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The Left Finds a Right They Can't Tolerate

Dec. 12, 2012

The Foundation

“The latent causes of faction are thus sown in the nature of man.” –James Madison

Editorial Exegesis

Fox News contributor Steven Crowder (left) getting slugged by a union thug

“Michigan has passed a modest labor reform, and the result has been threats and violence from Democratic elected officials and their union henchmen. … To hear the Democrats tell the tale, you would think that Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan’s Republican-controlled legislature had abolished unions. In fact, the legislation merely prohibits unions from forcing workers to pay dues to them as a condition of employment, which is why such measures are called ‘right-to-work laws.’ The law imposes no limitation on unions' ability to organize, to engage in collective bargaining, or to strike. It merely forbids them to take money out of the pockets of workers who do not wish to join them. In response, Democratic legislator Douglas Geiss declared on the floor of the state house: ‘There will be blood. There will be repercussions.’ And indeed there were: Knife-wielding partisans brought down a tent on representatives from the conservative group Americans for Prosperity – women and children among them – and roughed up bystanders. Fox News contributor Steven Crowder was beaten by the same mob, punched repeatedly in the face. Michigan is the 24th state to enact a right-to-work law, and the most heavily unionized state to do so. … Right-to-work laws do not necessarily hobble unions; rather, they force unions to compete for resources and prove their value to their workers. Some unions provide obvious value: In places in which private-sector unions already are strongly established, right-to-work laws have in fact had little effect on union membership. The critical difference is that workers have a choice. This is a principle that should be codified in law in every state, and at the federal level as well. … The shrieking in Michigan isn’t about workingmen’s wages, but campaign coffers. That is why there is blood.” –National Review

Upright

“First, this conservative success in Michigan is … largely the result of liberal overreach. If the Dems and organized labor hadn’t been so greedy in the election … this probably wouldn’t have happened, or at least not so fast. When the left goes too far it creates a counter-reaction from the right. That’s what the 2010 midterms were about (but, alas, not the 2012 election). … Second, and perhaps more important, facts will always drive public policy – eventually. The plight of certain states will naturally lead to homegrown reforms. … The fight in Washington may be bogged down, but the fights on the ground in the various states are going better than we might have hoped. Except of course in California, where you people are doomed.” –columnist Jonah Goldberg

“Not so many moons ago, President Obama urged us all to ‘make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.’ He Who Heals advocated ‘a more civil and honest public discourse’ in the wake of the January 2011 Tucson massacre. As usual, though, the White House has granted Big Labor bullies a permanent waiver from the lofty edicts it issues to everyone else. … Obama met the initial outbreak of violence with the same response he’s given to every other union outbreak of violence under his reign: dead silence. … We should ‘do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations,’ Obama lectured just over a year ago from his politeness pulpit. In the age of Obama, it’s Opposite Day 365 days a year.” –columnist Michelle Malkin

“The only reason the president insists on raising [tax] rates is because he knows it will destroy Republican unity, it will cause a complete fracture of the Republican majority in the house, it will hand him a Congress that he can then manipulate for the next two years at least because the Republicans will be neutered. … This is entirely a political action, a way to get a surrender from the Republicans.” –columnist Charles Krauthammer

“In a remarkable demonstration of political tone-deafness, a source at the naval air base in Fort Worth told Fox News that 20 F-16 fighter jets – paid for by U.S. taxpayers as part of a foreign aid deal made in 2010 when Mubarak ruled – will still be delivered to Egypt. … Such a move represents an overt slap-down of opposition leaders desperate to prevent Egypt’s steady march towards Sharia statehood. Moreover, it reveals that Obama’s call to Morsi last Thursday, expressing ‘deep concern’ about the deaths and injuries of protesters, was nothing more than the kind of empty rhetoric this president often uses to obscure his true intentions. Morsi’s dictatorial ambitions are clear. Tragically, it appears that Barack Obama has no problem whatsoever with them.” –columnist Arnold Ahlert

