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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

A Perfect Speech

Well, perfect if this were 1967.  And unions still had clout.  Unfortunately, or fortunately, it ain't and they don't.

Some empty bluster to get you going this morning:
Hoffa Threatens GOP At Obama Event: "Take These Son Of Bitches Out"
Real Clear Politics

Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa had some profane, combative words for Republicans while warming up the crowd for President Obama in Detroit, Michigan on Monday.

"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. [link]
Unless the Tea Party was taken over by the Chinese after I went to bed last night, this Hoffa character is sadly mistaken as to who his enemy is (which pretty much sums up the focus and direction of America's labor movement over the last half century).  I dare say, what with union ranks continuing to be decimated by layoffs and plant closures, there are now more Tea Partiers in this country than there are union members.  In fact, half the ranks of the Tea Party consist of present and former union members looking for work, knowing that Washington sure as hell isn't going to get them a job.

But let Hoffa bloviate.  It makes for great show.

As long as he's not serious about his call to arms.

Then he'd have a problem on his hands.

We're a kindly bunch, but you really don't want to provoke us, tough guy.