A reader gave me the heads up on this story. Secretary of Education Rod Paige called the NEA, the nation’s largest teacher’s union, a “terrorist organization” in a meeting with state governors at the White House on Monday.
Now, before you start e-mailing me or leaving comments agreeing with Paige’s assesment, shut up for a minute.
The NEA is not a terrorist organization. No matter what your beliefs or political stand on education is, and regardless of your opinion of unions in general, calling them a “terrorist organization” isn’t constructive in any way.
This reminds me of when Nancy Pelosi told Mexican officials that the October arrest of illegal workers at Wal-Mart was “terrorizing”.
Those aren’t the only times this is happening, either. Right now, people are referring to their opponents as terrorists. Before that, it was Commies, or Nazis. I’m all for calling a spade a spade, and I don’t think that we need to be friendly for the sake of being friendly. But this type of rhetoric makes the speaker look dumb (especially if he’s the Education Secretary) and doesn’t help anyone.
Neither the Education Department nor NEA had an immediate comment on Paige’s comments. Both indicated that statements were forthcoming.
If the NEA’s statement claims responsibility for a suicide bombing, they’re a terrorist organization. Otherwise don’t say such stupid things.