I am always amazed how liberals always seem to deny that which they support. Often times they will go so far as to state that the organizations they support only care about the good of society. Take the NEA and what they support for instance. I have heard liberals claim that the NEA only uses their member union dues to support education initiative drives across the nation, and that the dues are not used to support federal legislation in Washington. Well, it is time to open the eyes of the blind and shine the light of truth on what the NEA supports. Fact is, besides being heavily involved in supplying campaign cash for numerous politicians across this country that eventually end up in Washington, the NEA also supplies lobbyists to persuade Washington politicians to vote for an agenda that has very little to do with education. Could someone please explain to me what does education have to do with the resolutions that were overwhelmingly agreed to at this years NEA meeting in San Diego on July 1-6 2009? Allow me to first inform you that the NEA does NOT care about the children. Not my words, but the words of the retiring General Counsel of the NEA, Bob Chanin. This is a quote from his farewell speech to the union members at their summer meeting. A speech that received a standing ovation from the delegates. In a response to the attacks that the NEA receives from conservatives, Chanin states that "the right-wing b****rds" pick on the NEA because, "they are the nations leading advocate for a liberal social, and economic agenda." Chanin goes on to explain exactly what makes them effective.
"We are effective, not because of our creative ideas, it is not because of the merit of our positions, it is not because we care about children, and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power .........we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year"
Wow, talk about losing sight of the goal. I was always told that the NEA's ultimate goal was better teachers so we can have better educated children. Perhaps the NEA should put on their promotional fliers that they are all about power, not education. After all, who would want the largest association representing teachers in the country to be basing its effectiveness on its ability to improve the education of children? For the leftists who claim the NEA cares more about the children then they do about politics, or that they do not support Washington politics with their money and efforts, I have two words for you,WAKE UP, because like all leftist the care only about their power to effect legislation around the country. Whether that legislation is Local, State, or Federal level.(i.e. Washington and the Washington politicians who vote for such legislation that they want passed.)
What follows is a list of resolutions the delegates voted on during their five day meeting in San Diego this past summer. All of these are non educational, politically liberal initiatives that are up for approval at Local, State, and Federal(Washington) levels of government. The Union delegation voted to use union dues to support items A-K and defeat items in L 1-6 in my list below, along with creating suggested classroom indoctrination littérateur to be used on the students education of the agenda items. So even if they do not get their agenda now, they will be assured to have more support from the public in the future when students they have indoctrinated are old enough to vote.A.) Abortion
NEA delegates voted 69-31 to reject an amendment stating the union had "no position" on abortion, which would have invalidated a resolution professing the group's support for "family planning, including the right to reproductive freedom." While the NEA technically holds a "neutral" position on abortion, this amounts to promoting abortion.B.) Immigration
The NEA supports immigration "reform" that "includes (note: this is a change from last year's verb "may include") a path to permanent residency, citizenship, or asylum" for illegal immigrants.C.) Same Sex Marriage
Despite protests that the group's involvement in same-sex "marriage" was causing a loss in membership, delegates at the meeting adopted an action plan strengthening the NEA's support of homosexuality with a vow to support same-sex "marriage" or civil union legislation.
Specifically, the resolution stated the group would support the enactment of same-sex "marriage" laws, and fight both state and federal constitutional or statutory provisions defining marriage as between a man and a woman by using money received from union dues along with in classroom litterateur to persuade students of the benefit of same sex marriage in America.D.) Gay Rights Agenda
The NEA passed at least a dozen resolutions supporting the "gay rights agenda" in public schools. These cover employment, curricula, textbooks, resource and instructional materials, school activities, role models, and language, with frequent use of terms such as sexual orientation, gender identification, and homophobia.E.) Sex Education
The public school must assume an increasingly important role in providing sex education and that the instructors must be legally protected from censorship and lawsuits.F.) Nationalized Health Care
G.) Minimum Wage Increases (that effects only women not men at the Federal & State levels)On the critical issue of health care, NEA delegates voted to “zealously advocate for national health care reform,” stressing the urgency of quality, comprehensive, affordable health care for all that includes a public health care plan options, not just for the United States, but also for the inclusion of its territories, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Wage control so the government can arbitrarily raise the pay of women but not men, the feminist pork called the Women's Educational Equity Act, and letting feminists rewrite textbooks to conform to feminist ideology.H.) Hate Crime legislation
The NEA supports a beefed-up federal hate crimes law with heavier penalties. The NEA wants federal legislation to confer special rights on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.I.) United Nations Treaty Initiatives
The NEA supports United Nations treaties, especially the U.N. Convention on Women, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the International Court of Justice and that the United States should ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and recognize and support its authority and jurisdiction. Global education, which promotes world citizenship that would require the taxation of American citizens to fund Third World countries.J.) Global Warming education and World Treaties that would cripple the American Economy
The NEA voted to support unproven environmental education, which teaches that human activity is generally harmful to the environment and population should be reduced. Also the initiative refuses to equally support any proven facts that refute the idea that man can effect the climate of the the world.K.) Gun Restriction Legislation
The Association believes that strict prescriptive regulations are necessary for the manufacture, importation, distribution, sale and resale of handguns and ammunition magazines. A mandatory background check and a mandatory waiting period should occur prior to the sale of all firearms.L.) Here are some of the political ideas the NEA members voted to fight against by using Union dues and educational littérateur for the classroom so that they can indoctrinate the next generation
1.) Vouchers to help poor families send their children to private schools in high crime ridden areas where the children cannot learn
2.) Tuition tax credits for parents who already send their children to private schools
3.) Parental choice programs that would educate children about alternatives to abortion and sex, like adoption and abstinence
4.) Making English the official language of the U.S. so that non English speaking students can get a fair chance at better paying jobs when they graduate
5.) The use of voter identification for elections so that voter fraud can be stopped (as in non citizens will not be able to vote)
6.)Privatization of Social Security so that Americans can actually be assured that SS will be around when they retire, and that black families will not lose their fathers SS because he died before the age of reimbursement.Again I ask you. What does all these items have to do with the education of the children? Nothing, because the way I see it, the teacher unions are all politically motivated by supporting anything the left desires to accomplish. That would be both the states and the national teacher unions. The NEA will not stop, because as I stated, they will keep trying until the children they indoctrinated have become old enough to vote. Then they will vote for politicians who will go to Washington and turn their agendas into federal law. That is not education, that is indoctrination.