A landmark Supreme Court ruling that struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act has set up a stand-off between Republican-led states and the Obama administration over controversial voting laws that until now had been stalled.
The 5-4 ruling on Tuesday addressed a 1960s-era provision that largely singled out states and districts in the South — those with a history of discrimination — and required them to seek federal permission to change their voting laws.
The court ruled that the formula determining which states are affected was unconstitutional.
In doing so, the court potentially opened the door for certain states to proceed with voter ID laws and other efforts that to date had been held up because of the Voting Rights Act. Prominent among those are voter identification laws in Alabama and Mississippi.
The Voting Rights Act is what unscrupulous Attorney General Eric Holder used to block states from implementing voter ID laws aimed at combating election fraud. The Left relies on fraud to win closely contested elections.
[…] Â The ruling recognizes that widespread systematic voting discrimination is a distant memory. Today black Americans fully participate in the democratic process by voting, running for, and winning elective office at every level of government up to and including the highest office in the land.
But this is bad news for the race industry which thrives on making mountains out of molehills.
Predictably, leftist demagogues and community organizers across the fruited plain are howling now that a key tool they used to frustrate electoral integrity efforts has been taken away.
Nothing stirs the Left’s seething rage more than a woman, black or gay person refusing to toe the ideological line and daring to speak out for conservative values.
Dr. Ben Carson is the latest target of the bigoted Left, which does not allow independent thought from “minority” groups they seek to keep under their control. Â Mark Levin recently had an amazing interview with Carson, in which they discussed the Left’s agenda to silence conservative minorities.
MARK LEVIN, HOST: These attacks on you, I have to ask you. Youâ€™re a religious man. Do these attacks make you want to speak out more and do more or do they cause you to second guess coming out and talking like this?
DR. BENJAMIN CARSON: No, they make me recognize what serious trouble weâ€™re in. And what has really brought it home to me is, you know, Iâ€™ve gotten so many letters of support or phone calls or emails from people who believe similarly, but are afraid to speak out because they think there may be retribution. And basically, it proves what I was saying at the National Prayer Breakfast that political correctness is threatening to destroy our nation because it puts a muzzle over honest conversation, and the fabric of our nation is changed without the benefit of a conversation.
LEVIN: Well, youâ€™re right. They donâ€™t want a conversation, do they? They donâ€™t want us to engage. In fact theyâ€¦
CARSON: No, they want to shut us up completely.
CARSON: And thatâ€™s why the attacks against me have been so vicious because I represent, you know, an existential threat to them. They need to shut me up, they need to get rid of me. They canâ€™t find anything else to delegitimize me. So they take my words, misinterpret them, and try to make it seem that Iâ€™m a bigot.
LEVIN: And youâ€™re attacked also, in many respects, because of your race, because youâ€™re not supposed to think like this and talk like this. A lot of white liberals just donâ€™t like it, do they?
CARSON: Well, you know, theyâ€™re the most racist people there are because, you know, they put you in a little category, a little box. You have to think this way. How could you dare come off the plantation?
Obama deliberately chooses these kinds of radical, extremist religious leaders to guide his family and his faith. Â That tells you a lot about how radical his core beliefs really are. Â Â Obama doesn’t hide the fact that he’s a follower of the “Social Gospel,” which teaches collective salvation through good (government) works, not individual salvation by grace.
The pastor at the Washington, D.C. church where the Obama family celebrated Easter on Sunday said members of the religious right want blacks â€œin the back of the bus,â€ women â€œback in the kitchenâ€ and immigrants â€œback on their side of the border.â€
â€œIt drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us backâ€¦for blacks to be back in the back of the busâ€¦for women to be back in the kitchenâ€¦for immigrants to be back on their side of the border,â€ Rev. Dr. Luis Leon said in his sermon, according to the White House press pool report.
Reuters reporter Jeff MasonÂ tweetedÂ that Leon also said the religious right wants gays in the closet.
