Do You Fund A Terrorist Network?

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According to the FBI:

Domestic terrorism is the unlawful use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual based and operating entirely within the United States or Puerto Rico without foreign direction committed against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof in furtherance of political or social objectives.  (source)

In Michigan, union protesters physically assaulted Steven Crowder of Fox News, then destroyed a tent belonging to Americans for Prosperity (video below).

Let’s examine:

The union activity caught on tape involved

  1. unlawful
  2. violence and/or use of force
  3. by a group
  4. based in the United States
  5. without foreign direction (that we know of)
  6. committed against persons (Crowder) and property (AFP)
  7. to intimidate or coerce the governor of Michigan (government) and members of AFP (civilian population)
  8. in furtherance of political or social objectives

Therefore, unions – at least those involved in the Michigan terrorism -- are terrorist organizations. International unions would seem to be international terrorist organizations.

Funding of terrorist organization is a federal crime. Logically, then, anyone who voluntarily contributes to a union willfully and unlawfully supports a terrorist organization.

Do you?

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Bakers Union Costs 300 St. Louisans Their Jobs **UPDATE**

**UPDATE** Union Declares Victory As Hostess Goes Out of Business.  No more Ho Hos. ** Unions destroy themselves like pathetic drunks, dragging down everyone around them.

Out Of Work

In a fine example of anti-strategic thinking and un-game theory, the Bakers Union put 637 of its members out of work yesterday.

Hostess—makers of Twinkies—is bankrupt. Part of the bankruptcy involved rewriting union contracts to allow the company to stay in business.

Instead of taking one for the team and helping their company crawl out of its fiscal hole, the Bakers went on strike. Here’s one of the geniuses in his own words:

We're fighting for our pensions, we're fighting for health care, we're fighting for our wages, we're fighting for our way of life, (Source: Philly.com)

So sayeth Barry Fields, president and business manager of Local 6.

So your “way of life” is unemployment? 

The strike forced Hostess to shut down bakeries in St. Louis, Seattle, and Cincinnati, adding 365 St. Louis bakers to the burgeoning unemployment rosters.

I’ll bet Barry the union business manger isn’t losing his job, is he? He gets to go into work tomorrow and collect his paycheck like every other day—a paycheck funded by the very men and women the union bosses just dumped in the street.

Teamsters accepted Hostess’s renegotiated contract. The Teamsters apparently want their jobs. I guess the Bakers would rather live off the fat of their neighbors.

The corrupt union bosses now are screaming foul, of course. They say it’s not their fault that 637 of their rank and file are unemployed.

Horseshit!

Look at union membership in the the United States in the past 30 years.  It’s fallen in half!  From 23% in 1980 to 12.4% today. The union is disappearing, union wages are falling.  Workers are leaving unions for the same reason that families leave drunks.

You know, these union bosses just re-elected Barack Obama. Maybe they figured Uncle Barry (the President, not the union business manager) will support their cast-offs now. Give them some of that cradle-to-grave government love Obama voters want.

The Hostess layoffs are just one of 14 US layoffs announced today—one week after Obama’s election to a second term. Here’s the whole list, complements of DailJobCuts.com:

That’s 3,901 people (at least) tossed out today alone.

Last week, Energizer of St. Louis announced 1,500 people are losing their jobs. It never ends.

Congratulation, unions. You’ve made America the place where unemployment is better than a good union job.

Tea Party Leader Says Let’s “Take Out” Union Members

We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on Tea Partiers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Unions. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about Tea Party people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They've got a war, they got a war with us and there's only going to be one winner. It's going to be the Tea Partiers of Missouri, and America. We're going to win that war.

Rick Santelli, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let's take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong!

Did I say “Tea Party Leader's message?” Sorry. I meant to say that was a paraphrasing of Jimmy Hoffa’s message to his Teamsters. Hoffa introduced President Barack Obama. That’s part of Obama’s new civil tone.

I swapped Tea Party and Tea Partiers with union and workers.  Had I or any Tea Partier actually said those words, the FBI would already be at our doors. But union crooks get applause from the President for calling for violence.

