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Legitimate Labor Union or Hypocrisy Harbor? Illustration on the nature of the NEA by Linas Garsys Rebecca Friedrichs
The word “hypocrite” comes from the Greek theater. It means literally, “to answer from under a mask.” Simplified, hypocrisy is “playacting,” or pretending to be something — or someone — we are not. A masquerade.
With that definition in mind, let’s consider the National Education Association. NEA states that it’s a “labor union and professional interest group,” representing public school educators, college faculty, retired and future educators.
Is it what it claims to be?
According to Merriam-Webster, a labor union is “an organization of workers formed for the purpose of advancing its members’ interests in respect to wages, benefits, and working conditions.”
Yet each year during the first week of July the NEA hosts its representative assembly at which delegates adopt hundreds of new business items, most of which have nothing to do with wages, benefits or working conditions.
For example, NEA supports sanctuary cities, abolishing ICE, the normalization of an endless number of genders, lenient discipline policies, ousting police, Black Lives Matter trainings in K-12 schools and many more divisive political issues.
Consequently, retired teacher Jeralee Smith and dozens of her dedicated teacher colleagues attend this meeting annually to try to make the voices of teachers heard over the din of NEA’s political agenda.
For their trouble, Jeralee and friends have been booed off the platform, spit upon, harassed, deceived, barred from committees, and shouted down during standing votes. Together, they’ve experienced many offensive and demoralizing situations, but after decades of abuse courtesy of NEA, even Jeralee was shocked by what she witnessed at the NEA representative assembly last year.
According to Jeralee, about 400 people filled a spectacular dark room which was illuminated by rainbow colored lights and filled with a DJ’s music. Dancers filled the dance floor, and a little girl upon a woman’s shoulders waved a rainbow flag at the foot of the stage. Several adolescent girls stood shyly on the sidelines.
Spotlights shone on a huge, muscular, bare-chested drag queen in a sequin vest gyrating center-stage while belting out descriptions and positions of masturbation.
Another drag queen scantily clad in a thong and breach cloth spun around on stage providing full view of his thong. The crowd screamed. The flag-waving little girl stared shell-shocked.
Jeralee had an innate desire to rescue the children immediately. Instead, NEA representatives tried to make the adolescent girls comfortable with the scene, and a young man on stage spoke directly to the little girl, “Hi, Sweetheart! How old are you?” She answered, “Six.” He asked, “Is this your first Drag Queen show? Are you enjoying it?”
Enjoying it? She’s lost her innocence! This is not labor union representation. It’s child abuse.
Two days later, Jeralee and friends witnessed the NEA’s “Stonewall Rally.”
A stage backdropped with rainbow banners was erected in a park. A woman led the crowd in a “call and response” rap song.
Caller: “We will not obey…”
Caller: “We will not obey…”
Caller: “We will not obey…”
Caller & Crowd: “We will stand! We will stand!”
Interspersed between stonewall rallies, drag queen dances, high-pressure pushes for teachers to start well-funded Gay Straight Alliance Clubs on campuses, and union-hosted parties lavished with high-priced foods and alcohol, NEA representatives vote on business items.
One item asserted NEA should “re-dedicate itself to the pursuit of increased student learning in every public school” And another asked NEA to “work toward the goal of making every educator a great educator” by insisting on teacher “commitment to students and their learning,” and “knowledge of their subjects and how to teach them.”
As a veteran public school educator and former local union official, I would have endorsed those agenda items. Jeralee and friends supported them too.
Both were defeated.
This is nothing new.
For decades NEA has muzzled dedicated educators while using our resources to support full-term abortion too. NEA is also one of the most powerful organizations behind laws that permit biological boys to compete against girls in competitive sports.
As a loving and pro-life teacher, I’m devastated that dues I was forced to pay (and taxpayers provided) are used to sexualize children and to violently end innocent lives. As a female athlete who fought for equality in women’s sports, I’m disgusted that young ladies are now losing athletic opportunities to biological boys because NEA — in the name of educators! — undermines female athletes.
I don’t know even one teacher or fair-minded American who supports allowing boys to dominate girls’ sports. It’s completely illogical and flatly unfair. But when we speak out in defense of girls, we’re ostracized and labeled transphobes by union forces.
The NEA says it’s a “labor union and professional interest group,” representing educators.
That’s a lie.
I could provide dozens more first-hand testimonies of NEA abuses of educators, our money and our students, and another hundred pages on NEA’s radical far-left political agenda that’s morphed America’s schools into institutions that are no longer safe for our kids, our teachers, or our country.
