Monday, March 16, 2009

Audacity of Intimidation

Below is a link to the Washington Times exclusive on our own Rouge Elephant.
The Audacity of Hope has turned into the Audacity of Intimidation. Seemingly those in the middle without any principled grounding one way or the other are especially susceptible to that type of intimidation.

As to the credibility of the story and how important “Card Check” is to the unions, I’ll let the article speak for itself.

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Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President William M. George said he pledged Mr. Specter "all kinds of help from the union"……..snippet-----"We are pushing to give him help in the primary, including changing Democrats to Republicans for the primary," Mr. George told The Times. "It's hard to do because of other races in the state ... but we'll do it for 'card check.' "

America and its freedom are based upon the balance of power which is codified in our founding documents. We had liberals and conservatives back then. Most of them were real radicals. The “middle of the roaders” were sitting on the sidelines waiting to see which side won. The stakes were high and getting involved could mean risking your life.

Believe me; the ones sitting it out were just as knowledgeable of that fact as the signers. Surprisingly these radicals held respect for the ones sitting it out. It was for those that switched allegiance that they held the least respect.

With their lives on the line; these radicals from both sides realized that only through compromise and creating a constitution allowing; no, demanding it could they be able to drive this country towards independence.

I imagine in the back of their minds as they were carrying the “Don’t Tread On Me” flag they were thinking and hoping that their neighbors at least wouldn’t get in their way. They did not want more enemies.

To be fair to Sen. Specter, he has not committed to either side on this union issue. Se n. Spector is trying to assert his own personal freedom. I hope that he remembers that the personal freedom he is put into power to protect in our system is the freedom of the little guy. That is our freedom that he has been empowered by us to protect and to serve.

His past vote to pass the stimulus bill however showed a marked willingness to “get in their way”

It seems that in the nature of our system, arm twisting is part of the game. It is when it is being done by any “Big” special interest that it is harmful to our system. Big union or business or government for that matter. The cheapest way for “Big” anything to get its way is to rely on, stoke the fires of mob rule. In the process robbing freedom from that mob.

Business before it became “Big” allowed the little guy to follow his dreams. If he had a better product and the brains and ambition to push it, business allowed him to do that and the public would reward him. As business grew, they started to be cannibalistic and swallowed up the little guys. They became “Big”. They became corporate and faceless and “control less”.

Unions were formed to stop the practices and greed of these “Big” business’. They gave the little guy, some say in the game. The unions made business correct their freedom sapping ways. The working man and his condition in life were improved. Their freedoms were enhanced as they broke the power of “Big” business. The unions then got “Big”. As they became corporate and faceless and “control less”; they started to take back the little guy’s freedoms for themselves. Ironically, all of this is done in the name of getting the little guy freedom from “Big” business.

This whole “Card Check” issue is all about the individual members of Unions giving up their right to a secret and free election all in the name of Freedom. It seems like a power play by the “Big” Unions to break the “Big” business.

The only way in our system for the little guy to change things is through the ballot. I’m hoping we can bring back balance to government through the election process. Only through this way can the common sense ideas of the little guy be heard. The solutions currently being offered stink of what is in the best interest of a Corporate, faceless and “control less” “Big” union, business, and or labor. We as “just” people need to hang onto what power we have left. That is why I’m against any thing that smells of intimidation in or at the polling place.

The compromise between the greed and self serving of the “Big” unions and business must be maintained by the little guy. In our hearts we know when one side or the other is getting too big for their britches.

It is only through free and secret ballots that the true will of the people can be known. The radicals will vote as they will, but it is up to the common person to make the compromise. They can only do that in secret. Only in secret will the majority feel free enough to vote their heart.

By and large, we are a nation of fence sitters, and rightly so. Decisions are best made after there has been time enough to weigh the issues. The radicals give us the food for thought. The parameters of the compromise we must form. We do and rightly so enjoy the freedom to think for ourselves. To make that final decisions in the privacy of our own mind.

I repeat, if Sen. Specter is trying to assert his own personal freedom; I hope he remembers from whence he came. I hope that he remembers he was put in power through a system that was made to ensure he watch out for our freedom. I hope he remembers that his actions will help determine our freedom.

In our defense; we are also a nation that once we have had the freedom to come to a well thought out decision; we will act upon it with vigor and resolve as no other.

By God we do enjoy and fight for that freedom.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

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