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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

In light of recent comments by the Governor of Wisconsin found in here - specifically this one:

"Walker compared his stand to that taken by President Ronald Reagan when he fired the nation’s air-traffic controllers during a labor dispute in 1981.

“That was the first crack in the Berlin Wall and led to the fall of the Soviets,” Walker said on the recording."

These comments are typical of the neo-con mentality and I heard much the same comments today from a friend.

Lets put some truth to these comments and accusations.

1. It is implied here that Ronald Reagan was some sort of anti-union President - this is simply not true - Ronald Reagan was a seven time president of the Screen Actors Guild Union.  Ronald Reagan led this union in their first ever strike and two other strikes.  Ronald Reagan was the only President to be a lifetime member of an AFLCIO Union.  The Air Traffic Controllers were violating their contract and breaking the law by striking - this was a public safety issue and a violation of the law - and what he did was not an anti-union move, but enforcing the law.

2. It is constantly stated that Unions are somehow Communist organizations - as Walker implied and my friend. 

Lets really think about this statement.

How many unions existed in the Soviet Union?  What were the pay and working conditions of those who lived in the Soviet Union?  How many unions exist in Communist China - what are the pay and working conditions in Communist China?

It seems to me that in communist nations the workers are exploited and treated and cattle - remember the bread lines in the Soviet Union, remember the government housing in the Soviet Union that the workers were forced to live in.

On the other hand - here in the USA where workers obtained decent pay, benefits, and rights through the long fought efforts of collective bargaining by Unions - we saw a strong middle class of property owners who lived a life of relative comfort.  The labor laws here that protect workers from the exploitation found in communist nations are the fruits of the work of Unions!

I would submit that the communist infiltration of unions which likely has occurred in at least some unions - is to DESTROY THEM  - not perpetuate them!

Also - consider if Unions are a communist favored organization - why is it that it was the Unions in Poland in the 1980's that fought the Communists and eventually succeeded in expelling them from Poland? 

Odd that Walker and these neocons never mention this.

It seems to me that what Walker wants - basically reducing everyone to an Unjust wage is more communist than the Unions!

Since neither the Unions or the Employers today are Christ centered we are not going to see a perfect resolve to these conflicts, but we nevertheless must still work for justice as best we can.

Isn't it also interesting that Walker considered using agent provocateurs to start trouble among the protesters - we have seen this done time and time again by corrupt governments.

True CATHOLICS should easily recognize these tricks and deceptions - and frankly I am shocked that they are not and are falling hook line and sinker for all of this!

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