Isn’t it odd that a man whose father so famously failed at violence as a political tactic would use violence to get his (very unpopular) way?

UPDATE St. Louis Tea Party Coalition releases official response to Teamster Boss Jimmy Hoffa's call for war on the Tea Party.

Michelle Malkin counts down union thuggery 2011.

Gateway Pundit: Warming Up the Crows for Obama

HotAir's Allahpundit

Rockford Illinois Tea Party calls on Hoffa to resign.

 

 

 

 

 

Bad Times for Unions

Wisconsin

The boards at Democratic Underground crackled on June 12.

It was just announced in Wisconsin that the unprecedented recall elections of Republicans will take place August 9.

The leftists dreamed.  Visions of a union-boss oligarchy danced in their heads. Posters misquoted Marx and Lenin. Others wanted nothing to do with waiting two months for an election: they were ready to take up arms and violently overthrow the Wisconsin government.

Verizon

By the time the Verizon strike—45,000 CWA and IBEW workers—began, the DU was subdued.  One posted predicted “This could be the spark that will change American history.”  But most complained about Verizon’s poor customer service and the decline of land-line phones.

The Marxist slogans were there for the Verizon strikers, but these posts seemed perfunctory. 

UAW

Having played a major role in destroying GM and Chrysler, the UAW turned its eyes toward foreign car manufacturers.

Results

In Wisconsin, millions of union dollars failed to win back the Wisconsin Senate. Governor Scott Walker’s overdue reforms of public employee union power move forward.  The leftist teacher’s union—WEAC—has announced layoffs totaling 40 percent of its staff

In New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and neighboring states, the CWA and IBEW announced they will return to work without a contract while negotiations continue. 

And in automotive, the UAW failed to work its way into both VW and Hyundai. 

Trend

Unions hoped that their support of Barack Obama would reverse the decades-old decline in union membership and influence. Those hopes seem dashed. Like ACORN, union bosses are learning that tightness with Obama cannot save a failing idea.

The lesson for unions is clear: focus on workers instead of politics, and help business grow. That’s the recipe for helping working people. 

There’s also a lesson for business: focus on future growth, not next quarter’s report. Make every decision about what’s best for customers, and pretty soon you’ll be doing right by everyone.

UMSL Killing American Males

David Brooks—the former conservative—skewered the University of Missouri St. Louis yesterday.  Brooks wasn’t aware, and UMSL administrators don’t read. But some of us caught it. Brooks wrote of The Missing Fifth. Did you know that 20 percent of American men in their primes don’t work?

Americans should be especially alert to signs that the country is becoming less vital and industrious. One of those signs comes to us from the labor market. As my colleague David Leonhardt pointed out recently, in 1954, about 96 percent of American men between the ages of 25 and 54 worked. Today that number is around 80 percent. One-fifth of all men in their prime working ages are not getting up and going to work. [Emphasis added.]

How sad. How embarrassing. I’d say “how shameful” except the Supreme Court ruled shame unconstitutional, or so it seems. We’ve had that feeling, shame, removed from our souls.

Men who do nothing are deadbeats, much more so than people who try to pay their bills and can’t.  We’re talking about able-bodied men who simply choose to sit on their asses and sponge of others—off of foolish women, in many cases.

Brooks errs in his proposed solution, of course.  Brooks thinks American education the solution. He hasn’t been paying attention. I have some other ideas.

Higher education isn’t the solution to our problem; education is the problem.

The University of Missouri’s wing schools, UMKC and UMSL, offer the course “Introduction to Labor Studies.”  This course is why 20 percent of men believe that sitting on their brains is their right—nay, their duty—as young, able-bodied American men.

Leaving aside the communist party recruitment activity for a moment, UMSL’s Labor Studies course is a lesson in lying, lazy, and license.

In Labor Studies, professional derelicts Don Giljum and Nancy Ancel teach students how to avoid work, how to destroy a company’s profits, and how to harass and intimidate managers.