What a classy, uplifting sermon for Resurrection Sunday.
This isn’t the first time his nut-job pastor has said something like this, either. Where does he find these crazies? I’ve grown up in different church across the denominational spectrum all my life, and NOT ONCE have I ever a pastor give sermon thatÂ specifically bashed political opponents.
The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters.
The proposed plan represents a major step by U.S. intelligence agencies to spot and track down terrorist networks and crime syndicates by bringing together financial databanks, criminal records and military intelligence. The plan, which legal experts say is permissible under U.S. law, is nonetheless likely to trigger intense criticism from privacy advocates.
I’ll admit it from the get-go: I don’t like confrontation. Â If a police officer randomly stopped me on the street and asked for my I.D. or asked me questions, I’d most likely comply because frankly, it’s just easier. Â I would assume that I must match the description of someone they’re looking for, and the sooner I clear up any suspicion they may have, the sooner I can get on with my day.
But unfortunately, that kind of mindless compliance with unconstitutional abuses of police power has led many Americans to assume that law enforcement officers can demand anything they like from you – regardless of probably cause – and you must submit to unlawful questioning, detention, or searches.
The young man in this video was stopped for openly carrying a gun in a holster, which is legal in the state of Oregon. Â He insists that the officer follow the law and provide legal justification for stopping him (which the officer does not have):
Some may see this as unreasonably antagonistic. Â Why not just comply and be done with it? Â How hard can that be? Â The truth is, it WOULD be easier to comply. Â But it would also lead law enforcement officers to forget the laws they are sworn to uphold, and to violate the law with impunity.
I used to live near border patrol checkpoints and drove through them frequently. Â They’d ask me if I was a US citizen, I’d reply “yes,” and they’d wave me through (they’re listening for your accent and tone of voice, or behavioral cues). Â It never occurred to me that these checkpoints were Â unconstitutional.
But the reality is, they are. Â Border Patrol has no constitutional authority to stop citizens from driving down the road and question them without reasonable suspicion or probably cause. Â To do so is to violate the 4th Amendment. Â Yet most of us comply without thinking twice. Â These Libertarian citizen journalists decided to exercise their constitutional rights on video:
In a national climate where simply speaking out for lower spending, constitutional rights and the 2nd Amendment can get you demonized as an “extremist,” it’s important that we know our rights, and how to exercise them respectfully. Â Lawful resistance to unconstitutional abuses of power is an effective way to tell our politicians and bureaucrats they have gone too far. Â They work for us, not the other way around. Â Their job is to protect our unalienable rights, not take them away.
The surprise here isn’t that there was fraud. Â It’s that they actually being investigated at all. Â Â As long as this continues unchecked, with a slap on the wrist for those who get caught, a pat on the back for those who don’t, and accusations of “racist!” against anyone who dares to suggest voter ID, the Republicans will never win another significant election. Â Democrats will fix the outcome long before the votes are tallied.
“Yes, I voted twice,” Richardson told WCPO-TV. “I, after registering thousands of people, certainly wanted my vote to count, so I voted. I voted at the polls.”
Authorities also are investigating if she voted in the names of four other people, too, for a total of six votes in the 2012 presidential election.
“I’ll fight it for Mr. Obama and for Mr. Obama’s right to sit as president of the United States,” Richardson vowed when asked about the voter fraud investigation that is now under way.
Richardson is one of 19 people suspected of illegal voting by the Hamilton County Board of Elections in the last election.
“I’m outraged, and every voter, regardless of their political affiliation, should be outraged,” said Hamilton County Board of Elections member Alex Triantafilou, who is also chairman of the county Republican Party. “It causes folks to have real doubts about the fabric of our very democratic process, and it’s dangerous. It is disconcerting that someone would be so bold as to admit their conduct in such a fashion … We fully intend to prosecute these cases.”
