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This is in response to the letters from Kelly Jones Sharp from the ACLU and Michael Elder concerning Right to Work. It is seldom that I get to swat two flies at once, but I’ll do my best.
In Act 3, scene 2 of “Hamlet” we see the line “the lady doth protest too much, methinks.” The phrase has come to mean that one can “insist so passionately about something not being true that people suspect the opposite of what one is saying.”
This is what I think is going on in the letter from Ms. Sharp in her defense of the ACLU. I can’t help but wonder, do these people name themselves? Let me first pose this question; if someone is guilty of some heinous crime such as armed robbery or murder should they be let off the hook because they helped a little old lady across the street?
I, like many others, find the ACLU an abomination because they shamefully rush to defend the lowest form of filth this society can produce. Has the ACLU ever done any good? Perhaps, but it is their attack on Christian values that I find so reprehensible. Their defense of the North American Man Boy Love Association, a group that advocates homosexual sex between men and prepubescent boys is an example. Pedophiles.
The writer states that their reward is to do the right thing. My question remains – right for whom? The Nazis worked long, hard hours to accomplish their goals, too. This is only my opinion, as was my previous letter about the ACLU in these pages and it is up to the individuals to make up their own minds concerning them.
Now to address Michael Elder’s attack. He covers a lot of ground that I have already addressed in these pages. The crux of his letter is largely moot. The bill has passed – get over it.
Oh, I guess he’s proud of how his party acted in Indianapolis. Instead of doing the jobs the voters entrusted them with they stomped off like spoiled toddlers having a temper tantrum for the second year in a row when they found out they couldn’t win the fight. They are an embarrassment not only to Indiana, but also to the system that they swore to uphold.
I would also like to address his statement that I am against unions. Totally false! I would be proud to be in a union that was law-abiding and fair. I do, however find many of the current union practices abhorrent. Every day, millions of union members have money taken from their paychecks to support some union presidents’ political agendas.
In 1996, Rutgers economics professor Leo Troy estimated that union political expenditures totaled about $500 million in each election cycle. More recently, the National Institute for Labor Relations Research estimated that total union political expenditures reached $925 million in the 2004 cycle. Over time, this has added up: According to The Center for Responsive Politics, eight of the top 10 all-time political contributors are labor unions.
In addition, I find union thuggery and coercion an affront to the American way.
The last thing I would like to address is the outright lie that Elder claims in the eighth paragraph. He says that I said that “the people of New Orleans got what the deserved from Hurricane Katrina.”
On Oct. 24, 2005, I addressed what happened to New Orleans and nowhere did I make such a statement. The fact that Elder was too lazy to look it up before he made such a rash statement is not surprising. Others have done the same in the pages of this paper. It does, however, go a long way in establishing his total lack of credibility and reliance.
While I’m here, a couple of decades ago a friend worked at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. Their union decided to go on strike. The picketers – all union workers – barred the zoo entrance. No one could get in or out as the strike progressed.
The upshot of this was that the animals were not being fed. My friend, an animal lover, became concerned about the welfare of the critters and after a few days decided to act.
In the dark of night he and a couple of friends, several of whom were ardently pro-union, scaled the walls and crept into the zoo. They spent several hours feeding and watering the animals. Afterward they slipped away into the night.
A few days later one of the union bosses showed up at the site and expressed his dismay that none of the animals had died. He figured that if they had it would help the union win its strike. Sweet, huh?
When Upton Sinclair wrote “The Jungle” in the early 20th century, he said, “unions were a necessary evil. Since then, many unions have become just unnecessarily evil.”
Finally, I’d advise both writers not to become so upset. I’m just one man who feels compelled to point out wickedness when I see it. I doubt if anyone pays attention.
In fact Mike, I’d say that you have a lot of which to be proud. Your gentle wit and southern charm are as the kids today say, “awesome.” After reading your worldview, I’d say that you are the perfect Democrat, the kind that put Obama in office and wants him to stay there. Bravo!