Think about this: the state of Missouri uses tax dollars to teach Missouri students how to rip off employers.  Knowing that, why would you hire someone who went to a public university in Missouri?  Why would you open an office or business in the state?  What could be more foolish than to expect Missouri to encourage business?

Here’s a solution.  It’s a tiny, tiny step, but it’s a step in the right direction: Shut down the damn Labor Studies course in the University of Missouri system.

An alternative solution if that’s too radical for our legislature: rename the course “Introduction to Deadbeat Studies.”

But do something before "Men at Work" becomes nothing more than a trivia question.

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UMSL: Communist Recruiting With Taxpayer Dollars

The University of Missouri St. Louis uses tax dollars to provide a recruiting station for the Communist Party USA—an organization whose purpose is to shred the United States Constitution. UMSL Student Philip Christofanelli heroically chronicles the remarkable Marxist indoctrination known as “Introduction to Labor Studies” on BigGovernment.com.  I’ll give you a taste:

Prof. Giljum then introduced Tony Pecinovsky, a local organizer for the Communist Party, who proceeded to speak to us for two hours about the beliefs of the Communist Party and the benefits of membership.  That’s right–the Communist Party was allowed two hours of publicly subsidized class time to recruit. Thank you, Missouri taxpayers!

We’ve listened to the lies of UMSL and UMKC Provosts Glen Hahn and Gail Hackett for two weeks as they tried to defend the Marxist indoc camps they run with your money.

ENOUGH.

We’re read Tim Baker’s pack of lies in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Baker employed the subtle lie of “academic freedom,” treating that age-old communist tool as if it were on the tablets God gave Moses. (Read God and Man at Yale by William F. Buckley Jr. for more on academic freedom.)

ENOUGH.

We’ve listened to the whining lies of Don Giljum, the violent sabotage guru whose primary mission in the Labor Studies class seems to be destruction of the American economy.  The same Don Giljum who launched an unprovoked violent attack on Adam Sharp only to be coddled by UMSL Provost Glen Hahn who seized the evidence in the case.

ENOUGH!!!!

It’s time for Hahn, Hackett, and Ancel to resign or be fired.

It’s time the Missouri Legislature to stand up to communist indoctrination in the state university system. Where the hell are you, Steve Tilley?

It’s time to reform the U of M system or end public funding.

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Judy Ancel: Teacher of the Year

Judy Ancel is the University of Kansas City instructor responsible for teaching students to use violence, sabotage and intimidation as political tools. She’s telling the Kansas City Star that she’s receiving threats from people upset that she teaches students to threaten others. I oppose violence, sabotage, and intimidation as political tools.  But Judy Ancel’s message of violence seems to have gotten through to some people.

Too bad Ancel doesn’t use her skills for good instead of evil.

4 Updates on University of Missouri Story

Big news day in the advance of liberty in our battle against collectivists. First, KMOX is reporting that an UMSL professor has resigned over the controversy.  For the life of me, I cannot find who the professor is.UMSL Lecturer Resigns I thought that everyone involved was either an instructor or a guest lecturer.  If you know the answer to the riddle, please use the comment form.

Second, University of Kansas City refuses to accept responsibility for what goes on in its classroom.  Instead of admitting that it was wrong to allow a communist union leader teach that political violence is okay, they’ve blamed the messenger.  What’s new.

Third, responding to my request for their statement, Ameren UE has released the following:

We are appalled by the comments of the former business manager of a union representing our workers and employees of other companies and by the actions he describes in his lecture.  If we ever had any evidence of sabotage at any of our facilities, we would have immediately notified law enforcement officials.

“ We do not know of any such sabotage but would immediately turn over to law enforcement anyone who threatens our operations in any way. We have a policy of protecting anyone reporting information about sabotage or other illegal actions and encourage anyone to come forward with information about this.

“We have full confidence in our employees and have in place extensive security training programs and procedures aimed at protecting our facilities, our employees and the public. [Emphasis mine.]

