Friday, February 25, 2011

Here's something worth protesting ~ By Erik Rush

These are the Orwellian machinations of government at which Americans used to snicker in years past when we heard Soviet premiers proclaim one glorious five-year plan after another. The crushing weight of the evidence screaming that a 180-degree maneuver off of our current course would be the sanest thing to do is irrelevant, as is the welfare of the American people. Progressive operatives, whether in Washington, Madison or elsewhere, will forge doggedly ahead with this doomed agenda, consigning Americans to increasing squalor, paucity and physical jeopardy.

Unless, of course, we stop them.

There is not much that I could add to Erik's column because it says it just like it is, and so perfectly. Erik does a great job explaining how the socialists cement their political power by getting the public-sector labor force on their side, keep adding more of them by increasing the size of the government, and so on. Yes, it is much like they do with giving the entitlements to "the poor."

But the whole key to this column are the last six words: "Unless, of course, we stop them." I suppose we would want to assume that Erik was meaning those words in a peaceful way, as in voting, tea parties, and doing our best to wake up our sleeping neighbors.

Here's something worth protesting

By Erik Rush

February 24, 2011 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2011

Politicians and labor leaders, working in concert, establish entitlements for public-sector workers who are more than happy to receive them. These far and above exceed those benefits for which workers in the private sector contribute portions of their compensation, and are ultimately paid for by taxpayers.

This is how it works with socialists and is a key method by which they cement their political power. Essentially, it places taxpayers in a situation wherein they are enslaved to the government via the self-interest of public-sector workers. The more public-sector workers there are, the more secure the government's power.

Changes in economic conditions – because economic conditions always change – may preclude the continuance of these entitlements, or the latter simply outstrip the public-sector employer's ability to pay them. Then, politicians and labor leaders paint those who call for austerity or concessions (taxpayers and prudent politicians) as anti-worker.

If all of this sounds like an old communist trick, there's a good reason for that: It is.

Speaking of old communists, more than a few commentators took significant exception to radical activist and Sith lord Frances Fox Piven's December 2010 call for demonstrations and rioting in America in response to government counter-measures regarding widespread economic distress.

And voila! – like a well-timed Hollywood film cut from foreshadowing to conclusion, suddenly there are demonstrations under way in two (going on three) states in America. As in Greece and other European nations, public-sector workers in the U.S., in response to their state governments' proposed austerity measures, have taken to the streets, viciously excoriating any and all who advance or advocate these measures.

Some of the key players here have been Wisconsin teachers, who have essentially gone on strike to get their point across. As it happens, the National Education Association, America's teachers' union, has among its "recommended reading" materials the book "Rules for Radicals" by Saul Alinsky, the pioneering radical community organizer. This is by no means covert; the book is plainly and shamelessly displayed on the NEA's website.

It is no secret President Obama has come down on the side of the protesters in Wisconsin and is closer to labor unions than any president has ever been. But isn't it strange that the game plan public-sector employees in the Midwest are currently using is right in the vein of methodology outlined in the study materials of old-school radical Marxists?

We are, I suppose, expected to ignore these associations.

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