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Demo-gogues

Reality distortion: “What we shouldn’t be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages or working conditions. … These so-called right-to-work laws, they don’t have to do with economics; they have everything to do with politics. What they’re really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money.” –Barack Obama, who would rather people just didn’t work

The BIG Lie: “As far as the unemployment insurance is concerned, that is something that is really a safety net for our whole economy. It’s not just a safety net for individuals. It’s a safety net for our economy. … [W]hen [the economy] is down, people have paid into an unemployment insurance program and then they have those benefits, which probably are one of the most important stimuli for the economy. The economists tell us that dollar-for-dollar there’s more demand injected into the economy by unemployment insurance than almost anything you can name, food stamps being another one of those.” –House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Fake cuts: “The fact is that the president has – and Democrats agree with him – agreed to … $1.6 trillion in cuts, in the Budget Control Act and other acts of Congress. … Where are the cuts? They’re in bills that you, Mr. Speaker, have voted for.” –Nancy Pelosi

Depends on the meaning of “beauty”: “The beauty of the 39.6 – the Clinton tax rates – was the following: it produces the revenue we need to have a fair and balanced solution that also helps reduce the deficit. It stops the hostage taking of the middle income tax cut.” –Nancy Pelosi, who has no intention of reducing the deficit

Just keep spending: “The debt limit ought not to be held hostage to anything. It hurt our economy. We were downgraded for the first time in my career, and I think in history, by one of the rating agencies. The credit worthiness of America ought not to be put at risk. It ought not to be a negotiating item.” –Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

Dezinformatsia

Talk about the fiscal bluff: “[W]hat [Republicans have] actually put on the table is almost nothing. All of the rest is just big talk. So how is the president supposed to negotiate with people who say, ‘Here’s my demands. By the way, I can’t give you any specifics. Just make me happy’?” –New York Times columnist Paul Krugman

Civility: “The Mayans were right, as it turns out, when they predicted the world would end in 2012. It was just a select world: the G.O.P. universe of arrogant, uptight, entitled, bossy, retrogressive white guys. … Instead of smallpox, plagues, drought and Conquistadors, the Republican decline will be traced to a stubborn refusal to adapt to a world where poor people and sick people and black people and brown people and female people and gay people count.” –New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd

Remedial economics: “[W]hy don’t these companies making big profits just pay people better than $14 an hour? It’s kind of simple. When you’re making record profits, why not? I don’t get it.” –MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski

Blaming guns: “Guns escalate anger and escalate situations. They are the most efficient killing machines we have. Yes, there are other things that we use to kill, but Bob Costas and for once Jason Whitlock was absolutely right to say that allowing this gun culture is problematic for all of us. When you have a gun, you are more likely to get shot. You’re not more likely to shoot an intruder.” –MSNBC’s Touré

Newspulper Headlines:

Answers to Questions Nobody Is Asking: “What to Expect When Kate Middleton and Prince William Are Expecting a Royal Baby” –Washington Post website

Longest Books Ever Written: “Why Liberalism Doesn’t Work” –Bill Murchison syndicated column

We Blame George W. Bush: “UN Chief Blames Rich for Global Warming Problem” –Associated Press

Breaking News From 1876: “Telegraph Phone System Operating” –Telegraph website (Alton, IL)

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Clause: “Obama Takes Tax Fight With GOP to Virginia” –TheHill.com

Bottom Story of the Day: “Ex-Fla. Gov. Crist Tweets He’s Joining Democrats” –Associated Press

(Thanks to The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto)

Insight

“A newspaper has three things to do. One is to amuse, another is to entertain and the rest is to mislead.” –former British Foreign Minister Ernest Bevin (1881-1951)

“Politics has got so expensive that it takes lots of money to even get beat with.” –American humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Essential Liberty