 

I hope the University of Missouri System, Governor Nixon, and the Missouri Legislature will follow Ameren’s lead by denouncing the content of this course and disassociating themselves from courses, lecturers, and employees that promote political violence and sabotage.

Finally, Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder has strongly condemned the content of the University of Missouri System class.  As a guest on Dana Loesch’s program on News Talk 97.1 FM today, Kinder promised that he will stay on this case until it’s resolved.

Please keep on top of your legislators.  Remember, we fought a 40-year Cold War to stop the evil of communism throughout the world.  We will not yield it a beachhead in America.

Tea Party Leader condones political violence: “It certainly has its place. It’s a tactic that should be used at the appropriate time. I believe in a violent overthrow . . . , and that freedom is found at the barrel of a gun”

Did I say “Tea Party Leader?” I meant labor union leader Don Giljum condones violence, intimidation, and sabotage. Giljum’s the business manager for Operating Engineers Local 148 and a lecturer at University of Missouri-St. Louis. It’s in the UMSL classroom that he pontificates and brags about the  . . . the uglier side of negotiations. Here’s what he actually said about violence for political purposes:

It certainly has its place. It’s a tactic that should be used at the appropriate time.  I believe in a violent overthrow of Bourgeois, and that freedom is found at the barrel of a gun

 

The Don Giljum Story

That’s not all Giljum said.  When union guys warn about a problem but their managers don’t react the way the want them to, Giljum helps the union guys “make” the bad thing happen. Like that guy in 1993 floods who “made” the dike break after the Army Corps of Engineers dismissed his prediction that it would break.  That kind of thing.

The technical term is “sabotage.” 

Only Giljum’s guys work for Ameren.  You know, they people who run the nuclear plant in Callaway County, Missouri. Actually, Giljum’s people run it; Ameren just owns it.

Maybe guys who like to use sabotage to get their way shouldn’t have anything to do with nuclear power plants.  You think?

Oh, and Giljum likes to use intimidation and threats.  He had some big guys stalk an executive, he tells students in a class funded by Missouri and US taxpayers. These goons did such a good job of stalking this guy that the guy started wearing body armor.

Is that a riot or what?  Probably took a few years off the guy’s life, too, and made his family miserable. But, so what?  All in a day’s work at the Local 148, right?

You Did Great Today

I heard from witnesses that Gov. Nixon’s phone rang incessantly today. Good. Tomorrow too, we hope.  Nixon had to change his schedule today to avoid questions about Giljum, Ancel, and U of M’s $416 million in taxpayer funding. 

If you agree with Giljum’s tactics and Jay Nixon’s tolerance of threats, violence, and sabotage, do nothing.  The world will collapse around you.

But if you believe that sabotage and intimidation training has no place in a tax-funded university, please call your governor on Thursday, April 28. 

Here’s the details:

1.  Call the Chancellors of all three schools at the numbers listed below.  Tell them you demand that they fire everyone responsible for these classes, and that they take positive steps to prevent criminal instruction in the system. 

  • Thomas F. George, Chancellor, University of Missouri-St. Louis  314-516-5252
  • Leo Morton, Chancellor, University of Missouri-Kansas City 816-235-1101
  • Brady J. Deaton , Chancellor, University of Missouri 573-882-3387
  • And the U of M Interim President, Steve Owens, (573) 882-2011

2.  Call your Missouri State Senator and ask him or to demand a vote on SB1, a bill that would give Missouri workers the right to opt out of union membership.  You can look up your Senator here.
3. Call Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley  at 573-751-1488.  Tell Speaker Tilley you want SB1 voted on and passed, and you don’t care how many of his donors it irritates.
4. Call Governor Jay Nixon at Phone: (573) 751-3222

Tell them you want the Labor Studies program suspended until the investigation is over. And you want sabotage and intimidation lessons banned from U of M classrooms.

P.S. We heard that the Patriot/Tea Party legislators in Jefferson City were aware of the University of Missouri story  . . . and furious.  But the establishment Republicans had no idea what anyone was talking about.  We’ll be compiling names of Republicans who don’t need to return to Jefferson City in 2013, and another list of those who do. 

