Friday, August 08, 2008

Modern Democrats: Too Far Left For George McGovern

Say what you will about George McGovern (I have), but at least he's not a Marxist. A raging Socialist, perhaps, but not a "vanguard of the proletariat," "false-consciousness" Marxist.

To what am I referring? The amazing op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal in which he come out against the fraudulently-misnomered "Employee Free Choice Act," a pernicious little proposal at the very top of the union-boss wish list.

And what would EFCA do? Well, let's leave it to former Senator McGovern:
it runs counter to ideals that were once at the core of the labor movement. Instead of providing a voice for the unheard, EFCA risks silencing those who would speak.

The key provision of EFCA is a change in the mechanism by which unions are formed and recognized. Instead of a private election with a secret ballot overseen by an impartial federal board, union organizers would simply need to gather signatures from more than 50% of the employees in a workplace or bargaining unit, a system known as "card-check." There are many documented cases where workers have been pressured, harassed, tricked and intimidated into signing cards that have led to mandatory payment of dues.

Under EFCA, workers could lose the freedom to express their will in private, the right to make a decision without anyone peering over their shoulder, free from fear of reprisal.

So tell me again how Democrat supporters of EFCA (North Carolina freshman Congressman Heath Shuler comes to mind) are "moderates"? George McGovern is no moderate, and even he cannot stomach this proposal.

I once labeled McGovern "George 'No Enemies to the Left' McGovern."

It would seem that I owe him an apology. I apologize.

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