The Scorpions Of Stupidity


Most of us have encountered a version of the fable “The Scorpion and the Frog” somewhere along the winding path. The moral of the tale is patently obvious: another version of “a leopard can’t change its spots.” I’m not sure if the saga of the frog and the scorpion — or even the law of the leopard — still makes the curriculum in our union-controlled government schools. They may not have room in between the happy tales of Heather’s gender-nonspecific parentage or proper condom application techniques for 9-year-olds. But there’s no excuse for the oh-so-majestically educated Democratic Party leadership to have missed the cautionary tale.

Perhaps it was replaced in liberal school by the collected works of Saul Alinsky or one of those hysterical Howard Zinn tomes that weighs more than it’s worth. Nevertheless, President Barack Obama and his accomplices (including Rahm Emanuel, his former Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Ostensibly Undead and current Mayor of Chicago) are desperately treading water following another lash from the dreaded arachnid of American politics: Big Labor.

Earlier this week, the government schoolteachers of Obama’s hometown of Chicago walked off the job in a salary dispute less than a month into the new school year. As the dust cleared from a disastrous Democratic National Convention, the Democrats’ big bullying buddies in the City of Broad Shoulders arrived at the conclusion that commanding the highest salary in the Nation ($76,000 per year before benefits) didn’t earn a passing grade. And they followed up by rejecting an offer that would have added 16-percent raises as a part of a package that would have given the Chicago Teachers’ Union members $4 million in compensation.

The Obama Administration gave General Motors to the union thugs (a racket that has cost American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars so far), including the expensive deathtrap Chevy Volts. The Obama Administration attacked Boeing over an attempt to bring jobs to a factory in the non-union-thug State of South Carolina. The Obama Adminstration’s ties to Big Labor villains like AFL-CIO threat-maker Richard Trumka are as deeply rooted as its ties to ultra-leftist figures like terrorist Bill Ayers and racist Al Sharpton. The Service Employees International Union thugs have served as violent muscle for Obama against opponents of Obamacare and supporters of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Yet, while the cries of a supposed “Republican war on women” fade into the rather prodigious shadows of Bill Clinton speeches and Ted Kennedy memorials, the aforementioned Big Labor thugs have chosen this moment — scant months from what’s shaping up to be a down-to-the-wire election — to declare a liberal war on children. The Chicago teachers’ union strike has turned nearly half a million children out into the Windy City’s meanest streets. At a time when Obama’s adopted hometown is sinking into a crime-ridden cesspool, the kids who can least afford another setback have been deliberately set back by the same liberal storm troopers who claim to have their best interests at heart.

Granted, the teachers’ union effect on government schools is demonstrably bad; witness the abysmal performance by teachers’ union victims when measured against kids from virtually anywhere else on the planet. Perhaps the Chicago strike is not about the greed, graft and grease that usually motivate union thugs. Perhaps the teachers finally recognized that they are the biggest obstacle to teaching American kids even rudimentary academic skills and did the only thing they could to alleviate the problem. Perhaps this disgrace will even motivate educrats to stop their incessant and incessantly stupid attacks on school choice, charter schools and home schooling. And perhaps someone will follow President Ronald Reagan’s flawless example by firing the whole sorry lot of them. And perhaps the teachers’ unions will abandon their war on children and return to educating the tykes instead.

Then again, consider the average Democrat/union thug. They boo God. They threaten — and often enact — violence against anyone who disagrees with their leaders. They even watch MSNBC on purpose. Perhaps this is as good as it gets. Sorry, children of Chicago. It looks like you get the stinger while we carry the scorpion.

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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