Hypocrisy is “playacting,” or pretending to be something — or someone — we are not. A masquerade.
NEA’s mask is lifted. The so-called teachers’ union is not a legitimate American labor union. It’s a dangerous two-faced hypocrite.
Most Americans have likely had their information stolen already, Wray says
FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday warned Americans that the Chinese government’s theft of American information is taking place on so large a scale, suspected incidents make up nearly half of his bureau’s counterintelligence cases.
Speaking at an event hosted by the Hudson Institute in Washington, Wray said that Chinese thefts amount to “one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history,” and that the American people are the victims.
“Of the nearly 5,000 active FBI counterintelligence cases currently under way across the country, almost half are related to China,” Wray said. “And at this very moment, China is working to compromise American health care organizations, pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions conducting essential COVID-19 research.”
In fact, Wray said that most Americans have already been affected.
“If you’re an American adult, it is more likely than not that China has stolen your personal data,” he said.
As an example, Wray noted that in 2014 Chinese hackers stole more than 21 million records from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Wray said that the Chinese Communist Party “uses a diverse range of sophisticated techniques — everything from cyber intrusions to corrupting trusted insiders,” and even “outright physical theft.” To do this, he claimed, they use “a wide range of actors — including not just Chinese intelligence services, but state-owned enterprises, ostensibly private companies, certain kinds of graduate students and researchers, and a whole variety of other actors working on their behalf.”
The director said that, in some cases, China uses social media platforms used by Americans “to identify people with access to our government’s sensitive information and then target those people to try to steal it.”
In one instance, he recalled, a Chinese operative posed as a headhunter, offering money to an American citizen in exchange for “consulting services” that related to sensitive data. In that particular case, the American reported the suspicious behavior to the FBI.
Wray’s remarks come a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration is considering restricting United States' users' access to the Chinese social media application TikTok over concerns it is potentially being used by the Beijing government as a means to surveil and propagandize people.
Pompeo warned Americans that they should be cautious in using the video app, lest they want their private information "in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”
Fox News’ Bill Mears, Gregg Re and Charles Creitz contributed to this report.
The report warns that sweeping national change to voting would be costly and dangerous
A new report from a conservative group on the potential problems with large-scale mail-in voting argues that a recent push from states to send ballots to all registered voters for November's election would not only expose them to possible fraud but could likely result in a significant waste of taxpayer dollars.
The report, by the Honest Elections Project, cites problems that have already arisen in a number of states showing that including inactive voters – including those who have changed addresses or died – would result in money being spent on ballots that would never reach their intended recipients.
“At the very least, mailing ballots to every registration on file – knowing that a significant number of registrations are erroneous or outdated – is a significant waste of scarce resources,” the report says, noting that a recent estimate from Clark County, Nevada predicted it would cost at least $323,000 to mail ballots to inactive registrants.
When ballots were sent to inactive voters in Nevada’s May primary, ballots were found piled up in post office trays, outside apartment complexes, and on community bulletin boards in and around Las Vegas. One report said ballots were even found in a trash can.
“Taxpayers’ dollars are literally being thrown away because of ill-conceived vote-by-mail schemes,” the Honest Elections Project report says.
In addition to the waste of money, the group warns that fraud is a real concern, citing past examples of how mailed ballots have been used improperly, such as voting on behalf of dead people or submitting votes in multiple states in the same election.
Earlier this year up to 800 ballots were disqualified in Paterson, N.J., after hundreds of ballots were found in the mail bundled together, despite a state law forbidding anyone from handling or sending more than three mail-in ballots together. Several individuals – including a councilman-elect – are now facing criminal charges for alleged election fraud.
This was the first time New Jersey had done an all mail-in election, and the Honest Election Project warns that any state attempting an all new system with November’s presidential election is putting itself at risk for complications, fraudulent or otherwise. While some states already have mail-in voting, Washington State Secretary of State Kim Wyman told The New York Times in April that while her state has security measures in place to prevent and punish voter fraud, hers is a system that has been developed over the course of a years-long process.
Wyman said it was unlikely that national mail-in voting would be feasible this November.
“You can’t just flip a switch and go from real low absentee ballots to 100 percent vote-by-mail,” she told the Times.
Democrats are accusing Republicans of attempting to suppress votes by requiring in-person voting during a pandemic, claiming that such a move would force voters to choose between exercising their rights and protecting their health.
More states are adopting a hybrid system of mail-in and in-person voting; William La Jeunesse reports.
