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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at least now I know what Jabba the Hutt looks like in glasses

gsherin on January 9, 2013 at 5:32 PM

at least now I know what Jabba the Hutt looks like in glasses

gsherin on January 9, 2013 at 5:32 PM

And curls.

Ward Cleaver on January 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM

More violent, eliminationist rhetoric from the Tea Party!

Oh, wait.

rbj on January 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM

hay, a potato troll. thought those were exterminated by the Irish bardwizards in the 18th century…

Jeddite on January 9, 2013 at 5:35 PM

How much money does she get paid each year?

albill on January 9, 2013 at 5:35 PM

She is obviously referring to a revolutionary spirit. But, probably doesn’t realize that the people who tend to lose their heads in revolution are those who are part of the “in-power” crowd. Which would pretty much include all government workers. Such as teachers.

besser tot als rot on January 9, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Karen Lewis: you are one of the rich.

Fenris on January 9, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Serious Question:

Are Union Thugs paid by the pound?

I mean wtf?

Tim_CA on January 9, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Or, I guess, she could be referring to despotic power of an “in-power” group. Which likes to slaughter their lessers. I guess that is probably what she is actually referring to.

besser tot als rot on January 9, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Golly gee! The Tea Party is getting as much blame as Bush.

mixplix on January 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Answer: Stewart made $211,119 in 2009.

albill on January 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Chicago teachers union president = Rich

She is for suicide by beheading.

portlandon on January 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Yeah I don’t need a gun with these sort of people walking the streets and talking this way.

Bishop on January 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

What exactly are the lethal working conditions teachers face? Oh not having an armed guard to protect them from lunatics? OK then.

KW64 on January 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Stewart was President before Lewis…

albill on January 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

I loved her as Jabba The Hut in those old Star Wars flicks.

Stu Gotts on January 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

How much does she rake in a year? Don’t those union hacks get paid quite a bit?

Blake on January 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Eh, everything liberals say can be translated as “gimme gimme gimme.”

Everything.

JeremiahJohnson on January 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

The wealth disparity can’t be that great when you can afford enough chow to become morbidly obese.

Bishop on January 9, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Funny. If her pay is anywhere like the previous president, then she is, by Obama’s definition, one of the rich.

She’s going to decapitate herself for our entertainment at some point?

ButterflyDragon on January 9, 2013 at 5:40 PM

more of that civil discourse that democrats preach so much about..she is one vile human being…and i must say ugly inside and on the outside

sadsushi on January 9, 2013 at 5:40 PM

And now you know why they want us disarmed.

CurtZHP on January 9, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Where’s her neck?

22044 on January 9, 2013 at 5:41 PM

at least now I know what Jabba the Hutt looks like in glasses

gsherin on January 9, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Now if only we could find a hot conservative to throw on a gold bikini and grab a chain!

nextgen_repub on January 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Now if only we could find a hot conservative to throw on a gold bikini and grab a chain!

nextgen_repub on January 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Is Katherine Webb available?

22044 on January 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

An assault rifle is not powerful enough to do much damage to that elephant. One would need a big bore rifle to have any effect. Why is this bitch not in jail for advocating violence? One must wonder what her annual pay is.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on January 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Look, she’s entitled.

docflash on January 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM

She’s trying to impress Obama so he’ll pick her to replace Solis.

Mark1971 on January 9, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Where’s her neck?

22044 on January 9, 2013 at 5:41 PM

You have to pay extra for that.

portlandon on January 9, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Is Katherine Webb available?

22044 on January 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Hahaha, yahtzee! Musburger just had a heart attack…

nextgen_repub on January 9, 2013 at 5:45 PM

How about she lays off the cheeseburgers first.

AcronisF on January 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Lewis…head of the “Show me the money” union.

BobMbx on January 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

It’s my money you can’t have it (all). GTFO.

Neo on January 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Just because the evil are ridiculous, doesn’t make them less evil.

To fan class envy with a call to mass murder, out in the open, and nobody even calls her on it, they cheer approvingly instead… Evil. I don’t throw that word around, but in this case, no other word fits. They want us dead. They SAY they want us dead, all the time.

I’m keeping my guns, boys.

Dirty Creature on January 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Remember people, if you call for the death of someone for disagreeing with you, you’ll raise “Conservative Ire”.

