November 1, 2011

‘No’ On Ohio Issue 2 = Obama’s Agenda = Occupy Wall Street; Exhibit A: James ‘Son of a B*tches’ Hoffa Jr.

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James Hoffa Jr. is head of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union.

Acting against the interests and perhaps the wishes of the majority of his union’s private-sector members, Hoffa has come out in support of voting “no” on Ohio’s Issue 2, and has actively campaigned towards that end:

Jim Hoffa, the head of the national Teamsters union and son of the infamous Jimmy Hoffa, made a stop in Toledo Wednesday night and he had powerful words for Gov. John Kasich.

Hoffa rallied Toledo-area union members Wednesday afternoon to vote no on Issue 2 on Nov. 8.

His visit to Toledo was his fourth trip to Ohio related to Ohio Issue 2 / Senate Bill 5.

… “My friends here in Ohio told me what Gov. Kasich said when he took over,” Hoffa said. “I understand that he said, ‘Get on the bus, or I’m going to run you over!’ Well, Gov. Kasich, we got a big truck out there and now we’re going to run you over!”

… “Collective bargaining is basically instrumental. It’s almost part of the First Amendment of the Constitution. You should have that right, all employees of Ohio should have that. They have for years and years and years until John Kasich comes in and tries to take it away.”

That was four visits as of mid-October.

The violent rhetoric of the second-last excerpted paragraph and the obvious misrepresentation seen in the final one — Issue 2′s passage will NOT “take away” collective bargaining — have been Hoffa’s stock in trade of late. He employed both two months ago in a Labor Day speech in Detroit on behalf of the reelection efforts of President Barack Obama:

Transcript:

Hoffa: We’ve got to keep an eye on the battle that we face, a war on workers. And you see it everywhere. It is the Tea Party. And y’know there’s only one way to beat and win that war.

The one thing about working people is, we like a good fight. And you know what? They got a war, they got a war with us, and there’s only gonna be one winner, it’s going to be the workers of uh Michigan and America! We’re gonna win that war!

– (snip) –

President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. And President Obama, we want one thing: Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs! That’s what we’re going to tell him.

He’s going to be, and, when he sees what we’re doing here, he will be inspired, but he needs help. And you know what, everybody here’s gotta vote. If we go back, keep the eye on the prize, let’s take these son of a bitches out and give America back to America where we belong. Thank you very much!

On October 5, Hoffa and his union officially endorsed the Occupy Wall Street Movement:

The following is the official statement from Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa issued today about the Occupy Wall Street protest:

“No one should be surprised that Occupy Wall Street is gaining support and spreading quickly around the country. The American Dream has disappeared for students, whose reality is debt and unemployment. The dream disappeared for workers forced to take wage cuts by employers sitting on billions of dollars in profits. The dream disappeared for working families who paid too steep a price for Wall Street’s greed, stupidity and fraud.

The Teamsters have thus endorsed a movement I described in my PJ Media column today as all too often “nothing more than potty-mouthed, violent hooligans with an incoherent cause,” steeped in violence, incivility, hostility, and crime. As of this afternoon, John Nolte at BigJournalism.com has chronicled what is surely only a partial list of 119 incidents.

When the Occupy movement is semi-coherent, it among other things calls for a general strike in the city where even the left-wing Mother Jones noted that Occupiers and not the police were the ones who brought on violence, brags of its solidarity with their “Comrades from Cairo” (which isn’t exactly working out so well for “democracy” or tolerance), and tries to stop all “fracking,” which if allowed has the potential to end most of this country’s dependence on foreign energy sources and in the process would likely create the “jobs” Mr. Hoffa shouted for eight times above for some of his and other private-sector unions’ members.

Those are really special people with whom you have associated yourself and your union, Jimbo.

But, in combination with Obama For America’s endorsement of the “No” position on Issue 2 and the President’s endorsement of the Occupy movement (“We are on their side“), Hoffa has shown Ohioans one important thing:

‘No’ On Ohio Issue 2 = Obama’s Agenda = Occupy Wall Street

It isn’t just conservatives who recoil from this. Sensible Ohioans — Democrats, Republicans, and independents — need to react accordingly at the voting booth in the coming days, and vote “Yes” on Issue 2.

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  1. Sorry Tom, Not all of Occupy Wall Street is Obama….

    I’m Participating in the General Strike tomorrow and I agree with Market Ticker on this one- See you later – Greg

    NOTE: Tickerforum and Market Ticker GENERAL STRIKE
    http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=196905

    In solidarity with the Occupy Oakland effort which has called for a General Strike on November 2nd, The Market Ticker and Tickerforum will go dark for 24 hours beginning at midnight central time this evening and continuing through 11:59 PM on the 2nd.

