Central Committee Hijack- Contrary Caucus View

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Perhaps this is my last post, or last for a while, I am not sure. Saturday was both a hugely emotional and draining day for me. After working in the US Senate for both Senator Christopher (Kit) Bond and Senator John Ashcroft, and receiving a nomination to attend the US Naval Academy in Annapolis from a US Senator, I considered myself about as “Conservative” as it got. While most kids had not even heard of Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, or Anthem by High School, and perhaps some reading this now are not familiar, but I had read all 3 as well as Engels and Marx Communist Manifesto, Plato’s Republic, and Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics, and well as the various works of vaunted Ethics Philosopher, Immanuel Kant, who was fueled by the same radical ideas of The Enlightenment which formed the beliefs of men such as Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, George Washington, and James Madison.

In University, became engrossed in Medieval Philosophy, and the concept of “Free Will” as the Christian and Muslim (oh my!) Philosophers called it. The works of St. Thoman Aquinas (Summa Theologica), St. Augustine of Hippo, Avicenna (a muslim oh my!), and the great and wise Averroes (who was a Muslim philosopher who stood against Ghazali, who rejected the ethical teaching of Aristotle as an affront to Islam, coincidentally).

I say all this to lay a foundation for what I am about to say. I have always been intrigued and drawn to the concept of “Free Will” in Christian Scholarship and Theology, but only in the last 2 years, have I come to realize and internalize that “Free Will” of which St. Thomas wrote and “Liberty” of which Dr. Paul writes and speaks are actually the same thing.

It now seems, because I have come to this conclusion, I am not a “Republican” to some, and a “Libertarian” to others. If standing for the belief in liberty of Jefferson and Madison and the Austrian Economics of F.A Hayek over the  Hamiltonian  and Wilsonian world views and central planning Keynesianism tendencies of many modern “Republicans” and unfortunately, even some in our very own JCTP, I am guilty as charged.

If our “core values” are to mean anything, we must hold ourselves to them, as well as hold other membership accountable to the same. When you have Tea Party Members supporting TIF, TDDs, and government intervention in the market, we must evaluate if our values actually even mean anything, or if they just sound nice. I have multiple times this week seen JCTP members express support for such Central Planning as the Can Plant Expansion in Arnold, where the City is issuing 80 Million of 100 Series Bonds to pay for an addition to the Can Plant. They are buying a Can Plant quite literally, and then leasing it back to InBev, so that the benefits of municipal exemption of property tax can be enjoyed by a publicly traded firm. Such positions must be shunned, and must be called out and excised if membership in JCTP is to actually mean anything.

This came to a head Saturday, where many in the JCTP stood silently as acts of theft and extortion were committed before them. Only 1 person stood up.

Acts which have now resulted in the nullification of all of the Jefferson County Delegates to the Conventions, and acts that will lead to lawsuits and legal investigations of the conspirators, and acts, which if the breadcrumb trail continues and pieces keep falling into place, appear to lead directly to an intentional strategy, or playbook, to disenfranchise the supporters of 1 particular GOP Candidate.

I refuse to share my foxhole with any “Tea Partier” who supports such fraud and corruption, regardless of who it is directed at, or the ends it serves. Wrong is wrong. Making excuses or justifications for what transpired Saturday makes us no different than hypocritically endorsing the corruption we point at from SEIU and the Democratic Party in general. If the JCTP is to be anything beside the tax exempt arm of the Jefferson County Central Committee, which it seems to have become of late, we must hold each other accountable to our core values, and not be afraid to be assertive when those that also profess to hold them, cast them aside. If they refuse to recede from such a position, ask them to reconsider their use of the term “Tea Partier” with regard to themselves. Lack of accountability to our core principles and apathy is how our nation has ended up in the situation we find ourselves currently in, and unfortunately, this same blind eye seems to have cast its gaze on the activities which occurred of last weekend. We must stand for the rule of law, and against these acts, or we are no better than ACORN.

 

An Educational Reform Primer for All State Legislators: When "Choice" is Not Really "Choice" but Just Lipstick on a Pig

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How Michelle Rhee (a self-proclaimed left leaning Democrat) and her Students First organization are able to infiltrate state legislatures to push for nationalized education and conservative legislators praise its presence and agenda (and even invite her to set up shop for lobbying efforts):

Rhee’s strategy of freezing her targets—teachers and unions—and attacking them through a media blitz, has been so successful scores of governors and high-profile conservatives ignore her faux record at Harlem Park Elementary, her affiliation with the social justice minded, racist Teach for America (the majority of whom are white, Ivy League and elitist) and the cover-up surrounding a DC cheating scandal that happened under her watch.

