The degree to which the liberals in Wake County, North Carolina, and now our nation have sunk regarding the Wake County school board, is appaling. After so-called comedian Steven Colbert disrespected conservative John Tedesco on his show this week, your blogger could no long remain silent.
Tedesco is one of the majority conservatives backed by the Wake County Republican Party (not the tea party, as Colbert stated) that won election in 2009. Everyone with a mouth seems to be weighing in on this one, including our illustrious Gov. Beverly Perdue. (By the way, if she was ever a teacher, we cannot find any record of it.)
This is a COUNTY issue and Tedesco and company have been working to restore community schools and removing forced busing. That means no more long bus rides for students at any Wake County school, blacks or whites.
The NAACP has cried “racism” at every turn, and their leader, the Rev. William Barber, somehow believes that conservatives are trying to end “diversity” that previously existed. Sadly, blacks are falling for this folly, not realizing it is in their best interest to attend schools closest to their homes. Without long bus rides, black student are more likely to have parents involved in their education, after school activities, and over-all well-being.
The NAACP is actually doing its own members in Wake County a huge disservice. They automatically assume that black students MUST attend schools with white children to be successful. This is essentially saying that black kids cannot suceed without white children, which we know is completely untrue. We have all seen many black students rise above their circumstances to become productive and leading Americans.
Felice Pate, an African-American, frequent critic of Barber and the President of the Wake County Republican Women’s Club, said that the NAACP’s stance is wrong. She added that all the gains made by blacks before integration are being negated by the NAACP’s actions.
Tedesco does not deserve what has happened to him personally and the liberals are trying to destroy him and make him quit. But this blogger doesn’t think there is any “quit” in John Tedesco. After raising younger siblings as his own foster children, he went on to lead a Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization, where he raised a great deal of money for them. However, after Tedesco was elected, county liberals threatened to withhold funding if he was not fired. To save the organization he loved best, Tedesco resigned. Fast forward two years.
Now, with no job and limited prospects on the horizon, he continues on. The Raleigh News and Observer proved to be the most classless “news” paper in the state by printing non-facts regarding how Tedesco fell behind on his mortgage payments and is now facing foreclosure. WRAL-TV also ran a story on the foreclosure. Columnist Barry Saunders also has a hit piece in today’s N&O regarding the issue.
Susan Bryant, chairwoman of the Wake County Republican Party has issued this following statement:
Yesterday, WRAL-TV ran a story in which they disclosed that School Board member John Tedesco was facing foreclosure on his house. When a member of the Wake County Republican Executive committee emailed them to complain, they replied that John’s “…financial acumen and ability to balance a budget will be an important factor in his ability to fulfill the role the people selected him for.”
At the time he was elected to the School Board, John Tedesco worked for a non-profit organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters. After he was elected, the liberals threatened to cut off funding for the organization unless he was fired. John cared more for the well-being of the at-risk children the organization served, than for his own livelihood and so he resigned his position. As a result, he fell behind in his mortgage payments and now faces foreclosure. The liberals, like those that run WRAL, then compound the tragedy by accusing him of fiscal mismanagement. That is shameful and disgusting. It is beyond hypocrisy, it is character assassination of the vilest form.
Today is John’s birthday. He lost his job because he was doing what we elected him to do. Why not show him your support by sending him a birthday card and gift to let him know how much we appreciate his sacrifice, and help him when he needs it the most.
Send the card and gift to:
Hon John Tedesco
104 Rockfish Lane
Garner, NC 27529