The Sunday Times.


Chicago Disability Pride Parade. Saturday. July, 23rd. Photo: Chicagoland Autism Connection.

“Democrats believe so-called ‘right to work’ laws are wrong for workers—such as teachers and other public employees who serve our communities every day—and wrong for America,” the document declares. It goes on:

We will continue to vigorously oppose those laws and other efforts that would eliminate dues check-off procedures, roll-back prevailing wage standards, abolish fair share requirements, restrict the use of voluntary membership payments for political purposes, attack seniority, restrict due process protections, and require annual recertification efforts. We oppose legislation and lawsuits that would strike down laws protecting the rights of teachers and other public employees. We will defend President Obama’s overtime rule, which protects of millions of workers by paying them fairly for their hard work.

That’s a fair expression of where most Democrats stand on labor issues—especially with regard to the fight against the noxious “right-to-work” laws that have been advanced by Republican governors such as Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Michigan’s Rick Snyder.

But that’s not where Virginia Senator Tim Kaine has stood on labor issues—especially the fight against right-to-work laws. Kaine’s no anti-labor zealot; his Senate voting record is highly rated by the AFL-CIO. But, as The Washington Post noted when the former Virginia governor was preparing his 2012 US Senate bid, “Kaine has supported Virginia’s right-to-work law since he ran for governor in 2005, and his campaign says that position has not changed.” John Nichols



Among the nearly 20,000 internal emails from the Democratic National Committee, released Friday by Wikileaks and presumably provided by the hacker “Guccifer 2.0,” is a May 2016 message from DNC CFO Brad Marshall. In it, he suggested that the party should “get someone to ask” Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders about his religious beliefs. The Intercept



I stand by everything I’ve said about Hillary Clinton, but will probably vote for her anyway. None of the insults Hillary supporters have hurled my way were persuasive. But a few things were. I am disgusted on some real primal level by Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the country. I’ve heard he’s since modified it, but that it could even enter his mind is abhorrent, even more abhorrent than school closings entering Hillary’s.

Everything I read suggests the DNC was in the bag for Hillary. Like many others, I was disgusted from the beginning at how Bernie Sanders was treated by both them and the mainstream press. The system is rigged and the superdelegates are there for no reason other than to assure it remains that way, thwarting the will of the people if necessary. They’ve chosen to stand by that system. I have never really felt I had to hold my nose to vote before, as so many people have. But I’ve been moved by a few things.

Fred Klonsky, in a blue state like me, said we needed to pile on against Trump whether or not our votes affected the outcome. That was the very first argument to vote for Hillary that I found remotely persuasive. Donald Trump is really such a vile person he needs to be repudiated as strongly as possible. Even my meaningless blue state vote, perhaps, could be used as a point against him and his vomit-inducing agenda. The Washington Post calls him a menace to democracy, and democracy’s in bad enough shape without the likes of him placing his ass print in it. Arthur Goldstein


For the last 15 years, many teachers have felt like they’ve consistently been losing the education policy wars even with a Democrat in the White House. The Obama administration embraced much of the testing and accountability policies of the George W. Bush-No Child Left Behind era. Teachers complained that they were being punished for factors beyond their control like poverty and that the federal government’s support for charter schools undermined their unions and their job security. Many were further alienated by the expanding practice of tying teacher evaluations to student test scores and the adoption of the new rigorous standards known as Common Core, all policies propelled by the Obama administration.

Clinton, who has historically been a supporter of both teachers unions and charter schools and testing, is trying to walk the line between the two factions. Teachers unions, who backed her early on in her drawn-out primary fight against Sanders, want a near complete reversal in tone and policies from the Obama administration.

However, education reformers, who are supportive of Obama’s policies, will still have sway with Clinton, though, and often note the civil rights roots of school accountability.

The platform changes to the Democratic platform left many of them livid. Education News



Happy birthday, Frantz Fanon. Born July 20, 1925.