“‘It is an outrage.’ The source of Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta’s anger? The fact that the United States has yet to approve a treaty known as the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, which often goes by the acronym LOST. … His ire about LOST’s status suggests that the Obama administration may well make this a second-term priority. … According to its supporters, we need LOST for a variety of reasons. The main one concerns the oil and gas resources in the outer limits of our extended continental shelf. The treaty’s proponents say we can obtain legal title to it only by signing on to the treaty. … It sounds dire and, at a time of fluctuating prices for gasoline and other forms of energy, alarming. Fortunately, these predictions aren’t true. Under international law and long-standing U.S. policy, we already have access to these areas. … No one has challenged them. Perhaps LOST’s proponents would like this to change. They tend to be fans of superfluous international agreements, and they frequently back policies that would tie the hands of the United States and prevent us from acting in our own interests. … President Reagan was right to reject LOST 30 years ago. The U.S. Senate should do the same thing today.” –Heritage Foundation president Ed Feulner

Village Idiots

Cherry-picking facts to avoid blame: “When this president was sworn into office, he was handed a deficit of over a trillion dollars. Republicans were in control of Congress for much of the time that President George W. Bush was in office, and they didn’t do a great job of controlling spending.” –White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

Model government? “Really, the one thing that actually works – you know, state-run communism may not be your cup of tea, but [China’s] government works.” –Obama’s Jobs Council head and GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt

Handouts: “I hope and understand that people are getting a better recognition that [food stamps] is a program that really helps America, helps families in need. It’s not a government handout. If anything, it’s a safety net that helps people through difficult times and bridges them towards stability.” –Newark Mayor Cory Booker

That’s racist: “I got a movie coming out, ‘Django,’ check it out. … And in the movie I had to wear chains. How whack is that? But don’t be worried about it because I get out the chains, I get free, I save my wife, and I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that?” –actor Jamie Foxx

Sexism: “I so admire the president for standing up for Ambassador Rice. … I’m happy with where the president has gone; I’m positive that he’s going to have a lot of women in his cabinet. Clearly, it should be 50 percent.” –NOW president Terry O'Neill

Short Cuts

“President Obama met with leaders of the American Indian tribes and they honored the president by giving him his own Indian name: Running Deficits.” –comedian Jay Leno

“When did Republicans start insisting on approving only competent, honest people, especially with regard to the Obama administration? Is it just me, or did that come completely out of left field? … Really, looking at the administration as a whole, Obama did better than we could have expected by appointing only one czar who was a Communist truther. So, to be fair to [Susan] Rice, Republicans should at least grade her on a curve. Is she really that awful … for an Obama appointee? … [A]s long as Rice is reasonably loyal to the United States (i.e., identifies it as one of her five favorite countries) and probably won’t accidentally start any wars (or, given recent history, not more than one), we can declare her as ‘good enough.’ And what more can we expect from government?” –humorist Frank J. Fleming

“U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz accused Republicans of trying to make it a crime to be an illegal alien. Democrats see a conspiracy plot. First Republicans want to say that illegal aliens are illegal, next they’re going to want to take away their voting rights.” –comedian Argus Hamilton

“It’s so cold outside I just saw a Democrat with his hands in his own pockets.” –blogger Casey Kelley

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!
Nate Jackson for The Patriot Post Editorial Team

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138 Comments

John Kennedy in Siler City NC said:

Unions are nothing but a form of robbery!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Lisa in MD replied:

Yeah it is called organized crime!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM

John Kennedy in Siler City NC said:

Most unions should be deemed illegal

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

Yeah, but if you call them illegal pretty soon they'll have the right toi vote.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 7:51 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

Camo Control NOW!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 7:57 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Bobby in Georgia said:

I hope that guys goes to jail and Steven Crowder sues the pants off of him.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

JeRC in I-one,CA replied:

The Union Employee was an official representing the Union. The Union should be held liable for its employees - sue the Union!

Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Mark in Austin TX said:

It's about time state lawmakers wake up and smell the roses. Union related fees and cost are driving American jobs to other coutries contributing to unemployment and economic despair in America. Texas has had a right to work law and look at our economy and unemployent numbers. Unions were needed and a good thing when they were started ....to protect workers, we now have so many workplace protections imposed by a morass of federal and state laws all the unions due is drive up labor cost and force companies to move to other countires or just close down like Hostess did. What a shame democratic lawmakers take the side of union thugs to garner votes and hold office.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

CMDF in Swansea, IL replied:

It ruined the US Auto industry for sure. Add Steel manufacturing and a lot of oher businesses and you have hit the bull's eye.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:28 AM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

I agree. Unions do have a major role to play. The other role players is, we need bigger profits, As a culture we are greedy.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Dona in Dallas TX replied:

Amen, Mark! You are SO right! Hey, hey, ho, ho, all the unions have got to go!

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7:22 AM

Amy in Cincinnati, OH said:

I hope Steven Crowder presses charges & they all get their fat, cowardly thug butts thrown in jail. That's something they'll understand.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM

John Kennedy in Siler City NC said:

Unions hurt consumers and workers while leadership fat thugs steal from the poor unfortunates. I'm anxious to see how well HELL will be unionized.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Dario in Atlanta said:

I am finding it so difficult to endure the pain of watching my beloved country die in front of my eyes. I keep asking myself why the talking heads, even the ones on so called conservative stations, (radio and TV) cannot seem to bring themselves to stop asking or saying that "Obama is an ideologue". Obama is not an ideologue. Obama is a die hard Communist/Marxist; choose your word. He told us he would fundamentally change America and he has just about completed the job. Why hasn't the House done something? It seems the Senate is incapable of acting. The man has committed more than enough treasonous acts against the country to try him. .I have never felt so helpless in my life.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:28 AM

RamonaG in Pasadena, CA replied:

I know what you mean....

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Mary Lincoln in Denver replied:

Ditto!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Dr P.D. Sargent in Golden, Colorado replied:

You are right! Everything is going to BO's plan for the destruction of America.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Dr P.D. Sargent in Golden, Colorado replied:

You are right! Everything is going to BO's plan for the destruction of America.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 6:15 PM

six bits in Sacramento. Ca replied:

I wrote my Congressman almost identical questions yesterday. The House keeps the purse and should keep to principles voters want. It has not pursued well eough, those Ambassadorial murders or even older, the Fast and Furious inquiry. It appears it is bending at the knees on everything - by claiming Obama now has a mandate. The fraud has no mandate. What he has is more votes cast than voters: 109%.
And why must we have to grin and bear fraudulent election results. Why haven't those we sent to represent us kept their word?
Plus, we have a non-working Senate with no budget being made let alone being used in four yrs. And no votes taken on any of the budgets proposed by the Republican House because Sen. Reid fears roll call evidence of democrat malfeasence.
Dario, you are right. Obama is a Marxist/Communist and we read there are some 71 other Communists in the legislature. It is not difficult to guess who they are , by their actions.

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 2:00 AM

eod in Covington said:

Is it any wonder the unions work like Democrats and the Democrats work like unions. In a union, it takes 3 or 4 people to change a light bulb, it it any wonder things cost substantially more if a union buiilds it, and how about the spending of the Democrats, any wonder our debt is where it is. They truly belong to each other, heart and soul.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Jiggs in Millen, GA said:

Lock the bullies up. The unions created the playing field, so let them play on it. If that is unpalatable to them, allow them to take their ball and go home. Just a short note to the Left - Keep in mind, you bozos, that knife cuts both ways.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Bill Byford in Las Cruces said:

This is disgusting, it's as if the communists have taken over the unions. I for one will think twice about buying anything union made in the future.
I would have fired every teacher that didn't show up for work yesterday because they were protesting. Obviously they care more about themselves then they do the students. Where's Reagan when we need him?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM

MNIce in Minnesota replied:

Communists have always been a part of the labor union movement. This is not to say that all unions are Communists, but many of them are. This is what got Ronald Reagan started in conservative politics - when he was elected head of the Screen Actors Guild, he discovered that union was very heavily infiltrated by Communists intent on turning Hollywood into a leftist propaganda machine.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM

David Thompson in Bellville, TX replied:

Communism has all but disappeared as a political force in the world. But not its detritus: unions, Putin, central planners.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Tom Keith in Ponca CIty, OK said:

The day of the need for a union has passed. In 1958 I was warned by the union not to exceed the work requirements and much of my work from the previous shift was discarded. Unions leaders want nothing but control of the member and their monthly dues. It's a 'Democrat' thing, like two wolves and a lamb deciding on what's for dinner.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Abolt in Florida said:

This will continue to happen until the Right-to-Work supporters fight back, and I mean physically! Bullies only understand one thing, Force. When these Union thugs start roughing up people, we should give it right back!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM

David Thompson in Bellville, TX replied:

That would better be left to the police, Jim. Tragically, they are also union members, many of them union thugs. They demonstrated that at the Lansing riots, shamefully allowing mayhem to occur before they interceded.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

David,

I think maybe you proved Jim's point. These physical altercations would be better handled by the police if the police (and the legal justice system) had a track record of unbiased prosecutions against union thuggery. I don't think that is the case.

There is no moral or ethical justification for forced unionism. The pro-union members and their activists aren't defending what is just; they are defending what is essentially an illegitimate method of profit. They are defending rape and larceny.

Union power has been built over time, incrementally, like a brick wall where the bricklayers wall themselves up inside the protection of their structure. And so it is with unions. They are tactically protected by other union members and legislatively protected by laws created and passed by pro-union bigots, sucking off the tit of forced union dues.

I'm in favor of any force necessary to stop this level of corruption.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

I concur with Hamilton yet we as a nation are morally bankrupt. Unions came into being due to poor working conditions, deaths at the workplace. they became greedy and I know it does take for people to change a light bulb. Still Mich is a communist state.Gov Snyder says, you don't need elected officials, judges, or anyone else. the state will take care of it for you. Further up I read communist/Marxist, well look to Mich. then look at ourselves. Power corrupts. We need to go back to he basic principles that made this nation great. to say you cannot elect your own officials, thats over the line. This is what we should complain about, that, and union overreach.

Also right to work states, for the most part are sliding as far as a living wage is concerned. If anyone has any suggestions, as how to fix all these problems, let everyone know

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Dona in Dallas TX replied:

Some of these "thugs" are not even members of the local union or residents of the city or state in which they are protesting. They are paid by the union to create mahem. Does anyone think THIS practice is legal? Since Obama has come into office all the fringe is coming out and it's way left of center. We have GOT to take America back and not drift into Socialism/Communism the Obama way!

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Victoria DeLacy in Woodbridge, Virginia said:

Steve is an excellent reporter and he has a video out on you tube entitled "Detroit in Ruins!" of which they are probably well aware and it may be that for that reason more than any other they were out to get him. When you see that video you also see the list of politicians at the helm of the city when it fell into total disrepair...every one of them just happen to be Democrats whose policies lead to glaring decadence - may God save America from further destruction now!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:37 AM

BJ Cassady in Caldwell Kansas said:

I remember my mother going to work at Boeing in Wichita, Kansas when there was a strike going on. There was molotov cocktails being thrown, beatings, a lot of violence, that turned me against unions. Striking is one thing, a peaceful protest, marching in a picket line, but chaos is another.
People who do this, should be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. What difference is there between the Klan violence and the mob violence of an out of control or controlled Union violence?+

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM

David Thompson in Bellville, TX replied:

BJ, I have always found it even more distasteful when the people who teach our children behave - publicly - as you describe. As has been mentioned here, they deserve reprimands for their sickout. But it won't happen; there are no longer any consequences in public schools. For anything.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Joseph Hebert Jr in East Providence, RI said:

Screw those greedy unions, and especially the public employee ones. Those sobs are finally getting what they deserve.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:43 AM