With apparently such little fanfare that the office couldn't be bothered to comment on the hire, State Superintendent Janet Barresi has hired Joel Robison, the head lobbyist for the largest Oklahoma teacher's union, the OEA, to replace her embattled Chief of Staff, Jennifer Carter.
Now, Mr. Robison may be an outstanding person, however, as my mom reminded me (sometimes relentlessly) as I was growing up, it's those with whom you associate by which your actions are known.
So, for those that might not know, the OEA is the National Education Assocation's little Oklahoma brother. Yes, that NEA.
- The one that hosted the Drag Queen Caucus at last year's national convention.
- The same NEA that also "spent much of the last 12 months fighting for comprehensive health reform".
- The same NEA that prefers revisionist history in textbooks, particularly if Christianity is involved.
- The same NEA that suggests Rules For Radicals by America/Christ-hating Saul Alinksy on it's The Activists Library Page.
- The same NEA that is front and center on our growing agenda of Class Warfare.
- The same NEA that is supporting Barrack Obama's re-election bid.
- The same NEA that has aligned itself with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Okay, I could go on, but I am becoming exhausted and depressed.
I have discussed my concerns in this blog about the fact that our Republican State Superintendent - who, coincidentally surfed into office on the tidal wave of Republican'ism' backlash created by our current President and his unquestionable desire to recreate America as a bastion of Marxism over Federalism - isn't really a Republican at all, but simply a Democrat in a Republican suit. (I refuse to call these people RHINO's (Republican in Name Only), as I have no intention of slurring the good name of rhinoceri everywhere.)
Sadly, and at this point in her career as Superintendent, I think the State Board of Education should consider gravely a vote of No Confidence. Dr. Barresi, may, be a wonderful lady and an outstanding oral surgeon, but her associations leave little to be desired.