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NEA to target Republicans in 2004
By Samuel L. Blumenfeld
Back in 1984, when I wrote NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education, my goal was to awaken conservatives and Republicans to the fact that the National Education Association had become a radical, leftist political organization using the Democratic Party to achieve its goals. For years, they had been using their extensive local influence to elect liberals and leftists to school boards, municipal governments, state legislatures, and the U.S. Congress. Back in 1967, five years after the NEA had become a labor union, the NEA's executive secretary, Sam Lambert, made it very clear that the NEA was determined to become a powerful political machine rather than merely an organization of teachers devoted to improving education. He declared:
And, indeed, his prediction became reality with the help of Uniserv, the association's full-time, unionized, political cadre.
Without the support of the NEA, it is doubtful that Bill Clinton would have been elected President in 1992 and re-elected for a second term. But they had the terrible taste of defeat in 2000 when George W. Bush won over Al Gore by just a few votes in Florida. They are now determined to never let that happen again. And so, they are gearing up for 2004.
The NEA is planning to target 16 states where the Democrat nominee for the Presidency has a good chance of upsetting George W. Bush. The NEA is also planning to upset Republicans in 45 House races by recruiting candidates who they believe can win. This was spelled out to the delegates at their latest convention in New Orleans during the July 4th weekend.
Although about 30 percent of NEA members are Republicans, the delegates at the convention were, for the most part, the most radically leftist leaders of the organization. And they are pushing the leftist agenda, which includes full-day pre-kindergarten, gay rights in curriculum development and teacher hiring, comprehensive sexual health education, support for Title IX quota policies, national socialized medicine, Multiculturalism, statehood for the District of Columbia, an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, etc.
And they are still anti-homeschooling, anti-vouchers and tuition tax credits, anti-English as the Official Language, pro-family planning otherwise known as abortion, anti-school prayer including moments of silence, pro joining the International Court of Justice. The NEA has always been a strong supporter of the United Nations and world government. It was instrumental in creating UNESCO as a future "World Board of Education." In 1946, Joy Elmer Morgan, editor of the NEA Journal, wrote:
And while fifty-seven years later, world government is still to be achieved in a conflict-ridden, discredited United Nations, the NEA is still betting on its becoming reality. Schools downplay patriotism as politically incorrect, nativist, and exclusionary.
But perhaps the most dangerous of the NEA's latest policies is that concerning early childhood education. Their resolution on the subject reads:
Naturally, all of this at taxpayer expense. The last thing any of us should want is for those behaviorist educator-psychologists to get hold of America's defenseless infants so that they can be brainwashed as early as possible and turned into intellectual cripples before they can even speak their own language.
That resolution alone should make us all aware of the brave new world being planned by these malevolent utopians who call themselves educators. Neither the Nazis nor Communists could have done better!
Nineteen years ago, it was obvious that the NEA would go from bad to worse. Their membership has increased greatly by including cafeteria workers, janitors, etc. And their budget for political mischief has grown enormously. Their defeat in 2000 has made them redouble their efforts to regain control of the two houses of Congress and the White House. Undoubtedly, the homeschool movement put a crimp in the NEA's political power. Thus, conservatives must do everything they can to make sure that the NEA monster is kept in its cage in 2004.
Samuel L. Blumenfeld is the author of eight books on education, including, "Alpha-Phonics: A Primer for Beginning Readers," "The Whole Language/OBE Fraud," and "Homeschooling: A Parents Guide to Teaching Children." These books are available on Amazon.com.
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