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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Exitus Acta Probat

Just as in the Sixties, when Radicals would occupy college buildings, the union protesters have taken over the Wisconsin capitol building. They won’t leave even to allow maintenance to clean it up. They’re in siege mode and are not going to yield one inch of ground – not even to the janitors.

We’ve seen several videos now of union thugs assaulting the opposition – those brave Tea Party activists who are determined to stand their ground. When the thugs beat the Tea Partiers, they did so in the spirit of Exitus Acta Probat – “the ends justify the means.”

Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BC - 17 AD), better known as the poet Ovid, wrote the words right around the time of Julius Caesar. The motto was copied many times. Shakespeare wrote, “All’s well that ends well.” During the Inquisition, the Roman Catholics felt the ends justified the means when they welcomed heretics to confess and seek salvation, and then murdered them.

In the case of the unions spreading their cause across the country, neither the ends nor the means are justified. They accuse Conservative governors of interfering with their right to collective bargaining, to forming unions. But no one is saying that. What Conservatives are saying is they cannot coerce other employees into joining unions when they don’t wish to.

I still remember the union organizer at Bambergers who was trying to convince the employees to form the union. He was a scrawny, runt of a Trotskyite. Leon Trotsky argued for the establishment of a vanguard party of the working-class. His politics differed sharply from those of Stalinism, most prominently in opposing Socialism in One Country, which he considered a break with proletarian (working class) internationalism. Trotskyites believe in a more authentic dictatorship of the proletariat based on working-class self-emancipation and mass democracy, rather than the unaccountable bureaucracy that developed after Lenin's death.

I wasn’t afraid of this guy but one of my co-workers was. We were both college girls, about 19 years old. Our supervisor asked me to escort her out to her car, past Trotsky Junior, clutching his clipboard. I engaged him in order to give her time to escape. He took the bait as I led him away from the girl. Realizing that he been duped, he looked at her, at me (angrily), then with a cry, went running after her.

With a scream, she threw up her hands and made a dash for her car, with Trotsky Junior close behind. She gained her car just in time, got in, slammed the door and backed up, nearly running him over. He banged his fists on the trunk of the car as she screeched off into the night.  I watched for a moment then headed off to my own car, satisfied that a victory had been gained for liberty and the right towork. The ends (deceit) definitely justified the means (giving that poor girl in heels a chance to get away).

Obama spoke of not “denigrating," "villifying", or "denying the rights" of the Union members. Just what rights are those? To intimidate others into joining their unions, preventing employment if they refuse to join, and breaking their legs or putting a stop sign through their windshield if they dare to speak against them.

People are free to form unions. They’re not free to coerce, threaten, and intimidate. Nowhere in the the U.S. Constitution are they guaranteed the right to a bigger pension, more healthcare benefits, or an earlier retirement age than the rest of us, especially when the rest of us are supporting them.


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