LOS ANGELES, December 12, 2012—The 2011 agitators who engulfed Wisconsin have now invaded Michigan. Republicans have the majority in the legislature, and they passed right-to-work legislation. Governor Snyder has promised to sign the measure. The liberal union response was typical, destructive, and violent.
To understand this completely requires rewinding about a decade. Canadian Jennifer Granholm crossed the border and became Governor of Michigan. She tried to turn Michigan into a Western social democracy similar to her homeland. By most metrics, she was the worst Governor in the history of any American state this century. Upon leaving office, she took the only job she was qualified for after destroying Michigan. She went to work for Al Gore on Current TV. She left behind despair, personified by bankrupt Detroit.
Republicans were elected in 2010 to turn Michigan around and undo everything Granholmian. Liberals win and shout “elections have consequences.” When they lose, this lesson is often lost on them. Liberals also chose to harass the wrong leader. Governor Snyder is not Rambo. He is a calm, moderate individual bordering on milquetoast. He initially avoided the divisive right-to-work issue but the left forced it on him.
Unions and their liberal allies sponsored a 2012 ballot measure that would have made right-to-work legislation unconstitutional. That measure was defeated in a landslide in the same state that President Obama won. This naked power play forced Governor Snyder’s hand. The Governor acted, and liberals exploded in their typical rage.
Michigan state representative Doug Geiss, a Democrat, said “There will be blood.” This was no metaphor. He directly referenced a 1937 incident involving unions and actual physical violence.
There already has been blood. An angry liberal mob stormed a tent set up by Americans For Prosperity. Inside the tent were women and children. Because AFP is politically conservative, they are often targets for leftist violence. The tent was thrashed, and Fox News commentator Steven Crowder was punched in the face. Mr. Crowder’s crime was breathing air and existing while conservative.
With all these subplots, some questions still remain. What exactly is this legislation?
Unlike Wisconsin, collective bargaining was not targeted in Michigan. All Governor Snyder did was ban unions from making membership compulsory. Dues must be voluntary. This would have helped a couple middle-class retired schoolteachers who brought me into the world. My parents were forced to join their union. Money was taken from their paychecks to fund political causes they vehemently detested. Imagine how liberals would react if dues were used to fund AFP or other conservative causes. They would call this stealing, which it is.
Unions claim that without compulsory dues, people will stop joining unions and membership will rapidly drop. Well then maybe the union product is defective and deserves to go the way of the dinosaur.
The legislation exempts firefighters and police officers but not schoolteachers. This is because firefighters and police officers are vital to society. Teachers are not. Let them scream and holler. That’s all they ever do anyway. Firefighters rush into burning buildings. Police officers venture into dangerous areas most of us never know. These people risk death every day. If they strike, society risks breaking down.
If every public schoolteacher quit tomorrow, private schools, charter schools, and home-schooling would pick up the slack. Public schoolteachers mistake their own egos for societal significance. Teachers’ unions feed off this egoism to rake in dues, and no teacher can dissent. Perhaps this is why the same people preaching caring and sharing to children abandon those children, shut down classrooms, and partake in violent street riots. If non-essential people in Michigan want to strike, they should make their strike permanent. There are many others who will show up on time and do a better job. Nobody is indispensable, certainly not teachers.
The purpose of the legislation is to save schoolteachers and the rest of the left from themselves. Right-to-work legislation in neighboring states like Indiana has strengthened their economies at Michigan’s expense. Foreign investors have zero interest doing business in anti-business slums. Governor Snyder wants to save Michigan from collapse.
Yet the one person lost in all of this leftist violence bordering on domestic terrorism is President Barack Obama. He has a knack for commenting on every issue he should stay silent about and staying quiet when moral decency would require speaking up.
The day before the violence, he took to the campaign trail despite having already won reelection. He weighed in against the legislation because he is beholden to unions and deeply shares their beliefs. He has a federal fiscal cliff to deal with, yet he made time to offer thoughts on a matter that was not his business, and he had no authority to impact in any way.
(Obama critics note that of course President Obama is against right to work legislation. He doesn’t like to work himself, so why should his supporters have to do their jobs? The only reason Obama does not go on strike himself is that he knows his absence would make things better. Liberal unions going on strike is like the French going on strike. How you can tell?)
Yet when the inevitable union violence occurred, Obama was nowhere to be found. “There will be blood” was not worth a comment. Neither was the punch to Mr. Crowder’s jaw. He says nothing because deep down he is a community organizer. He believes in agitation and violence to advance ideas, and pulls back only if it makes strategic sense to do so. The poisonous effect on society is not part of his calculus. In other words, liberals should respect the rule of law unless they believe it is “unfair.” Then they should take all means necessary to make it fair.
This is Obama’s America. This was Granholm’s Michigan. This is what Rick Snyder is trying to fix. This is why right-to-work legislation matters, and why their might be a ray of hope for Michigan to become a functional state.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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