Climate of hate: New Jersey teachers ratchet up the vitriol against Christie

posted at 6:19 pm on April 20, 2010 by Allahpundit

He’s trying to cut spending, isn’t he? Well, then, he’s obviously a racist who deserves what he gets.

Henceforth, instead of “teachers,” I shall call them “schoolbaggers.” Where did these dirty ‘baggers learn such hate, my friends?

In Facebook messages visible to the world — not to mention their students — the teachers have called Christie fat, compared him to a genocidal dictator and wished he was dead. The postings are often riddled with bad grammar and misspellings.

“Never trust a fat f…,” read one profane post on the Facebook page, “New Jersey Teachers United Against Governor Chris Christie’s Pay Freeze,” which has some 69,000 fans, many of them teachers.

“How do you spell A– hole? C-H-R-I-S C-H-R-I-S-T-I-E,” read another…

One educator, a librarian with a Master’s degree, described the cuts as “rediculous.”

“Remember Pol Pot, dictator of Cambodia?” warned another. “He reigned in terror, his target was teachers and intellectuals. They were either killed or put into forced labor… King Kris Kristy is headed in this direction.”

In fairness, Clinton mentioned Christie as being a target of incendiary rhetoric in his Oklahoma City interview with Tapper over the weekend. What he didn’t mention, conveniently, was any culpability for mainstream liberals in inspiring this sort of reaction to smaller government. When “teabaggers” spout off, there’s a galaxy of accomplices — talk radio, right-wing media, and of course the blogosphere, all of which Billy Jeff named as culprits — but “schoolbaggers,” naturally enough, act alone. I’m tempted to speculate that maybe that’s because this whole line of argument by the left is aimed at silencing mainstream critics of their policies via guilt by association, which of course is the last thing they’d want to do to mainstream critics of the right on their own side. So yeah, while the “Pol Pot” comparisons might be a bit much, the traditional liberal talking point that tough budget cuts illustrate the basic heartlessness of demonic conservatives is still pretty much kosher.

Exit question: If Clinton did want to blame a mainstream lefty media outlet for inspiring this sort of thing, who could he pick, really? Liberal talk radio doesn’t exist and, compared to Fox, no one watches MSNBC.

Update: A commenter notes that the teachers’ vitriol isn’t any worse than what you’d find in the comments on the average blog, including this one. True enough, and that’s the point. No one thinks the teachers are going to bomb the governor’s mansion; in fact, Ed correctly laughed off the idea that the “death threat” in that union memo about Christie was even remotely serious. Put the same sentiments in the mouths of conservatives, though, and it’s time for a national summit on Rush Limbaugh’s hatemongering or whatever.


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New Jersey Educational Association
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http://www.njea.org/page.aspx

canopfor on April 20, 2010 at 6:51 PM

The New Jersey Educational Association motto is, “We never gots a gout eduation so neder will yer chitrens”.

MB4 on April 20, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Militant SchoolBaggers!

Who knew!!

canopfor on April 20, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Good idea. Then we can build the 7 story concrete fence with unspent stimulus funds.

Key West Reader on April 20, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Think, man! We could pay for the fence with all the money we aren’t sending there in welfare! :p

bikermailman on April 20, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Same thugs went after Arnold in California.

John the Libertarian on April 20, 2010 at 7:03 PM

See Kalifornia.

MB4 on April 20, 2010 at 6:50 PM

The Teacher’s Union, Labor Unions, and Government Employee Unions run the politicians who run the State…

… Now that Kalifornia resembles a used up whore, they will be moving to a State near you.

Enjoy!

Seven Percent Solution on April 20, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Global Warming and Republicans failure to fight it has cause the New Jersey teachers to lose their minds.

MB4 on April 20, 2010 at 7:03 PM

I think that George Will said it best. Democrats have a big problem, and that’s money.

Well, join the rest of us.

What’s hard for government employees is that they haven’t gone through 2 decades of eroding benefits.

They are like bugs stuck in the 1980′s.

AnninCA on April 20, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Oooohhhh……. Kinda OT.