4 Replies to “The Sunday Times.”

  1. This is probably the first time in my life (I’m 68) that I will not vote for any of the Democratic or Republican Presidential candidates. Many times I have had to choose the lesser of two evils. This year I will not be doing that. I’m tired of playing that game. Hillary and Trump both seem to be salivating over the fact that they can go to war with whoever they don’t care for. Hillary seems to be obvious in her dislike for Putin. And Donald would like to “bomb the hell out of” whomever he’s upset with for that particular day. This election I will either vote for a third party candidate, or write in a protest-like comment on my ballot saying something like, “the DNC wronged Bernie Sanders – No Presidential vote this year”. Or I might just write Bernie’s name on the ballot.

    There are over 321 million people living in the United States. After spending millions (perhaps billions) of dollars on campaigns, bodyguards, private jets, security, crowd control, media advertising, expense accounts, etc., this is the best we can come up with?

  2. Bernie almost tied Clinton in several states close in Illinois, even closer in Missouri, (1500 votes statewide). He should have been allowed to have a larger role in the Democratic convention, platform, and policies. I am very PO’ed about it, but I see no choice but to hold my nose and vote for her, as Trump would be many times worse. I was PO’ed at Quinn, but held my nose and voted for him because I thought Rauner would be many times worse. Rauner has made my worst fears come true. The only things that has slowed him down some have been the Illinois constitution and a democratic majority in the legislature.
    Trump on the other hand has a Republican majority in the House, and might get control of the Senate. They have a long (turnaround agenda-like) list of anti-union, anti-worker, pro-1%er legislation they want to pass. They want to start by putting in an extreme right-wing Supreme court justice, cut back the funding for food stamps, Social Security, Medicare, the EPA, OSHA, Dept. of Labor, Dept. of Education, Map grants, student loans,and a long list of other programs they don’t like. A Trump win will be a disaster for almost everybody, but especially unions, active and retired public school teachers, public employees and college students.
    Under these conditions, the best we can do is defeat Trump by placing a vote against him. It is too late for a 3rd party candidate, it would split the vote and Trump would win. I see hard, dark times ahead if Clinton wins, I see much worse if Trump wins.

  3. Great post, Fred–contains everything-you-need-to-know coming into the Dem Convention. Have to add a bit about the massive election fraud which occurred (CA lawsuits filed by 2 veteran attorneys; outside audit will be done–at the behest of area election-watch organizations–by the Chicago Board of Elections {&–don’t worry–we will be “watching the hawks!”) in nearly every (if not all) states won by HRC (of course, you won’t hear about this–at all–in the mainstream media).Strongly recommend readers who have cable with RT (it’s 103 on Comcast {I know, I know}) to watch Redacted Tonight w/Lee Camp Fridays at 7 PM CT & 10 PM CT–brilliant! BTW–actually, it’s accessible on YouTube, so y’all can watch it–cable or not.
    Most of his recent broadcasts include lengthy pieces on the Dem Primary election fraud–#94 (or 97-?) is titled “Election Fraud Special,” & includes an hilarious (but sad) excerpt from a taping of a Chicago Board of Elections meeting; you simply have to see it for yourselves.
    Arthur–as usual–well-said!
    However–to all–one (not so little) thing–insofar as HTC being a “friend” of the unions, a must-read is Carl Bernstein’s 2007 book, A Woman in Charge.
    There’s an explanation in there of what happened between HRC & the Arkansas Teachers Association–they even brought NEA people in to straighten things out. The book is a tome, so you don’t have to read the whole thing, but I found it to be well worth the time–fascinating, & many positives, as well–very fair account of HRC, I think.

  4. P.S.–If you like Redacted Tonight & want to see Lee Camp, he will be performing, live, in Chicago August 15th at @North (tix can be purchased–& I think they’re $15) at Brown Paper Tickets (or just go to Redacted Tonight or Lee Camp’s website for the link).

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