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Labor unions protest John McCain visit to Atherton

Original post made on May 27, 2008

Rick Wathen, a member of the California Teachers Association, protests Republican presidential candidate John McCain's appearance at a fundraiser in Atherton on Thursday, May 22. <B>Photo by Veronica Weber/The Almanac.</B>

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 10:17 AM

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Posted by Marvin L Foushee
a resident of another community
on May 27, 2008 at 12:24 pm

I still say that if we raised the salary of the President of the United States from $400,000 to $5,000,000, we would get a higher caliber political monkey into the White House every four years.

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Posted by ///
a resident of Los Altos
on May 27, 2008 at 3:03 pm

or maybe a human being with rationalizing abilities.

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 27, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Teacher, where in the political process does the Brown Shirt policy come in? Have you a list of candidates who should be denied freedom of movement and association? Will the children of the hosts be denied access to an education? Should newspapers even be allowed to publish views of candidates you protest?
I believe it is time to re-think teacher unions. Perhaps require teachers to chose between tenure and a union contract.

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Posted by a
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 27, 2008 at 7:24 pm

" I believe it is time to re-think teacher unions. Perhaps require teachers to chose between tenure and a union contract."

Why? Because they protested your favorite candidate? This is America Mr. Not Nazi Germany. We don't live in China. People are allowed to protest here.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 28, 2008 at 4:52 am

a, you are a classroom example of someone who just doesn't get it. I would encourage a voluntary association of teachers, but not a compelled one. And anyone who considers McCain " favorite..." has not been paying attention. Dr. Rice has my fealty. As for the right to protest, this has been skewed to the point that many believe their right of speech has a corollary right to force listening.

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Posted by why I am a Republican now
a resident of Midtown
on May 28, 2008 at 7:14 am

Yes, when was the last time you saw ANY Republican or group of Republicans "protesting" the presence of any Democrat anywhere?

That is what has gone wrong with the Democrats, and one reason why I left the left. In this country, it is no longer on the side of free speech...just on the side of speech it agrees with.

Think hard, you really want this to be associated with your party?

I guess it was inevitable, given how it shifted toward being the party of violent protests in the 60s. Those same people are now the "elders" in the party, like this supposed teacher ( hope he doesn't teach civics!) who think that trying to shut down the expression of ideas is their "right".

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