AND WILLING TO STAND UP TO THUGGISH UNION LEADERS!
Dear Readers: I felt the results of the CPAC straw poll from last weekend were suspect. Therefore, at last night’s Beer Summit with the SLOBS (San-Diego Local Order of Bloggers), I organized the first straw poll for our Tea Party pundits.
I think the results are illuminating, especially in light of events related to Wisconsin’s protest against Scott Walker’s reasonable and sensible bill that protects the citizens of his state from civic robbery. The top winners of our straw poll have all actively targeted the power-mongering, platinum-perk-receiving, politically-connected union elites.
Well, the straw poll winner was actually not sooo big, but successful against union orc tactics:
I can affirm no SLOB was bussed in nor their Yardhouse meal comped to assure a Daniels victory. A key reason that Daniels is the pick is the fact he decertified the public employee unions on his first day in office. Union membership plummeted instantly. In this environment, Daniels could run on this alone. Thanks to his governance, Indiana is on the road to prosperity that we Californians can only dream of.
#2 CHRIS CHRISTIE was the runner-up, but clearly a SLOB favorite, for his strong stance against his state’s teachers union. Christie was the pick of W.C. Varones and Geoff (Dawn’s husband on SCTRC’s Tech guru).
Geoff summed his reason up thusly: WE NEED SOMEONE BIG AND LOUD. Indeed, it would be a nice contrast to what we currently have.
In-line with this push-back against unions thug leadership, Caesar’s Cleopatra wants to draft Scott Walker for President (along with a few other people).
The rest of the selections were quite diverse.
SARAH PALIN. I went with Sarah Palin, as I like her direct and frank engagement with the Obama administration on a wide variety of topics. I reminded the SLOBs to treat Palinistas with respect. They represent a lot of grassroots energy and creativity. If Palin enters, and loses to one of the other pics, the GOP candidate will need the Palin enthusiasm behind them to prevail. Plus, I get to push-back on the No-Palin February and put-up one of my favorite new graphics from Anna Puna.
I would also like to note that two of my science friends, honorary SLOB Lorraine and her husband Roger, went with Newt Gingrich for their pick. It seems that the rest of the group was not so keen on this perennial presidential aspirant — Gingrich tied with Mick Huckabee for the LEAST WANTED CANDIDATE amongst the rest of the gang.
I present the SLOB straw poll for informational purposes only. I will take another one when the field of actual candidates is better defined. I would like my readers to note that CPAC winner Ron Paul was not anyone’s pick. I have a feeling that it will be one of the SLOB choices that will be the GOP candidate!
OTHER NEWS: A link fest, as there is a ton of urgent news.
* SEIU orders its thugs to astroturf (President’s Day) to bully Americans in the name of unions. Tea Party Patriots and the Southern California Tax Revolt Coaltion are NOT involved in any counter-protests today. However, If I get any reports about the SEIU events, I will link to them.
* HARD EXAMPLES OF UNION THUG INTIMIDATION IN WISCONSIN (READ THE WHOLE THING):
But then there was the mob that everyone had to go through to get to and from the area for the support rally. I wish I had video taped trying to leave. I had no sign, and was not an active participant – but I experienced first-hand the intimidation and hostility of either union mercenaries, or even worse, of the good people who have been getting whipped into an exhausted and desparate state by the union sponsored liberal rhetoric and atmosphere.
They stood blocking the way, leaving only a narrow two-person-wide space for thousands to funnel through. It was scary, claustrophic, and made me feel panicked. They glared, yelled, and one guy pushed me so hard I flew two feet forward. I thought my husband was going to lose it, so we stopped and just stood to the side where we were. I watched a lot of people from the rally pass in front of me experiencing the same thing. I saw middle class, working class people who looked liked my sister, my mother, my son or daughter, my neighbors… being taunted and intimidated by a mob hoping to provoke mayhem or violence. I looked for police help to secure a path or help with our exit, but I only saw them standing in isolated clusters amongst themselves, the nearest over 50 feet away from the crowd.
As a member of the union, I’m ashamed and horrified. As a public school teacher, I’m confused and disheartened to see so many people I admire support this behavior and even worse: join in pimping our children to further their political agenda.
* LOCALLY: ELITE CA UNION SUPPORTER GETS HER POSTERIOR HANDED TO HER IN CAL WATCHDOG!The comments section gives me hope that California’s citizens are game for their own battle engagement against the union orcs. And, to answer Cal Watchdog’s question regarding if WI protests are coming to California: YOU BETCHA!
* Poll: Voters Support Wisconsin Governor Over Unions: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters agree more with the Republican governor in his dispute with union workers. Thirty-eight percent (38%) agree more with the unionized public employees, while 14% are undecided.
* DOCTORS SHOW SOCIAL JUSTICE IS NEITHER.Ann Althouse breaks-down a weighty piece that shows socialism is being included along with anatomy as standard medical school fare. Be sure to read her SUMMARY OF WISCONSIN PROTEST EVENTS.I think you can see the increasing level of disdain for union thug tactics grow with each post.
UNION LEADERS ARE NOT EQUIVALENT TO AVERAGE UNION MEMBERS. One last thought I thought was essential to share today comes from a Covert Conservative friend: Most union men/women that I work with are not flaming liberals. They are hard-working, hard-drinking, hard-living men who want the government to stop taking so much of their money and make this country a decent place to live. While a few of them don’t like Republicans, almost all of them can’t stand Obama and a good majority are mad at Dems. There is a big divide between union members and union bosses. A growing number of union members are realizing that the union bosses aren’t really thinking about them. Conservative GOPers would do well to take advantage of that — and to be precise when condemning union bosses and pensions. Please, avoid using a shotgun approach that condemns all union members.