Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fire Fiorillo's Ass for His Political Views

Kyle Olson on Michael fiorillo political views on blog comments he made: fire him to keep him away from your kids. Would Olsen say same if a right wing teacher called Obama a socialist?
Olson actually thinks Democrats are left-leaning which puts him on the creepy right wing fringe.
Union Activist Says Obama, Booker 'Genetically Engineered to Divide and Negate Black Political Energies'   

·       Kyle Olson

Nov 04, 2012

It's becoming more obvious by the day that many teachers union activists are on the creepy radical fringe of American politics. They're proudly on the outside and far to the left of the left-leaning Democratic Party.

How else can one explain the angry reaction of so many union activists when Democratic politicians endorse or accept a few government school reforms?

Take United Federation of Teachers activist Michael Fiorillo. He takes no prisoners when it comes to his analysis of those Democrats, like President Obama and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who call for more accountability for public school teachers. He recently wrote:

"Corey [sic] Booker, neoliberal puppet and certainly one of the most insipid and insufferable politicians who has ever lived. Both he and Obama share many attributes, and seem to have been genetically engineered to divide and negate black political energies in the interests of The Overclass, while making b*llshit white liberals feel good about themselves. An evil, albeit fascinating, dynamic."

Obama, of course, remains the darling of his party and may very well win a second term in the White House next week. Booker is a rising star in Democratic circles. They are both very liberal, but obviously not loyal enough to Big Labor for some teachers.

An increasing number of mainstream Democrats like Obama and Booker are tiring of the teachers unions and their self-serving ways. They see little political payoff in siding with unions that are willing to sacrifice the best interests of American students to get their way at the collective bargaining table.

That means radicals like Fiorillo are running out of friends in high places. If they continue to turn on everyone who dares to question their motives and agenda, they will soon be largely isolated in the American political scene.

That will be their own fault, and nobody will mourn their demise.

But there is one other concern that parents should be thinking about. Fiorillo and many like him are public school teachers, and have a great deal of influence on impressionable children five days per week.

Does anybody really want their kid to learn from someone who considers Barack Obama too conservative and a traitor to his race? These people are off the chart, and in a perfect world they would be kept as far away from students as possible.

Norm Scott

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  1. First and foremost, glad to see you up again. I know you have a lot to deal with.

    I didn't see any outrage from Kyle when Walcott sent teachers an email after they went to sleep Thursday night telling them not to report to work at 10AM.

    I have a question. Who is Kyle Olsen??? I know who Mike is and I am NOT a left-wing activist. I hate "wings" in general. However, I totally agree with Mike especially after the Newark deal.

    I don't think being an "activist" is a bad thing, especially when it comes to being a teacher. Randi is hoping we will all roll over and play dead when she negotiates a contract. And if all Michael wants to do is have a powerful union, one that's respected by politicians, why is that a problem?

    For anyone to judge the worth of a teacher based on political views if ludicrous. My good friend is a Republican and voting for Romney. Yet she works her butt off in the classroom. However, she finds our union leadership to be as weak as Obama.

    Kyle must also hate Karen Lewis. That wouldn't surprise me since she proved strong leadership and standing up to reformers work. Kyle sounds like he also wants teachers to roll over and play dead.

  2. For whatever it's worth, my original comment was tossed off as a response to a link that was posted on ICE-MAIL.

    While I stand by what I wrote, in retrospect it would have been more precise - and minus the ugly eugenics connotations - to describe Obama and Booker as "politically engineered" to pursue their policies, as neither of them emerged organically from the African American communities, and in fact represent the neoliberal/corporate influence on the Congressional Black Caucus and many of the current Black political class.

    Obama and Booker, as writers such as Glen Ford and others have repeatedly shown, are in fact products and servants of FIRE (Finance, Insurance, Real Estate), and not the broader African American community. Indeed, just as the 1% has increased its share of the national income under Obama, the living standards of African Americans have declined at a higher rate than under Bush, the result of explicit policy decisions made by the President that favor Capital over Labor. None of those decisions (appointing Geithner/Summers to high level economics positions, refusing to indict major financial players involved in systemic looting of the financial system, privatizing education, etc.) were made as a result Republican control of the House. In fact, many of them were made while the Democrats had control of both houses of congress.

    The dilemmas and crises facing all of us are so profound that I would not begrudge anyone their vote for Obama, but they should have no illusions whatsoever about who the man is and who he represents.

    1. Hi Michael,

      I just thought this Kyle was someone associated with Mulgrew so that's why I asked. Otherwise, I wouldn't have given this post any thought. I am sure you have a very nice ass. ;)

  3. I agree with Michael. Any person within any party has the right to advocate as they see fit, and to portray Mr. Fiorillo as a danagerous radical is an attempt to outright suppress his right of free speech. I happen to agree with Mr. Fiorillo's reasoning, but I am certainly not going to put duct tape over the GOP's mouths. Ultimately, we need new city and national unions with new leadership, more like Karen Lewis, AND we need a third party to compete with the Democrats and Republicans, niether of whom serve the average person's interests, but are both butlers to Big Business America.

    Robert Rendo,
    New York

  4. I have no idea who Kyle Olsen is and no interest in wasting my time with any adult so astoundingly ignorant that they believe the Obama Administration, easily the most Wall Street and corporate friendly Democratic administration in American history, is in any meaningful way “left –leaning”; nor anyone so morally venal that they would employ the present day equivalent of McCarthyism to try to silence and remove the livelihood of those whose political opinions they disagree with. Such venality is as repugnant and anti American now as it was in the 1950’s. Mr. Olsen, it seems, is a totalitarian and hasn’t yet noticed. Worse he seems to assume everyone else is as totalitarian as he and therefore assumes Michael Fiorillo spends his teaching time indoctrinating his students with his political views. What astonishing arrogance!
    I do, however, know Michael Fiorello and have the blessing of his friendship. I would be thrilled for my daughter to be fortunate enough to have educators of Fiorillo’s intellectual brilliance, depth, compassion and ethics. Would be to God we would be so lucky.

  5. First of all, I question the efficacy of firing Fiorillo's ass. For example, if his ass were to stay home and the rest of him were to show up, it would hardly be worth firing anyone. More importantly, intolerant fanatics who'd fire teachers for their political views make one of the very best arguments for teacher tenure anywhere.

  6. mr. fiorillo writes with cutting insight, critical thinking, and truths not revealed in mainstream media. we teachers are fortunate to have him around and reporting. if i did have children, i would insist on having him as their teacher...

  7. They did the same thing to me. They took one of my blog posts and tried to make me out as some sort of violent revolutionary. They even went through the trouble of posting my full name and salary. It is scary when you think about it. On the other hand, these people at EAG are a pathetic, isolated bunch of yahoos in the Midwest, adding to the already rampant pollution of right-wing rhetoric passing as journalism. Rush, Beck, O'Reilly, Breitbart (his site at least), already have the fascist-monger market covered, so nobody seems to listen to these yahoos.


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