The View From 1776
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Social-Democracy In Wisconsin
Let’s not forget that yesterday’s re-call elections in Wisconsin were all about the liberal-progressive presumption that public-employee labor unions are entitled to substantially higher wages and benefits than private-sector workers, even at the cost of bankrupting states and cities.
During election campaigning in Wisconsin we were treated to the spectacle of liberal-progressives proclaiming, with sanctimonious hypocrisy, that their re-call referenda were democracy in action. They hoped that the rest of us would forget the mob action of labor union thugs who criminally invaded the state capitol building to prevent the real democratic exercise of voting for proposed legislation. They also hoped that we would forget Democrat/Socialist legislators’ illegal refusal to present themselves for a legally convened session of the Wisconsin legislature.
An additional exercise in liberal-progressive hypocrisy is their denouncing Tea Party vocal opposition to Federal tax increases as terrorism after having enthusiastically supported physical, mob intimidation in Wisconsin by labor union thugs.
Left-wing media and President Obama lent their support for these “democratic” actions at the time. Reportedly on Obama’s orders, the national Democrat/Socialist Party organization sent busloads of their adherents to add to the mob disorder.
This sort of blindness to labor-union violence that attacks individual constitutional rights, at the state and Federal levels, is characteristic of liberal-progressivism. After all, liberal-progressivism originated with the 1789 mobs of Paris, who roamed the city’s streets hanging disliked public officials from the lampposts.
Social-democracy is the European name for their version of liberal-progressive-socialism, hence the title of this post. Particularly in France mob action, replete with burning and looting wide swaths of cities, still is the standard way for liberal-progressives to lobby for their views. Liberal-progressives, of course, see nothing objectionable in this. The mobs, in their view, are victims of people who own private property and have more wealth than the rioters.