Skip to comments."There Will Be Blood": Union Violence in the Age of Obama
Posted on 12/12/2012 3:54:30 AM PST by Kaslin
Not so many moons ago, President Obama urged us all to "make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds." He Who Heals advocated "a more civil and honest public discourse" in the wake of the January 2011 Tucson massacre. As usual, though, the White House has granted Big Labor bullies a permanent waiver from the lofty edicts it issues to everyone else.
This week, menacing union goons unleashed threats, profanity and punches in Michigan, which is now poised to become a "right-to-work" state. Obama met the initial outbreak of violence with the same response he's given to every other union outbreak of violence under his reign: dead silence.
On the floor of the Michigan legislature on Tuesday, Democratic state Rep. Douglas Geiss thundered: "We're going to pass something that will undo 100 years of labor relations, and there will be blood. There will be repercussions!" Geiss referenced the Battle of the Overpass, a violent 1937 incident between the United Auto Workers and corporate security officers for the Ford Motor Company. Dozens of union activists were beaten.
But Geiss wasn't crying victim. This was clearly a signal to the brass-knuckled Big Labor bosses, whom Obama egged on during his Monday visit to the state. Obama inveighed against right to work with his usual class warfare dog-whistle. The thugs heard it loud and clear.
As the Michigan House voted inside to approve right-to-work legislation allowing workers to choose whether or not to join/fund unions as a condition of employment, protesters outside the state Capitol ambushed a tented information booth sponsored by the pro-right-to-work state chapter of Americans for Prosperity. Angry union mobsters were filmed cursing and screaming just before the attack.
One hurled an unidentified object at police officers. Another screamed at a citizen journalist filming the chaos: "Freedom of speech this, you f'n fascist a**hole!" Several peaceful AFP members and supporters were stomped on and punched while trapped under the tent as the labor operatives chanted: "This is what democracy looks like." Young Michigan conservative activist and YouTube entrepreneur Steven Crowder was beaten by at least two union assailants while trying to protect the tent and those inside.
Of course, this is just more of the same twisted "civil and honest public discourse" of the administration's union protection squad:
--May 2010: The Service Employees International Union buses in 700 workers from 20 states to storm Bank of America deputy general counsel Gregory Baer's neighborhood and terrorize his youngest son while at home alone in Chevy Chase, Md. The tactic is straight from an SEIU intimidation manual on using community groups to "damage an employer's public image and ties with community leaders and organizations."
--September 2010: AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka praises Nancy Pelosi for taking Obamacare and driving "it down the Republicans' throats and out their backsides."
--August 2011: Striking Communications Workers of America declare "open season" on Verizon. Dozens of cases of sabotaged cable lines are reported.
--September 2011: ILWU bosses lead a "Days of Rage" protest at Port of Longview, Wash., taking a half-dozen guards hostage, sabotaging railroad cars, dumping grain, smashing windows, cutting brake lines, threatening a local TV station and blocking trains in violation of a judicial restraining order.
--February 2011: A Communications Workers of America union thug is caught on tape striking a young female FreedomWorks activist in Washington, D.C.
--February 2011: A Providence, R.I., union supporter says to a cameraman: "I'll f**k you in the ass, you faggot."
--February 2011: Democratic Rep. Michael Capuano of Massachusetts revs up Big Labor goons by urging them to "get a little bloody."
--March 2011: Racist SEIU supporters in Denver, Colo., taunt gay black tea party activist and entrepreneur Leland Robinson, who criticized teachers unions at a Capitol rally, by calling him "son," telling him to "get behind that fence where you belong," and jeering, "Do you have any children? That you claim?"
--March 2011: In Madison, Wis., an unhinged crowd of AFSCME, UFCW and SEIU union protesters corner a Wisconsin GOP senator shouting, "F**k you!" and "Shame!"
--August 2011: In Boston, local IBEW 827 storms Verizon Senior Vice President Bill Foshay's neighborhood. Union members scream, "We're here to fight" in front of his private residence on a weekend afternoon.
--September 2011: Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa screams: "President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let's take these son of bitches out..."
--December 2011: Union-endorsed port protests in Oakland, Calif., Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego and Houston cause massive commerce disruptions, lost wages, property destruction and untold injuries. A year later, ports are shut down on the West Coast during the busy holiday season, and another set of union port strikes -- spearheaded by the violence-prone ILWU and ILA -- threaten the East and Gulf coasts at the end of the month.
We should "do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations," Obama lectured just over a year ago from his politeness pulpit. In the age of Obama, it's Opposite Day 365 days a year.
Union terrorism under the leadership of a terrorist president. I guess that makes me a racist. Oh well.
He was in Michigan the day before firing them up. All planned.
Modern day Redcoats in America.They won’t let up will they?
far cry from the good old union days when they could get their way with baseball bats, now you have almost every single person in America armed with an average of four guns.
Thats average, some less, many more.
Woah! Libs are hypocrits — color me surprised. *sarc*
I saw some of those Union types yesterday in a short video.
Remind me again, who are the ‘haters’?
Is there any such thing as ‘enough’ with these people?
IMHO...we’re being played.
