SEIU’s Stephen Lerner Wants To Break Laws, Create A Crisis
September 20, 2011 1 Comment
SEIU Union leader Stephen Lerner is back in the news again. You’ll recall that just a few months ago Lerner was advocating taking over banks and Wall Street. Having failed at that last week, he’s now encouraging radical leftists and union members to break laws and create a crisis for the wealthy. Lerner also wants folks to ‘occupy’ abandoned houses. Apparently the union movement doesn’t just want its members to break laws and create a crisis, it also desires members to become squatters.
Lerner cannot be taken lightly despite the failure of last weekend’s Wall Street takeover which could only attract 5,000 upper middle class white college students. SEIU is associated with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, they have mutual short term goals. Those goals include destroying capitalism and Israel and creating a socialist state. SEIU is inspired by what happened in Cairo last spring, just like the radical Wisconsin unions were inspired. Lerner desires to have a similar revolution here in America.
It may be easy to laugh at Lerner’s desire to bring about a revolution here in the United States. Surely the US isn’t as unstable as Egypt was. That would be a grave error on the part of those of us who love freedom. One year ago today most Egyptians would have thought it impossible that, barring death, Hosni Mubarak would be out of power. We sit in our living rooms and assume that the United State could never be overthrown. While it remains unlikely, it’s not impossible. We have a substantial economic problem and a sharply divided nation.
While the US may not be ripe for revolution, people like Stephen Lerner want to make us ripe for revolution. He’s encouraging people to break the law. He wants to manufacture a crisis for the wealthy. This is the basic progressive, leftist playbook. The very playbook that President Obama learned when he was a ‘community organizer’. Obama is doing his part, making Americans more dependant on the government. Welfare rolls are rising, the number of Americans on food stamps is at an all time high. Poverty rates in America are skyrocketing under Obama. And yet the President has no solution to the problem. Perhaps because he doesn’t view it as nearly the problem that those of us on the right or in the middle view it. The more people dependant on the state, the better as far as Obama is concerned.
Obama is doing his part and rabble rousers like Stephen Lerner are doing their part. Lerner is trying to rile up college students and union thugs. Where Lerner and the progressive left is off is that the American people aren’t behind them. The public has soured on Obama and they’ve soured on unions. Americans don’t view unions nearly as favorably as they did a generation ago. Obama’s poor poll numbers are well documented. Lerner’s movement is even having trouble gaining traction on college campuses because students have figured out that Obama’s policies aren’t creating jobs for them after they graduate. Rabble rousing may be fun times in college but there isn’t much demand out there for rabble rousers.
Lerner’s calls to break laws and create a crisis are dangerous if they are followed by a substantial number of people. They don’t have the numbers yet, fortunately. What Lerner and SEIU’s position does do for us is expose the radical nature of these unions for everyone to see. Unions are not the friend of the working class or of Americans. They’re out to gain power for themselves. They talk in populist language but who do you suppose will be in charge when they win their revolution? Do you really think Stephen Lerner is looking out for you? Hardly. We should hope Lerner and his gang of radicals keeps talking. The more we know about them, the more Americans will oppose their radical policies.