The Democratic Convention, and the “real” campaign kicked off Monday night. Kausfiles, on Slate attended a pre-convention event hosted by, among others, the Klein-Sharpton Education Equity Project folk. Cory Booker, the Mayor of Newark, Adrian Fenty, the Mayor of Washington DC, Michelle Rhee, Joel and their buds all attacked teacher unions, and, urged Obama to support their agenda.
Perhaps it is time to remember the words of the most famous Georgian of all, Josef Vassarionovich Djugashvili (aka Stalin)
When an advisor warned him against conflict with the Catholic Church, Stalin contemptuously demanded, “How many divisions does the pope have?”
According to the Census Bureau, in 2005 there were 6.5 million teachers (including librarians and teacher assistants). The National Education Association (NEA) has 3.2 million members and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) 1.6 million members – 4.8 million members, living and voting in each and every election district across the length and breath of the nation.
Teachers are involved! They vote at rates much higher than other Americans, they spent endless hours working for Clinton and Obama … dedicated, caring, and willing to make phone calls, knock on doors, willing to spend the endless hours doing the grunge work that elects candidates.
They are the fabric of America, your neighbors, the teachers of America’s children, and, Americans don’t like their teachers besmirched.
From the northern slopes of Alaska to Key West, from Boston to San Diego, teachers, who read about the issues, and express themselves, who convince spouses and children and friends and neighbors.
If Obama and the democrats are going to win, teachers must be at the core of the campaign, the proverbial “feet on the ground.”
Teachers and their unions are the “divisions,” Klein and his ilk, who have no respect for teachers and revile their democratically elected unions, are “empty” voices.