Potter Williams Report does a fine job describing how those politicians who describe themselves as conservative got snookered into supporting the nationalization of curriculum and other nefarious education "reform" models:

Left and Right reformers are successfully wielding enormous power over testing standards, teacher evaluation models, policy implementation and curriculum. Building coalitions around common ideals such as parental involvement, teacher tenure, failing schools and ‘trophy’ kids, the left has lured the Right into an unholy alliance while their old pals SEIU and NEA battle it out with non-profits like Save Our Schools and the billion-dollar ubiquitous StudentsFirst. 


"There's so much lipstick smeared on this pig, it's hard to tell what it looks like," said Rep. Mike Lair, R-Chillicothe.

Lair has uttered one of the most succinct statements on education reform and the unholy alliance of education reform organizations to come out of Jefferson City.  Representative Lair may be echoing the words in the Potter Williams article:
 
"If something sounds too good to be true and is accompanied by a slick feature length propaganda film (Waiting for Superman) directed by a hard-line leftist (Davis Guggenheim of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”) then it definitely is." 
 
We wrote about this educational reform disaster last year when Republican lawmakers were invited to see "Waiting for Superman" in Jefferson City.  "Too good to be true" is under all that lipstick on that education reform pig. Take the lipstick off and it is still a pig.  It's not the "reform" the Republicans in Missouri and nationally have come to believe it is.  It's nothing but dressed up pork, designed to use taxpayer money for programs with no taxpayer accountability.  
 
Kudos to at least one Republican lawmaker who can see past the glitz and glamor of packaged and slick educational reform one liners. 

Abolishing Freedom for the 99%

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The new Breitbart site has this post "Exclusive: SEIU Helps Occupy ‘Abolish Capitalism’", which you should read and listen to very, very, carefully.

As you do so, you should keep in mind that "Capitalism" was the term which Marx used to rename the Free Market with... why? Why do you think? Who could possibly stir up a free people against Freedom? But against money/capital? That's as easy as stirring a pot.

Why should you care? Try this out, read that headline again, but this time try reading it as what it actually means: "SEIU Helps Occupy 'Abolish Freedom'... now how's that working out for you?

Nothing short of Evil.
In the video, during a panel at the "New School" (I'll come back to that in a moment) in New York City, you can hear such luminaries as David Graeber from the University of London Anthropologist and Anarchist, who coined the phrase "We are the 99%", as he says:
"What strikes me is that if one is going to pursue this to its logical conclusion, the only way to have a Democratic society, is also to abolish Capitalism in the State."
And another panellist, Marina Sitrin, Attorney for Occupy Wall Street, nails it with this comment:
"But, um, we can't have democracy and capitalism. We could make more representation I think, but democracy and capitalism don't work together."
On that point, our Founders, such as John Adams thoroughly agreed. And for that reason they did everything they could to ensure that we would never, ever, become a Democracy, as they, and these people, understand the term to mean.

Why? Because he knew, as do these scum, that Democracy means nothing other than mob rule. They knew that it meant that no one's property could be secure or safe under a Democracy, and they understood that if no one's property was safe, then no one's lives could be safe because no one could possibly have any rights at all; unless all individuals have the means to retain their property and make their own decisions about their own lives, then no one can have anything they could possibly refer to as being 'their own lives'.

No Mob can rule, if individuals have rights. Period. No Property Rights, no Individual Rights, no Liberty and no Freedom, can endure or even exist, under Mob Rule, aka: Democracy.

Welcome to the 99% who occupy the Gulags.Oh, and as to the "New School", those of you in Missouri who have memories longer than a news cycle, you'll love this one; how many of you remember Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith? Do you remember him as he likes to be remembered, and as his new employers at the New School,  who employs him as a Professor of Political Science, would like him to be known as:
THE NEW SCHOOLMILANO SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS,MANAGEMENT, AND URBAN POLICY2011–2012CATALOGFacultyFull-Time FacultyJeff Smith
(PhD, Washington University), assistant professor of politics and advocacy. Smith majored in Black Studies and Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill before going to graduate school in Saint Louis. He has taught political science at Washington University (Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence) and Dartmouth College. At the Milano School, he teaches and conducts research on campaigns and elections, the role of race in urban politics, policy advocacy, and the legislative process. He served in the Missouri Senate from 2006 to 2009 as the nation’s only white state senator from a majority-black district. As a co-founder of a group of inner-city charter schools, the Confluence Academies, he became the senate’s leading voice on education reform. He writing a memoir about his experience in state politics and contributes to The Recovering Politician, a blog for former elected officials. His articles have been featured in Inc. and New York, and he has been profiled in Harper’s, The New Republic, and other magazine. In 2004, he ran for the congressional seat vacated by Dick Gephardt, losing narrowly to Russ Carnahan. His youth-powered grass-roots campaign was chronicled in the film Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?, which was lauded by the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune, and short-listed for an AcademyAward.
Or do you remember him as he should be remembered,  as David Birdnow remembers him,as a locus of political corruption, criminal behavior, and as a felon:
"...in the summer of 2009. Smith had committed perjury and filed a false affidavit with the Federal Election Commission in 2004, in connection with an investigation concerning election fraud in the congressional primary. In January, 2009 the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern Missouri, reopened the criminal investigation after uncovering new information concerning the obstruction of the FEC inquiry. Smith pleaded guilty to two felony counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice, with each count punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. He resigned his office on August 25, 2009 and was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison, and a $50,000 fine. Smith served his prison term in a federal facility in Manchester, Kentucky and spent three months in a halfway house in St. Louis. He was released from federal custody in late November of 2010.Doctor Jeff Smith is now a professor of political science at the New School in New York City..."
Sure hope none of you have any children, or friends (I'm afraid I have one friend there) being 'educated' at the New School... yeah, it's new all right, very proregressive.

