When I hear Bill Cunningham anymore I can’t help but think of Robert the Bruce, the noble who left William Wallace on the battlefield in the film Braveheart. In that film Robert the Bruce made a deal with the political establishment to leave William Wallace in the middle of the battle, an act intended to defeat Wallace. Robert the Bruce, who was a wealthy land owner wasn’t ready to give everything up in an alliance with Wallace, so he took the deal and left Wallace to die. You can see here where Bill Cunningham knows he’s doing the wrong thing turning against his friend John Kasich when he speaks with Ed Schultz. Cunningham, as a wealthy lawyer himself is not ready to speak out against a system he helped build. Pay close attention to the words Cunningham speaks. It’s scripted and you will hear it again later in this post.
While Cunningham and Schultz were talking on MSNBC an epic debate was underway in Ohio between, Sen. Keith Faber and former Ohio Congressman Dennis Eckart over Issue 2. Faber without question won the debate. He answered every question thoroughly, and as completely as possible. Eckart used the position of the unions which is all emotion to answer virtually every question. You can see the complete debate for yourself here. Part one is the first video, part two, is the second video. Watch it and make the decision for yourself.
It’s interesting that Eckert used exactly the same metaphor regarding the mother-in-law as Cunningham did. That means that both men are reading the talking points created by the union interests that runs deep in our culture, and is responsible for much of the corruption that goes on in politics. Remove the union influence, and aspects of government that are corrupt would be greatly illustrated. The unions are spending upwards of $60 million dollars on manipulating the citizens of Ohio into a moment of self-doubt, to preserve their empire.
This morning an employee came up to me and said, “You’re for Issue 2, right?”
“Yes,” I said. “I’m a tremendous supporter of Issue 2.”
“Well, I think it’s just terrible. They want to take away our collective bargaining rights.”
I said to them, “Nobody has a right to collective bargaining. What makes you think it’s a right?”
“It’s in the constitution!” They were very angry when they said this.
I took a breath. “No, it’s not in any constitution either federal, or state wide. Collective bargaining for public employees was created by corrupt, progressive politicians to ‘purchase’ voting blocks for themselves. It has nothing to do with actual rights. FDR started this discussion and Kennedy finished it off as a favor to the mobs in 1962 with Executive Order 10988. That’s when public unions were allowed to form and it was a mistake. Unions have NO natural rights to anything I have. They do not have a right to collectively bargain for the tax money I toss in the pot to spend on our government services.”
“But they pay taxes too!” They said.
“Yes, but the difference is for the public employee, they pass the hat around, they all contribute and at the end, they divide up among themselves what they put in, because their wages come out of the hat. I put money in the hat and it never comes back to me. I don’t get money back out of the hat. It goes around, I contribute, and I get back an employee for public service, and I have a limit on what I’m willing to pay for those services. Collective bargaining in my opinion should have been abolished in Issue 2, along with the idea that public employees should be in a union. It doesn’t go far enough in my opinion! I see Issue 2 as a very fair reform that is ESSENTIAL to the future of Ohio.”
Here’s the deal, Governor Kasich did balance his budget which was $8 billion in the hole at the start of 2011. Issue 2 will not affect his budget. But Kasich turned off the bleeding money that came out of Columbus so there isn’t any money to lobby from the State. That means that the money for all school districts and community services will have to come from higher taxes in those regions. So as the unions are looking to loot state and federal money to cover their budget needs, that money is gone, leaving it to the communities to cover the difference. (SOURCE ARTICLE FOR PICTURE) http://www.redstate.com/laborunionreport/2011/10/26/public-sector-unions-to-ohio-taxpayers-we-will-bury-you/
Now I support the move by Kasich, because all that state money is also my money, and I like to see that he’s getting his hands around it. And it’s a lot easier for me to help cover costs in my local community away from the union lobby in Columbus, so I have no problem with what Kasich has done. But without Issue 2 as a tool, tax increases will be an epic demand right out of the gate in 2012 and the money isn’t there. So all these people protesting against it, like Cunningham and Eckert political progressives in function, the money isn’t there to satisfy the “fairness” they are looking for.
The unions claim they have “given back” a billion dollars. Well, it wasn’t enough because the budget demands have not went away. So maybe they need to give back another billion dollars in order to balance our community budgets. And if they don’t want to do that, then find another job. It’s a choice. But under their definition of “giveback” it is equivalent to a ship of pirates considering on whether or not to plunder a town. If the value of a town is $1 billion dollars and the pirates decide not to attack the town, this is how the unions define a “give back.”
I can’t think of a single reason to vote no on Issue 2. I wish it was more aggressive, but as it is, I think it’s fair from the perspective of society. It took a lot of courage to vote for Issue 2, the question is, do you have the courage to keep it? The unions are betting that you don’t, because they are spending millions and millions and millions of dollars on making you feel afraid, and to vote with those fears in mind on November 8th 2011. So do you have the courage to keep it, because as of now, you have it Ohio? This is an issue you cannot leave to other people; you must show up and protect it with your vote. Because the unions will all be there to protect the status quo and ability to take our money without regulation. All you have to do to stop that kind of looting is VOTE YES on ISSUE 2, and have a little backbone in the silent isolation of the voting booth.
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23 thoughts on “Robert the Bruce of Issue 2: Looking for WARRIOR POETS in Ohio”
God….Bill Springer, I mean Cunningham on MSLSD. How appropriate! And with this blowhard too boot. Chris “tingle down my leg” Mathews can’t be far behind. Does Bill know Ed’s history at all??? I wonder, did he call him A Great American after they were done? No way can Slick Willie any longer slam Odumbo with any credibility…EVER! No one wants to hear it. You can’t have it both ways.
He’s so far down the rabbit hole or up the unions hole…or both. Yes…BOTH!
OMG!!!! Someone’s broken in and it coming up the stairs as I type this….better call Ohio FOP and see if they can’t help me load my gun. Oh wait…They’re at that traffic stop. Both of them. Snap, click, bang.
I just saved taxpayer monies…and my life.
They are threatening everyday citizens and crossed the line with that radio ad. This is pure thuggery and if you don’t stand now when will you?
Rich, GREAT post. I love the “Braveheart” analogy. My next mission is to watch every video you’ve linked here. As I’ve said here before, it might have taken a while but for the last few years I’ve seen right through Willie.
My favorite author of political thriller novels is Vince Flynn. He said something in one of his books that really stuck with me. He was discussing the differences in Mitch Rapp, the main character who is a hard charging anti terrorism operative, and the Washington bureaucrats who are trying to hamper his search for terrorists. Mr Flynn said that the bureaucrats were lawyers “trained to argue both sides of an argument with equal passion” and that they had lost touch with what’s really going on in society and what’s really important. That’s kind of how I see Willie. I try to be true to my beliefs 100% of the time. If I say something, I mean it. I can’t imagine how someone could get on a radio show with thousands or even millions of listeners and be conservative one minute and progressive the next with equal passion. When you read Mr. Flynn’s take on the bureaucrats Willie’s behavior begins to make sense. I guess Willie sleeps well at night after going on the air and playing a role or character in the same way he can stand before a judge and defend someone he believes to be guilty for a paycheck. I think he’s been doing it for so long now that he justifies it in his mind. I guess some people don’t hold integrity in the same high regard that I do. My highest belief has always been that at the end of my life I want to be able to say that I lived it with honor and integrity.
Rich, this may be one of your best posts ever.
Thanks guys, it means a lot to me. The battle we are in isn’t much different!