Recently, I wrote a newspaper piece where I established the direct link between the Democratic Party and Labor Unions. I stated that such close ties betray the best interests of the American taxpayers as union leaders sit to negotiate with the very politicians they are in bed with. Owing so much to these unions, how can we trust that politicians will not bend to the wishes of their allies?  Unionism in America today is not much more than a Ponzi scheme.

Another writer disagreed, presenting public unions as simply looking after their member’s interests and offering some kind of cosmic middle ground that keeps unions relevant and asserts they remain somewhat independent.  What can they do after all if, in their assessment, the Democratic Party is pro-union and the Republicans are not? Seems reasonable?

I think not. First, it is clear that most major unions in America are dominated by angry leftists. It is such radicalism the one that mobilizes the leaders for ideas that are contrary to the best interests of workers and the nation.

Second, unions are today so tied to the manacles of government that they will support any collectivist scheme. In other words, it is not that the Democratic Party is for workers but that it is for big government. As it is in government that the remnants of unionism remain, the leftist leadership is rabidly pro-Democrat. The thing about fighting for the workers is a slogan, as much a slogan as the Marxist maxim of “the dictatorship of the proletariat” or the “vanguard of the workers.”

The alignment with the Democratic Party is due strictly to ideology and it is real, an embedded unity based on political strategy. As most workers are not unionized, unions are not for workers but instead for government expansion. Just listen to Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa while warming up the crowd for President Obama in Detroit, Michigan on Labor Day:

“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.”

Third, the Democratic Party has been for forced unionism, what is contrary to the idea of free association, a foundational principle of America’s experiment in freedom. Forced unionism keeps thugs in power, forcing workers to join and pay dues the leaders use to advance their agenda. Yet, forced unionism is the bread and butter of union leaders, thugs who benefit from forced unionism that steals from unwilling members.

So, the middle ground approach is a mirage, a phantom of people’s imagination. Unionism, as it really is, not as it ought to be, is a great menace to our freedom.

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