Stay tuned.

 

COMMENTS:  I think my commenting system can’t handle the long title.  Please leave comments on the previous post: ACTION . . .

ACTION: Melt the Phones

I’m going to ask you to melt phones in Jefferson City, UMSL, UMKC, and Mizzou.  I’m asking you to do this today and tomorrow. I’m following up with an email to you. meltingphoneIt’s sad that our state’s premier University System has fallen so far.

***Follow the #mounion hash tag on twitter***

Jay Nixon just asked the legislature to transfer $400 million from the taxpayers to the University of Missouri System.  Unless the Governor or the Legislature acts at your request, some of that money will go to put you out of work.

That’s right: proud communists want to destroy the system that creates the wealth that funds the University of Missouri system.

But they don’t stop at wishing; they teach the students how to do it.

And Don Giljum, a communist union guy, encourages students to use violence to bring about his Marxist fantasy.

Read these stories:

1.  Missouri Education Watchdog

2.  P/O’d Patriot

3.  An Open Letter to Jay Nixon

Giljum was brought in by Judy Ancel, vocal opponent of Right to Work in Missouri.  Ancel was caught on tape telling students how to crash the electrical grid by electrocuting cats.  Yes, cats, for all you Prop B fanatics out there.

 

Then ACT. Make some calls. Let’s save this country from the communists who brag about their intentions of destroying it.

Wednesday and Thursday

April 27 & 28

From 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Here’s how:
On Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28 CALL, Write
1.  Call the Chancellors of all three schools at the numbers listed below.  Tell them you demand that they fire everyone responsible for these classes, and that they take positive steps to prevent criminal instruction in the system.

  • Thomas F. George, Chancellor, University of Missouri-St. Louis  314-516-5252
  • Leo Morton, Chancellor, University of Missouri-Kansas City 816-235-1101
  • Brady J. Deaton , Chancellor, University of Missouri 573-882-3387

And the U of M Interim President, Steve Owens, (573) 882-2011
2. Call your Missouri State Senator and ask him or to demand a vote on SB1, a bill that would give Missouri workers the right to opt out of union membership.  You can look up your Senator here.
3.  Call Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley  at 573-751-1488.  Tell Speaker Tilley you want SB1 voted on and passed, and you don’t care how many of his donors it irritates.
4. Call Governor Jay Nixon at Phone: (573) 751-3222

Tell each person you speak to you want:

  1. Shut down Labor Studies until the department’s been purged of anti-American radicals
  2. Fire Missouri state employees who invited David Giljum and that communist into classroom
  3. Apologize to Missouri taxpayers who pay $400 million a year for that university system
  4. Apologize to the students and their parents who sat through that filth

Follow the #mounion hash tag on twitter.  Retweet the good stuff.

Shut Down Labor Studies Now, Governor Nixon

Governor Nixon:  What does it take to get your attention?  What does it take to get you to act?

Your University of Missouri System humiliates this state, and you refuse to act.

Under your nose, the UofM teaches or encourages:

You have permit these travesties.  You, Jay Nixon. 

Where is your statement condemning sabotage and violence? 

Here’s what you can do, now, to protect this country and Missouri taxpayers:

  1. Shut  down Labor Studies until the department’s been purged of anti-American radicals
  2. Fire Missouri state employees who invited Don Giljum and that communist into classroom
  3. Apologize to Missouri taxpayers who pay $400 million a year for that university system
  4. Apologize to the students and their parents who sat through that filth

Governor Nixon, I spent 9 years of my life holding a nuclear knife to the throat of communism.  I have a son serving in the U.S. Navy right now.  I’ll be damned if I’ll sit still while you fund communist studies and industrial sabotage lessons with my tax money. 

Do You Agree With These Statements, Governor?

Here’s what communist activist Don Giljum told students about the use of violence:

“It certainly has it’s place. It’s a tactic that should be used at the appropriate time.  I believe in a violent overthrow of Bourgeois, and that freedom is found at the barrel of a gun...like Marx said.”

