Chris Christie Wants To Punch The Teachers’ Union In The Face And It Sucks That This Will Not Hurt Him Politically
It really sucks that we live in a world in which insulting and attacking teachers is a safe way for a presidential candidate to build a political platform. Teachers are smart people who chose to spend their lives helping nurture and develop young people instead of pursuing money, power, and glory; their honor should be inviolable. But apparently it is OK for presidential candidate Chris Christie to talk about teachers as greedy mooches who care more about money than kids, and people even agree with him.
According to the Washington Post, this weekend New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie said the Teachers’ Union deserved “a punch in the face,” because that is the state of political discourse in this country.
CNN’s Jake Tapper reportedly asked Christie who deserved “a punch in the face,” and Christie responded immediately that it was “the national teacher’s union,” which he described as “not for education for our children. They’re for greater membership, greater benefits, greater pay for their members. And they are the single most destructive force in public education in America.”
Darn those teachers! With their famously high-paying jobs and opulent lifestyles. Oh wait, that’s the opposite of the world we live in. Teachers do not make a lot of money. They’re not in it for the riches, because there are no riches. All there is is hopefully enough to live a comfortable but modest lifestyle, make a difference in children’s lives, and not get fired because some busybody parent saw you buy a beer at Chili’s on the weekend and complained that you were a bad role model. The fact that teaches’ unions are looking out for the jobs and benefits of teachers is a good thing, because if not for them then the world and the government would run even more roughshod over the teachers than they already do.
It’s appalling that Christie could recommend “a punch in the face” for the teachers’ union, and it’s even worse that his words will probably just make his target audience like him even more. One has a hard time imagining Christie saying the same thing about the police or firemen.
“Chris Christie has issues – from reneging on his promise to fix pensions to his state’s fiscal standing facing near junk bond status,” said Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers, which has already endorsed Hilary Clinton for president in the next election. “But the biggest issue is he’s a bully and has anger management problems. That he would threaten to punch teachers in the face —mostly women seeking to help children meet their potential and achieve their dreams — promotes a culture of violence and underscores why he lacks the temperament and emotional skills to be president, or serve in any leadership capacity. It’s a sad day in the life of our nation to see a candidate threaten violence to gain political favor.”
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