I forgot about the Blago trial. It’s coming up soon. Just heard something on the news.

Great timing for the November elections if it produces goodies for us. Blago is crazy enough to spill some beans.

Cody1991 on April 20, 2010 at 7:03 PM

New Jersey Educational Association
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http://www.njea.org/page.aspx

canopfor on April 20, 2010 at 6:51 PM
——————————
The New Jersey Educational Association motto is, “We never gots a gout eduation so neder will yer chitrens”.

MB4 on April 20, 2010 at 7:00 PM

MB4: Halp uz wee stuk in Nu Jarzee scool!:)

canopfor on April 20, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Welcome to conservativism Christie. Hope you brought a helmet because this leftist hate won’t stop anytime soon.

Chrisin206 on April 20, 2010 at 7:05 PM

… Now that Kalifornia resembles a used up whore, they will be moving to a State near you.

Enjoy!

Seven Percent Solution on April 20, 2010 at 7:03 PM

I’m not worried. Oregon is almost as fracked up as Kalifornia so I doubt they will move here. Now if I was a Texan I would start worrying.

MB4 on April 20, 2010 at 7:06 PM

New Jersey Educational Association
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http://www.njea.org/page.aspx

canopfor on April 20, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Oh do follow the link folks, some great entertainment!

JusDreamin on April 20, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Do I hear the sounds of statists whining?

Chris “Pol Pot” Christie for President in 2012.

WordsMatter on April 20, 2010 at 7:07 PM

I think that George Will said it best. Democrats have a big problem, and that’s money.

Well, join the rest of us.

What’s hard for government employees is that they haven’t gone through 2 decades of eroding benefits.

They are like bugs stuck in the 1980’s.

AnninCA on April 20, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Why do you think “cutting spending” is translated as “racist” by Democrats??

uknowmorethanme on April 20, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Global Warming and Republicans failure to fight it has cause the New Jersey teachers to lose their minds.

MB4 on April 20, 2010 at 7:03 PM

MB4: And,KOOL-AID!:)

Jus try’n to help MB!:)

canopfor on April 20, 2010 at 7:07 PM

… Now that Kalifornia resembles a used up whore, they will be moving to a State near you.

Enjoy!

Seven Percent Solution on April 20, 2010 at 7:03 PM

More like a hemorragic plague, like ebola. It uses up the host, and jumps ship right before the host dies.

bikermailman on April 20, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Ironically it is the portly Christie who wants to get rid of government bloat and the teachers who are embracing budgetary fat.

One can count on the “teachers” union to channel as much taxpayer money away from the students and into their own pockets. If they privatized education half of the teachers wouldn’t make it to the next semester with their jobs.

dedalus on April 20, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Wee be all Nu Jarzee scroal tichers now.

MB4 on April 20, 2010 at 7:10 PM

… Now that Kalifornia resembles a used up whore, they will be moving to a State near you.

Enjoy!

Seven Percent Solution on April 20, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Seven Percent Solution:No sh*t,Insurgent SchoolBaggers
going from State to State!!:)

canopfor on April 20, 2010 at 7:10 PM

I’m tempted to speculate that maybe that’s because this whole line of argument by the left is aimed at silencing mainstream critics of their policies via guilt by association, which of course is the last thing they’d want to do to mainstream critics of the right on their own side.

Wow, way to go out on a limb there Champ.

WordsMatter on April 20, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Wee be all Nu Jarzee scroal tichers now.

MB4 on April 20, 2010 at 7:10 PM

MB4:)))

canopfor on April 20, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Teachers behaving like children? Baby’s having their pacifiers removed and whining about it – somebody stick a sock in it :)

Chris Christie should take a scythe, to all the bloated wasted government spending in New Jersey. Lean and Mean Baby, Lean and Mean….that should be his new slogan SMILE.

Dr Evil on April 20, 2010 at 7:12 PM

The rioting we’ve seen in Greece is a harbinger for what’s coming here. We actually have worse debt issues than they do, and at the mere mention of cuts, even the cops were rioting.

bikermailman on April 20, 2010 at 7:14 PM

I just voted on the NJ school budget in town. Same polling place as general elections, the nearby elementary school. The only difference… today, the school principal and several other women were seated across from the voting booths giving everyone the hairy eyeball.