And the U of M faculty member, Judy Ancel, describes the radical and inhumane use of cats by a union:

“They couldn’t get access to” strike, “but they had a lot of cats and they succeeded in putting cats in powerhouses. And the cats — now, don’t think about the cats, OK? The cats would run around inside and short out the system and cause power blackouts. And that created enough chaos in the system” to get to “a negotiating position.  They got rid of a lot of feral cats.”

If yuo

These Teachings Are Killing Jobs

You want more Chinese money for long-term unemployment?  Maybe if your schools didn’t encourage industrial sabotage the unemployed would have jobs.

You want Missouri kids get good jobs after college? Who would hire a kid who was tainted by Judy Ancel, David Giljum, and Tony Pecinovsky? 

Taxpayers are on their way to see you, Governor Nixon.  We expect action.

Tell UMSL to Stop Teaching Industrial Sabotage

UofMCommieContact UofM President Steve Owens and demand an immediate end to the communist-led industrial sabotage courses that he’s shoving down your kids’ throats

That’s right, UMSL and UMKC are teaching kids how to destroy business in America. They want your job to go overseas.  And the guy leading the class is a proud communist.

No employer in his right might would hire a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  Why? Because your UMSL Faculty teaches students to sabotage their employers. 

Here’s part one of the damning report.

You get that students?  Good luck finding a job after your board of regents hired communists to teach you to sabotage the very companies that you’ll try to work for some day. 

Missouri’s taxpayers fund the University of Missouri system.  At least two of those three schools teach courses on industrial sabotage, violence, and intimidation

In other words, UMSL teaches students to destroy Missouri businesses.  And you pay for it.

Here’s part two of UMSL vs. US Jobs

Want to know why companies flee the United States?  It’s because the union movement has devolved into a criminal enterprise. It’s a union movement supported by brain-dead academics like Judy Ancel and the University of Missouri System President and Chancellors.

Remember, unions work for unions, just as corporations work for corporations.  Union bosses and degenerates like Judy Ancel and her accomplice Don Giljum couldn’t care less about a worker. These two wastes of human flesh live for themselves and for their communist ideals.

Want to voice your opinion on this course? 

Call, write, or email Steve Owens, Interim President
321 University Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-2011
Doh!  You can’t email the U of M President because his email system was shut off!  Can’t take the heat Steven?  Or is UMSL’s computer network the victim of your Communist Party Department’s sabotage?  So call

 

Or the the Curators of the University of Missouri System.

If they dare try to evade accountability, read them this paragraph from their own website:

The University of Missouri, which refers to the institution, in all of its parts, persons, property and relationships wherever situated, owned, operated, controlled, managed or otherwise regulated, is under the supervision or direction of The Board of Curators of the University of Missouri.

I hear people at UMKC are furious.  Not because Missouri taxpayers are being fleeced by communists, but because the taxpayers FOUND OUT!!

Exit question:  Have you contacted U of M?  Your State Rep and Senator?  Please do. Ask them why we pay to have communists teach students to destroy Missouri businesses. 

****ACTION****

And demand that they pass SB1 pass. This is a bill that makes it a little harder for union thugs to drive business out of Missouri.  And it’s about damn time! 

The man to contact about SB1 is Senator Tom Dempsey from the St. Charles area.  Here’s his contact information:

Capitol Office:
  201 W Capitol Ave., Rm. 332
  Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
(573) 751-1141
  FAX: (573) 522-3383
Tom.Dempsey@senate.mo.gov

District Office:
  PO Box 62
  St. Peters, MO 63376
(636) 294-2526

Let Senator Dempsey know that SB1 is vital to Missouri jobs and you want it passed.

UPDATE:  Gateway Pundit is on the UMSL / UMKC story. Also, there’s a report that the local NBC affiliate may be involved in the courses. Folks are checking that out now. And Instapundit has picked up the story.  And the Columbia Daily Tribune weighs in.

Some people will have a bad day tomorrow:

  • Governor Jay Nixon
  • U of M System Interim President Steven Owens
  • The administration at UMSL

Growing the Pie

If the Tea Party brings lasting change to America, it must introduce grow-the-pie thinking on the right.

