Alternate Headline: Republican Party Establishment, take note!
First things first, here is that wonderful promise that if we do not acquiesce to the union demands for leftist control, then there will be violent repercussions. This threat does not come from some lunatic leading an occupy style of temper tantrum in the streets of Lansing, but from the floor of the Michigan State Legislature. The guy promising the violence is Doug Geiss, a Democrat State Representative.
This by the way was not some sudden occurrence, which simply became the flavor of the month in bluer than blue Michigan, one of the most heavily entrenched union locales of the nation. The governor of that state, and all of the members of both houses of the now Republican controlled state legislature actually campaigned on this promise, that their first order of business would be establishing a right to work law in the state of Michigan. This is significant for a few reasons.
The Republican Party should be taking note here. Even in bluer than blue Michigan, a campaign based on clearly articulated conservatism won. One of the most heavily union influenced states of our nation voted overwhelmingly to pass a law that would limit the power wielded by the unions. It would seem that the people of Michigan are tired of a minority wielding power well beyond their numbers, such as is the case with the power wielded by organized labor in every corner of this great land. It has proven the point once again, that clearly articulated conservatism wins elections.
It also signifies a vastly different narrative than Barack Obama has unlimited carte blanche to inflict his agenda in some sort of national mandate based upon the November election. Just like in 2009 through 2012, Barack Obama maintained high personal approval numbers while every one of his policies is summarily rejected by the American People. I admit that this entire concept is somewhat bizarre, and in fact infuriating, but that is the only way to explain the bevy of State, Congressional, and midterm elections that have happened since the inauguration of Barack Obama in January of 2009. We elected Barack Obama based on his cult of personality, in spite of his agenda, and not because of it. Over reacting to this bizarre set of results carries with it a danger far greater than being out of touch, which conservatives are not. Barack Obama’s cult of personality will not automatically transfer to the next Democrat nominee in 2016, any more than it has transferred to help the popularity of his policies.
America, despite putting open Marxists in charge of the Executive Branch, is still a center right nation, at least for the time being. In instance after instance, the center right agenda passes continually at the local and state levels when presented clearly. I know it’s difficult to square that with the reality of Barack Obama winning two Presidential elections, but in each election of national importance in between those Obama victories, conservative positions have been victorious. Right to work, referendums to veto Obamacare, GOP takeovers of state legislatures has been the norm, and not the aberration.
For those who wish to view this on the micro level, take a look at the issue of just how valuable to Michigan life these unions have actually made themselves. In the screaming about how this bill was passed without sufficient debate, in other words simply passed, we are not hearing from the usual suspects about how the unions simply care about their fellow man, woman, and child. The teachers union is not out there bleating on about how they are only concerned about the kids. Good thing too, as in Detroit for example, should your child attend one of their public schools, he or she will only have a 7% chance of being able to read and write adequately upon graduation. The odds of your child being able to solve simple math problems are even worse. To bring it all home, Detroit is one of the most expensive school districts in the nation in terms of cost per student. Clearly money being spent is not the answer. Money making its way past the unions extortion racket and into an actual class room is. At least this time around they are being honest so far in their tantrum, it’s all about their ability to wield political power and not wanting to see their shake down and extortion money train slowed in any material way.
That’s the heart of the micro issue here. The unions are seeing their extortion racket being dismantled, one state at a time, and they are not taking it lying down. As you’ve probably suspected, violence has indeed broken out in Lansing, and several assaults have been reported. It’s going to be another long four years America. Maybe this time you’ll learn that elections have consequences.