NEA’s 2016 Presidential Election Performance Was Even Worse Than We Thought
by Mike Antonucci at INTERCEPTS: A listening post monitoring public education and teachers’ unions:
“I’m told NEA is encouraging its activists not to look back at the 2016 elections and the union’s endorsement process because next time the candidates and situation will be different.
I can understand this thinking, because the last thing NEA wants is for its most active members and elected officers to evaluate the union’s campaign performance.
I’ve only just come across some detailed last-minute campaign strategy from last October and it illustrates just how big NEA’s failure was.
In addition to all the usual motivational efforts to get the membership-at-large to promote Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, NEA selected six battleground states for maximum effort – not only using teachers and union staff from those states, but deploying teachers and union staff from neighboring states.
The targeted states were Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Trump won four of those six states, but it is the margin of victory that really makes one question NEA’s strategy and effectiveness.
Clinton’s victories in Nevada and New Hampshire came by an average of 2.4 points and a combined total of 29,938 votes.
Trump’s victories in Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania came by an average of 5.5 points and a combined total of 811,762 votes.
It’s entirely possible that NEA is conducting secret evaluations of its political operations and I just don’t know about them. But everything I am seeing suggests the union is prepared to carry on as it always has. If so, it’s good news for Republicans, no matter what kind of nuttiness Trump gets up to.”
REMEMBERING PIECES OF YESTERDAY
(The above article was sent by my next door high school teacher colleague at Minneapolis Edison Senior High School, Mark Waldeland back in the 1960s. He retired from the field a few years ago. On the other hand, I was fired in 1971 officially for not filling a form out properly. In truth, however, a leftist of the day, yet a decent man, Nathaniel Ober, an assistant superintendent of schools in Minneapolis, maneuvered my firing because I had aided a gal named, Gloria Pielow, at her request to organize a local school parents’ organization devoted to improving education and truth-telling by the School Administration. Two of her sons were students of mine.
Gloria Pielow became an ideal star of the community, as it turned out….so fair, so bright, so polite, patient but firm , and yet so penetrating into the minds of others including school authorities, who had to listened to her expose their cover-ups and lies. The deceits of the school administration became exposed to the fresh air of Truth and the more morally gifted among the local public and the City’s School Board.
One of her daughters was a student at one of the area’s civilized junior high schools, to where nine black hoodlums had been transferred by the school system’s central command from a black junior high school totally out of control on the other side of the Mississippi River. Three of these new ‘lads’, already major trouble-makers in their own school, brought guns with them. In fact they were chosen by the school authorities to make the transfer from the troubled school to the untroubled one, specifically because of their hooliganism. It was the school administration’s effort to try to restore order in the mostly black school from whence they came, as well as to share racial troubles in a neighborhood of very Roman Catholics, ie., very obedient white working class mothers and dads who respected ‘learnings’…..and a community which included a number of native Americans and other groups of minorities .
During that Spring, the School Administration sent a directive to all of the teachers at Edison requiring us to fill out forms regarding how we spent our time away from school, during the season as well as during the Summer.
Although I taught competitive tennis voluntarily five days a week at one of the local neighborhood court complexes, I refused to fill out that part of the form than dealt with my private life. (I was the school’s boy’s tennis team coach. I was fired around the first of May. Mark Waldeland replaced me at that position….and didn’t let either the team or me down. They remained winners. )
I belonged to the Federation of Teachers those days. It was destitute in countless ways, for it had gone on strike and therefore in that time had broken state law. I was a teacher-spokesman for our profession during the strike, explaining to the public the differences between Truth and the Administration’s lies and clumsiness.
I taught Russian and “Modern Problems” then….As financially troubled as the school system truly was, it at least lied for a good cause….to rise against and reduce rising black hooliganism, violence, and terror…in the years of our Lord 1971 and 1972 and……..and then came Black Lives Matter and the rest…..the following decades of the disappearance of fatherhood in the Black American community caused by Democrat Lyndon Johnson’s laws associated with Aid to Dependent Children, where more money was made available to mothers with children born out of wedlock, than those still married.
I went to high school 1948 -1952…a mixed race one in neighboring St. Paul….when divorce, fatherlessness, and murder were rarities throughout both of these communities, for both were practicing JudeoChristians then.