The Honest Elections Project suggests that this does not have to be an either/or situation if proper measures are taken. This would include expanding absentee voting for vulnerable populations, sending applications for mail-in ballots which would at least require individuals to provide personal information to confirm their identities prior to receiving ballots, and social distancing measures for in-person voting.
The Project's director Jason Snead said that recent incidents support the findings of a commission from 15 years ago that warned of the problems posed by mail-in voting.
“In 2005 former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker co-chaired a commission on election reform that found serious problems and risks with mail-in voting. Today in 2020, four people - including a sitting city councilman and a councilman-elect - face criminal charges for trying to rig an all-mail election in Paterson, New Jersey," Snead said in a statement.
He added: "Automatically mailing ballots, weakening election safeguards, and trying to impose a national mail-in election on an entire country in four months is a recipe for disaster. We need to ensure it is easy and safe to vote this November, but not at the expense of the credibility of our democracy."
How much longer will Americans proud of their Heritage and Culture allow the party of Jim Crow, Slavery, Segregation, Moral Decay, and Sedition to exist? Just listen to what comes out of their shameless mouths. No longer satisfied to appear like the bastard children of social regression, they now have amassed an army of agitators in Sanctuary Cities across the nation. As they expose their true intentions fed by years of give-aways to unsuspecting citizens and immigrants, the new socialists are back at what they do best, creating a new form of slavery thru entitlement and victimhood. What strikes me odd are the sheer numbers of young people who are buying into a possible life of contractual obligations of a suppressive government guided by a handful of social enablers and corporations. How else could a community that operates in dysfunction be leading a social justice narrative? If it doesn't make sense, why the hell are we tolerating it in the first place? The Race hijinx is just a Ruse. If you can't control the educated, you just stop educating... As Thomas Jefferson once said, 'A well-informed citizenry is the best defense against tyranny.' Wonder why your kids are doing so poorly, just ask your Democrat Representatives. Where-ever they nest, socio-economic opportunities disappear, education falters, and communities become violent. We are in the throws of a Cultural Revolution being fed by bad actors who propose that less personal responsibility means more dependence on the tribe. Only dysfunctional minds would propose that as logical, rational, or intellectual. Many in our society assume the more headlines you read the better informed you are, the literacy of a fool. Context, Reference, and History are the arbiters of sanity. Emotive hysteria is for lesser minds filled with self-indulgence and narcissistic tendencies. A wild mob never creates lasting value. How unfortunate for those lost individuals, and by extension to the rest of us, find that their dim-witted obedience continues to allow their communities and lives to remain relatively stagnant. Those who accuse the past of present-day failures are indicting themselves with the guilt only they possess. The wholesale fallacy that someone down the street, or in another State, or Time has doomed any chance for personal success. We are All Americans, and through our hard work, and caring nature contribute to those who struggle to find their way. It's time to hold those who are stealing your opportunities to the task. Since Johnson's Great Society the party of Slavery is up to its old ways. Charity has no party affiliation, it comes from our adherence to our Creator's command. The Democrats of today care more about a bigger party than a better life...especially for Blacks. Modern-day slavery may appear different, not so when the master is the Socialist State?
Black and White communities seek housing, education and transportation reform Police stand on the street beside a protest encampment surrounded by handmade signs and barricades outside City Hall, Friday, June 26, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) Michael McKenna
The Republican Party is wasting an opportunity that may not come again for a generation.
Congressional Republicans and many in the Trump administration have accepted the verdict of the mob that police reform/defunding/whatever is the essential element in addressing everything that can get poured into the phrase “systemic racism.”
But surely questions about policing form just one segment of the interactions between social, political and state institutions and the Black community.
Andrew Breitbart used to rightly say that “politics is downstream of culture.” In the same way, policing is downstream of pretty much every pathology. By the time the police are a routine presence in one’s life, the ship has pretty much sailed.
What is upstream of policing? In too many communities of color, what is upstream are defective and deteriorating schools, hamstrung teachers, indifferent municipal bureaucrats, government housing, and numerous other quotidian pathologies associated with one-party rule and union collusion. In many cities, one party has ruled for most of the last 50 years, and in all cities, the problem of municipal unions has been present for at least a generation before that.
Last Republican mayor in San Francisco? 1964. Last Republican mayor in Baltimore? 1967. Minneapolis? 1961. Number of years since World War II that New York City has had a Republican mayor? Just 13, and five of those were with John Lindsay, who ran for president as a Democrat.
