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Monday, the AFL-CIO sent an email calling for candlelight vigils. These vigils were to be held at the offices of Republican Congressional representatives nation-wide. "Working families will make clear we need to protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits, and we won’t sacrifice our security so the richest 2% can get more tax breaks," the organizing site explained.
Holding a candlelight vigil seems like a nice, peaceful way to get the attention of Congressional representatives, so I applaud the effort, regardless of the ill-informed, faulty premise for doing so. That was until yesterday, when the violence that erupted at the state capitol voided a year's worth of peaceful candle burning.
Encouraged by Michigan Democrats, union members (who still get paid, despite their absense from work) tore down a conservative activist tent while women and children were inside then proceeded to cut it up, trampling the occupants trapped underneath, physically assaulted a new media reporter and threatened to kill people with guns. Then after the union-invented chaos, union goers had the nerve to complain when cops clad in riot gear moved in to diffuse the mob. Yes ladies and gentlemen, this is a union in action.
Unwilling to tolerate lawful legislative action, Michigan unions resorted to their failsafe -- violence and thuggery. A far cry from Tea Partiers who express their displeasure peacefully. Remember that time angry Tea Partiers tore down tents, punched people in the face and threatened to kill them? Yeah, me neither.
Unlike Wisconsin, the right to collective bargaining is not at risk, at least not yet. The right-to-work legislation would simply ensure that those who do not want to be part of a union, are free to opt out. "Freedom of choice," you might call it. So why all the kicking and screaming? As my Pops always told me, "follow the money."
When right-to-work is instated, union dues decrease (What rational person would voluntarily choose to be part of that unruly mob in Michigan?). When union dues decrease, their political muscles are weakened. Unions are a powerful force in the support and election of Democrats, which explains Democrats perpetual objection to anything threatening the purse or power of unions. Even President Obama told the SEIU, "your agenda is my agenda," and explained how he always consults with Big Labor before making policy decisions.
The fight against the tyranny of Big Labor will be a long, hard fight, but the fight for liberty always is. As Samuel Adams said, "The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks."