Richard Trumka, President Obama’s honored guest at the rollout of the non-existent “American Jobs Act” last night, penned a little message for America on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Trumka starts off well enough, with a salute to first responders that he works into a metaphor about “doors” opening. Here’s a taste of the good stuff:
Working men and women rushed through doors to danger and became America’s everyday heroes. Firefighters, construction workers, nurses and EMTs—all kinds of professionals and volunteers—were there not just on the fateful day but some for weeks and months and even years after. And we swore we would never forget.
Doors opened within us to each other. We came together. We flew the flag. We comforted one another. In our grief, we found the best in ourselves.
Ah, but “other doors opened, too – doors to hate, suspicion of ‘others’, and self-centered greed.” That would include the ambitions of anyone who isn’t a politically connected union boss with six-figure income.
And who are those who dare to insist on restraining the government that does so much for Trumka and his union out to destroy?
Just 10 years after 9/11, despite our vows, the public servants, construction workers and others who lost their lives or still suffer with the cancerous remnants of the Twin Towers haven’t just been forgotten. They’ve been vilified. The extremist small government posse has turned them into public enemy No. 1, as though teachers and firefighters, EMTs and nurses and union construction workers ruined America’s economy.
In state after state this year—with the heroism of 9/11 less than a decade behind us—politicians targeted the paychecks, benefits and basic rights of these workers in a rabid campaign to shift government support to tax breaks for the wealthy and already profitable corporations.
Gosh, I hope the “extremist small government posse” doesn’t show up and rescue the hostages taken by Trumka’s union! That would be awkward.
Who are these small-government extremist villains? Does Trumka have the courage to name names of these Tea Partying sons of bitches, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11? You bet he does!
Wealthy CEOs, anti-government extremist front groups and frothing talk show hosts—from the Rush Limbaughs and Glenn Becks to the Koch brothers, Karl Rove’s American Crossroads group, Americans for Prosperity, the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the American Legislative Exchange Council—also pushed open the door to hate.
Those of you serfs who have been complaining about paying for the lavish benefits of your public-union masters had better shut up, if you know what’s good for you, because your success in what remains of the private sector lies entirely in their hands:
Make no mistake—setting workers against workers is a highly profitable endeavor. How many times during the vilest state attacks on public workers did we hear the question: “Other people don’t have pensions. Why should he?” Prompting that question required twisting the American psyche—which, by its founding nature, seeks to lift the common good. The appropriate question should have been, “Why doesn’t everybody have a pension?” followed by collective action for retirement security.
Trumka includes a reminder that only duly authorized members of the liberal elite can use violent metaphors in political speeches with the proper nuance. That’s why union thugs like James Hoffa can talk about “taking people out” all day, but you racist Republicans are still responsible for causing the Tucson shootings with your map symbols:
We’ve seen the costs of hatred in ill-thought wars, in shameful attacks on immigrants and our LGBT neighbors. We saw it in the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. We saw it in the racism that has found overt and covert expression since Barack Obama began his run for office—from outright declarations of people who said out loud they would never vote for a black man to the ridiculously persistent obsession with our president’s birth certificate. Regardless of his policies or priorities, President Obama is shadowed by the drumbeat of suspicion based on his “other”-ness. And those suspicions are fed and watered constantly by forces that were threatened by his message of “hope and change.”
If you were critical of the War on Taxpayers waged in Wisconsin, you should feel ashamed of yourself, because Trumka points out that the stooges obtaining fraudulent doctors’ notes so they could parade around Madison with “HITLER + MUBARAK = WALKER” signs are just like the heroes of 9/11:
But I remember that other door that opened on 9/11—the door to our better selves, to our understanding that we are one and our values require us to care for one another.
That’s what sent 347 firefighters to their death at the Twin Towers 10 years ago. It’s also what sent firefighters to stand with teachers in Wisconsin even though Gov. Scott Walker had exempted them from his attack on public employees. It’s what moves employed people now to demand good jobs for the 26 million Americans who are looking for work. It’s what gives us the courage to take on a crumbling economy and the politicians preaching austerity and ignoring our jobs crisis—to take them on and say, “We are America. We are better than this. And we are one.”
One again: the despicable cretin who wrote this – using the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks to slander his enemies, including the majority of the American people – is a top Obama supporter, invited to sit in Michelle Obama’s box during Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress… right next to Jeffrey Immelt, the G.E. crony capitalist who soaked up taxpayer millions, then sent jobs to China.
Update: Trumka even got the number of New York firefighters killed on 9/11 wrong. The correct total is 343, not 347, but I guess we can follow Trumka logic and assume he just doesn’t care enough to get it right.
You can see, and remember, these heroes by following this link, and I humbly invite you to do so.
Thanks to Jammie Wearing Fool for the link.