Yes, I know the title is redundant, but just in case anyone out there doubts the willful ignorance (and in many cases, outright violence) of people who comprise 11% of the American workforce, this Facebook thread from last night should help make the case. I was invited to attend the “Protest the Liberal Awake The State” rally in Fort Lauderdale on March 8 by fellow Tea Party patriot David Van Ness. After typing my response on the event page, a very angry, grammatically challenged person named Enrique Batista decided to take me on in a “debate” — I put the word in quotations since he has no response to my valid points, other than to regurgitate the usual liberal-progressive talking points:
Enrique Batista: “You are the thug. Taking away necessary money from students. Seriously people like you make me sick. Greedy pig.”
Me: “…this has nothing to do with students and everything to do with the unholy alliance between the Democrat Party and unions. Forced union membership dues have provided for an incredible slush fund for Dem campaigns over the years.”‘If he teachers cared so much about their students, they’d be in the classrooms you know, actually teaching. If unions cared about workers they wouldn’t be threatened by the idea that workers would have the freedom to choose whether or not they want to pay dues and belong.
“But I don’t expect someone as ignorant as you to let the facts get in the way of a good liberal narrative. Funny, you have nothing to say about the private sector employees who work 12 months out of the year, contribute to their health and pension plans and maybe get two weeks’ paid vacation a year if they’re lucky. These are the hardworking people who pay all the bills — the same ones whose children the Wisconsin slugs can’t be bothered educating.”
Enrique Batista: “you arent worthy of the air you breath. the teachers have to get on the streets! if you care about the future of students you wouldnt be supporting scott walker. obviously you have no experience in being paid by a greedy employer. unions have helped america progess and grow. stay out of my education you privileged bitch”
Daria: “Stay classy, Enrique…We The People are taking our country back for all of the hardworking taxpayers and entrepreneurs who are tired of paying all the bills for people who don’t even work a full 12 months out of the year and are bleeding our country dry. You can call me every name in the book and union thugs can keep trying to intimidate us with their violence and disgusting behavior, but this reform WILL happen.
“God bless you, my friend.”
NO RESPONSE from Enrique
Me: “By the way, 89% of the American workforce is comprised of private sector employees…the ones who pay for everything. Only 11% is made up of pampered union crybabies, so in essence what we have here is the tyranny of the minority.”
Then my dear friend Lady Libertas chimed in:
LL: “WOW – Enrique – thanks for being the poster child of what a broken public education system held hostage by unions churns out. Perhaps, if we did not have unions, we would get teachers who teach proper grammar, spelling and use of the English language. Have you thought about community college?”
Me: “Oh and judging by your awful grammar and incorrect use (or really non-use) of proper punctuation, I am surmising you are a product of the public school system. How sad.”
Note: I realize there are many good teachers out there both in public and private education, but watching the spectacle that’s unfolding in Wisconsin and other states that have been hosting protests, it’s safe to say the squeaky wheels are getting the grease. And yet, with our culture in its current decrepit state and parenting skills lacking in so many ways, too many teachers have been forced to become babysitters as well as educators.
That being said, watching the repugnant behavior of Wisconsin teachers and their union comrades over a bill that simply asks them to contribute to their health and pension plans and gives them the option of deciding every year whether or not they event want to be part of a union has led me to believe most of them are spoiled brats who are only too happy to bleed hardworking taxpayers dry while they scream about “workers rights”.
Where are the rights of the private sector business owners and employees of The Badger State who’ve been footing the bill for these parasites? Where is the consideration for the workers Wisconsin will be forced to lay off if the runaway Dems don’t return to the capitol and allow a vote on Walker’s bill in the State Senate?
Ignorant people like Enrique can slander the good name of citizens like me who are actually pursuing the American Dream by working a full year and for the most part, putting in well over 40 hours a week while we struggle to succeed in an economy destroyed by regressive liberal policies, but facts are facts. I laughed out loud when he called me a “privileged bitch” — not because I particularly enjoy being called names, but because of the idiocy of the accusation. Here I am, working around the clock as a ghostwriter, freelancer, and business-owner in a social media marketing company with three other women, doing everything I possibly can to keep the bills paid and succeed.
Pardon me if I have no sympathy for spoiled public school teachers who are only required to show up for work 9 out of 12 months every year, receive every paid holiday on the calendar, are not subjected to “real world” requirements like annual reviews and merit pay, and indoctrinate students with their left-wing propaganda. Oh and let’s not forget the fake doctors’ notes they secured in Wisconsin — all the while spouting their “it’s all about the children” nonsense.
Oh really? They why weren’t you in the classroom teaching the children you claim to care about so deeply?
As my “conversation” with Enrique demonstrates, we have a lot of damage to undo.