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ELECTION: NEA resorts to ‘low brow’ metaphor

Letter by Phil Betz, Tacoma on Oct. 29, 2010 at 3:25 pm with 31 Comments »
October 29, 2010 3:25 pm

The NEA should be ashamed of itself for its distasteful ad in which they compare Dino Rossi to a dog with fleas. For an organization that is supposed to promote education, they must think Washington voters are too dumb to interpret the difference between candidates’ policies. So the NEA had to resort to an attack ad in the form of a low brow, ridiculous metaphor.

I won’t be voting for Dino Rossi because I disagree with most of his policy stances, not because I think he has fleas. I wish the NEA representatives responsible for this ad were up for election so that they can be voted out for wasting its members’ fees.

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  1. aislander says:

    Speaking of lying down with dogs, did you happen to see the list of organizations supporting the 10/2 rally? Dems don’t seem to have any problem associating themselves with THOSE curs…

  2. aislander says:

    …and then there’s Bill Ayres, Pastor Wright, Jeff Jones, Van Jones and all the other anti-Americans around Barack Obama. Get that man some Front LIne!

  3. aislander says:

    …and Andy Stern, George Soros–both VERY frequent visitors to the White House…

  4. And the money for those ads were from forced union dues. People paying hard earned money to the union to maintain their job only to have that money used to support Democrat campaigns. Union dues are to pay for “negotiations” and benefits, not politics. That is why unions have become irrelevant (unless you are a government employee).

  5. JungleBoy says:

    By the way, what was the name of Fred Flintstone’s dog?

  6. bobcat1a says:

    And why would teachers want to support Republicans? So they can work for minimum wage? Oh wait, the Republicans don’t believe in that either.

  7. Islander – better update your talking points list. You are still using the one from 2008.

    RO – you expect some one to support the party that wants to destroy them?
    That kind of stupidity is only found on the right.

  8. redneckbuck says:

    The teachers union is only protecting its interests. They protect bad teachers. Unions are no longer needed. The NEA has given more money than allowed to democrats and is currently involved in three lawsuits. They have had to pay millions in fines for doing this in recent years.

  9. Roncella says:

    Its obvious the Teacher’s Union would support poor litttle patty murray. She brings home all the beacon for them.

    Murray votes 100% with Pelosi, Reid, Obama.

    The teachers are being taken down the road to the poor house. The Union Leaders are getting richer and richer. What ever happened to wanting to take care of the Children in all this back room dealing by the big shot Union leaders ?

  10. redneckbuck says:

    Join the teachers that are pushing the union to do the right thing at http://www.eff.com

  11. How ironic.

    Let me ask the teachers here…how would you respond if your students were running for a school office and portrayed their opponent in this way?

    It’s criminal what’s happened to the teaching profession in the hands of unions.

  12. Although I’m not a teacher, I agree that negative campaigning is out of control. It’s one thing to point out your opponent’s shortcomings, yet another to make the ugly comparisons we see in politics, today.

    The problem is, it works. So, whose to blame?

  13. The morons that believe the ads?
    Both sides, all sides are to blame.

  14. NEA is like NPR – cannot compete in the private sector and is vehemently afraid to do so. Like so many villains, use the innocents as cover for your own power addiction. These are (NEA) the one’s who are supposed to be “pro-choice”? So let’s let the parents have choice with tuition tax credit vouchers.
    Oh no, we can’t extend “choice” to non-liberals, especially “just” parents.
    NEA =fearful snobs absconding union dues for the democratic party, while hiding behind the chaaaaldren…

  15. aislander says:

    er…xring: the 10/2 rally was in 2010, NOT 2008, but if something’s true, it’s true…

  16. Islander – I was referring to you list of ‘evil liberals’

    Phil – first rule of writing and public speaking = use the language and images of your target audience.

  17. aislander – guilt by association……isn’t that some sort of nefarious radical liberal tactic that you like to accuse Democrats of engaging in?

  18. The Supreme Court (the Right leaning judges) opened the door to this latest round of over the top mud slinging campaign ads, financed by outside interests that require no accountability. Unfortunately, mud wrestling requires two participants and the NEA is an identifiable entity.

    Although, It would have been nice to see the NEA take the high road, responding in kind to the attack ads may have been an unavoidable necessity considering the closeness of this race.

  19. “responding in kind ” is a mighty poor example to show our young people, Pol.

  20. I didn’t say that I approved of the type of ad referred to in this letter.

    To single out this ad in an attempt to discredit the NEA while turning a blind eye toward similar ads from the right, is partisan politics disguised as concern for our young, sozo. These young people are exposed to all of the mud slinging ads, so, try to be more broad based and not so selective with your criticism. They may be reading your comments for accuracy.

  21. Polago sez – “Although, It would have been nice to see the NEA take the high road, responding in kind to the attack ads may have been an unavoidable necessity considering the closeness of this race.”

    Kids learn by example. You have just excused “situational ethics”. At what point did it become OK, again? Indecisive so-called morals of “never mind, they did it first so now we can.” This is what happens with relativists in charge of “education”. There is no more right or wrong, only momentary consensus.

    Slicker than a slide rule…

  22. New expanded moniker for NEA…ahem:
    Association of

    ……..That’s right…..neanderthal…..

  23. aislander says:

    Try to keep up, beerBoy; this letter was ABOUT guilt by association…

    And, xring, just because something was true in ’08 doesn’t mean it’s not true now…

  24. larsman would handcuff the left with his situational ethics while the right steamrolled their way to election, unencumbered by those same ethical standards.

    Save your phony ethical standards for your side, larsman.

  25. Islander – hasn’t the list of ‘evil liberals’ changed since 2008?

    To all: I thought Hans Zeiger was wacko with is NEA is a terrorist organizations and public schools are government indoctrinations centers rants. But it now appears he was just expressing the standard RepubliCorp position.

  26. I hate the lowbrow ads from both sides Polago. The whole political scene is shameful when it comes to what it’s teaching our youth.

  27. truthbusterguy says:

    If the teacher’s union supports a candidate I vote against that person. The teachers union is destroying this countries education system. Abolist teacher unions and the Dept. of Ed. ASAP.

  28. Sumner401 says:

    As long as there are republicans there is a need for unions to protect the working man.

  29. As long as there are unions, the nation will need Republicans.

    As long as there are unions, they’ll be corrupt.

    As long as there are unions, politicians will sell their souls to them.

  30. As if all the problems in the US are caused by unions.

    Or is the problem that unions don’t support republicans?

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