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Chicago Teacher: This is Our Arab Spring

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RUSH: Rich in White Plains, New York. Hello, sir. Great to have you with us. Hi.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thanks for taking my call.

RUSH: Yes, sir.

CALLER: With regard to the attacks on Romney and this idea that it's taboo to criticize a president during a time of crisis? Well, this might be true like during a natural disaster, but what if the crisis of a direct result of your foreign policy?

RUSH: Exactly!

CALLER: (laughing)

RUSH: What is a campaign for?

CALLER: The Obama --

RUSH: Since when is incompetence protected by a campaign, of all things?

CALLER: Yeah. Obama has famously praised the Arab Spring, was an integral part of the removal of Mubarak and Khadafy. And now with the Muslim Brotherhood in charge, we see attacks on the embassies of two countries that Obama helped "liberate" on the anniversary of 9/11. How embarrassing and incompetent does the Obama administration appear when they apologize to the Muslims yesterday, then strongly condemn them today?

RUSH: Thanks for the call, Rich, I appreciate it. Your point is well taken.

By the way, speaking of all this: A Chicago teachers union official marching on a protest line yesterday said, "This is our Arab Spring." She said that in an interview with the Reverend Sharpton on his radio show. "This is our Arab Spring. This is not just confined to Chicago," said this teacher. Here's the transcript. Al Sharpton: "Tell us why the Chicago Teacher's Union have (sic) called a strike, the first time in 25 years?"

Teachers union official: "It's about educational justice. We are in a time nationally where our students -- black and brown students, to be very clear -- are under the pressure of privatizers who want to collect off of the pathology that plagues our communities. That's what's going on here in Chicago." What does that mean? Does somebody want to translate this for me?

The teachers union official with Reverend Al said, "We are in a time nationally where our students -- black and brown students, to be very clear -- are under the pressure of privatizers who want to collect off of the pathology that plagues our communities." (interruption) Well, I understand that she's worried about private schools taking over because they're better, but what the hell does "collect off of the pathology that plagues our community" mean? What the hell...? (interruption) That's what that means?

Our kids are illiterate, our kids are uneducated, and we don't want any privatizers coming in and taking advantage of that or trying to fix it? We don't want anybody trying to fix the schools. Just because we can't teach, we don't want any privatizers come in here trying to fix it. That's what "the pathology that plagues our community" means? So it's our job to keep our students illiterate and uneducated and we're not gonna have any privatizers come in here and fixing that. We're gonna keep it that way.

That's what that means?

You've got to be kidding me? (interruption) Sharpton said that he kind of agreed with her there, but what would resolve the matter now? She said, "Well, you know what’s interesting Reverend Al, is that this is sort of like an Arab Spring here in Chicago right now. Currently, there are five locals, AFT [American Federation of Teachers] locals, who are experiencing similar issues here. Eleven NEA locals have filed intent to strike within the last year. So this is not just confined to Chicago, either."

So you have a teachers union official in Chicago saying that their strike is their Arab Spring.

Oh, Lordy!

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