On election day, there were poll watcher volunteers who were trained to spot this kind of fraud and report it before it got out of hand.
But the Obama campaign, intent on stealing the election, actually made lists of individual citizens to target specifically because they were there to help prevent voter fraud:
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News,Â True the VoteÂ shared emails between Obama staffers discussing targeting specific individuals they believed were associated with True the Vote in Hamilton County, Ohio. Official records obtained by True the Vote indicated that the private citizens on the Obama target list were poll clerks hired by the county–not observers placed by candidates.
The emailâ€™s author, current Consumer Financial Protection Bureau employeeÂ Scott Pluta, stated with certitude that these people were affiliated with True the Vote locally.
â€œThere are a number of elements to this finding that are concerning,â€ True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. â€œThe idea that an incumbent presidential campaign would build target lists on citizens that are specifically trained to detect fraudulent behavior in the polls is truly unnerving. You would think that kind of story would be told in developing nations, not the United States.â€
Two pairs of women flanked the stage in silent contrition, their large signs talking for them: “I regret my abortion.”
It was just one of the messages shared through signs, speeches, statistics and music Sunday, as nearly 1,000 people filled Pioneer Square for the Rally for Life, marking the 40thÂ anniversary ofÂ Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision legalizing abortion.
Organized byÂ Oregon Right to Life, theÂ Oregon Family CouncilÂ and theÂ Christian News NorthwestÂ newspaper,Â the hourlong event, which culminated with a march to the waterfront and back, attracted families with babies in strollers and in backpacks, members of the clergy, students, senior citizens and a handful of abortion-rights activists who gathered across the street.
[…] Â The Most Rev. John G. Vlazny,Â archbishop of Portland since 1997, opened the annual gathering saying he hoped to “promote public awareness of the fragility and value of unborn life and to offer real choices to women frightened by unplanned or unwanted pregnancies.
“When all is said and done,” he continued, “we want to work to create a society where all life is welcomed and valued.”
Obama sure knows how to pick the radical wackos. Never, in all my years attending different churches, have I EVER heard a pastor attack a particular group of people as “enemies,” ESPECIALLY over political differences!
I guarantee that if a pastor from a church that a conservative (Sarah Palin?) attended made comments about going into “battle” against Democrat “enemies,” the news media would be freaking out for a week about the “controversy” surrounding his “violent,” “extremist” rhetoric, demanding his resignation, and they’d have all the dirt from his past dug up within 24 hours.
At Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, BraxtonÂ reportedlyÂ crafted his speech around Obamaâ€™s personal political slogan: â€œForward!â€
Obama, said Braxton, was just like Moses facing the Red Sea: â€œforward is the only option â€¦ The people couldnâ€™t turn around. The only thing that they could do was to go forward.â€ Obama, said Braxton, would have to overcome all obstacles â€“ like opposition from Republicans, presumably, or the bounds of the Constitution. Braxton continued, â€œMr. President, stand on the rock,â€ citing to Moses standing on Mount Horeb as his people camped outside the land of Israel.
In case Braxton missed it, America won its freedom 237 years ago, and the slaves were freed 150 years ago – by a REPUBLICAN. Â Obama isn’t leading anybody out of slavery. Â He’s leading them INTO slavery – the slavery of dependence on the Welfare State, which black conservatives like Star Parker call “Uncle Sam’s Plantation.”
But it wasnâ€™t enough to compare Obama with the founder of Judaism and the prophet of the Bible. Braxton added that Obamaâ€™s opponents were like the Biblical enemies of Moses, and that Obama would have to enter the battleÂ becauseÂ â€œsometimes enemies insist on doing it the hard way.â€
So anybody who doesn’t immediately bow and cave to Obama’s political agenda is an “enemy?” Â Funny, I thought Jesus taught believers to LOVE their enemies.
The service ended with the pastor leading the crowd in a chant of â€œForward.â€ Really.