Legal opinion/guesses anyone?

bloviator on April 20, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Hey,the kicker is,these are Obama supporters.
Just like the handcuff Don’t ask/Don’t tell!!

The Great ObamaVoterBot Blow-Back BackLash
Operation commences!!

Libera’s,put your trays in an upright position,
and lash down your seat-belts,its going to be
a historical bumpy ride!!!

canopfor on April 20, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Conservative public school teacher here–hopefully I’m not a “schoolbagger”.

I have lots to say. I’ll start with this: most districts have a “morality code”. Teachers have a right to free speech but must act as decent, upstanding citizens in our communities. I wouldn’t call using vitriolic names in public forums–especially those populated by students–”moral”.

If the admins of these teachers have any backbone, they’ll get a little “talking-to” soon, and perhaps a note in their personnel file. Rightly so. How is this an example for students?

Grace_is_sufficient on April 20, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Jersey, Chris Christie is putting you on a fiscal diet, and it’s not going to cost you anything…..in fact he is going to let you keep the bread you make :)

Dr Evil on April 20, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Grace_is_sufficient on April 20, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Just curious: where do you teach? There are similar codes here in Texas, I wonder if such things exist in places like California and NJ. Oh, and one thing that helps here in Texas, is no tenure, no guaranteed jobs. They get a contract every spring for the following year. Or not.

bikermailman on April 20, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Seven Percent Solution,

… Now that Kalifornia resembles a used up whore, they will be moving to a State near you.

Enjoy!

This is true. Remember that AnninCA is now AnninTX. Austin is full of blue state refugees that midlessly vote for the kinds of taxes and spending policies that caused them to flee.

Mike Honcho on April 20, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Mike Honcho on April 20, 2010 at 7:20 PM

While every county surrounding Dallas is among the most conservative in the country, Dallas itself is solid blue. Houston, a good bet for blue as well.

bikermailman on April 20, 2010 at 7:22 PM

This is true. Remember that AnninCA is now AnninTX. Austin is full of blue state refugees that midlessly vote for the kinds of taxes and spending policies that caused them to flee.

Mike Honcho on April 20, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Occasionally conservatives flee CA too, ya know. :P

TheUnrepentantGeek on April 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

This is true. Remember that AnninCA is now AnninTX. Austin is full of blue state refugees that midlessly vote for the kinds of taxes and spending policies that caused them to flee.

Mike Honcho on April 20, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Indeed. I can’t remember who posted this quote concerning this subject.

‘They’re just like locusts, they show up long enough to destroy everything and then they move on’…

BigWyo on April 20, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Anyone think Kathleen Parker will take note of this threat of violence?

I sure don’t.

drjohn on April 20, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Tell you what. Nothing is turning the community against its teachers more than the teachers unions. This is particularly true in California. I believe the California teachers union is going to get an amazing wake-up call.

Ever heard these before?

1. We need more money so we can hire competent teachers.
Response: Does that mean that all the teachers you currently have are incompetent?

2. We need more money so we can improve the quality of education for your children.
Response: Is that a veiled threat that you will give us stupid children if we don’t give you more money?

3. We need more teachers so we can have smaller class sizes.
Response: Class sizes are the smallest they have ever been and the quality of the education the kids are receiving is still dropping. If reducing class size has made no difference to date, why will it make a difference now? All it does is require us to hire more teachers for a given number of students.

Parents are getting fed up with the teachers union and the union are running the risk of turning the parent/teacher relationship into something adversarial.

crosspatch on April 20, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Only extremely immoral people wold challenge this hero. BO might, with his evil agenda.

proconstitution on April 20, 2010 at 9:07 PM

I heard this reported on Dom Giordano’s radio talk show yesterday on WPHT. Apparently Monday teachers in some NJ districts sent their students home with mandatory homework assignment: interview their parents about how the parents intended to vote in today’s election for school board members school and budgets and why they’d do so. They were going to review and discuss their results in school today.

