Dear Fellow Republican,
I want to tell you a little story, the story of AEA's left-wing chief Paul Hubbert's latest attack on us Republicans. The attack is in progress right now, phone-call by phone-call, even as I sit here typing. But that's new business, and first I want to deal with old business.
My recent e-mail activity has confirmed my suspicion that there are a considerable number of Republicans in our state who are concerned about our Party's relationship with the AEA but have hesitated to say anything. The voluminous response that I have received makes this point.
I hope that by biting the bullet and speaking up I have broken the taboo and that more will soon add their voices to the discussion. I invite you to do so by responding to this e-mail. Through this open discussion I would hope that we might find what is the right thing to do.
In my e-mail just previous to this one I mentioned that I had gotten from the Party a response to my first, and that I would publish it as soon as I could obtain permission to do so. That permission has been denied, so I won't be able to let you see it. This is disappointing since I think it would be good to have everyone understand the Party's viewpoint.
The e-mails which I have received since the last time I addressed you are given below. (Unfortunately I lost one quite long and very thoughtful e-mail which began something like, "I had not planned to write, butů" I would appreciate it if the writer would forgive my error and re-send the message.)
I received your email concerning the AEA and have been talking among some other State Committee members about the situation.
Thanks for your effort and please keep me advised of further news.
I strongly agree with Hugh McInnish. I too wondered when I saw the list of sponsors at our dinner. Perhaps Paul Hubbert thinks he can buy our Republican Party. I hope it is not for sale!
Hugh, this is what we need to promote as you stated: [McInnish Note: There already is one. See: http://www.goacoe.org/ More on this later.]
This is not a union [that is, the Alabama Conference of Educators] but a true professional organization. In Georgia conservatives broke the financial back of the GEA by recruiting enough teachers away from the union to a similar group, so that their political financial power was broken. And what happens, they elected their first Republican governor and they also did away with tenure for teachers.
[McInnish Note: This correspondent makes a most important point. If it can happen in Georgia, why can't it happen in Alabama? It would be the best thing for Alabama education imaginable. But who will lead the charge?]
You have struck a nerve that should awaken us all. Many of the problems with Alabama in general are due to the involvement of organizations such as the AEA. This organization along with those snakes who call themselves educational leaders in Montgomery, are exactly what is wrong with education in this state. They have some serious ego problems and they actually believe they are the ones who should determine what, when, where, and how our state's students and scholars should learn. The truth is their theories are bad, their methods are non-scientific, and they represent the worst of the political food chain. I hope the Republican party will tell them all, "to go jump in a lake".
Thanks, I enjoyed reading their more focused comments (as compared to mine). Please keep me on the list. If the party takes a more libertarian bent, you know, smaller gov't, lower taxes, ect., maybe I'll become more active again. If house bill 77, which will outlaw third parties, passes and is signed into law, I'll have nothing good to say about either incumbent party.
We move now to new business and that titillating Paul Hubbert story I promised you.
Before Siegelman left office he nominated Pam Baker to fill a vacancy on the State School Board, but she was never confirmed by the Senate. When Gov. Riley took office he rescinded the appointment and appointed former Baldwin County Superintendent Larry Newton in her stead.
Yesterday, Saturday March 15, Hubbert was using computer technology to automatically dial numbers in the South Alabama senate district of Harri Anne Smith urging call receivers, in his own voice, to ask Sen. Smith to vote for Pam Baker's confirmation. He is presumably calling into other senate districts today. Hubbert says that Gov. Riley is trying to withdraw Ms. Baker's name "at the insistence of extreme groups such as the Eagle Forum who oppose valuable school programs such as public kindergarten and pre-school programs." (If you are audio-equipped you can hear Hubbert's voice recording at http://126.96.36.199/~curbaea/audio/hubbert.mp3 )
Here Hubbert is using the standard AEA/NEA ploy: Any time anyone disagrees with the Teacher's Union agenda smear them with the extremist label. The author Peter Brimelow treats this very subject in his new book "The Worm in the Apple."
As large and influential as the NEA is you would expect it to have many enemies. But no, Brimelow says, "it has only one enemy: extremists." The NEA's list of extremists, Brimelow points out, includes the Christian Coalition, Focus on the Family, and the National Association of Christian Educators. In view of Hubbert's current message Brimelow should have added the Eagle Forum to the AEA/NEA Extremists List.
Remembering that AEA and NEA are two components of an indivisible whole, it is clear that Mr. Hubbert is repelled by all of us who are Christian conservatives. I can speak for no one but myself, but I say we should think of this the next time we decide whether we invite him to another of our Republican galas.
Madison County, Place 1
State Executive Committee