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Resolving to Curb the AEA

By

Hugh McInnish

I and my associates originally started this website, as the name surely implies, to campaign against Paul Hubbert and his atrocious labor union, the Alabama Teachers Association. We were motivated by the belief that we cannot have a politically-healthy state until the inordinate power of Hubbert is curbed.

This was before the advent of the Hubbert-Riley Tax Plan. But as Clausewitz once said, no plan of battle ever survives the first contact with the enemy, and he has proven to be correct in the case of our plan. No sooner had we launched our website aimed at Hubbert than the Hubbert-Riley Plan was announced, and we had to realign the axis of our attack.

Of course the realignment is not as wide as it might appear. The tax plan now before us is largely a product of the schemes of Paul Hubbert, and would likely not exist but for him. Nor would it exist except for his uniquely powerful AEA. So the tax plan and the AEA are outcroppings of the same underlying problem.

So for now we are fighting to defeat the Hubbert-Riley Tax Plan, the largest tax increase in the history of our state. Nevertheless a target of opportunity has come into view, and it is of such high value that we would be negligent if we did not re-aim our fire.

It would be a monumental mistake for the Republican Party to continue its association with Paul Hubbert & Co. As a member of the Republican State Executive Committee I am proposing a resolution aimed at that concern. It would resolve the unhealthy bonds that have until now existed between Hubbert and Republicans, and it would encourage the growth of the alternative organization, the Alabama Conference of Educators.

I hope to get the State Committee to pass this resolution at its Summer Meeting to be held on 23 August at Orange Beach. I hope you will help me. If you are a Member of the Committee please vote for it, and ask other Members to also. If you are not a Member, but know those who are, please ask them to vote for it. Also please e-mail words of encouragement to State Chairman Marty Conners and to Resolutions Committee Chairman Michael Ciamara.

Thank you very much!

Here is my proposed resolution:

R E S O L U T I O N


THE DE-POLITICIZATION OF ALABAMA EDUCATION


WHEREAS, the Alabama Education Association was once a revered professional association of teachers dedicated to their students and to their profession, but has in recent times evolved into an avaricious labor union whose paramount interest is not the children enrolled in the schools of the State, but the self-aggrandizement of the union leaders themselves, with the result that education has become strongly politicized in this State; and

WHEREAS, the AEA is the largest labor union in the State, and the great political power amassed by the AEA is used to block urgently needed educational reforms; and

WHEREAS, the AEA is the child of the radically liberal National Education Association, an organization renowned for its espousal of causes that are anti-religious and anti-American, and which are directed to the destruction of traditional values of this Nation; and

WHEREAS, the AEA directly supports these causes by transferring to the NEA, for their mistaken purposes, monies collected as dues from teachers; and

WHEREAS, the aforementioned causes are abhorrent to Alabamians and to many teachers who resent having their dues spent in political causes with which they disagree, but who nevertheless feel compelled to join the AEA because of ignorance of alternatives, or because they believe the AEA propaganda regarding the hazard of exposure to lawsuits; and

WHEREAS, there are in fact excellent alternatives to the AEA which are non-political, are not unions, but true professional organizations devoted to the inculcation of traditional American values, which put the welfare of students first, which provide excellent insurance against lawsuits, which spend none of there members' dues on political causes, and with which teachers can associate for a fraction of the cost of belonging to the AEA; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF ALABAMA, that it is the sense of this Party that no progress can be made in education in this State until the power of the AEA is curbed and education is de-politicized, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that henceforth this Party will accept no money from the AEA, either directly or indirectly, and that officeholders and candidates are discouraged from accepting such money; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we call upon Republican legislators to introduce and support legislation requiring each year a written declaration from such teachers as may wish for part of their union dues which are withheld from their salaries to be used for political purposes, and that in the absence of such declaration no part of such dues may be used for such purposes; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Republicans throughout the state be encouraged to promulgate the fact of the existence of healthy alternatives to the AEA, and urge teachers to sever their memberships with the latter in favor of one of these alternatives.




16 Aug 03