Wednesday, July 27, 2005

The Stupid Party, Redux

The split in the AFL-CIO? Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of guys.

Don't be fooled, however. Without real reform, both the AFL-CIO and the renegade unions --- the Teamsters and SEIU --- will remain bastions of the far Left. And in a few years, they'll all kiss and make up, and all will be forgiven, if not forgotten. This is a separation, not a divorce.

After all, this is at least the second time that the Teamsters have left the AFL-CIO. And the Carpenters union left in March 2000.

Of course, then you begin to see stories like this one, in which some Republicans stark talking about the opportunity for the GOP in far Left dissension.

One can only hope that Republicans won't sacrifice fundamental principles --- like support for the proposition that every one should be free to join, or refrain entirely from supporting, a labor union without pain or penalty to their employment --- in pursuit of the filthy lucre and/or political machine of organized labor.

Those who are willing to sacrifice that principle, or who never had it in the first place, demonstrate the best reason why Samuel Francis sometimes described the GOP as "the Stupid Party."

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