Chicago teachers union president on the rich: ‘Off with their heads!’

posted at 5:31 pm on January 9, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

From the leader of the unfailing public servants who brought you 350,000 Chicago students abandoned for two weeks, comes this gem. Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union:

In the clip, recorded Dec. 2 during her keynote address of the Illinois Labor History Society’s Union Hall of Honor dinner and posted on YouTube Monday, Lewis noted that an earlier generation of labor leaders resolved their differences with the rich with a very straightforward mantra: “Off with their heads.”

“Do not think for a minute that the wealthy are ever going to allow you to legislate their riches away from them,” Lewis told the audience at the event. “However, we are in a moment where the wealth disparity in this country is very reminiscent of the robber baron ages. The labor leaders of that time, though, were ready to kill. They were. They were just — off with their heads. They were seriously talking about that.”

Ah, yes, that is a “straightforward mantra.” In Huffington Post‘s version, the story is about “conservative ire” over a labor union head chortling over chopping off the heads of the rich since they won’t allow all their money to be legislated away. I would submit the story is the publicly indulged liberal fantasy of chopping off the heads of the rich, not the appropriately dispensed corresponding “ire.” The audience enjoys the moment, laughing at Lewis’ invocation of Robespierran remedies, as NRO put it, at which point Lewis generously allows, “I don’t think we’re at that point.” Yet.

Lewis goes on to justify her murderous fantasy by claiming—what else?—those richies are just trying to kill her!

That’s scary to most people. But the key is, they think nothing about killing us. They think nothing about putting our people in harm’s way. They think nothing about lethal working conditions.

The most recent strike was about whether the district could evaluate teachers using student test scores (party an Obama initiative), the length of the school day, and whether the district would have to hire teachers from a pool of laid-off teachers or could search for applicants elsewhere. Heroes, every single one of them.

A statement from Chicago Public Schools just barely, barely grazes Lewis for her comments.

CPS’ Chief Communications Officer Becky Carroll responded to the issue in a statement Tuesday, saying:

“Our focus is on our students and their education. This kind of rhetoric has no place in the work that must be done to address the issues facing our District. We all must look for constructive ways to address and resolve these very serious issues in order to best support the academic success of our children. “

You may remember Lewis from such idiocies as “Teach For America and charter schools kill kids,” and being reprimanded for making fun of Sec. of Education Arne Duncan’s lisp. Hero.

Exit video: Some stock footage of Lewis’ other keynote addresses over the years:


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Answer: Stewart made $211,119 in 2009.

albill on January 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

That’s like $700 a pound…

Dopenstrange on January 9, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Yeah, and off with your snack budget, Porky.

Minor issues in her ‘modest proposal’:
1. She’s rich, by any typical measurement.
2. She’s too massive to catch a cold, much less a rich person (after all, we all belong to exclusive fitness clubs, or something).
3. Libs: Don’t own guns.
Thuggish, clinging uneducated conservatives and other rich people: do. Gosh, we win AGAIN! Come get us, snack beast.

There’s a good side and a bad side to this story, however. Ms Lewis illustrates the unequivocal facts that:
a) Jabba the Hutt can reproduce (good).
b) He did so with the clerk in Monsters, Inc (bad).
c) It survived, to lead the Chicago Teachers’ Union (worse than bad).

orangemtl on January 9, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Chicago teachers union president on the rich: ‘Off with their heads!’

That would include the Obamas, the Kerrys, the Kennedys and the Gores.

Sounds like the Secret Service needs to interview her and keep an eye on her, right?

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 9, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire where Karen Lewis received her Ivy League degree in sociology and music in 1974 must be so proud.

http://dartmouthalumnimagazine.com/karen-jennings-lewis-%E2%80%9974/

wren on January 9, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Chicago teachers union president on the rich: ‘Off with their heads!’

…she only wants to eat the heads…she’s on a diet?

KOOLAID2 on January 9, 2013 at 8:30 PM

the clerk in Monsters, Inc

orangemtl on January 9, 2013 at 8:26 PM

There it is!!!

I knew I’d seen that face before!

LMFAO.

Tim_CA on January 9, 2013 at 8:31 PM

“That’s Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago teacher’s union – What a beautiful woman! Whoa!,” said Brent Musburger – never.

Dopenstrange on January 9, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Might have to go twice on her head. Lots of neck fat.

SouthernGent on January 9, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Off with their heads!!

… cause a girl’s got to eat….

tom on January 9, 2013 at 8:40 PM

she can say what she did…we have rights here (for now anyway until taken away via executive order).

one of those is “double jeopardy”. with that hair, it is obvious that somebody tried to take her head off and missed.

teejk on January 9, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Did she just advocate killing the mayor of Chicago?

tom daschle concerned on January 9, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Jabba, the hut.

ncjetsfan on January 9, 2013 at 9:05 PM

I have the perfect bipartisan ticket…Krispy Kreme and this fat pig. The country would totally explode due to the amount of grandstanding and screaming about who ate the last Twinkie.