Chutzpah, schoolbaggers, chutzpah.

ya2daup on April 20, 2010 at 9:27 PM

William Amos on April 20, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Sorry… kinda duplicated your posting!

I loved Christie’s comparing the teachers’ using their students to treating them as drug mules.

ya2daup on April 20, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Damn ‘Bookbaggers’…

catmman on April 20, 2010 at 9:44 PM

From the way the teachers are going about it, they are basically making an ad for home schooling…

‘Do you see the fools you’ve hired to teach your children? And you wonder why things have gotten so bad? Are you any worse than these bozos? Give home schooling a try! You won’t have to complain to the Governor or put up with the lack of ethics the teachers display…’

ajacksonian on April 20, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Fat? What did they do, give their nine year-old students the passwords to their Facebook accounts?

capitalist piglet on April 20, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Schoolbaggers. New favorite term!

RD on April 20, 2010 at 10:02 PM

In all fairness, I know many good teachers, most making under $50,000/year, that are dyed-in-the-wool conservative Republicans & they HATE every political position the union holds. Let’s not follow the lead of the liberal idiots by painting all teachers with the same brush. Those comments (quoted above) are, imho, written not by ordinary teachers but by the union thugs who collect dues & use them for political contributions- 90% of which go to Dems. In states like NJ, public school teachers are NOT given an option- union membership IS MANDATORY & they have NO say in where their dues go.

NightmareOnKStreet on April 20, 2010 at 10:09 PM

For God’s sake GET YOUR KIDS OUT OF THE CESSPOOL KNOWN AS THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. These people are beyond insane.

Lizzy on April 20, 2010 at 10:15 PM

I live right across the border in Pennsylvania. I know dozens of people who work in New Jersey. They wouldn’t live there. High taxes, crappy schools, bloated government, and rampant corruption. Our school district spends almost $4000 less per pupil than the New Jersey districts across the river, but has higjer average test scores, higher graduation rates, and higher percentages attending college. And our teachers are paid welll with good contract terms. our schools aren’t perfect but they beat the hell out of New Jersey’s.

rockmom on April 20, 2010 at 10:27 PM

“Remember Pol Pot, dictator of Cambodia?” warned another. “He reigned in terror, his target was teachers and intellectuals. They were either killed or put into forced labor… King Kris Kristy is headed in this direction.”

Not to worry dears. I seriously doubt that Kristy (sic) finds your intellectual abilities threatening.

Buy Danish on April 20, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Exit question: If Clinton did want to blame a mainstream lefty media outlet for inspiring this sort of thing, who could he pick, really? Liberal talk radio doesn’t exist and, compared to Fox, no one watches MSNBC.

The power on the left is MoveOn.org, Kos, and Huffington. The leftie blogs are to them what radio is to us.

petunia on April 20, 2010 at 10:53 PM

In all fairness, I know many good teachers, most making under $50,000/year, that are dyed-in-the-wool conservative Republicans & they HATE every political position the union holds. Let’s not follow the lead of the liberal idiots by painting all teachers with the same brush. Those comments (quoted above) are, imho, written not by ordinary teachers but by the union thugs who collect dues & use them for political contributions- 90% of which go to Dems. In states like NJ, public school teachers are NOT given an option- union membership IS MANDATORY & they have NO say in where their dues go.

NightmareOnKStreet on April 20, 2010 at 10:09 PM

That’s true. My daughters 5th grade teacher has the class recite the preamble to the Constitution in addition to the Pledge. Every single day. I love that my daughter rattles it off like that. It gives me hope.

My 4 year old grandson loves to recite the pledge because they do it in Pre-school. That’s not public school but it is fun to hear it.

petunia on April 20, 2010 at 10:57 PM

The teachers were never asked about nor voted on deciding whether to take a pay freeze or not. The heads of this sleazy union decided it was going to be war, damn the careers of the teachers who make up the membership. It’s time to throw the damn unions out of our schools.

