Archive for September 2011
Wow, this whole “New Tone” just has me feeling all warm and tingly. Glad we got everyone to step away from the “violent rhetoric” and bring some “civility” back to our political discourse, eh?
Teamsters Union President Jimmy Hoffa addressed a crowd this weekend in Detroit:
“We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working 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 workers of Michigan, and America. We’re going to win that war,” Jimmy Hoffa said to a heavily union crowd.
“President Obama, 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,” Hoffa added.
Now, I’ll be fair; I honestly don’t think Mr. Hoffa means to say that he literally thinks there should be an actual, physical fight, or honestly believes it has become a war. Just the same as I never believed for one second that Sarah Palin intended to suggest to anyone by use of “crosshairs” or the “reload” comment that anyone should take it as anything other than symbolism, “targeting” the opponent at the ballot box come election day. Still, Union members are somewhat known for stubborn thuggishness, and the Teamsters in my memory were synonymous with that. So, you never know exactly what Mr. Hoffa might have meant.
Of course, Hoffa may have come back later, walked back the rhetoric, stated that he may have made a poor “choice of words,” he didn’t mean it literally, and so forth. However, this morning on the local radio station, he did get interviewed, and chose to not only not do that, but seemed to somewhat double down on the original language.
Incidentally, those remarks were made as part of an introduction to President Obama speaking to the same crowd. Not only does the White House refuse to comment, let alone condemn the remarks, apparently, the President is “proud” of Hoffa and other labor leaders.
Sarah Palin, ever the class act in my humble opinion, has come back with this Facebook posting:
What I have to say is for the hard working, patriotic, selfless union brothers and sisters in Michigan and throughout our country: Please don’t be taken in by union bosses’ thuggery like Jim Hoffa represented yesterday. Union bosses like this do not have your best interests at heart. What they care about is their own power and re-electing their friend Barack Obama so he will take care of them to the detriment of everyone else.
Read the whole thing. Then tell me who the “extremists” and out of control elements are in this country right now.