Illinidiva on January 9, 2013 at 9:15 PM

A moo. A moo. A moo, moo, moo.

ya2daup on January 9, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Might have to go twice on her head. Lots of neck fat.

SouthernGent on January 9, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Only twice? If she was put to the guillotine, they’d have to send a search party to recover the blade.

fitzfong on January 9, 2013 at 10:06 PM

She is eating alot more than her “fair share.”

kemojr on January 9, 2013 at 10:07 PM

If she was put to the guillotine, they’d have to send a search party to recover the blade.

fitzfong on January 9, 2013 at 10:06 PM

lmao

Tim_CA on January 9, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Obama has given horns to very stupid people.

The land is a laughing stock and NO one is ashamed any more.

Go to hell dumb and ugly cow!

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Whenever I hear a liberal say “the rich,” I have visions of swastikas and hear the words “the jews.”

How long before we hear about relocations of the rich to “more appropriate venues” and having vans pull up to their places with orders that they are only allowed one suitcase as they board the trains?

Wino on January 9, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Whatever, just please don’t sit on me you fat axed b-word.

S. D. on January 9, 2013 at 10:49 PM

This hog reminds me of the main course at the last Memphis whole hog BBQ cook-off. Just think of what an apple stuffed into that mouth would do for the presentation.

WestTexasBirdDog on January 9, 2013 at 11:00 PM

In a just world these vile creatures would be required to try to carry out the threats they make, In a just world, the sponsors of these confiscatory laws and the other legislators who vote for them should be required to be at the head of the teams that go out to enforce them.

But no, these ‘more equal pigs’ sit in their ivory towers and let their minions assume the risks.

LegendHasIt on January 9, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Liam on January 9, 2013 at 6:52 PM

You are killing me!

ghostwalker1 on January 9, 2013 at 11:42 PM

OMG Jabba the Hut is a union thug!

Wine_N_Dine on January 10, 2013 at 12:03 AM

How do you change your economic status? With money.
How do you get money? With a well paying job.
How do you get a well paying job? Education.
Poor education equals poor economic status.
Poverty is caused by lack of education.
The people responsible for the lack of education are blaming the rich for their apparent lack of ability to do their job.
Why do we put up with this?

speekr on January 10, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Wow!

Ms. Lewis is certainly a professional, easily led, arrogant, card carrying, Affirmative Action, rotund black woman.

And one wonders why our education indoctrination system sucks so badly?

Jack Deth on January 10, 2013 at 6:38 AM

The scary part is that the teachers are stupid enough to elect this richard breath whale as the president of their union! The dumbing down of America has arrived!

harvey1 on January 10, 2013 at 10:43 AM

This hog reminds me of the main course at the last Memphis whole hog BBQ cook-off. Just think of what an apple stuffed into that mouth would do for the presentation.

WestTexasBirdDog on January 9, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Don’t forget to tenderize the meat as vigorously as you can before serving.

“OWCH! OOH! EEK! AIEE! LAWDY!”

MelonCollie on January 10, 2013 at 10:53 AM

“Education” has such a subjective meaning. I’m sure Lewis thinks she’s educated…I’ll bet she really is not. She’s probably taken lots of diversity training and soft leadership training in her many years at the public teat.

freedomfirst on January 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

And we are at a moment where the average middle class worker pays ~ 40% of their gross to the tax man in one form or another; fed, st, loc, sales, gas, net… and they keep looking and finding new taxes to levy.

At some point the debt will crush the system in a way that many of the must be paid or else taxes, on real-estate for example… will not be able to be paid by her and her neighbors. But I’m sure she (being a mouth piece for the ‘tax & destroy system’) will be propped up by some other more powerful Leftocratic vampire.

RalphyBoy on January 10, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Ms. Lewis is certainly a professional, easily led, arrogant, card carrying, Affirmative Action, rotund black woman.

And one wonders why our education indoctrination system sucks so badly?

Well, there is at least one political party that seems to believe the system is doing just fine churning out the perfect product for its voting base.

hawkeye54 on January 10, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Does the Chicago teachers union have any leaders who are not communists? (Remember the video of their Veterans Day march, with all the marxist slogans and flags, and not a single American flag?)

J Baustian on January 11, 2013 at 12:53 AM

I can imagine her hitting a button next to her dais and yelling “BOSKA!” as the person in front of her drops through a trap door into the rancor pit.

CrustyB on January 11, 2013 at 10:45 AM

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