Probably not that much, but New Jersey’s governor ignored a truth about private associations as he tried out the “love the
sinner teacher, hate the sin union” line at his keynote address last night:
We believe that the majority of teachers in America know our system must be reformed to put students first so that America can compete…. They [Democrats] believe in pitting unions against teachers, educators against parents, and lobbyists against children. They believe in teacher’s unions. We believe in teachers.
He said this in front of the official quadrennial convention of one of the most powerful private associations in the United States, the Republican Party. Maybe he wished I’d quip similarly about my oldest sister, a Republican office-holder in California, “I love my sister, but I hate her party.” Yeah, right. You live in the United States, buddy? You live with your relatives and neighbors and their right to join private associations.
Oh, and you might want to double-check your assumptions about being able to split teachers from their unions.