History many terrible lessons to teach those who are willing to hear...
"On August 9, 1932, the government decreed the death penalty for those convicted of ‘political’ murder. The next night a band of Nazis invaded the home of a Communist worker in the Silesian village of Potempa and stomped him to death, kicking his larynx to pieces. When the killer s were arrested, tried, and sentenced in accordance with the new law, Hitler responded with threats and demonstrations. On Sept. 2, the government gave its answer: the death sentences were commuted to life imprisonment. The killers were freed by Hitler next year. "
"The civilized men in the country did not know what to do. In the words of one historian, the moderates voiced desperate "appeals to reason… [But] their techniques were distinctly out of tune with the wild emotionalism that seemed to have gripped a large part of the nation" The civility cherished by the civilized men had finally been defeated by their ideas, although they did not know that this was the cause."
"After years of preaching contradictions and of evading principles with an anti-ideological shrug, these men were astonished to see the nation conclude that man cannot live by principles, that reason is no guide to action, and that anything goes. After years of institutionalizing interest-group warfare, which they had justified as sacrifice or collective service, these men were astonished to see hostile gangs take to the streets and demand one another’s sacrifice. After years of undercutting the mind by preaching the primacy of gentle feeling (whether ‘progressive’, religious, or skeptical), these men were astonished to find that they had nothing more to say, and that there was no one left to listen. The moderates were helpless. The authorities were helpless. The killers were taking over."
"On January 30, 1933, after due attention to every requirement of German law and of the Weimar Constitution, Nazi rule was made official… It took six months for the Chancellor to transform the country into a totalitarian state."
Leonard Peikoff - The Ominous Parallels
Thanks Jen! Excellent reporting and analysis. God bless you for volunteering to wade into the fray and stand up for what is right.
EXCELLENT, Jen!!!! So glad you had the courage to go there and bring the TRUTH back to us. Thank you.....
The moment it got violent, the right to protest is dissolved. The Police should have forced ALL union protesters to disperse. Period. They are complicit in this and it's only going to get worse. The mob is a formless, leaderless nightmare and no different than the mobs of the French Revolution, which led to bloodshed in the streets, and beheadings of all those the mob deemed the enemy. Does anyone believe any union has that right or power to decide? Sorry, but again, peaceful assembly is protected. Aggravated assault, or threats and intimidation are not. People rightly decry the ugly protests of Westboro church at military funerals, and yet somehow we tolerate these union blockheads?
Mark Levin said it best "the biggest threat to unions is Obama", with all his policies, (tax the rich), destruction of coal mines, (with regulations coming from the EPA), Obama Care, etc. This article is like a book, very well written and documented.
Thank you, Jen, for this excellent report. I'll say what I said when you posted the video: you are a very brave lady indeed!
Just in case you missed it (which I doubt!!!), a footnote to this quote from your report:
"They are also told that one person is not strong, but collectively, they can force the rich corporate fat cats to pay, or suffer the consequences of a walk-off."
I remember the slogan and hand-sign given out by actual communists in the 1960:
"One finger can be broken (hold up one finger) - but five fingers are a fist (make fist)!"
So this same 'argument' is still being used, and just shows the communist thoughts and strategies used by those union thugs.
Perhaps it is time for us to remind them that they are not the only ones who can make fists - and perhaps we should remind ourselves that we're not single fingers either, to be broken, one by one, by union thugs and the policies of the POS.
The unions are the side that demands that non unions workers be prohibited from doing the job, so to pretend that they are required by law to represent all workers is absurd. Typically you have a crew of union workers and a foreman directing them. Both are company employees, and the union isn't required by law to represent the foreman or his upper management. I worked as a UAW member at a foundry and found out the hard way that I wasn't supposed to let the foreman send me on break and run the machine while I was gone.
Unfunded retirement plans need a healthy flow of dues to maintain payments. Anything that threatens revenue going to unions can be devastating to both their retirees and their ability to buy political power. The retirees, present and future, are the real parasites.
What could to a non-union employee under "Right to Work" legislation when he begins to work in a "union" shop?
Well, one thing that will change for the non-union person will be a reduction in take home pay and possibly a lower pay check based on whatever has been negotiated.
Some folks place dollar values on benefits and count that as compensation. I don't, especially since I'm not sickly and won't run to the doctor for every stubbed toe or cough.
