This past weekend the Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly performed its meet-and-greet of the two opposing gubernatorial candidates. President Klickna and others decided to continue this event in spite of 2014 reality. Both candidates are anti-teacher, anti-public school, anti-pension, anti-union, pro-high stakes testing, pro-corporate charter, pro-corporate-tax cuts. pro-public-education cuts, etc. Clones in everything but political brand name.
It is important to keep in mind that this is not a Democrat versus Republican issue. To call the event a debate would be like calling a Kabuki Theater performance a potato. It was a performance – no more, no less.
Gov. Pat Quinn (D), who gleefully signed the teacher cutting pension cutting bill (SB1) and chose teacher hating Paul Vallas (Read HERE.) as his running mate, portrayed himself as the opposite of what he has done and is doing.
Bruce Rauner (R), who is the billionaire claiming to be far right of the Tea Party and who chose the totally inexperienced and unqualified Palin sound-alike Evelyn Sanguinetti (Read HERE via Fred Klonsky.) as his running mate, spoke all the same sound bites that Paul Ryan likes to repeat.
Why were the candidates there? The IEA leadership did not want its members to throw away their votes.
Because the present and past IEA presidents for the past few decades have not created, sought or supported a pro-public education, pro-teacher, pro-pension candidate, IEA members have been told to choose the lesser of two evils.
Don’t throw away your vote.
Choose the lesser of two evils.
Even Homer Simpson knows that we shouldn’t throw away your vote. Or does he?
Take 19 seconds to find out.