“Liberal Ire” will remain accepting of the decision to call for the death of someone for a thought crime.

Was there anything else that needed said?

gekkobear on January 9, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Where’s her neck?

22044 on January 9, 2013 at 5:41 PM

You have to pay extra for that.

portlandon on January 9, 2013 at 5:44 PM

lmfao

Tim_CA on January 9, 2013 at 5:48 PM

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.

Must not be too lethal – she hasn’t missed ANY meals recently.

Did you ever think that YOUR people are in harms’ way because of the crap they’ve taught kids over the last 50 years? Talk about hoist on one’s own petard….

jclittlep on January 9, 2013 at 5:48 PM

If Karen Lewis could demonstrate that the Chicago schools are turning out scholars of achievement, her rhetoric might (not really) have some credibility.

BTW Michelle Obymal decries the “food deserts” in the inner cities. It looks as if Karen Lewis has been hitting the food desserts’ table a little too often, giving lie to Michelle’s claim.

onlineanalyst on January 9, 2013 at 5:54 PM

C’mon, that’s the lunch lady. I know she’s the one that dumped that pile of runny mac and cheese on my tray back in the day.

msupertas on January 9, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Who in their right mind WOULD want their money legislated away. Don’t they strike for higher pay?

ctmom on January 9, 2013 at 5:57 PM

I’m always curious of the body weight to IQ ratio disparity with these union slobs. I’m guessing it nears infinity.

Thomas More on January 9, 2013 at 5:58 PM

The Democrat platform is “Kill the rich and take their stuff.”

At least she admits it.

BD57 on January 9, 2013 at 5:59 PM

ctmom: Thread winner.

Scott H on January 9, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Csn you imagine the uproar in the lamestream media if someone were to say “lynch them all”?Just saying.

redware on January 9, 2013 at 6:01 PM

The Oppressives have really gotten themselves all mixed up – don’t they know that they first have to disarm the opposition with registration and then Confiscation, then you go our and murder people?

Chip on January 9, 2013 at 6:01 PM

and this from a FAT COW who makes $500,000.00 base salary without counting kickbacks and embezzlement……

Yeah, kill the rich and YOUR’E FIRST BIATCH!!!!!

SDarchitect on January 9, 2013 at 6:01 PM

The rich have armed guards, so her acolytes will be left with only white suburbians who appear rich and are disarmed.

Liam on January 9, 2013 at 6:03 PM

a FAT COW who makes $500,000.00 base salary

SDarchitect on January 9, 2013 at 6:01 PM

So the answer to an earlier post – she makes about $100 a pound.

VegasRick on January 9, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Because the problem with public education is the lack of funds, right?

Not. Tax dollars spent on public education has increased dramatically, as the end product has gone down the tubes.

These greedy, selfish, shortsighted, economically illiterate Union Thugs are disgusting. The damage their ideology has done to American youth over the past 40 years is reprehensible.

Forward!

visions on January 9, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Now let some Republican use the words legitimate rape.. and fire is called down from every Republican leader from around the planet… no Republican can condemn the extremist fast enough but when the left continues to verbalize out right violence against us.. nothing.. silence from our glorious GOP leaders!

JellyToast on January 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

I notice she never stated “Let them eat cake”, probably because she already ate it…

right2bright on January 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

So the answer to an earlier post – she makes about $100 a pound.

VegasRick on January 9, 2013 at 6:05 PM

lol….thanks Rick!

Tim_CA on January 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Its no wonder that folk of this ilk want to eliminate the second amendment…Poor little dears are prevented from executing their agenda (really its national socialist in nature – liberal fascism if you will)by an armed populace….

abnormal_1 on January 9, 2013 at 6:11 PM

BTW Michelle Obymal decries the “food deserts” in the inner cities. It looks as if Karen Lewis has been hitting the food desserts’ table a little too often, giving lie to Michelle’s claim.

[onlineanalyst on January 9, 2013 at 5:54 PM]

Karen Lewis creates food deserts where ever she goes.

Dusty on January 9, 2013 at 6:11 PM

at least now I know what Jabba the Hutt looks like in glasses

gsherin on January 9, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Now if only we could find a hot conservative to throw on a gold bikini and grab a chain!

nextgen_repub on January 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

It’s time for MKH to take one for the team.