How anyone could not consider benefits as compensation is baffling. Tell that to people who don't have "benefits". Benefits are still compensation and part of an employer's costs for remuneration. And if it's a public service union... it's big money and costs the taxpayer money... and union members' dues go to union leadership who launder that money right back into Democrat Party Coffers to buy votes and policy. Nothing is for free my friend... nothing. I'm not against unions, I'm against entitlement union mentality which comes with other nasty behaviours as well and unions who are so extreme that they will drive business out of state or out of business... just like Hostess.
This is not 1930's era America when unions were a much needed protection in some sectors. Today... not so much.
True las1..I worked for a union with no pay raise for 5 years and like I said in previous comment..never exercised any medical benefits when I was part of the union.
I preferred working for a private company. After 5 years of working doing generally the same work, I received annual merit increases and was able to move up to more challenging positions.
Within the union there was no upward mobility and stagnant failed contract negotiations. Illegal for railroad workers to go on strike.
His or her strength of character will be sorely tested, just like every GI's on Omaha Beach. The likelihood of violence and intolerance did not stop James Meredith and four other young blanck students who showed up for class at the University of Mississippi in 1962.*
This is war. There will be blood.
* I almost forgot: At that southern university, US Attorney Robert Kennedy called in 500 U.S. Marshals to take control, who were supported by the 70th Army Engineer Combat Battalion from Ft Campbell, Kentucky. They created a tent camp and kitchen for the US Marshals. To bolster law enforcement, President John F. Kennedy sent in U.S. Army military police from the 503rd Military Police Battalion, and called in troops from the Mississippi Army National Guard and the U.S. Border Patrol as well.
So if the non-union guy is black, I figure his odds will be pretty good.
It is clear that the police were acting in concert with the union mob. When the leader of the free world favors that kind of mob rule, we are truly in trouble.
Keep in mind that his goal is to destroy America from within and you realize that every move he makes is another step toward achieving his goal.
If the unions don't like that people might benefit from their negotiations and think that they are freeloaders, the union people should just consider it another form of redistribution of wealth.
I completely agree about getting in their faces in the same manner that they get in your face. You can't be reasonable with vicious animals. You either swat them on the nose when they try to bite you, or they'll just keep going after you until they've done some damage. I grow tired of being lectured that we need to be respectful when we're being attacked. No one ever won by refusing to stand up for themselves.
"You know, these so-called right-to-work laws — they don’t have to do with economics."
me: BS. Why should I have to pay dues in a union shop if I'm not a union member. And why should the state taxpayers have to fund any union benefits other than Police and Fireman?
Freedom includes the right to say no to unions. If someone wishes to join a union, then more power to 'em. Instead of spending union dues on left-wing marxist candidates, why not spend those dues on union member bennies including heath care and whatnot?
He;s right about one thing: IT IS about politics. Left wing agitprop vs the freedom to say "No" to unions.
Oh did I find a nugget of an idea in your post! If an employee belongs to a union, the union, not the employer, should be required to provide the medical insurance and subjected to all ObamaCare penalties :)
Yep. And if they want to raise union dues to meet those obligations, so be it. They helped get it. Let them (not the State or the County) pay for it like everyone else. That includes the Teachers unions. I got no problem helping out Police and Fireman's unions. They're First Responders. They're important. The rest of the unions don't rise to that level of import.
Soo damn right on point. I worked in a union for 5 years with no choice of opting in or not. Every two weeks, there went my dues $175 like clockwork. and for that $350/month I got nothing back in return from a railroad union that couldn't get a contract for a raise.
After suffering all of that I promised myself to never be put in a position where I didn't have a choice to be in a union.
Same thing happened to me back when I was doing blue collar work for the USPS. It was like $45 or $55/mo for nothing...even though I refused to join the union, I still had to pay dues. When you're sweating like a pig, busting your butt for $5.50 -6.50 an hour, that waa big chunk of my take-home pay. Its worse now.
Change the outfits and perhaps a few minor details and it could just as easily be a muslim brotherhood event in Egypt or any islamofascist rally, anywhere.
Lansing is the capital of Michigan. The word "capitol" refers to the building in Lansing that houses the state legislature, or to the group of buildings that house state government in general. When it is capitalized as "Capitol", it refers to the home of the US Congress. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capitol
The author apparently considered the information worth acting upon to correct the spelling in the article. But hey, if you want to be ignorant of the differences in meanings of similar words, and use them incorrectly, that's fine with me. Don't be surprised when people see you get those things wrong and assume you're getting the facts wrong, too.