RALEIGH – Though the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and their committed radical leftist leaders tried to recreate the crowds of 2018 with this year’s May Day protest, the event only managed to garner attendance from around 1,000 people.
That is a far cry from the 15,000 or so that turned out last year. The nature of the protest itself may have something to do with teachers staying away. Just as in 2018, the 2019 teacher strike/protest featured a lot of radicals that tend to reveal what the NEA is really all about. Socialists, union organizers, amnesty activists, free healthcare activists, and one guy sporting a ‘F*** The Police‘ shirt were among the smaller crowd. So, pretty much a typical Democrat political rally.
Among the demands made by march organizers were Medicaid Expansion and a $15 an hour minimum wage. They must of had to expand their demands into the typical Democratic wish list because facts got in the way of deriding Republicans for not raising teacher pay enough. Facts like Republicans raising teacher pay half a dozen times in so many years, or raising school funding for extra staff and supplies.
But the feelings of the NEA and their ultra-left comrades is that no opportunity should be wasted to organize public political hits against Republicans, no matter the substance. If that means using teachers as pawns to deliver the message, so be it. Luckily, a lot of teachers were just not interested is being used in this way. Despite nearly 40 school districts being closed on Wednesday due to this Red Square march, only a small fraction of the expected crowd actually showed up.
Perhaps this is a sign that the Far Left’s antics (and especially their policy proposals) are turning more people off than they might imagine.