Or would that create a hostile or uncomfortable workplace?

tom on January 9, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Poster child for the moocher class.

They will starve soon enough. in the dark…and the cold.

*tears*

tom daschle concerned on January 9, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Let’s torture her–somebody hide all her snacks.

stukinIL4now on January 9, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Poster child for the moocher class.

They will starve soon enough. in the dark…and the cold.

If or when things get that dire, Lewis’ body can probably live off her fat for several months. That, or she could immediately feed a family of 6 if it reallly gets dire.

hawkeye54 on January 9, 2013 at 6:24 PM

That was a great Disney cartoon, MKH! I like the cartoons!

I hope It’s just Chicago that’s gone Lenin.

BoxHead1 on January 9, 2013 at 6:24 PM

I swear, Peter Jackson must have used this woman as a template for the Great Goblin in the first installment of the Hobbit trilogy.

djm1992 on January 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

If or when things get that dire, Lewis’ body can probably live off her fat for several months.

hawkeye54 on January 9, 2013 at 6:24 PM

and…she could snuggle up in all of that excess skin to keep warm.

(although she might start tripping over her upper thighs)

Tim_CA on January 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Now if only we could find a hot conservative to throw on a gold bikini and grab a chain!

nextgen_repub on January 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

It’s time for MKH to take one for the team.

Or would that create a hostile or uncomfortable workplace?

tom on January 9, 2013 at 6:15 PM

I’ll go on record as saying I would gladly watch a movie with Ms. Lewis in the gold Leia bikini if it meant that the CPS would be run by people with the politics of MKH.

Our children’s futures depend on it.

JimLennon on January 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

She’s on a one ‘woman’ stint to put Old Country Buffet out of business…and by the looks of it..she’ winning.

BigWyo on January 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

she’ll get the first obese waiver from obamacare

burserker on January 9, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Remember citizens, your tax dollars pay for this foul specimen of humanity to have power and influence over your child’s education in government schools.

locomotivebreath1901 on January 9, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Let’s torture her–somebody hide all her snacks.

stukinIL4now on January 9, 2013 at 6:23 PM

There isn’t enough room to hide her snacks. You couldn’t waterboard her either. You would have to watertable her. On a positive note, she certainly sets a swell example for the kids, right?

ghostwalker1 on January 9, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Lethal working conditions? In a school? Who’s fault is that?

Browncoatone on January 9, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Wow. I guess this worry about too much of our corn crop going to ethanol production and not enough to feed cows did not include Karen Lewis. She may be complaining about the rich but she sure isn’t hurting from the looks of her.

DaveDief on January 9, 2013 at 6:42 PM

So is Obama going to call for a KrispyKreme summit?/

Has he ever came out and specifically scolded a lefty for such rhetoric? This rhetoric is so one-sided and just more proof that our MSM is bought.

CW on January 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

I’ll go on record as saying I would gladly watch a movie with Ms. Lewis in the gold Leia bikini if it meant that the CPS would be run by people with the politics of MKH.

Our children’s futures depend on it.

JimLennon on January 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

So, Ms. Lewis in a gold Leia bikini with you while you watch a movie?

tom on January 9, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Our children’s futures depend on it.

JimLennon on January 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

lol…you’re such a giver!

(I’m with you)

Tim_CA on January 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM

I’m not rich, but just the same… can I take these comments as an immediate and lethal threat?

The Left is feeling froggy after the reaffirmation they got from dumbf–k Americans on 11/6.

SAMinVA on January 9, 2013 at 6:49 PM

There isn’t enough room to hide her snacks. You couldn’t waterboard her either. You would have to watertable her. On a positive note, she certainly sets a swell example for the kids, right?

ghostwalker1 on January 9, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Could always put her in a big round room with all the lights off and tell her there’s a box of Twinkies in the corner.

Liam on January 9, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Yet another disgusting looking and overweight Obama woman. Doesn’t she eat what the kids are forced to eat in the cafeterias? If she did she’d be slim and trim and healthy. Still crazy but slim and trim.

kens on January 9, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Could always put her in a big round room with all the lights off and tell her there’s a box of Twinkies in the corner.

Liam on January 9, 2013 at 6:52 PM

she doesn’t fall for that anymore.

