Commentary and Criticism about the National Education Association
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"Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States of America, is racist.”
NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia, Lily’s Blackboard, January 12, 2018
“Did you know it's #NoNameCallingWeek?”
NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia, @Lily_NEA, January 16, 2018
THESIS OF BLOG POST – Please stay out of politics.
After calling Donald Trump a racist, Ms. Garcia goes on to say:
“I have no doubt that I will hear from many educators who disagree."
She is correct when she says that some educators might not agree with her.
The Anti-NEA Blog certainly does not.
But it has nothing to do with President Donald Trump’s position on immigration or whether or not he is a racist.
We object to her comments because we strongly feel that the NEA needs to stay out of politics – it’s a simple as that.
Is President Trump a racist?
Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t – we can’t get into his head to figure this one out. But it is certainly not the job of the head of the NEA to determine that issue. Garcia is way out of bounds here.
Ms. Garcia needs to stop inserting her personal views into political issues and stick with helping out her constituents – the teachers.
If NEA members want to talk politics, then they can go to a political website of their choice like FOX News, CNN, ABC, MSNBC or wherever.
When stating a position on an issue, a true leader should use measured terms and reason in order to make a point.
By this yardstick, NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia is no leader.
Instead of calmly making known her disagreement with President Trump, she chooses to employ vitriol and ad hominem attacks.
Here is a selection of quotes directed at Trump from her latest post on Lily’s Blackboard:
These are not carefully reasoned arguments. They are sardonic opinions which reveal Garcia’s personal hatred for President Trump.
Plus they are hypocritical when you realize that on January 16, 2018, Eskelsen tweeted out her support for an end to name calling:
To make matters worse, Garcia displays quite a bit of selective outrage.
This makes her doubly a hypocrite.
When President Obama led bombing campaigns against Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen, his decisions led to the death, dismemberment and dislocation of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in those countries.
Did Garcia call Obama a murderer?
When Muammar Gaddafi was brutally sodomized with a bayonet and eventually killed, Hillary Rodham Clinton cackled with joy.
“We came, we saw, he died.”
Did Garcia criticize her for this callous display of psychotic behavior?
NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia categorized her latest Lily’s Blackboard post as “I just had to say this.”
Sorry, Lily. You didn’t have to say this. You could have kept your personal opinions to yourself.
“SHUT UP AND SING”
To quote Laura Ingraham:
“Shut up and sing.”
When we go to a concert we don't want the artist lecturing us about politics. We are there to hear the music and be entertained.
Likewise, when we go to the NEA website we are looking for teacher related topics. We are not there to receive a lecture about politics and racism.
CONCLUSION – We are trying to save the union, not destroy it.
Some readers have claimed that our blog is trying to destroy the union. Actually, it’s doing just the opposite.
We are trying to save our union by redirecting it away from the radical positions taken by its administration.
We want the union to return to its proper foundation - helping teachers.
The NEA needs to direct its time, energy and money towards issues that are important to all teachers (working conditions, salaries, benefits, etc.).
Real teacher issues are nonpartisan.