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  •  Well if anti-union sentiment grows in the (1+ / 0-)
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    Democratic Party you can kiss union support goodbye. Do you have any idea what unions supply to Democratic campaigns? Unions supply precinct walkers, money, phone banking, signs and posters. They supply bodies for meetings and rallies. They supply meeting space for local Democratic organizations. They are a part of the machinery of the Democratic Party at the national, state, and local level.

    Have you ever actually volunteered to work for Democrats other than posting on a web site? Have you ever walked a precinct or phone banked. Because it seems you have a poor understanding of how Democratic organizations actually run and win campaigns.

    Can you imagine the Republican Party telling the Chamber of Commerce to f*** off? Because that is what you are saying to the labor movement.

    •  Yes, I have (0+ / 0-)

      I have walked precincts in every election.  I have made phone calls and donated money in every election.    My first involvement was in the McCarthy campaign as a teenager.

      The Democratic party existed, and was stronger, before the advent of  public employee unions in the seventies.  

      Public sector unions pitted public worker against  the taxpayer and user of public services.  This has soured lots of people against unions in general.

      Private sector unions were stronger before the growth of public sector unions.  

      Unionized people share interests that affect the entire citizenry.   Global warming, women's rights , clean air, clean water, energy efficiency, quality public education, civil rights, justice, peace, safe workplace, safe food, bridges, traffic control, public transportation, city parks, state parks, national parks, protection of endangered species, religious freedom.    

      If I believed your thesis that the Democratic party could not exist only on the strength of those issues, I  would quit tomorrow.

      The Democratic party would be stronger if we returned to our roots of supporting issues important to everyone.   If public union workers do not share those Democratic party values, they are welcome to join the other party.

      Religion gives men the strength to do what should not be done.

      by bobtmn on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 07:13:53 AM PDT

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