Tim_CA on January 9, 2013 at 7:03 PM

she doesn’t fall for that anymore.

Tim_CA on January 9, 2013 at 7:03 PM

LOL

Liam on January 9, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Yet another disgusting looking and overweight Obama woman. Doesn’t she eat what the kids are forced to eat in the cafeterias? If she did she’d be slim and trim and healthy. Still crazy but slim and trim.

kens on January 9, 2013 at 7:02 PM

and still ugly as hell.

GhoulAid on January 9, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Karen Lewis is terminally butt ugly.

bw222 on January 9, 2013 at 7:09 PM

So, Ms. Lewis in a gold Leia bikini with you while you watch a movie?

tom on January 9, 2013 at 6:44 PM

I’m such a magnanimous fellow that I’ll even let her pick the movie.

Before I agree to it, however, I want ironclad contracts and final approval over who runs CPS when the movie is over.

The things I will do–the lengths I will go–for the children.

JimLennon on January 9, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Let her organize in Liberia.

tom daschle concerned on January 9, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Union leaders don’t miss many meals do they?

2lbsTest on January 9, 2013 at 7:13 PM

You couldn’t make up better examples of union thugs than Trumka and Lewis. They look like cliches.

sanjuro on January 9, 2013 at 7:16 PM

So, Ms. Lewis in a gold Leia bikini with you while you watch a movie?

tom on January 9, 2013 at 6:44 PM

I’m such a magnanimous fellow that I’ll even let her pick the movie.

Before I agree to it, however, I want ironclad contracts and final approval over who runs CPS when the movie is over.

The things I will do–the lengths I will go–for the children.

JimLennon on January 9, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Now, for all you know, she might have a great personality.

You know, when she isn’t calling, “Off with their heads!”

tom on January 9, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Union leaders don’t miss many meals do they?

2lbsTest on January 9, 2013 at 7:13 PM

No meals missed plus they drink your milk shake.

abnormal_1 on January 9, 2013 at 7:19 PM

a great personality.

tom on January 9, 2013 at 7:17 PM

lol…every guy that’s ever been “fixed-up” knows what that means!

Tim_CA on January 9, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Answer: Stewart made $211,119 in 2009.

albill on January 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

I’ll bet the parents of children in public schools think she’s simply phenomenal value for money.

CorporatePiggy on January 9, 2013 at 7:20 PM

She’s mad at Al jaGore-a

David on January 9, 2013 at 7:21 PM

She dines on your chillren!

tom daschle concerned on January 9, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Isn’t she the same cow, elephant, buffagrilla that also admitted to doing drugs in college while some students were in the audience. Role Model for Democrat/Liberal/Progressive/Socialists everywhere.

D-fusit on January 9, 2013 at 7:27 PM

I’ll bet the parents of children in public schools think she’s simply phenomenal value for money.

CorporatePiggy on January 9, 2013 at 7:20 PM

I honestly don’t know which is worse: the fact that this overweight affirmative-action COW influences the education of 1000s of children, or that parents honestly think people like her can do a good job.

MelonCollie on January 9, 2013 at 7:28 PM

That is a real clock stopper.

acyl72 on January 9, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Let’s have Michael Moore and Karen Lewis stage a steel-cage death-match for “charity.”

Fridgers & Brain Midgets, Unite!

Resist We Much on January 9, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Screw this fat @ss and her ilk. I live here in Illinois and am considering moving out of the state. I am now making $60 less a paycheck as of my first paycheck this year and it’s politicians and parasites like this I have to thank for that.

iceman1960 on January 9, 2013 at 7:40 PM

This fat ass could feed a tribe of pygmy cannibals for a month. My apologies to the ‘little’ people.

LizardLips on January 9, 2013 at 7:42 PM

I’d apologize again for those of us who live in Illinois and are stuck with our execrable gang of political and civic “leadership”, but,
(a) what’s the point, and
(b) I’m tired already.

Let it burn. ™

dissent555 on January 9, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Give her break. All she did was threaten violence against 2% of the country. It’s not like she made a little gun-like gesture with her hand on the playground. THAT would have been serious.

Laura in Maryland on January 9, 2013 at 7:57 PM

With a face like that, I’d be careful about throwin’ the “Off with their heads”-stuff around, if I were her…

Dopenstrange on January 9, 2013 at 8:11 PM

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