The president has been under plenty of scrutiny lately. So, lest we run out of breath to yell, Gov. Matt Bevin is really doing his best to either hide in that shadow, or eclipse the prez himself (depeding on how much credit you give the carpet bagger).
Asked whether pension legislation would cause a mass exodus of workers such as teachers retiring to maintain their current benefits before changes were made, Bevin said that wouldn’t help the pension system, “but it wouldn’t hurt either.” Noting that he did not think the legislature would pass any legislation that caused a worker to wish they had retired early, Bevin took aim at any teacher that did make such a move, saying they don’t belong in a classroom in the first place.
“If you happen to be a teacher who would walk out on your classroom — in order to serve what’s in your own personal best interest at the expense of your children — you probably should retire,” said Bevin. “I’m being completely serious. If that’s truly where you are at this stage in your career, I wouldn’t suggest that being in a classroom is probably the best use of your time. Yet, I know for fact that almost all of you teachers that are watching this don’t think that way.”
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the anti-union governor is against any teachers collectively taking a stand on an issue their of compensation and benefits. But usually you’d be a little more discreet about your bully tactics so as to not draw even more public pressure.
“He had to initially get sympathy from his scarce supporters and show them he’s a ‘victim’,” Ellis said.
“He then chose to call out my full name and profession, which felt like a threat to me and my job. This was a Q&A, a place for people to ask questions about him cutting pensions. I sent a statement, which he publicly addressed because he wanted to make an example of me and shame me just because I hurt his feelings.”
Bevin’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Matt Bevin is a guy whose style even Mitch McConnell couldn’t abide, so his tactics are expected to be less than conventional. But it shouldn’t be overlooked that the president and Bev seem to have a common propensity to single out and bully individuals with their power platform.
I was asked the other day, as a person who has a degree in History, how I felt about the issue of Confederate statues. While I think the “nuance” most people claim in the issue is much more of a copout than an actual attempt at dialog, I do think it’s important to make clear the actual context of the topic of the Confederacy in American culture.
As you’ve probably heard in a thousand autoplay Facebook videos by now, the statues and the confederate apologist culture that admire them them are not exactly what they appear.
Reconciliation excised slavery from a central role in the story, and the struggle for emancipation was now seen as a minor feature of the war. The Lost Cause, a romanticized vision of the Old South and Confederacy, gained adherents throughout the country. And who symbolized the Lost Cause more fully than Lee?
This is the best, most concise explaination of The Lost Cause ideology and confederate hero-worship. And from a great historian in Eric Foner. Worth your time.
✌️ Stay safe.
— Super Deluxe (@superdeluxe) August 29, 2017