The Left’s Ends Justify Any Means

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Democrats are quick to hail the blessings of majority rule, so long as they are the majority. But, the time-honored term “loyal opposition” has no meaning in Democratic ranks today, and the sorry, embarrassing situations in Wisconsin and Indianapolis are proof enough of that. B. Patrick Bauer, Democratic Minority Leader in the Indiana House, made an especially revealing comment during a conference call he held while in hiding at a Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois. “It’s never been seen before in this state,” Bauer said. “You’ve never seen this kind of class war.”

Class war? Not really. All of the evidence shows that transforming Indiana from a forced-unionism state to a right to work state will only increase employment, increase income and bring in more business. The only “class” that gets hurt when unions can no longer compel workers to join them and surrender a portion of their pay is the ruling class that has a donkey as its symbol. If Indiana becomes a right to work state, there are a lot of unemployed steelworkers in the northwest portion of the state who will find renewed employment, but they won’t have to indirectly – and unwittingly – funnel a portion of their wages to support the Democratic party, courtesy of their union. That’s the sort of “class war” loss that politicians like B. Patrick Bauer cannot abide.

Democrats are desperate, with good reason. Losses in Wisconsin and Indiana would be disastrous, not only because it would mean that both states would be reliably red for quite some time, but because more dominoes would be sure to fall. With the stakes so high, the rhetoric and tactics on the left are sure to be as desperate and desperately wild as ever.

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  • exchangerates

    Lincoln and the republicans never wanted to stage a direct assault on southern slavery in the beginning, though Lincoln's entire handling of the war, depending if you think the consequences were worth it, it a good example, I agree.

    • Jacobite

      There's a lot of argument over LIncoln's war strategy. I believe it was Phil Sheridam who said that if he thought the Civil War was about slavery, he'd resign his commission. The question of foreign colonies for freed slaves is back, too. When you come to the Republicans — the Radical Republicans that is, Reconstruction showed that their motivation was hatred of white people.

      • Chiggles

        Which has nothing to do with this article. The post you replied to is commercial spam. Put your cursor on the poster's name and you'll see. Just don't click on it.

  • Wesley69

    When in doubt as to tactics the Left can use, go to Saul Alinsky's book, "Rules for Radicals." You know the one Alinsky dedicated to Lucifer.

  • Gary from Jersey

    Indiana's governor has backed off the right to work bill. The unions win.

    • coyote

      I have relatives in Indiana. Almost as nice as Tejas, but too cold for me in the winter. Indiana's governor never really championed the bill in the first place. In fact, he stated that they had bigger fish to fry. Oh, I am sure he will sign it, if, and when, it passes, but he wasn't a big advocate. Indiana hasn't had the same issues with unions, pubic or private, that other states, including WI have. I am not siding with unions, but Indiana's wage scale is nowhere near the outrageous amounts you hear about in other states. Except for a few areas, even private sector wages are more like a southern state than they are a midwestern state. There is even a saying, "Indiana is a southern state, that just happens to be located in the midwest." Also, the percentage of union workers, total, is less than 10% of the workforce, and slowly but steadily decreasing. I question whether "right to work" legislation would make a big impact in a state like that to begin with. I understand, and support, the principle, but I don't know if the effect would be noticeable.

  • BLJ

    The only thing that works against these lowlifes is the Code of Hammurabi playbook. The Left has used intimidation tactics for years to get what they want. The best way to deal with a bully is to punch him in the mouth.

    • Edward

      I'm afraid the GOP is not up to the task, or they don't comprehend the depth of the Evil confronting the Republic. After all, this is the same group of boneheads that nominated John McCain, a man broken in a Communist North Vietnamese Re Education Camp who then returned to the USA and did everything in his power to ensure the election of the Republic's first Marxist President.

  • sue805

    I hope the people of WI will vote these senators out at the first opportunity!!

  • Martel64

    The problem is not so much that they use such tactics,and think they're perfectly fine to use them – it's that anyone politically different than them, or,specifically, to the "right" of them, are never allowed to use them also, not without getting demonized ,slandered,etc.

    • Fiddler

      And in this case those who willingly trumpet the demonizaton (Matthews, Olbermann, and the like), themselves need to be repudiated by the public for being merely PRETENDERS at their profession, namely to inform the public. That "thrill" running up Chirs Matthew's leg must have him comatose about now.

    • Jim_C

      What's your point? Are they OK to use, or not?

  • Dennis X

    How about the tactic of injecting agittators into the protesters, walker states it was considered, but backed out due to the polls that fox/lies inverted, 61% favor the unions. Any harm that would have come from walkers tactics would have been blamed on the protesters!!