That's why Dems are so against guns. A mob can intimidate an unarmed man. An armed man can intimidate a mob.
Donnn,ju worry abaht a ting.
One more wise latina on the SCOTUS and they’ll FIX EVERYTHING.
Ohio should be next. And Wisconsin should go full RTW.
A truly profound quote worthy of being on a flag.
Exactly. He is the divider, not the uniter
“There Will Be Blood”: Union Violence in the Age of Obama
No doubt written by some union boss and handed to Rep. Douglas Geiss (along with $500) to make an ass of himself on the house floor.
Good for Snyder and the Michigan State Police in protecting the State Capital Building. I hate to think what could have happened to it and the people inside if things got out of hand.
House for house. Still on my first cup.
You would think they would be cheerful having seen their President (0bama) reelected, they sure show how miserable they really are with their violence
The basis of Obama's army. These will be the ones that come after us, not the real army.
Note that SEIU members are worldwide.
No. Eugene Debs - father of the union movement in the early 20th century came up with their slogan:
"What do we want? More. When do we want it? Now."The cannot be converted to reason. They can only be conquered as a very small step toward this was taken in Michigan yesterday, or killed. With their hero, god and king in the white house they feel emboldened (and righly so)
As I say, they are bad losers (recall: Bush v Gore) and they are as bad and worse as ‘winners’!
THere people are insatiable vampires... there is NO SUCH THING as ‘enough’ for these creeps!
You got the color and article-of-clothing wrong.
"Brown", not "Red" and "shirts", not "coats".
I disagree. These may be his brown shirts who start with violence against those who can't defend themselves, but the ones who come after us who are armed and know how to work the trigger will be his real SS and gestapo, the police and federal law enforcement.
Let the games begin ,, sorry to say but sometimes an all out war on stupidity can’t be helped . The president is responsible for this to a great degree . The self proclaimed great uniter of our time is in fact the great divider of the century . Civil unrest is the only thing he’s ever been experienced in . Sol Alynski is his mentor ,, need I say more ???
Don’t overlook the good news: Michigan is now a right-to-work state.
Unions and violence go together like hand in glove. The union movement has always been, at its core, anti-capitalist and pro-communist/socialist. As such they are essentially anti-American (think Barack 0bama).
“If we can bring right to work to Michigan, there is virtually nowhere it can’t win.”
Thanks for the ping/post, ‘creek. OUTSTANDING thread! Thanks to every poster.
HOORAY Rick Snyder and the Republican Michigan legislature!
DEFUND totalitarian/socialist collectives that FORCE you to do anything. Now, about Obamacare...have you read the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Stand up to these punks, thugs, internationalists, progressives, criminals. Youre already GRRRREAT in the state. Theres no reason why you cant be conservative, Republican Presidential material. Turn this national, socialist-induced fiasco around.
HOORAY Glenn Beck! Glenn, Pat & Stu are talking about this as the 1st topic in their radio show. AMPLIFY! AMPLIFY! AMPLIFY!
It is up to the states to turn this tide. NY, LA, Philly, and the likes may elect a president, but the fly-over states can now flex there muscle and let’s see what happens.
Any bastard who has a problem with Americans having the right to work without having their wages stolen from them by the communists is not an American.
And Illinois is heading toward right to carry. Liberal heads are exploding as I write this.
If I said it once...the only way back is STATES' RIGHTS! Good news for my pessimistic outlook.
wasn’t there an oold B/W movie about communists using union thugery to create violence under the guise of organizing?
WI Gov Scott Walker says right to work bill would be "too distracting" for this session.
I can see his point. The legislators don't want another big fight fight so soon. The public-employee bill is causing union membership (and dues revenue) to drastically decline . Perhaps he wants to wait until the beast has bled out some more before finishing it.
I have worked in both closed shop states, and open shop states.
In the closed shop states, the non-union shops gave you equal pay as the union shops, except the union shops went on strike at least twice a year while we were still working.
The unions were always trying to unionize us but failed.
In an open shop state, I had my first job in a union plant. I found I, with years of experience in my field, had to start at the bottom which was 1/3 less money, than what I got in a non-union plant. It was a union rule. I quit after several weeks.
I then went into a non-union plant in a right to work state. The company had lots of Union Plants down south but they wanted this one to stay non-union. We got all the same benifits as the union plants.
After a year, we voted to Unionize because the company placed the plant operation under the management of THE PLANT MANAGER FROM HELL! He and he alone was the man responsible for unionizing the plant.
Over the years, many men dropped out of the union because they refused to allow some UNION SHILL to tell us how to vote in an election.
The first men to drop out were the very ones that started the movement to unionize.
In what manner?
the powers that be would rather We the People fight with one another than look to critically at the pseudo-elections we just held....for starters.
There already has been bloodshed
I just stuck my head out to see if it was safe to come out yet. I guess I’ll just go back in my hole for another four years.
For us Michiganders, this is nothing but good.
Your local Pubbies are probably pretty good guys...who’ve done right...however the union violence encouragement is coming from DC...the White House no less....
“....With the ubiquitous announcement from AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka that he is granted an audience at the White House nearly every day,..”
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