This was no religious service. It was a worship service for the manÂ NewsweekÂ labeled â€œThe Second Coming.â€ And if Obama thinks anything like the pastor he chose just before taking his oath of office, America is in for a long, narcissistic, imperial four years.
Where is the IRS to challenge the church’s tax exempt status for preaching politics from the pulpit? Â Oh, that’s right: they only enforce that against conservative churches that don’t worship at the altar of the Almighty Messianic Welfare State.
MONTGOMERY, AL, January 11, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) â€“ Today the Alabama Supreme Court held that the word â€œchildâ€ in Alabamaâ€™s chemical endangerment statute applies to the born and unborn.
The case reached the Supreme Court on an appeal by Amanda Kimbrough who admitted to smoking meth three days before the premature birth of her son Timmy.Â Born at 25 weeks, Timmy survived only 19 minutes after birth and was found to have died from â€œaccute methamphetamine intoxication.â€
The ruling states, â€œThe decision of this Court today is in keeping with the widespread legal recognition that unborn children are persons with rights that should be protected by law.â€
â€œToday,â€ the court added, â€œthe only major area in which unborn children are denied legal protection is abortion, and that denial is only because of the dictates of Roe.â€
â€œFurthermore, the decision in the present cases is consistent with the Declaration of Rights in the Alabama Constitution, which states that â€˜all men are equally free and independent; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.â€™â€
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange welcomed the ruling in a statement.
â€œThe Court has ratified our argument that the public policy of our state is to protect life, both born and unborn,â€ Strange said.
â€œIt is a tremendous victory that the Alabama Supreme Court has affirmed the value of all life, including those of unborn children whose lives are among the most vulnerable of all.â€
Since 1985 Chicago has pioneered new ways to promoteÂ illegal immigration. After 1990 the illegal immigrant population in Chicago and the nation skyrocketed. As illegal immigrants flocked to Chicago, a method was needed to get them on the registered voter list. AlthoughÂ 80,000 illegal aliensÂ voted in 1982, the old-fashioned way, through vote fraud; by 2005 bothÂ Cook CountyÂ and the state ofÂ Illinoishad moved to allow photo I.D. to be given to illegal immigrants by passingÂ matricula consularÂ laws.
By allowing theÂ matricula consularÂ to function as an official photo I.D., Illinois and Chicago can say they are conforming to any Voter ID requirement. But the Cook County law (most Illinois illegal immigrants live in Cook County) also allows the consulates of Mexico and “any other Latin American country” to issue the consular I.D.s at their discretion. In effect, Illinois has enabledÂ foreign countriesto decide who votes in U.S. elections.
In 1983 anÂ alien born in BelizeÂ stated to the ChicagoÂ TribuneÂ that he and his two sisters were never required to show any identification when they registered to vote. TheÂ matricula consularÂ enables people to reside in Illinois, and once they reside there, they need no ID toÂ register to vote. This “globalization” of voting rights is clearly a violation of the U.S. Constitution, yet has never been challenged in any court during its ten year history. This supports the idea that Chicago’s goal is to attract large numbers of undocumented residents from all countries.
How Barack Obama enabled illegal immigrants to get on voting lists is the heretofore missing story of the actions he took in the 1990s to help expand the number of Hispanic voters.
[…] Â After he became president, Obama had his Justice DepartmentÂ sue Arizona for passing SB 1070, claiming that immigration is a Federal issue and that SB 1070 would interfere with Federal procedures. Of course he has never sued Illinois for enabling theÂ matricula consularÂ to function as a valid state ID, or sued Cook County for allowing theÂ matricula consularÂ to function as a “valid passport” when a Latin American returns to their native country.
These two actions have the effect of enabling illegal Hispanic immigrants to cross Arizona into Illinois and other states, and vote. From 1990 to 2000, the number of Hispanics of voting age in Cook County, IL increased 54% to 689,383.