    During that time period only a banner will display indicating that we are on strike and committing no taxable events during that time period.

    I know this is a difficult time in the markets, but the test of whether one believes in a thing does not come when it’s easy to commit an act — it comes when it’s difficult, and when you would normally be inclined to “make an exception.”

    The lack of arrests and indictments against the police officers who shot Scott Olsen in the head, then attempted to prevent the lawful and peaceful evacuation of him following his injury by tossing a pyrotechnic device directly at him and the rescuers is unacceptable.

    The Market Ticker and Tickerforum have, since their inception, stood for The Rule of Law for everyone, no matter how wealthy or poor, no matter their status in society and no matter who they know. The First Amendment makes clear that it is a God-given right of the people to peaceably assemble. No evidence has emerged tying Mr. Olsen to any violent action of any sort, and the video evidence of the police officer tossing the device into the group attempting to medically assist him has a pedigree with a bona-fide news organization along with being clear and convincing on its face.

    Law enforcement officers have no right to commit acts that would be considered felonies if an ordinary person were to engage in the same conduct. Shooting a man in the head with a projectile through reckless or intentional conduct fits into this category. Attempting to prevent persons from assisting a person in medical distress is a dictionary-style exposition of malice and in addition to being a separate offense is so heinous that were it to be conducted in a war zone it would be considered a war crime to be tried at The Hague.

    There have not only been no arrests of the police officers and no indictments the responsible parties have not even deigned to apologize. This too is unacceptable. The people have a right to free speech and to assembly; nowhere in The Constitution can I find a statement that “Assemblies must last no more than time”, only that they be peaceful.

    This is not about partisan politics and it is not about whether I do or don’t agree with everything that some organization stands for. It is about one thing and one thing only in this instance: The Rule of Law — which is supposed to guarantee all our freedoms and fundamental liberty interests that no government has the right to abrogate.

    I have therefore made the decision to stand with “Occupy Oakland” and all others who also condemn and find this action unacceptable, and as such I will commit no taxable act during the 24 hour period of November 2nd, and will not “make up” for said refusal either in front of or after that period has passed.

    I urge you to do the same……………….

    Comment by G — November 1, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

  2. Wow, they’ve got what they think is their “Kent State,” and Karl has allowed himself to get sucked in. What a tool.

    How ironic that Karl the literalist, the guy who can’t understand when quotes are used to characterize the general tone of a situation — which in the case of my column which so offended him anyone with an IQ above room temperature could have seen — now claims that “The people have a right to free speech and to assembly; nowhere in The Constitution can I find a statement that “Assemblies must last no more than time”, only that they be peaceful.”

    Here’s what I find in the First Amendment, Greg and Karl, in the first five words — “Congress shall make no law. …” It doesn’t say, “California will make no law.” It doesn’t say, “Oakland will make no law.” It doesn’t say, “Police can’t enforce laws or regulations duly passed by the states and cities.” It says, “CONGRESS shall make no law. …”

    ICYMI and you’re not getting the point, that means that California and the City of Oakland are WITHIN THEIR RIGHTS within reason to regulate the use of public property for the people’s appropriate exercise of their free speech and assembly rights. If states and cities can’t do that, they and their residents would literally be at the mercy of any and all malcontents who could tie things up 24-7-365 forever. That’s horse manure.

    Those who refuse to obey laws passed by the representatives of the people in California and Oakland are subject to the consequences of such refusal: arrest if they resist, dispersal by non-lethal means if they become violent, and dispersal by violent means if they become violent to the point of threatening law enforcement.

    I feel for Mr. Olsen and wish him well and a complete recovery, but he CHOSE to be in a group which at a minimum had turned violent, and arguably threateningly so. He could have and should have chosen to leave when the first LAWFUL order to leave was put forth.

    You and Karl could not be more wrong. I am surprised that it has only taken about three weeks for it to become crystal clear who between Karl and Tom has a firmer grasp of reality. I thought it would take at least four. :–>

    As to Obama, he and he alone decided to align himself with the Occupy movement. Unless he says something to clarify, which he has NOT (and I expect that he will not), he does NOT get the luxury of picking and choosing which elements he is associated with. It’s all his, and YOU don’t get to pretend that it’s not. It is, unless and until he says otherwise.

    The same goes for Hoffa and the Teamsters.

    In terms of the “Issue” at hand, Issue 2, the past 6-1/2 weeks have taught us that letting the “No” side win creates the prospect that OWS-like protests, demonstrations, and violence will become more frequent and could occur at any time the entrenched public-sector unions who live off of forcibly collected dues don’t get 100% of what they want.

    Comment by TBlumer — November 1, 2011 @ 10:27 pm

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