PEORIA -- Trying to decide how to interpret the Chicago teacher's strike? Read this:
It's a stunning indictment of the Democratic party and its anti-teacher, anti-union stances.
It makes me wonder if some of my friends, who have abandoned the traditional political parties, are right.
It somewhat explains what Gov. Pat Quinn is thinking, as he attacks teacher pensions and retiree benefits. (Though he may be a dupe of House majority leader Madigan, who wants his daughter, Lisa Madigan, to be governor.)
I believe the national Democratic party has fallen into a Republican trap -- a clever way to alienate the party from its union base of voters and workers.
It's the old divide and conquer routine, spiced with liberal helpings of money, a/k/a bribes. (Rep. Jehan Gordon, D-Peoria, got $100,000 in contributions from one of these anti-teacher groups, and voted to gut teacher benefits.)
Smart local Democrats won't fall for this tactic -- mindful of the old axiom that 'all politics is local.'
I'll continue to support Obama as the lesser of evils, but if Quinn and the rest continue alienating their natural constituencies, they will learn a hard lesson come election time!
-- Elaine Hopkins