Here’s an interesting parlor exercise: Who do you think is the greatest threat to our planet? Would you nominate Putin, Assad, Kim, Xi Jinping, or someone else?
Well, don’t bother arguing among yourselves because Mike Pompeo, the former US Secretary of State and head of the CIA and now a presidential hopeful, has it all figured out. Speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas recently, he said,
I get asked, ‘Who’s the most dangerous person in the world? Is it Chairman Kim, is it Xi Jinping?’ The most dangerous person in the world is Randi Weingarten. It’s not a close call.
Like Putin, Assad, Kim, and Xi, Weingarten is also a President. However, she leads the American Federation of Teachers, a labor union with only 1.7 million members. By contrast, China has 1.4 billion people, of whom 625 million are ‘fit for service,’ and Russia has 143 million people, including 47 million who are ‘fit for service.’
But numbers aren’t everything. In fact, Pompeo may be right. Weingarten is dangerous to people like Pompeo because most of the members of her ‘army’ are classroom teachers, most of them women. Consider that list again (Putin, et cetera): all men–not a single woman–and we know that men like Pompeo are scared of women, particularly powerful women.
Weingarten also terrifies Pompeo because she is honest, while he was notorious for using the State Department budget and facilities for entertaining his friends, family, and political supporters. Would anyone be shocked to find State Department silverware and china in Pompeo’s home? I doubt it.
But what makes Weingarten particularly dangerous is that she is gay and female, the worst nightmare for pompous blusterers like Mike Pompeo. That configuration–a strong and honest gay woman who cares deeply about America’s children–is something he and his ilk just cannot handle. Randi Weingarten is the whole package.
Recall the aphorism, “The Whole Is greater than the Sum of its Parts.” Greater–and terrifying–for A-holes like Pompeo.