Posts Tagged ‘SEIU’
Last week, TIME Magazine proclaimed “the Protester” person of the year. The distinction itself makes sense. First, the Arab Spring captured worldwide attention as dramatic, historic events unfolded in realtime on cable news. It was riveting; “Millions protest. Armies stand down. Dictators leave. Impossible fantasies two months earlier — now they were coming true. The ‘days of rage’ meme and democratic dream had achieved breathtaking momentum, spreading not just to the softer monarchical dictatorships — Jordan, Bahrain, Morocco — but also to Yemen, Algeria and the hardcore police states Syria and Libya.”
Next, protests happened in Europe because, well, Europeans always protest. Then came the “Occupy Wall Street,” protests snarling traffic and stinking up public parks throughout the U.S. So, I agree, 2011 was a big year for protestors.
TIME’s Kurt Andersen lost me completely however, in his attempt to equate the whiny, inconsistent, and absurd arguments of the OWS protesters with the Arab Spring protesters’ demands for democracy and cries for freedom from oppression:
“This year, instead of plugging in the headphones, entering an Internet-induced fugue state and quietly giving in to hopelessness, they used the Internet to find one another and take to the streets to insist on fairness and (in the Arab world) freedom.”
This ridiculous statement, placing fairness on the same plain as freedom, with the parenthetical caveat “in the Arab world,” insults all those who have fought and died for freedom. Fairness? Really? If you take to the streets to protest “unfairness,” life has been good to you, yours is a free society.
Not only did Andersen miss the mark by equating the protests in the West with the movements in the Muslim world, but his glowing narrative of OWS laughably defied reason:
“The Occupy movement in the U.S. was set in motion by a couple of magazine editors — a 69-year-old Canadian, a 29-year-old African American — and a 50-year-old anthropologist, but airline pilots and grandmas and shop clerks and dishwashers have been part of the throngs.
It’s remarkable how much the protest vanguards share. Everywhere they are disproportionately young, middle class and educated.”
How many airline pilots would Andersen have us believe took part in OWS? Definitely not a sizable “part of the throngs,” probably not even enough to bear mention. And, who doesn’t know young, middle class, and educated grandmas and dishwashers? It’s clear that OWS is not a cross-section of America; Andersen’s feeble attempt to claim otherwise rings hollow.
The next statement is patently false:
“Almost all the protests this year began as independent affairs, without much encouragement from or endorsement by existing political parties or opposition bigwigs.”
OWS was started by AdBusters, a Canadian-based organization with the “aim to topple existing power structures and change the way we live in the 21st century.” According to Reuters and others, AdBusters is backed in part by the Tides Foundation, to which George Soros has given $3.5 million between 2007-2009. MoveOn.org, also funded by Soros, has publicly encouraged the OWS movement. I’d say Soros classifies as a “bigwig.” And, it isn’t just the Soros wing of the Democratic Party. Union and labor bosses, existing political powerbrokers, have also played a part.
In fact, the Working Families Party, which was running Craiglist ads to recruit people they could pay to occupy, shares an address in New York with SIEU and ACORN.
Full disclosure comes towards the end of the piece:
“A few days later, my 24-year-old nephew, Daniel Thorson, e-mailed from his small town in western New York: he was coming down to occupy Wall Street…
and later… “Daniel spent 38 hours in custody, charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration.”
The protester played an historic role this year and it remains unclear whether the regime changes he achieved will be for the better. As the Taliban demonstrated not long ago, a theocracy can be just as brutal and tyrannical as a dictator and pose a serious threat to the rest of the world. It’s too bad that TIME chose to run an OWS propaganda story instead of tackling the nuanced accomplishments of the 2011 protesters.
As is the case when I’m up to my eyeballs in working on a specific issue or issues, I sometimes miss some great stories.
As an Eagle Scout, I have a soft spot in my heart for young men who go through the difficult process of earning their Eagle, the culmination of which is managing an “Eagle project” that is volunteer in nature and has a minimum requirement of 200 man hours to qualify.
A 17 year-old Scout in Allentown, PA arranged a project to clean up a local hiking trail. As a thank you, the local union thugs of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) threatened to sue because the work done on the trail was done by volunteers – not paid union members.
After major outrage in the community, SEIU quickly distanced itself from the union member (there is still a question as to what position he holds in the local union – having been first reported to be the President of the local) and run quickly out of the fire zone.
Michelle Malkin had great coverage of the issue here.
There is no low to which some unions will stoop to try to push their agenda and flex their muscle. Shame on them.
I’ve been highly distracted the last couple days. Just thought you should know.
So at dinner I ask my 7 yr-old daughter what she thinks it means to be tolerant. My wife leans over and whispers something in her ear. Daughter responds, “Taller than an ant.” Now that’s funny.
I’m a Diamondbacks season ticket holder and I have yet to step foot in Chase Field this season. There is something very wrong with this picture. And there is a certain amount of irony to why I’ve been too busy and too out of town to do so.
Wal-Mart announced that it is joining with the Service Employees International Union in support of an employer mandate to provide health insurance coverage. For one thing, doing anything with SEIU (I actually refer to it as SUIE – as in sooooweee! Like when you are calling the pigs since SEIU leadership is like a bunch of hogs at the trough of forced union dues) is a recipe for disaster. Does Wal-Mart actually believe that SEIU won’t try to unionize them in exchange for supporting bad policy on health care? Think again. Sam Walton is turning in his grave. Tevi Troy has a good take on it here.
There are a lot of flowers in our house as a result of my 15 yr-old daughter’s spinal surgery. When they are a few days old, they really start to smell the opposite of what they are supposed to – but they’re still pretty, so I don’t want to throw them out yet.
Given the distractions, my daughter’s surgery and my schedule for the last week, I have paid zero attention to the Arizona budget fight between the Legislature and the Governor, so I don’t know what to think.