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“If there exists not a power to check them, what security has a man of life, liberty, or property?” George Washington.


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Power struggle between pro-Union members and workers who want the “right to work” escalated to a new level this week in Michigan. Breitbart reported that Union supporters “shouted down members of Tea Party” in an effort to control the direction of the demonstrations near the Michigan State Capitol earlier in the week. Tragedy struck again when Union loyalists pulled down a tent on Tuesday and then brawled with a reporter who had dared to ask too many questions. The rioting in itself is disheartening; but the true underlying problem is the Union’s lethal control over people’s lives.

Ironically, the basis of any union is to support the plight of workers. Unfortunately, in the case of Michigan, the Union seems more interested in supporting their own pockets than the rights of the workers. How else do they explain their behavior in the wake of the recently passed laws?  Whatever happened to discussing problems rationally?  Instead, the Union has resorted to fistfights with civilians and bullying those who challenge their unfair practices.

Responses from the Democratic Party leaders is also quite telling of where these unions find their strength to suppress dissenters.  Unions are unquestionably a major supporter of the Democratic Party. Obama’s presence in Michigan on Monday supporting the Union is proof enough.  His silence after Tuesday’s brawl is yet another indicator of a leader who is more interested in keeping the nation divided instead of solving problems for all Americans.  Another thug, Democratic Representative Douglas Geiss, warned his colleagues earlier in the week “there will be blood; there will be repercussions” if the new anti-union laws were passed.  Were the Democrats using “code” language and sending subliminal messages to their supporters prior to the passing of the legislation?  Perhaps, if we become as neurotic as the Liberals, we could consider the thought seriously.

Incidentally, many supporters of the union come from the “pro-choice” group. Pro-choice supporters argue that women should have a choice to get an abortion, but they are unwilling to respect the workers’ right to choose whether they want a union membership.  Tragically, to these “choice” supporters, the value of a human life is of less significance than the freedom to choose a union membership.


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Evidently, angry union supporters want someone to pay for daring to dismantle the history of the labor movement in America. As a result, senators, reporters, and common folks have all become recipients of union violence and threats. Loyalists have lamented over the disrespect towards the union’s history, but they seem to have forgotten our nation’s history that bears repeating: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”  Union thugs would do well to remember that we still live in a free society where every American has a right to choose “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as they deem fit, be it in the form of a collective union or as an individual.

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