What I say now, I say as a proud former union member and the wife, daughter, and sister of union members. So, as a former card-carrying IBEW sister married to a proud former Laborers, IBEW, and later USW member, please hear me out. What I have to say is for the hard working, patriotic, selfless union brothers and sisters in Michigan and throughout our country: Please dont be taken in by union bosses thuggery like Jim Hoffa represented yesterday. Union bosses like this do not have your best interests at heart. What they care about is their own power and re-electing their friend Barack Obama so he will take care of them to the detriment of everyone else.
To the same degree Americans are concerned about irresponsible, greedy corporate execs who got cushy bonuses from taxpayer-funded bailouts, we should also be concerned about greedy union bosses who are willing to tank our economy just to protect their own power. As union history shows, power and greed corrupt. Just because you claim to represent union members doesnt mean you are on the side of the angels. The greed of too many of these union bosses has all but destroyed the labor movement in this country, helped chase away our jobs, and is killing the American dream.
To see where this leads, look at whats happening to the working class in our industrialized cities. These cities are going to hell in a hand basket thanks to corruption, crony capitalism, and the union bosses greed. The union bosses derive their power from your union dues and their promise to deliver your votes to whichever politician theyre in bed with. They get their power from you, and yet their actions ultimately hurt you. Theyre chasing American industry offshore by making outrageous, economically illogical demands that they know will never work. And now that theyve chased jobs out of union states, theyre trying to chase them out of right-to-work states like South Carolina, so eventually the jobs will leave America altogether. But these union bosses will still figure out a way to keep their gig, and so will their politically aligned corporate friends. As long as these big corporations have a good crony capitalist in the White House, they can rely on DC to bail them out until the whole system goes bankrupt, which, I am afraid, is not very far off. When big government, big business, and big union bosses collude together, they get government to maximize their own interests against those of the rest of the country.
So, now these union bosses are desperately trying to cast the grassroots Tea Party Movement as being against the workingman. How outrageously wrong this unapologetic Jim Hoffa is, for the peoples movement is the real movement for working class men and women. Its rooted in real solidarity, and not special interests and corporate kickbacks. It represents the needed reform that will empower workers and job creators. We stand with the little guy against the corruption and influence peddling of those who collude to grease the wheels of government power.
This collusion is at the heart of Obamas economic vision for America. In practice it is socialism for the very rich and the very poor, but a brutal form of capitalism for the rest of us. It is socialism for the very poor who are reduced to a degrading perpetual dependence on a near-bankrupt centralized government to provide their every need, while at the same time robbing them of that which brings fulfillment and success the life-affirming pride that comes from taking responsibility for your own destiny and building a better life through self-initiative and work ethic. And Obamas vision is socialism via crony capitalism for the very rich who continue to get bailouts, debt-ridden stimulus funds, and special favors that allow them to waive off or help draft the burdensome regulations that act as a boot on the neck to small business owners who dont have the same friends in high places. And where does this collusion leave working class Americans and the small business owners who create 70% of the jobs in this country? Out in the cold. Its you and your children who are left paying for the cronyism of Obama and our permanent political class in DC.
Ask yourself if the folks you heard demonize concerned, independent Americans yesterday really speak for the working class when theyre all too happy to burden your families with the bill to bail out the Presidents friends on Wall Street.
We should not forget that for all his lofty rhetoric, President Obama is a Chicago politician. Graft, cronyism, and quid pro quo are the well-known methods of an infamous Chicago political machine, of which Barack Obama emerged. This corruption isnt just the result of a few bad apples. Its the nature of a skewed system thats typical of one not allowing a level playing field. If one desires opportunity for all, then the only solution is sudden and relentless reform. I know of what I speak. I too served in public office in a state that had a corruption problem. The difference is that I fought the corrupt political machine. Barack Obama used the machine in his state to advance. He never challenged it. And hes evidently brought the same Chicago pay-to-play practices to the White House.
Its sad to see much of the labor movement fall lock step behind a President whom Hoffa calls upon to partner in waging war against patriotic Americans. I will never forget that as a governor, in trying to be a friend to the working men and women in our unions, I gave a speech on August 27, 2008, at the annual AFL-CIO meeting in Anchorage. There, union members humbled me with a standing ovation for fighting the corruption in Alaska and for bringing parties together for progress on energy development projects. Then just two days later I landed on the national stage as John McCains running mate, and the union leadership turned on me from that day forward even though I had not changed one iota in my plans, principles, vision, and commitment to jobs for working class Americans. The only difference was I was challenging the politician the union bosses were committed to electing. It was almost comical, this lesson learned with their new spots revealed so quickly.
Recently someone commented: Im a union member. Ive been a Democrat all my life. Now Ill vote for anyone with a plan to save America. I know what that person is feeling. I want all good union brothers and sisters to know that there is an alternative. The grassroots, independent Tea Party Movement articulates a real alternative rooted in free men and free markets, not the cronyism of Barack Obama and the permanent political class in DC. Their cronyism is why we have no job growth, massive unsustainable debt, and a housing market in the tank. Too many politicians are simply addressing the economic symptoms instead of fighting the underlying disease. The path forward is through reform. On Saturday, I outlined some ideas about that reform, and I will continue to do so.
In the meantime, good union brothers and sisters, dont let Hoffa tell you what to do. He doesnt represent the real interests of working men and women. Hes not doing you any favors. Hes just living off your paychecks.
- Sarah Palin
GREAT article!! Says it like it is.
Thank you Mrs. Palin.
You are the only person in the United States with enough stootch to stand up to these thugs.
Get this around to every union member. They need to know how they are being abused. If only this would be broadcast on tv. Sarah is just about perfect, in what she says and focuses on, to me. We could do a damn lot worse than her for President.
Clear as a bell, and gets right to the heart of the issue now facing us.Very very interesting, the political lesson recounted near the end about how Union support for her was retracted when they got the word from on high that Obama would be the candidate they’d have to support. With this blunt and powerful statement she makes one wish she WOULD run for President. But , in a pinch, we may have to accept whoever it is she endorses.
I think hunting caribou has given her a habit of being spot on target about just about every damn thing she goes after. First to stand and she nails it.
What a Commander in Chief.
May God Bless and protect this brave and wise woman!
She hit it on the head by going after the union bosses. They could care less about the rank and file worker because they sold out private union workers to the enviros.
They knew the new union growth industry would be in govt if they could funnel enough money to get Dems in power, so they could let the enviros kill the typical union jobs like oil drilling, transportation, and maufacturing. They didn’t care if those jobs went overseas, they could bring in many more by bankrolling candidates that’d give them a massive expansion of govt, ie Obama.