Unions Attempt to Embrace Democracy, by Preventing Vote

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If you recall, the unions love the chant, “this is what democracy looks like.”  But they seem to not understand what democracy is, as they seem to try very hard to stop actual votes from being taken.  We saw that in Wisconsin, and now, in Michigan.  The Blaze has more…

Police used pepper spray Thursday to subdue protesters trying to rush the Michigan state Senate after Gov. Rick Snyder and other Republican leaders announced they would press for quick approval of right-to-work legislation limiting union powers.

“When several of the individuals rushed the troopers, they used chemical munitions to disperse the crowd,” said Michigan State Police Inspector Gene Adamczyk. “It would be a lot worse if someone gets hurt and I failed to act.”

It seems that the thugs didn’t want a vote to tale place.

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Notice the chant “Right to Work has got to go.” Now, I thought the leftists we all about choice? Or, is that all about being to choose what they want you to choose.

And if you disagree?

So, to summarize, lets make some observations about labor unions, and the left as a whole.

1.  Democracy is what they are all about, unless the vote goes against them.

2.  Choice is great, as long as you choose what they like.

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I am what I am Because I’m the Master of my own Destiny

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Can you say that you are masters of your own destiny; that you control your own fate?  That all you are and all you will become is based on the decisions you have made or will make in this life; a series of choices that lead to life events with more choices to make.  Or do you believe your life is predestined and no matter what road you travel or what choices you make it has already been mapped out?  There is so much I don’t know about life, but what I do know is I am what am because of who I am and I’m living the life I have chosen.  And it’s good.

I don’t envy those who are successful and wealthy because being master of my own destiny is all the success and wealth I need.  Deciding how my life unfolds is more powerful than all the power the kings and queens of the world wield over their subjects.  Everything I have achieve or not achieve I own.  And I don’t hold a grudge against those who have achieved or earned more.  The most important thing we have in this life next to God and family is the opportunity to be masters of our own destiny and that’s something that can’t be measured in dollars or gold.  It’s a powerful force that motivates people into action.  It was the force that moved the founding fathers to pledge their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to fight so a nation and a people would have the same opportunity to be masters of their own destiny.  Unfortunately today there are forces trying to sell the idea that we cannot be trusted to decide our own fate.  They believe we need guidance and direction in our lives.

These forces are stoking the fires of envy and pitting us against each other over wealth and material things.  They have created a regulatory state that not only stifles innovation but also limits our choice, suffocating liberty and the ability to be masters of our own destiny.  Their constant meddling in the free market via regulations has created a toxic environment for investors, small business owners, banks and anyone who wants the opportunity to succeed.  They have single-handedly destroyed nearly everything our founders fought so hard to attain.  These forces must be defeated on every front or America will fall.  The great experiment will come to an end and the light of liberty will flicker out.  These things will come to pass if we lose our individual ability to choose, to decide our own fate and to be masters our destiny.

I am what I am because of who I am.  My life is the life I have chosen.  I do not envy the rich because in the end as long as I can choose my path I’m the richest individual in the world.  You see the secret to America’s success is not in its economic power or military strength.  The secret to our success is the individual and our ability to choose our destinies, our paths, our careers, and our fates.  This is a secret the President either abhors or has failed to grasp.  I’m hoping and praying it’s the latter because America has survived incompetent Presidents.

Liberty forever, freedom for all.

Original Post:  The Sentry Journal

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Parents are Apparently Unqualified to Make Decisions About School Choice

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We all know the nanny state.  It consists of people that are simply smarter than we are.  And since they are smarter, they are entitiled to instruct us as to how we will eat, sleep, breath, and, of course, what schools out children can go to.  Do you think I am in jest?  Fear not, as I a quite serious.  Just ask the educrat in the following video, she’ll tell you herself! 

We might as well just give up.  These people are just so much smarter than we are, we should just submit to the will of the nanny state.  Then, of course, we’ll have to ignore the fact that public schools are massive failures, but always remember that the nannies are so much better and smarter than we the people-who actually live in the real world!

