oppressive Times, by Maya Gonzalez
If it were possible to give this book negative stars I would. This book is the sort that honestly should carry with it some sort of criminal liability for the author. For one, the author comes dangerously close to urging treasonous behavior when it comes to her disrespect for any authority that does not meet her (very terrible) standards of truth and justice. Moreover, the use of this book or others like it in schools should be viewed as criminal abuse and exploitation of minors, as this book has as its deliberate and open aim the corruption of young people according to the political and moral philosophy of the author. It’s fairly obvious from the book and its approach that the author considers our current president to be a bully–in which the author has plenty of company. But it is less clear if the author realizes that her and her ilk are equally bullies when it comes to their own worldview, especially since the author has contempt for truth in history and in identity, and her aggressive contempt is at least as bullying as any of the unfriendly tweets or comments by our commander-in-chief. Those in glass houses, like the author, should not start stone-throwing contests.
This book is a short, heavily illustrated and bilingual book in English and Spanish. Despite its short size the author is somewhat ambitious (if not particularly skilled or knowledgeable) in seeking to paint a large picture of American history and bullying in culture. She operates from an intersectionalist view by which people gain points to earn psychological freedom from the burden of being privileged because they are women, people of color, sexual minorities, or non-Christians with various disabilities. The author posits that Americans came over to the New World to exploit other people, which would be laughable if this person were not in the position of miseducating children according to her erroneous belief system. By the time the author gets around to encouraging students to stand within “their truth” rather than seeking to better understand and mold themselves according to the truth, it has become all too clear that this author wishes to push her progressive agenda on the readers of this book just as she probably does in her terrible classroom. At the end of the book the author urges readers to seek as their heroes various intersectionally challenged figures that she happens to view as inspirational.
While the most appropriate thing to do with a book like this would be to ban it, burn it, and subject its author to various civil and criminal penalties for her crimes against humanity, there are some things that can be done by a parent who finds a book like this one assigned for reading for an impressionable child. For one, the parent can take it as a learning opportunity to teach children about the difference between subjective opinion and fantasy, where this author resides, and objective historical and spiritual truth. Additionally, this book provides the reader or any adult relatives the chance to concede the injustices that have been done throughout history (some of which this author talks about, such as the appropriation of indigenous land as well as the land theft of Mexico that took place during and after the Mexican-American war), while also pointing out that the founding colonists of our nation had a variety of motives for settlement, some of which included religious and political freedom, something this author probably has little fondness for given the tone of her writing and her obvious anti-Christian bias. In short, the response to miseducation like this book is proper education that puts things in the proper perspective and that speaks according to objective truth rather than leftist political talking points.