A New Book of Esther
Living in a state politically dominated by Hispanic Democrats, I tend to pay attention to what their spokesmen have to say on political issues, events and outcomes. Aware of their intrinsic conservative instincts on most social, cultural and especially, religious issues, I tend to sift through their writings looking for exploitable weaknesses in their fealty to the Democrat Party. Sunday's Albuquerque Journal contained a doozy. Chicago Sun-Times and Washington Post columnist, Esther Cepeda, a former teacher, completely dissected the Democrats' lame excuses for losing in Wisconsin and ripped away the phony mask of teacher solidarity with the unions..
If you think Bill Clinton cut Obama off at the knees, wait till you read what Esther does to the teachers' unions and their Democrat bedfellows. It is devastating; and if the Romney campaign doesn't seize on this and use it to bolster their position in several voting blocs, they should be shot. The entire column is a must read but here's the closing paragraph as a tidbit:
"So never mind this nonsense about outside money being the reason for a union-buster to have prevailed in Wisconsin. All evidence points to the outcome being a simple reflection of the voters' will. The lesson the unions should take away is that just as there is power in numbers, there is also hubris -- enough to make for an irreparable fall from grace in the eyes of both voters and workers."
Read the whole thing to see how this usually liberal, female Hispanic, demonstrates in just a few paragraphs how totally out of sync the Democrats and the public service unions are with one of their presumed most formidable cohorts. Here we conservatives have long viewed the NEA as a monolithic wing of the liberal Democrat party and Esther blows that image all to hell with one column showing the monolith to be riddled with discontent at the membership level.
Thank you, Esther, for renewing my belief that our education system hasn't been completely and irrevocably poisoned by these odious unions. Here's another quote which addresses an issue I've always questioned: why is it that teachers allow their unions to turn the very communities where they live and teach into their political enemies?
"Could this be because teachers are getting tired of being political pawns? Is it possible they're annoyed because they show up for work every day desiring only to teach children but are bombarded with union propaganda that seeks to paint the communities they teach in as toxic toward educators?"
Bet that had some NEA hotshots spewing coffee on their WAPO's. Esther, you are most appropriately named: like the biblical Esther who saved the Jews of Persia, with your truthful column, which you should immediately expand to book form, you may well have awakened the millions of teachers in America being subjugated and exploited by the treacherous NEA and other teachers' unions.
May I suggest a title for your book?