Enabling foreign nationals to vote in Illinois allowed the Democrats to manipulate not just local and state elections, but theÂ presidential electionÂ as well. This is because the electoral college is not based on votes counted, but on population. The 2000 Census found that in 19 of the 100 largest U.S. cities the only part of the population that is growing isÂ the Hispanic segment. Mexican families have twice as many children as white families. And children are also counted by the Census Bureau to determine the number of Congressional Representatives. The larger the population a state has, the more electoral college members it has. States that are solidly Democratic can continue to extend their influence on the Presidential elections by extending their Hispanic populations. Today, one in four children born in the U.S. isÂ Hispanic.
I’ve been involved with the Tea Party for four years, and I have NEVER heard minorities spoken of with anything but respect….we’re all on the same team, no matter what color! The REAL racists are liberals like this who insist that if your skin is a certain color, you are OBLIGATED TO THINK THE WAY THEY TELL YOU TO THINK, as if minorities can’t think for themselves! THAT is racism!
The first black Republican senator in three decades will be a spokesman for Tea Party conservatism and a proud member of the party that was founded to fight slavery and made the civil rights revolution possible.
Though he’ll inevitably be dismissed as a “token” or worse, Rep. Tim Scott, the next Republican senator from the former slave state of South Carolina, and the first black GOP senator since Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, shatters once again the stereotype of the GOP as a party of racists and sexists.
Appointed by an Indian-American female, Gov. Nikki Haley, to replace outgoing Republican and Tea Party favorite Sen. Jim DeMint, Scott got the chance to be the first black congressional Republican since 2003 â€” when J.C. Watts of Oklahoma left Congress â€” by beating the son of Strom Thurmond, South Carolina’s legendary politician, in the 2010 GOP primary.
The elder Thurmond was the nominee of the genuinely racist Dixiecrat Party, which split off from the Democrats in 1948. The symbolism of Scott holding Strom Thurmond’s seat in the U.S. Senate, after beating Thurmond’s son in his first U.S. House race, should not be lost on anyone.
Scott joins Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Texas Sen.-elect Ted Cruz as another high-profile exception to the media portrayal of the Republican Party as a collection of Paleolithic white males so hostile to women and minorities that they opposed Susan Rice as secretary of state even though they’d put forth Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell as her predecessors.
Sadly, the racist vitriol of Leftists who seek to punish minorities that don’t toe their ideological line has already begun:
One of the early hatemongers was Amos Brown, a host on a religious radio station in Indianapolis, Indiana. Brown used his Twitter account to claim that African American Tim Scott isn’tÂ reallyÂ a black man.
Tim Scott is, of course, a Republican just like Governor Haley who will appoint him to the vacant seat. All one need be is a black man in the GOP and the hatemongers come out in force with their racist name calling and radio host Amos Brown rose early to the rote attack.
On his Twitter account (@Amoswtlcindy), Brown wrote, “Gee, courtesy of S Carolina GOP, the nation gets Tim Scott an ultra-rightwing, Tea Party devotee US Senator who’s Black only in skin color.”
[M]odern black Republicans have been more tokens than signs of progress….Republicans will not gain significant black support unless they take policy positions that advance black interests. No number of Tim Scotts â€” or other cynical tokens â€” will change that.
In a secret government agreement granted without approval or debate from lawmakers, the U.S. attorney general recently gave the National Counterterrorism Center sweeping new powers to store dossiers on U.S. citizens, even if they are not suspected of a crime, according to a news report.
Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder granted the center the ability to copy entire government databases holding information on flight records, casino-employee lists, the names of Americans hosting foreign-exchange students and other data, and to store it for up to five years, even without suspicion that someone in the database has committed a crime,Â according to theÂ Wall Street Journal, which broke the story.
Whereas previously the law prohibited the center from storing data compilations on U.S. citizens unless they were suspected of terrorist activity or were relevant to an ongoing terrorism investigation, the new powers give the center the ability to not only collect and store vast databases of information but also to trawl through and analyze it for suspicious patterns of behavior in order to uncover activity that could launch an investigation.