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Freedom From Coercion Amendment

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I know, you haven’t heard of the Freedom From Coercion Amendment.  It’s my take on how to deal with an important issue, that people are forced to join labor unions as a condition of employment.  It reads as follows…

No person shall be subjected to coercion or force to join an external organization in order to obtain and maintain employment, nor will they be subjected to coercion or force in order to make payments to any external organization as a condition to gain and maintain employment.   No person shall be subjected to retribution or punishment for their decision to join, or not join, an external organization.  

This will not prevent people from joining unions, should they choose.  It will, however, prevent anyone from forcing people to join a union as a condition of employment.  It’s an issue of individual freedom, and addressing it is long overdue.

I think that this will keep employers honest in regards to their employees.  There are good employers out there, and there are bad ones.  The amendment will help because if an employer treats their employees well, they will not want a union.  Conversely, if they treat their employees poorly, they will want to join a union.  Frankly, I could think of no worse a punishment for a poor employer.

If labor unions were honest, they would support something like this, as it protects worker’s choices.  However, they will not, as their model of operation requires force in order to function.  That, and when offered the choice, most workers will pass on the union, and that is completely unacceptable to the union bosses.

As for the wording, I tried to do it in a way that would make it rather difficult for a liberal judge to invent some imaginary “right” out of it.  Then again, they invented a “separation of church and state,” so I guess anything is possible.

In the end, this ends debate on organized labor, once and for all.  Individuals can join if they wish, and decline if they choose.  Because that’s what our Republic is about-free choices made by free individuals.

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Apparently, Making Union Dues Voluntary Means Less Members Pay Dues

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If you see a union boss on the MSM, you’d come away with the impression that the unions are the best thing since sliced bread, and that only evil capitalists and Conservatives prevent everyone from living in the land of milk and honey that is union membership  Of course, actually believing that would require a complete denial of reality, but since when does the MSM actually cover reality?

At any rate, recent events in Wisconsin show that when given the choice, many CHOOSE not to pay their union dues.

According to WHBL in Sheboygan, WEAC’s monopoly has suddenly shrunk, thanks to Scott Walker’s government-union reform law:

Wisconsin’s largest teachers’ union plans to lay off 40% of its staff members.

Director Dan Burkhalter of the Wisconsin Education Association Council said Monday that 42 people who work for the union had received layoff notices. And he blamed it on what he called Governor Scott Walker’s “union-busting” legislation.

The law allows teachers in districts without ongoing contracts to bargain only for salaries at-or-below inflation. Employees no longer have to pay union dues, and most public unions must hold certification votes each year to stay in existence.

Burkhalter says WEAC is busy signing up members to stay with the group and voluntarily pay dues. He said the teachers’ union has made quote, “steady progress in signing up members” – and they expect even more progress once the school year begins in a couple weeks.

Since union dues are now voluntary (as opposed to pay-or-be-fired), WEAC is going back to the way unions were originally conceived–voluntary associations.

Note that what the union bosses are decrying as “union busting” is actually giving the workers a CHOICE.  Unions are agents of force.  If the union bosses had their way, everyone would be forced to join a union.  There would be no choice.  Then again, when given a choice, quite a few workers choose not to participate, and that interferes with the union’s funding and power. So, predictably, the worker must be forced to comply with the union’s dictates, whether the workers wants it or not.

That, my friends, is the core issue.  The issue of collective bargaining is freedom.  Since union shops offer no actual choice, there is a lack of freedom.  This leads me to suggest that collective bargaining is the only “right,” that if exercised, deprives others of their rights.  If someone wants to join a union, fine, go ahead-it’s your choice.  However, people should also be free to chose NOT to join.  If this is an issue of freedom, how can we deprive people of the “right to chose?”  Or does that only apply to killing babies?

 Linked by the great and mighty King Shamus, defender of liberty.    Thank you sir!

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