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Union Political Power must be confronted by conservative grass root activism – beginning now.
Union mobs have found our neighborhoods and are engaged on new tactics that make them a battle field site for thuggish action. The new union tactic has other implications given their connections with Democrat politics.
Until recently, union demonstrations against what they claim to be corporate misconduct – real and imagined – were limited to streets and the immediate location of corporate headquarters. This is no longer the case. Led by the huge Service Employees International Union (SEIU), intimidation tactics have now led to massive threats surrounding the homes of business leaders.
For the record, in the town hall meetings of 2009 – many of which were the sites of tea party activism – violence came uniquely from purple shirt-clad SEIU members.
Then, last May, a frightened (and innocent) teenager was trapped inside his home as a 500-man mob that was bussed in by SEIU demonstrated and chanted on his front lawn in an effort to intimidate his father who is a deputy general counsel with Bank of America.
Fortune magazine's Nina Easton – often a Fox News panelist – is a neighbor of the banker and saw what happened.
Easton says 14 busses, loaded with demonstrators from the SEIU and another political outfit poured into her neighborhood armed with bullhorns. It was an obvious effort to intimidate a banking executive – at his home, not at the bank. After that, the buses took the raucous mob to a residence of a J.P. Morgan Chase executive.
Police accompanied the mob, but did nothing to inhibit their brutish actions.
Now, the SEIU is at it again, as union supporters target a Wal-Mart developer in Washington, distributing fliers showing a bull's-eye and revealing his home address. The implications are obvious. The flier gives his name and home address and invites protesters to assemble on his front lawn.
Wal-Mar has long been targeted because it is non-union. The Wal-Mart development would employ up to 1,200 people.
While the group claims no union affiliation, its website links are funded by the SEIU. (Tracking the many connections of SEIU can be tricky – but they include ACORN – a group prosecuted in over a dozen states for vote fraud.)
SEIU also has direct connections to the Obama White House. Ito cite just one case, Anna Burger – a member of Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board – is also Secretary Treasurer of SEIU.
Now, three local chapters of SEIU,.have received temporary waivers from provisions of Obamacare. Proving again that it’s nice to have friends in high places – especially in politics. SEIU does have political friends – Democrat ones. Its political action committee contributed $27 million to the Barack Obama 2008 presidential campaign.
The mainstream media, long ago signed on with liberal Democrats, has been hard at work undercuting conservatives in tea party groups. They intend to interdict the political impact the spontaneous grass root movement generated. Ordinary Americans became activists because of irresponsible spending and the far left policies of Obama and the Democrat majorities that followed him into office.
However, there is little honest reporting of SEIU and affiliated groups such as ACORN. Especially in instances in which political misconduct is suspected, honest reporting should be mandatory for legitimate journalists. However “legitimate journalist” is often an oxymoron in today’s America.
Lack of honest coverage of the SEIU et al, is a symptom. The Internet has proven its ability to not only provide sources of factual information, but also its power in energizing ordinary Americans and marshal them to provide powerful political movements.
That power is crucially needed now as we head into the 2012 election. Polls are hinting conservative enthusiasm is waning – mistakenly thinking the 2010 GOP sweep has solved the crisis represented by the far left efforts from Democrats and the Obama administration.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. Liberal politicians will be even more frantic to win and to protect Obama, than ever. They are fighting to remain politically viable after suffering a “shellacking”.
The outrageous actions of SEIU must be honestly reported. Real American voters know huge mobs of union thugs invading neighborhoods is not only wrong, but downright outrageous. That fact needs no explanation. These same voters must also be made fully aware of the political threat from SEIU and its associates. Conservatives need to understand the reality of its threat, Not only do unions such as SEIU have huge memberships, they also have an equally great potential for wielding political power…and a proven willingness to use it.
This is a call to action: Conservative Americans must effectively counter such far left groups. It’s time to begin organizing and energizing for the fight that will consume the next 20 plus months. The issue is clear, and the enemy is powerful. Conservatives cannot afford to be found wanting is clashes of a political Armageddon.
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