The changes granted by Holder would also allow databases containing information about U.S. citizens to be shared with foreign governments for their own analysis.
A former senior White House official told theÂ JournalÂ that the new changes were â€œbreathtaking in scope.â€
Iâ€™m nostalgic for the halcyon days of, er, February of this year, before the Attorney General of the United States signed off on an order allowing the government to access pretty much everything it wanted in the name of counterterrorism. Â […]
The good news: Saudi Arabia might now have all of our firearm registration data.Â Â What could go wrong?
Say, remember when Congress used to be involved in writing laws and making policy in the US?Â Good times, good times.Â Perhaps Congress might want to investigate what the Department of Justice and the National Counterterrorism Center has been doing with the 4th Amendment.Â Eric Holder should be subpoenaed and forced to testify under oath about his order, and find out whether Congress got consulted or bypassed entirely on this decision.
Itâ€™s interesting how all this came outÂ afterÂ the election, huh?Â Maybe the name â€œJuliaâ€ for one of Barack Obamaâ€™s campaign themes wasÂ well chosen.
Right now Democrats are working to make sure they will remain the majority party – permanently.
Legalizing millions of illegal aliens, pushing for automatic universal voter registration, deliberately recruiting and forcing people into government dependency, Â fighting voter ID laws, engaging in voter fraud, voter intimidation, and other tactics are all designed to make sure they never lose another election. Â They are determined to have one-party rule.
If you think the left is resting on its laurels afterÂ Barack Obamaâ€™s re-election and the Democratsâ€™ retention of theÂ U.S. Senate, think again.
Attorney GeneralÂ Eric H. Holder Jr., who halted photo ID laws in South Carolina and Texas before the November election, suggested on Tuesday in Boston that the United States should consider adopting â€œautomaticâ€ voter registration.
This essentially would mean that millions of people who sign up for government benefits but donâ€™t bother to register to vote will be given the franchise. Think of it as Motor Voter on crack cocaine.
Itâ€™s the perfect way to growÂ Big Bird’s Food Stamp ArmyÂ into an unstoppable force and move America toward the Chicago model of dependency and one-party rule.
Liberals also are talking about getting rid of the Electoral College, which would give vote fraudsters a huge incentive to stuff ballot boxes where their candidates were going to win anyway, such as deep-blue California, Illinois and New York.
Last night, all the major television networks chose not to show footage of violent union members in Michigan tearing down a tent owned by Americans for Prosperity, or footage of a union member punching Fox News contributor Steven Crowder in the face repeatedly. This is no surprise; the mainstream media is unconcerned with reports of union violence, which they apparently feel is justified enough not to warrant coverage.
â€œThe pro-union broadcast networks are deliberately censoring footage ofÂ thuggish union violence directed at conservatives,â€Â saidÂ Media Research President Brent Bozell. â€œIf a Tea Partier hadÂ physically assaulted a liberal journalist or ripped down a structure occupiedÂ by a liberal organization all on video, the footage would be broadcast on anÂ endless loop. ABC, CBS, and NBC have a responsibility to the American people toÂ expose whatâ€™s really happening in Michigan. Their double standard is absolutelyÂ outrageous.â€
White House spokesman Jay Carney declined to condemn the increasing violence and threats by union members in Michigan, merely telling reporters Tuesday that â€œthe president believes in debate thatâ€™s civil.â€
When asked by a reporter about a claim by Michigan state Democrat that â€œthere will be bloodâ€ should Republicans pass a union-choice law in Michigan, Carney professed ignorance and then downplayed the comment.
â€œI havenâ€™t see those comments, and Iâ€™m not sure they mean what someone interprets them to mean,â€ he said.
The union violence, which included at least one televised assault on a journalist, followed an Obama rally in Michigan Dec. 10, when he declared that right-to-work laws are a political effort to slash wages.