The mob, collectivist in nature and leftist in orientation, wants us to focus on just one subset of those pathologies — policing. But the reality is that the strong bonds between municipal unions and one-party rule in cities manifest their destructiveness in citizens’ lives in all kinds of ways and through every interaction the citizens have with the system.
If Congress truly wanted to improve the lot of those who suffer under the system created and preserved by one-party rule and government workers’ collectives, it would engage not only in policing reform, but educational reform, housing reform, and transportation reform, and commit to rooting out the low-level but pervasive corruption that infects so many cities.
This is a moment when the Republicans can show the residents of our cities that they care enough to make the effort to improve the lives of their fellow citizens and free them from the grip of acquisitive unions, indifferent bureaucracies, and politicians and parties whose only interest is in getting and expanding their power.
Republicans should not be limited to the frame presented to them by the more violent elements of the protesters. Rather, they should leverage the protesters to do what has been needed for at least a generation — clean out the Augean stables of cities, including unions (especially those who “represent” teachers and civil servants), corrupt politicians and useless bureaucracies.
For the first time in my life, there is enough focus and resolve among both Black and White communities to allow for meaningful changes to the cities and how they are run. The moment requires expansive action.
Rahm Emanuel, the former mayor of Chicago, who has both encouraged and profited from the pathologies associated with a large city, once noted that one should never let a crisis go to waste. The protesters have unwittingly created a moment where legitimate change may be possible. Republicans should not let it go to waste.
The high court upheld state laws requiring those chosen for the Electoral College to back the popular winner in their state's presidential race
Tyler Olson, Shannon Bream
The Supreme Court on Monday upheld state laws requiring those chosen for the Electoral College to back the popular winner in their state's presidential race, a rebuke of a group of so-called "faithless" presidential electors in Washington and Colorado who sued after they were sanctioned for voting contrary to pledges they took before becoming electors.
In a 9-0 ruling, the court said that those sanctions -- in Washington a fine and in Colorado being removed and replaced as an elector -- are constitutional.
The cases come after a group of Democratic electors that called themselves the "Hamilton Electors" voted for moderate Republicans instead of Hillary Clinton in 2016, in an unsuccessful effort to convince Republican electors to vote for somebody besides President Trump.
Electoral College electors (L-R) Sen. Polly Baca, Michael Baca and Ann Knollman talk before taking the oath of office in the Governor's office at the State Capitol in Denver, U.S. December 19, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
"Among the devices States have long used to achieve their object are pledge laws, designed to impress on electors their role as agents of others," Justice Elena Kagan wrote in the court's opinion. "That direction accords with the Constitution—as well as with the trust of a Nation that here, We the People rule.”
Though many voters don't realize it, when Americans cast their ballots in presidential elections they are actually voting for "electors" who later cast the official ballots that decide the presidential election. They almost always rubber-stamp the popular vote winner in their state, but at times have voted for a different candidate, as the Hamilton Electors did in 2016.
"Ultimately it is really about reflecting the will of the voters who participated in the election," Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman said in an interview with Fox News in an interview ahead of the oral arguments in the case. "And it is the state's determination of ensuring that those voters are represented in the Electoral College, and it is a state's right and it's a state's function."
The Monday ruling does not completely bar the possibility that there could be faithless electors in the future -- the court ruled that states can require their electors to vote for the popular winner, not that they must.
The case Kagan wrote the opinion for is called Chiafalo v. State of Washington. In that case, the justices upheld the ruling of the Washington Supreme Court. In an unsigned opinion, citing the reasoning of the Chiafalo opinion, the justices separately overturned the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling that states could not enforce elector pledges, in a case named Colorado Department of State v. Baca.
Kagan added: "The Constitution’s text and the Nation’s history both support allowing a State to enforce an elector’s pledge to support his party’s nominee—and the state voters’ choice—for President."
Members of both parties feared that if the Supreme Court did not issue a ruling on the faithless electors issue, a close election in 2020 could see just a handful of electors move to sway the result.
"To imagine the issue being teed up in the middle of an actual election, and forcing the Supreme Court to decide the issue where its decision would be picking a president, it would be Bush v. Gore on steroids," Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig, who argued the Hamilton Electors' case before the Supreme Court, told Fox News.
Michale Baca of Colorado and Bret Chiafalo of Washington were two leaders of the Hamilton Electors movement. They were both Bernie Sanders delegates in 2016 and told Fox News that after being picked as Democratic electors they decided to vote for moderate Republicans instead of Hillary Clinton not as a rebuke to Clinton, but as an act of good faith to try to convince Republican electors to eschew Trump.