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Secrecy in the voting booth (unions & right to work)
The Washington Times ^ | February 24, 2005 | Charlie Norwood

Posted on 02/24/2005 7:21:58 PM PST by neverdem


The Washington Times
www.washingtontimes.com

Secrecy in the voting booth

By Charlie Norwood
Published February 24, 2005

Even most opponents of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq are applauding the results of last month's elections. The balloting gave the Iraqi people the first opportunity for a free and fair vote in decades. While it was certainly not a perfect voting situation -- no election ever is -- millions of Iraqis braved bullets and bombs to have a say in their future.


    But lest we forget, the murderous Saddam Hussein also held elections, and was re-elected president with 99 percent of the vote just before we invaded. So, what was the difference between the elections of Saddam and those we helped sponsor Jan. 30?


    One word -- secrecy. The ability to walk into a voting booth, pull the curtain and vote for anyone or anything we please with confidence the vote will be counted but never revealed to anyone who could use the knowledge to retaliate. Secret ballots are an absolute essential ingredient of a functioning democracy.


    Under the Saddam, there was no such thing as secret ballots, so of course Saddam won 99 percent of the vote in his elections. With a reputation as a ruthless torturer and killer of anyone even remotely suspected of opposition, who would dare stand in front of his fedayeen henchmen and publicly declare they were voting against him?


    Yet that is precisely what John Sweeney and his henchmen at the AFL-CIO demand of American workers. Last year Sen. Ted Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat -- interestingly, the most vocal Senate opponent of our fight to spread democracy in Iraq....


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California; US: District of Columbia; US: Georgia; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: aflcio; elections; righttowork; secretballot; unions

1 posted on 02/24/2005 7:22:00 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem
I never understood why a secret ballot could be so controversial. Of course when there are millions of dollars at stake, the first thing to go out of the window are simple precepts of fairness.

(Denny Crane: "There are two places to find the truth. First God and then Fox News.")

2 posted on 02/24/2005 7:32:15 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: neverdem

The socialists rise to the occasion. Democrat is a red herring for a socialist.


3 posted on 02/24/2005 7:39:14 PM PST by taxesareforever
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To: neverdem
All I can say about Charlie Norwood is: THANK THE GOOD LORD I LIVE IN THE STATE HE REPRESENTS.

Charlie Norwood is a great example of how a Politician evolves into a Statesman. I believe by the time he retires from public office he'll be called a true Southern Gentleman and a true Statesman. He is a very intelligent man and he has chosen some very educated and intelligent people to work in his office.

And in the South, that's a high compliment.
4 posted on 02/24/2005 7:48:15 PM PST by HighlyOpinionated ("The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men." --Samuel Adams)
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To: neverdem
snippets:

The Kennedy-Miller bill would allow unions to take over a workplace through a fraudulent voting scheme called "card checks."

Under this scheme, union thugs are allowed to confront individual workers on the job and at their homes, and demand the worker sign a card giving the union exclusive rights to representation.

Workers who refuse are subject to intimidation, threats and even physical violence for not agreeing.

When and if the union collects a simple majority of the worker cards at a given workplace, all employees at the workplace are forced to join the union, have dues garnished from their paychecks and give up all rights to negotiate with their employer on wages or work conditions.

The Kennedy bill even forces the employer to give the worker's home address to the union, so that the AFL-CIO's "fedayeen" can make a house call on reluctant employees.

Oh Teddy - WHY didn't you drown instead? We would all have been SO much happier.

5 posted on 02/24/2005 7:55:50 PM PST by solitas (So what if I support a platform that has fewer flaws than yours? 'Mystic' dual 500 G4's, OSX.3.7)
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