Obamaâ€™s Dec. 10 speech did not call for civil debate, or non-violence.
Of course the media is ignoring leftist violence, because it doesn’t fit their narrative that the left is “tolerant” and it’s those “right wing extremist” Tea Partiers you supposedly have to worry about.
Unions are like the mob. Â They want you to pay them for “protection,” when in fact they are the true oppressors and extortionists.
Michigan is finally restoring workers’ God-given freedom of association, meaning they can freely choose whether or not to join a union without having to worry about coercion or dues forcibly confiscated from their paychecks.
Unions are furious, of course, and their thugs have been descending on the capitol the same way that they did in Wisconsin.
The Community Organizer-in-Chief was more than happy to fly in on Monday to attack the new state legislation as the “right to work for less.”
Jaw-dropping lie alert: Obama tells workers right-to-work laws â€œtake away your rights to bargain for better wages,â€ in reality it stops workers from beingÂ forcedÂ to join a union as a condition of employment. Nothing in those laws relates to collective bargaining. So heâ€™s either grossly misinformed or lying his ass off.
I’m going with the latter. Â Besides, what business is it of the president’s when the voters of an individual state and their representative choose to pass a law that it is the best interest of their taxpayers and workers? Â President Obama has no business sticking his nose in state matters – period!
A top Michigan Democrat is looking to President Obama to deliver retribution to Republicans after theÂ GOP-dominated state legislature approved a package of bills that could make this stronghold of union power the nationâ€™s 24th right-to-work state as early as next week.
SenateÂ Democratic LeaderÂ Gretchen Whitmer, who on Thursday called the votes to approve the right-to-work measure â€œpetty and vindictive politics,â€ sparked more backlash Friday when she said she wants the president…to push back on RepublicanÂ Gov. Rick SnyderÂ by holding back federal money for a new international bridge project toÂ CanadaÂ and a badly needed mass-transit program in ailing Detroit.
“This is just the first round of a battle that’s going to divide this state. We’re going to have a civil war,” Hoffa said on CNN’s “Newsroom.”
Ever wonder why unions bear an uncanny resemblance to the mob? Â They’re not willing to let anyone leave “the family” alive.
Just in case you were wondering how serious they are about retaliation for this threat to their power and gravy train, a Democrat state representative actually threatened “there will be blood” on the house floor of the Michigan state house:
Steven Crowder is a comedian who has conducted dozens of on-camera interviews in venues like this, and he’s NEVER been physically attacked…until now. Â When union thugs attacked a tent full of conservative Americans For Prosperity activists and Crowder tried to help the the people trapped inside, several union protesters punched him. Â When he tried to get away, one grabbed him by the back of his shirt to drag him back into the fight:
â€œTo compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.â€ â€“ Thomas Jefferson
Right to Work laws protect the right of employees to choose for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union. Longtime readers of my work know that Iâ€™ve been exposing the compulsory-union dues racket since my days as a columnist at the Seattle Times. Hereâ€™s my 1999 column on howÂ public school teachers in Washington stateÂ challenged their union over their political dues power grab.Â Here are your rightsÂ as a union worker. Here is aÂ backgrounder on the permissible use of forced dues.Â As I wrote onÂ Labor DayÂ in 2010, free speech not only means the freedom to voice your political views, but also the freedom from being forced to pay for someone elseâ€™s.
U.S. Supreme Court precedent established by the D.C.-basedÂ National Right to Work Legal Defense FoundationÂ guarantees the right to full financial disclosure from a union and a right to challenge the figures in court if they disagree.
As Doug Powers noted this morning, the teachersâ€™ unions are up to their usual,Â power-protecting antics. Despite the re-election of their crony in the White House, state revolts â€” and courageous individual union members â€” are successfully pushing back against the forcedÂ redistributionÂ ofÂ dues moneyÂ from rank-and-file workers to Big Labor bosses.