Wine_N_Dine on April 20, 2010 at 11:03 PM

The people of NJ hired Christie because he ran on exactly the kind of cost-cutting programs he is trying to implement. The unions and the teachers who parrot the union attacks on him can’t seriously expect the citizens of NJ to turn against someone fulfilling campaign promises. They will lose, and I hope they lose big.

oldoldbabs on April 20, 2010 at 11:38 PM

Word Association:

Air Traffic Controllers. Reagan.

IlikedAUH2O on April 21, 2010 at 12:00 AM

I simply can’t blame government employees. A lot of them “grew up” in a state enviornment.

It makes sense that they object to having benefits taken away.

They have a different mindset than private employees.

AnninCA on April 20, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Nope, can’t hold anybody responsible for their actions. Wouldn’t be prudent.

misterpeasea on April 21, 2010 at 4:04 AM

Parents are getting fed up with the teachers union and the union are running the risk of turning the parent/teacher relationship into something adversarial.

crosspatch on April 20, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Yep. And if the conservative groundswell comes to pass in November, the teachers’ unions better number their days–and not a moment too soon.

In my district many teachers are pink-slipped, and they are given out strictly on seniority. We’re losing a lot of energetic young teachers and keeping some who complain about their jobs every single day. It’s unfair to our most vulnerable citizens–our kids.

I’m wholly in favor of teachers having a four-pronged evaluation system in pink-slip situations: parent evaluations, administrator evaluations, peer evaluations, and seniority. Give each teacher a rating or rank accordingly and let them go in that order.

I passed the idea by my colleague, who is our building union rep. She said, “It’ll never happen.” I just smiled. Like many of my colleagues, she is not politically savvy…doens’t know what’s coming down the pike.

First, the conservatives fix unemployment and the health care mess. It won’t take long–they’re conservatives; they know how to get things done.

Next, they disable the teacher unions. My peers won’t know what hit ‘em.

Grace_is_sufficient on April 21, 2010 at 6:05 AM

Update: A commenter notes that the teachers’ vitriol isn’t any worse than what you’d find in the comments on the average blog, including this one. True enough, and that’s the point.

What’s the point? I’m missing something here I guess.

One of the excuses liberals use to villify conservatives is hypocrisy. The reason a Democrat politician, who was this close to being vice president and whose wife has untreatable cancer, can be caught with his love chid and it not be a big story is because, well, he wasn’t being a hypocrite. Or something. But let a Republican politician tap his foot in a public restroom and he’s run out of town on a rail. For what? Oh, he didn’t hold up to his own standards. Or something.

These are teachers and their fans. The misspellings alone are enough to villify them. But add in the hateful rhetoric and we should all be outrageously outraged.

When are you conservatives going to realize that to win you have to out-Alinsky the Alinsky-ites? Take every advantage you can get from now until November. And then from January 2011 to November 2012. Then keep going.

When the last 40 years of liberal entitlements are a distance memory, then conservatives can go back to being reasonable.

Jaynie59 on April 21, 2010 at 7:37 AM

In honor of the many, many, MANY egg-salad sandwiches my mom packed me in wrinkled brown paper bags during my grammar school years, how bout labeling them BROWNBAGGERS? Obvious inference to nazis/fascists ensues.

Huckabye-Romney on April 21, 2010 at 8:27 AM

A commenter notes that the teachers’ vitriol isn’t any worse than what you’d find in the comments on the average blog, including this one.

Why, yes. I’d want to turn my kids over to just anyone. I’d trust just anyone with a large part of the upgringing of my kids.

Yes, I’d really want to turn my kids over to run of the mill, bottom feeding, union thugs. Sure. Who wouldn’t?

It’s really not surprising what today’s teaching profession has become, since Education Colleges have dumbed themselves down, to the extent they have. Since Education Colleges have become dumping grounds for universities to pad their affirmative action numbers.

MNHawk on April 21, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Hmmm, why did my last post go into the buffer? Nothing even close to any lines in it.

MNHawk on April 21, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Hang tough, Mr. Christie. NJ will be all the better for it.

Mommynator on April 21, 2010 at 10:40 AM

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