Growing the pieFor years, the tug of war ground on. Democrats and Republicans, Liberals and Conservatives, Collectivists and Individualists all fighting for the same piece of land.  The strategy was simple: if you’re behind, discredit the other site until you get the lead. If you’re in the lead, reward your friends to keep them loyal.

There were two problems with this game.

First, the conservatives never quite pulled the rope as far to the right as liberals pulled it to the left. So each round left the Left a little stronger and the Right a little weaker.

Second, conservatives fought a fixed-pie battle.  While preaching dynamic pie economics, we practiced fixed-pie politics. We didn’t believe we could grow our base. 

The problems are related.  The reason that the left gains more in its peaks than it surrenders in its valleys is because it seeks constantly to grow its active base.  The right relies on the strength of its arguments to naturally attract adherents.  While this works to a degree, adherents are not activist by nature.

What the Tea Party has done is two-fold:

First, we’ve turned some adherents into activists.  We see this in the email and letters from people who say, “I always voted Republican, but I never really thought about why. Until now.” 

Second, we’ve begun, in tiny measures, growing the base, attracting new activists. We’re winning converts from the other side, and we’re inspiring fence-sitters to our team.

But we face a challenge.

The Republican vanguard seems to feel a bit threatened by the grow-the-pie mentality.  It’s easy to manage a fixed pie--you have to train them only once. When new blood constantly flows into the team, the job of organizing never ends.

 
To fight this, the vanguard puts up litmus tests to keep out converts.  Former Democrats are not welcome. Labor union members and leaders can’t be trusted. First-time candidates carry too much baggage. 

Conscious or unconscious, the Republican vanguard squeezes the pie to keep it small, like a child squeezing its growing dog to keep it a cute little puppy. The vanguard is living up to the most damning accusation hurled at the Tea Party from the left:  closed, narrow, biased, anti-intellectual.

This squeezing has an effect.  Newcomers to the liberty movement feel unwelcome.  Potential donors to causes, groups, and candidates lock their vaults or continue to fund safe, traditional races and issues. Rewarded with power from the work of the newcomers, the Republicans do precisely what they’ve always done: reward their friends with tax dollars. 

Recently, a friend of mine--a Republican--told me about a supposedly conservative Republican state rep.  The rep bragged to my friend of passing a law to save some people millions in property taxes by rezoning their land.  The “some people” tend to be Republican donors.

Those who are little involved in politics but who pay attention say, “The only difference between Republicans and Democrats is who they redistribute money to.”

In St. Louis, now, we’re seeing this dynamic play out.  Gary, a former police union president joined up with the Tea Party in August of 2010. He began just wanting to learn more about us.  What he heard struck a chord.  Soon he was banging doors and making phone calls for our candidates and causes. 
After the election, he stuck around.  The network he built as a police union leader became an important tool in advancing the cause of liberty.  In fact, he was doing so much for us that we recommended he register as a lobbyist to avoid potential ethics complaints.

He did.

And the vanguard reacted. 

First, they challenged the wisdom of “selecting” an “official” Tea Party lobbyist.  When we explained that that’s not really what happened, they shifted.
Next, they attacked our recruit as a union hack who doesn’t represent Tea Party values.  I  posted Gary’s thoughts on the matter--including a long list of Republican endorsement that Gary personally won from the union through his remarkable skills of persuasion. They shifted again.

Now, they’ve attacking Gary for publicly supporting . . . brace yourself . . . a Democrat for Governor and Attorney General when he was president of the police union. Some want Gary to publicly renounce his union’s previous endorsements of the Democrats. 

While I can sympathize with those who believe in political purity, I can also put myself into Gary’s shoes.

Gary hasn’t studied the nuances of political philosophy for decades as many of us have.  He’s been involved the retail politics of union negotiations, but not the philosophical thinking so common among conservatives. 

