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Letters: Hoffa's call to polls, not to arms
New York Newsday ^ | September 13, 2011 | Various

Posted on 09/13/2011 3:59:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Editor's note: Monday's letters about a Labor Day vow by Teamsters general president James Hoffa to "take . . . out" his political opponents continue to generate a lot of interest from Newsday readers. Hoffa stood by his comments during a radio interview on Friday with KIRO-FM in Seattle. Here's an excerpt:

"I'm talking about the tea party Republicans who are trying to take away everything that labor has fought for, who frustrate the president when we try and put America back to work, who are out there trying to pass right-to-work, and who are trying to take away collective bargaining for people in Wisconsin and Ohio. That's who I'm talking about. And you know what? Since I made that comment, my phones have been ringing off the hook. Everybody is saying, keep it up, we need more of that. A lot of these politicians don't have the courage to say what I said. [Tea party Republicans] think they can roll over everybody with their money and their crazy organizations. The working people of this country are not going to stand for that. What we have is the numbers; we've got the votes."

The letter writers who complained about James Hoffa's "angry words" might have a change of heart if they heard Hoffa's words in their full context ["Hoffa's angry words," Sept. 12]. Unfortunately, some media such as Fox News, did not always publish the full content of Hoffa's words and misled their viewers. I believe that was intentional, considering that Fox has a proven track record of slanting the news.

If the readers had taken the time to listen to the entire speech, they would have known that Hoffa's words were used solely in the context of voting, and there is no doubt about that.....

(Excerpt) Read more at newsday.com ...


TOPICS: Heated Discussion
KEYWORDS: democrats; hoffa; jameshoffa; jimmyhoffa; liberalfascism; mediabias; palin; teaparty; unioncorruption; unions; unionthugs
Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you belong to a union, don't you already have a job?!
1 posted on 09/13/2011 3:59:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Apparently the Washington longshoremen who took hostages and vandalized company property last week did not understand his words.


2 posted on 09/13/2011 4:01:26 PM PDT by Brilliant
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Of course Hoffa's call for the union 'army' to 'take out' the opposition was a simple call for members to do their civic duty. How can it have been interpreted otherwise?

Its not as if he used a surveyor symbol on a map of the USA or something.

3 posted on 09/13/2011 4:05:45 PM PDT by skeeter
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Not always. In some places, they make you join the union to be able to even apply for the job. Any state that isn’t Right To Work shouldn’t even be allowed call themselves American.


4 posted on 09/13/2011 4:07:29 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (The solution to fix Congress: Nuke em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure!)
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To: Brilliant

Good point. And since when did unions ever NOT rely on the threat of violence. Violence is in their blood.


5 posted on 09/13/2011 4:12:33 PM PDT by Sir_Humphrey (Biggest lie being told: Our diversity is our strength)
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To: Brilliant

didn’t someone post on here not to long ago some statistics that showed the teamsters were involved in more than 10% of all union intimidation complaints?
Wish I could remember where it was!


6 posted on 09/13/2011 4:13:15 PM PDT by bt-99 ("Get off my Lawn")
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To: Brilliant

didn’t someone post on here not to long ago some statistics that showed the teamsters were involved in more than 10% of all union intimidation complaints?
Wish I could remember where it was!


7 posted on 09/13/2011 4:13:15 PM PDT by bt-99 ("Get off my Lawn")
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‘...out there trying to pass right-to-work’? As in Boeing/South Carolina? Common thugs; used to exchanging money for votes.


8 posted on 09/13/2011 4:38:20 PM PDT by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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Do they really think nobody in the Tea Party works?

I guess, to them, "work" only counts if it comes with a union card!

9 posted on 09/13/2011 4:51:17 PM PDT by REPANDPROUDOFIT (General, Sir, it is perfectly ok to call me "Ma'am"!)
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Right, but Sarah Palin’s PAC Website using a map with surveyor symbols to “target” congressional districts was a call for people to take up arms and go shoot people!


10 posted on 09/13/2011 4:52:04 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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Unfortunately, some media such as Fox News, did not always publish the full content of Hoffa's words and misled their viewers. I believe that was intentional, considering that Fox has a proven track record of slanting the news.

Hahaha! Talk about projection. The MSM's always do that.
11 posted on 09/13/2011 6:58:59 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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