Back in the last Illinois election I caught hell from leaders and former leaders of the Illinois Education Association for refusing to vote for any politician who had voted for the unconstitutional theft of my pension.
I refused to give them a dime.
I voted in the IEA endorsement hearings against our PAC money going to their campaigns.
I included then-governor Pat Quinn, who claimed he was put on this earth to gut my pension.
The union leadership attacked me for being a one-issue voter.
I wasn’t being practical, they said.
Former IEA President Bob Haisman derided me for being part of the “perfection caucus.”
Here comes President Obama who writes in the New York Times, “I will not campaign for, vote for or support any candidate, even in my own party, who does not support common-sense gun reform.”
We all get to choose the issue about which we demand perfection.
Welcome to the Perfection Caucus, Mr. President.
Just the other day a recent candidate for alderman in Chicago who says he is a progressive justified his endorsement of the Machine candidate for State Rep by telling me that it was easy for me to stand on principle because as a retired teacher I had “nothing to lose.”
Nothing to lose?
Watch out for folks who have nothing to lose.