I keep getting emails and letters urging me to support President Obama and the Democratic Party.
However, Obama’s hand-picked Secretary of Education, along with a strange coalition of billionaires and hedge-fund managers and politicians and charlatans of both major parties, are doing everything they can to attack public education as we know it. Their attacks are aimed at veteran teachers like myself and are also aimed at increasing corporate profits, destroying what’s left of the US labor movement, re-segregating our schools, and condemning our poorest and darkest-skinned students to an utterly inferior education worthy only for slaves.
Everything that comes out of the mouth of people like Democrat Arne Duncan or Democrat Michelle Rhee means the opposite of what it sounds like. For example, when they say that poor kids deserve excellent teachers, they really mean that they plan to get rid of trained, veteran teachers that have their own ideas, and replace them with utterly untrained, temporary workers straight out of college who try to follow idiotic corporate scripts and drop out at an alarming rate.
They claim that for-profit charter school chains get great results, but I and many others have shown that’s not true.
Not to mention all the foreign wars, illegal eavesdropping, continuing the drug wars against the black community, etc etc.
With friends like these, who needs enemies?
I know the adage “the enemy of my enemy” (that would be the Rand Pauls, Sara Palins, and Ted Cruzes of the GOP) “is my friend”. But what if they are still my enemy?
In any case, I haven’t given a penny to them, but I did donate a couple hundred dollars to Ras Baraka of Newark.
What do my readers think?