On Tuesday, Democratic Congressman Michael Capuano said this to a crowd of union members.
“I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going…Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary.”
Less than 24 hours later, a union thug did this to my friend Tabitha Hale “out on the streets” in front of her office in Washington, DC.
Now, here’s the thing. That goon was there as a member of the Communications Workers of America union to protest the “budget repair” legislation proposed in Wisconsin by Governor Scott Walker. However, the CWA is a private union, not a public sector union that would be affected by the bill and today’s protest was at the FreedomWorks HQ in Washington, DC, nowhere near Governor Walker or Wisconsin.
So why were they there? It’s not like they could influence Governor Walker’s decision, nor the decision of any Wisconsin legislator. There presence wouldn’t change a single poll number in a state hundreds of miles away.
But there was a reason they were there, and it’s as nasty and un-American as you can imagine. FreedomWorks, as you may know, has been heavily involved in helping Tea Parties get off the ground all over the country. As a result, its employees have been the frequent target of attack by the left. Though it was not directly involved in this past weekend’s counter-demonstration beyond this post on the group’s web site, apparently someone powerful on the left felt it was, and so they sent their doltish minions to intimidate FreedomWorks’ employees.
As you can see from the video, their tactic didn’t work. Tabitha is not a big person on the outside, but she has the heart of a giant. I know, even though I’ve not spoken directly to her, that the attack on her today will only give her a bigger reason to break the backs of the public sector unions and their stranglehold on our states’ budgets. To borrow a famous phrase from President Obama, the CWA acted stupidly.