To illustrate my point, at a recent meet-and-greet with a candidate for Senate, the early conversation centered on whether repealing the 17th Amendment would make problems worse or better in the states.  These are conversations you don’t hear very often outside of Tea Party gatherings.  At Republican events, such “theory” drives away all but a few college students, and Tea Party types.

When he approached our Tea Party offices in August, Gary came, hat in hand, to learn.  I’m sure that our kindness and welcome helped him feel at home.  I know enough about human behavioral sciences to know that kind acceptance earns reciprocation.  As researcher and author Robert C. Cialdini points our, reciprocity is the strongest of the six tools for influence.

We had real work for Gary. We didn’t doubt his sincerity, mostly because of his honesty.  “I agree completely with what you guys stand for, but I sure don’t get the way you think sometimes.”

Gary’s introduction to practical politics meant you do things to get things. Reciprocity.  But the Tea Party does a lot of things that have no obvious return. 
We handed out US Constitutions, door to door, paying no attention to the party affiliation or voting frequency of the occupant.  We held rallies and protests in support of principles that were often in conflict with our short-term self-interest. This thinking makes no sense to a practical politician.

By putting Gary to work in the most important jobs, like calls and canvassing, we earned his trust by offering the same to him.

Over time, Gary has become more conversant in--and comfortable with--the principled approach to politics. But full understanding won’t happen overnight.  And it will never happen if the recruit, the student, feels he’s being singled out for ridicule.

And that’s exactly what’s going on now.

Opponents of Gary’s high-profile work for the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition want Gary to recite a mea culpa for having supported Democrats in the past. 

I can’t think of a better formula to drive Gary--and many other less conspicuous converts--right back into the welcoming arms of the hard left. 

For me, it’s a matter of growing the base and expanding the pie.  I believe the best way to do that is to give meaningful work to converts based on the the skills and passions they bring, under the careful tutelage of a confirmed true believer. 

I believe in growing the liberty base, not in redistributing the wealth to my friends, so I will stand by Gary as long as he welcomes my support--and as long as he remains true to our core principles. 

Why Would You Give State Workers the Power to Tax?

For decades, now, public sector unions have imposed onerous tax increases and service cuts on the net tax payers of many states.  Wisconsin being among the worst.

What do I mean by that?

Look at what’s going on in Wisconsin.  The people who represent the net tax payers—those who pay more in taxes to the state than they receive in salary—are being vilified, harassed, threatened, and assaulted by the net tax takers—those receive more in state wages than they pay in state taxes.  In fact, the net takers have shut down Wisconsin’ legislature with the help of 14 cowardly state senators.

What the Wisconsin unions want to keep is the power to impose any taxes they want on the people of Wisconsin through collective bargaining.  That’s right, state employee unions have the power to tax the people.

Suppose Wisconsin set a tax rate of 8 percent.  Then AFSCME (NSFW) goes on strike demanding a 20 percent wage increase and a 5 percent workforce increase.  To prevent chaos, the state grants the concession.  Taxes must go up or non AFSCME services must go down. 

But non-AFSCME services are likely covered under some other union’s contract. So the state has to raise taxes now, or borrow money now and raise taxes later.

Either way, unelected union representatives have imposed a tax on the people.

Letting unions determine a state’s tax policy is like letting a 16-year-old have a  12-pack of Budweiser and the car keys.

SHOCKER: Geriatric Guy Talks Dirty to 17 Year Old Patriot *UPDATE* Help ID the Perv

In this disturbing video, an old union guy vividly describes tea-bagging to a 17-year-old high schooler. The reason?  The kid had the audacity to hand out free US Constitutions.

As you’ll see in the video from P/Oed Patriot and Sharp Elbows, the site of the Constitution at a union rally is like a crucifix and a pound of garlic in a vampire den.  You can actually watch as the document’s presence weakens the aging leftists. They age before your eyes.

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Shocking.

The young man passing out Constitutions consented to the release of this video.

*UPDATE*  If you have any information on the identity of the old man in the cap, please email anonymously to tips@purplepeoplebeaters.com.

Here are full-on headshots of the pervert and his defender:

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