    • Fiddler

      Wow, those lies that Fox invented! You have CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and everything they say is pure as the driven snow. But BOY that FOX news! It doesn't matter that they have left versus right debates all the time. WE ALL KNOW that CNN, MSNBC, ABC and CBS NEVER give an opinion on ANYTHING. People like you seem paranoid that there is ONE news channel that doesn't "go with the flow". Gee I thought that's what freedom was about! If you bask in "talking points" that originate from the "GRAY LADY" (the NYT) and get reguritated verbatim to the "main stream media" and you think that is just fine, perhaps you'd better take another look!

      • Edward

        I've reluctantly concluded the New York Times supported Stalin knowing full well the nature and extent of his tyranny.

    • Fiddler

      Let me make another point about polls: It's how the questions are ASKED! If you ask: " Do you agree with those meany-weeny Republicans that its okay to stop all Union collective bargaining?" That could elicit an emotional "NO"! If on the other hand you engaged their intelligence and asked: "As a taxpayer, aware of national and state debt, are you infavor of paying for ALL the health insurance and wage increases of government employees besides having to contribute 20% for your own? Hmm, perhaps they would take a moment and THINK before emotionally answering. Unions seem to consider themselves exempt from personal responsibility. Perhaps union dues ought to be made VOLUNTARY!!!! Ooooooh no, not that, say union bosses (and Democratic candidates). That would eliminate a built-in TAX!!

      • coyote

        Likewise, I bet if you asked a questions about lack of tax payer representation at public sector contract negotiation, you might get an interesting response.

  • topperj

    The unions and the administrations of the states in fiscal trouble share the blame. If any one of these Governors had stood up to the unions, none of this would be happening. But it was more expedient to cave in to the unions. Kick the can down the road, let someone else deal with the crisis when it explodes. All of these cans are now exploding and when the adults try to make the tough decisions, the children (unions, leeches, etc.) come out of the woodwork to whine about losing some of their perks. This is a life and death situation for these states and. ultimately, for our nation. We have the worst possible man-child in office for these perilous times. How's that Hope & Changie working out for US?

    • Jim_C

      I don't know about "life and death;" remember Walker manufactured a lot of this "crisis" himself by decreasing revenue. It's great politics and it plays well with the public–so far. Clearly, the pension/benefit employee contribution needed to be dealt with. But taking away bargaining rights is really a matter of philosophy rather than fiscal necessity, and if he succeeds, I'm not sure public sentiment will stay with him.

  • JosephWiess

    Democrats are liberals and liberalism is a mental disorder. I know that the governors can't send state police into another state to bring back the cowardly people who are in hiding, but they can do what Walker is going to do: Stop direct deposits and make them come back for their paychecks, then lock the checks in their desks on the Senate floor.

  • QSuzy

    When Gov Walker gives up his govt health care which provides all the benefits for him and his family–health care, dental, vision, ears, I'll listen to what he has to say. When Rush, Beck and the other extremists give up their union membership in AFTRA and SAG, which provedes their benefits, I'll listen to them.

    • Rusty

      I do not pay a dime to Rush and Beck from my taxes. Walker is not asking state employees to give up healthcare, but like the rest of us, they need to contribute. I pay 100% of my own insurance, and quite frankly, government union members too. State employees should foot some of their own bill. I can't afford their insurance too.

    • Rusty

      I do not pay a dime to Rush and Beck from my taxes. Walker is not asking state employees to give up healthcare, but like the rest of us, they need to contribute. I pay 100% of my own insurance, and quite frankly, government union members too. State employees should foot some of their own bill. I can't afford their insurance too.

  • BoogiesDaddy

    Why should the governor give up his insurance? He's doing his job.
    Why should any private media employee quit their union? They pay their dues.

    if you want the governors insurance eliminated get a bill in the works that does that and let the people vote on it. You know, like they voted for Walker to balance their budget.

    But no one except you is demanding that public employee quit their union or lose their coverage. Just that they pay a fractional percentage into the system that private sector employees (middle class taxpayers) do.
    Stop the gravy train.

    • Jim_C

      But they did agree to pay into the system.

      • Jerry

        But you know as well as I do, that the very next chance that the unions get, they will go on strike to give back all of their concessions and more unless the law is changed to make union contributions to pensions and health insurance non-negotiable. Right to work laws make unions act in a more civilized manner as well, since they can't force employees to join the union without demonstrating how the union truly benefits the workers….all of the workers.

  • alexander

    great union jobs – TWICE the average Joe's salary plus health insurance for the whole family, great benefits etc., and if Joe Public doesn't want to pay for it, his house will be taken away……..nice gig!