Be sure to read that article, because your St. Louis Post Dispatch has the same amnesia as New York's New School does... apparently that's one Missouri Newspaper which has absolutely no understanding of what "Show Me" means.

How about you? Are you going to wait until the people behind Occupy Wall Street shows you what Democracy looks like?

Why We Must Win

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Think about what’s at stake:

  • The Supreme Court is one liberal away from imposing a radical, unwritten constitution on the United States
  • The President has shredded the Constitution by seizing the power to declare when the Senate is or is not in session
  • The United States has fallen many notches in world prestige
  • We can no longer fight wars on two fronts
  • The White House and Democrats in the Senate block every attempt at increasing domestic energy production
  • Our debt is approaching Greece’s catastrophic levels
  • The economy, after nearly four years, is flat on its back
  • America is losing ground on every front
  • And Obama made it worse

Only you can prevent the collapse of the United States.

And I’m proud that St. Louis Tea Party Coalition is there to help us get started.

In commemoration of the third anniversary of the Tea Party movement, St. Louis is joining dozens of Tea Party organizations around the country in kicking off a year of getting out the vote and getting better people in office.

In St. Louis, February 24 and 25 kick off our year of winning.

Friday, February 24

Dr. Larry Schweikart will discuss 7 Events That Made America America.  Dr. Schweikart is the New York Times Bestselling author of Glenn Beck’s favorite history book, A Patriot’s History of the United States

He’s also a documentarian who documented rock and roll’s role in bringing down the Berlin Wall and breaking up the Evil Empire. 

For the price of a good book, you’ll get to meet Dr. Schweikart, hear his fabulous and entertaining message, and enjoy a free drink (plus cash bar) and heavy hors d’oeuvres.  We’ll hang around and party as late as you want to go after Dr. Schweikart.

Get Tickets Today

Saturday, February 25

It’s all learning and training.  By 5:00 Saturday night, you’ll be armed, eager, and enabled to carry out the fight for the United States’ future.  You’ll be an elite warrior for liberty.

We’ll have speakers discussing social media campaigning, canvassing, the psychology of voting (you’d be surprised how powerful one person can be), how dominate in the upcoming Missouri Presidential Caucus, and more.

Saturday’s events include breakfast and lunch. We’re asking for a $50 donation for Saturday to help pay for some of the training, transportation for out-of-town speakers, and meals. Bill Federer, one of St. Louis’s finest conservative speakers and political experts, will entertain and inform at lunch.  And Dr. Schweikart will be available, too. If you don’t know Bill, check out his American Minute radio show.

And, if she’s willing, we’ve invited Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to debate the US Constitution on Saturday.  I’d personally love to see what Bill Federer and Dr. Schweikart would make of her . .  . “intellect.” 

Your best bet is to get the whole weekend—Friday and Saturday—for $65. 

Register for 3rd Anniversary Tea Party PLUS<br />
7 Events That Made America America with Dr. Larry Schweikart in Clayton, MO  on Eventbrite

 

The location is the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Clayton—where we kicked off The After Party on September 15.

This Is Why We Started This Thing

When we first gathered at the Arch on February 27, 2009, we didn’t know where it go. We faithfully followed the path that emerged before us.  We took on healthcare, we took on cap and trade, we took on the SEIU and universities and media. 

We made some mistakes, and we shined like the sun at times.

In 2010, we made a difference.  Not enough of a difference, but a difference.

Now we’ve reached the crossroads of our civilization’s existence.  Down one path lies the hard work for restoring sound government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets. 

Down the other path lies the harder work of living in a jungle of tyrannical lords amidst a broader social chaos.

Either way, there’s hard work to be done.  If you join the 300 on February 24 and 25, you’ll choose the hard work of restoring a better society.  The other choice will seem easier . . . until the barbarians knock.

Space is limited.  Get your tickets early.

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The Tea Party Failed in 2010

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This wonderful post is courtesy of Jim Durbin. He sent it to me as an email, but it’s too good to die there. With his permission, I give you this wisdom.

The Tea Party experienced failure in 2010.

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The Republican party did alright.  They saw enormous gains, wiping away Democrats  in Republican leaning districts, reaching deeply into state legislatures and governorships, and adding new blood like Kelly Ayotte, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ron Johnson, and Mike Lee, without having to deal with Senators named Miller, O’Donnell, and McMahon.

The Republicans got to claim the Tea Party mantle, without having to deal with real challenges to the Establishment authority.  Most important, they learned not to be afraid of us.

We were convenient shock troops against ACORN and SEIU and the unions, all of which had terrorized Republican politicians over the years.  With the rise of the Tea Party, the blue bloods had their rabble to throw into the media grapeshot.

If we put down our constitutions and went home, that would be the end of it.  We would be a footnote to the American political scene, like the Reform Party or William Jennings Bryan.

So yes, what we did in 2009 and 2010 has to be called a failure.

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2011/12/the-difference-between-a-failure-and-a-mistake.html

"failure is a project that doesn’t work, an initiative that teaches you something at the same time the outcome doesn’t move you directly closer to your goal."

Our goal was not political victory. It wasn’t defeating Democrats.  It was preventing the loss of our republic through the catastrophic failure of our economic system.  That’s what Stop the Spending was meant to accomplish.  From the stimulus to the omnibus to Obamacare to Cap and Trade to Quantitative Easing I, II, III and on, the goal was to force politicians to address the disaster of spending what we don’t have.

Can we say that we’re closer to that goal?  Republicans took the House, but if they had the Senate and the White House, would they confront the basic issue of spending?  Maybe.  Even a one-in-a-million chance is a chance.  One in 15 trillion is a bit harder to believe in, but it’s still a chance.

If we did not move closer to our goal, then we experienced a failure.  This isn’t to say that we failed.  We did learn something – about ourselves and about the opposition.  Of course the opposition is just not the right word.  Those who disagree with the spending problem aren’t opposing us so much as refusing to look ahead, fearful of what admitting the problem would mean to their current comfort levels. It’s better to enjoy that last cup of tea on the Titanic than it is to try to get on a boat into icy waters, right?

Back to failure.  Yes, we experienced failure.  To repeat that sequence of events in 2012 would be to commit a mistake. To believe that more rallies, or more earnest discussions, or louder shouting of talking points will bring about a rebirth of the republic and free market principles is to believe in fairy tales.

What we learned from our failure is that there is no cavalry coming.  Any change in direction we create has to be built on the strength of our personal and political networks.  We have to educate, inform, persuade, convince, cajole, and sometimes even oppose the settled, the comfortable, and the content.

We have to do what Democratic progressives did in Colorado to turn that red state into a blue state.  We have to build independent power structures outside of the party system, and then turn that power into political muscle.  We have to yoke ourselves to others willing to work, and cast aside those who want only to complain.  We have to love from afar those who will spend not one moment walking the streets or manning the phone banks or volunteering their time and money, but who would spend an eternity debating the worth of their opinions.

The elections lie before us, but they are a marker, not a destination.  The After Party is designed to build personal friendships for those of like-minds.  It is the product of our failure in 2010 to create a counterweight to the Establishment.  We have learned from that failure.  We will not repeat it as a mistake.

And in 2012, we move forward towards our goal.  To secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.

Please read Seth Godin’s blog on failures vs. mistakes.

SEIU advertises JOB for civil disobedience and occupation of state buildings

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So.......now we're just putting it out there with no fear of consequence? (H/T RedState)

SEIU advertises for a job opening on its main site. The most important qualifications to get hired?
Train and lead members in non-violent civil disobedience, such as occupying state buildings and banks, and peaceful resistance.
Member Mobilization:
Execute field plans mobilizing members around political campaigns, annual Leadership Convention, lobby days, regional meetings.
• Execute field plans for special campaigns including contract campaigns, ballot initiatives, COPE contributions, general membership growth and the broader campaign to fight for a fair economy.
Plan and execute strategic direct action field plans including banner drops, bank takeovers, and capitol occupations with membership, other local unions, and coalition partners


 No worries though, this job is for real.



 I can only imagine what the reaction of the left would be if all things were equal but this job were for a Tea Partier.


 

One Union's Pro-Business Policy

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The Tea Party has had plenty of run-ins with unions, namely the SEIU. But today we are happy to be in agreement with a statement from the CWA, the Communications Workers of America. The CWA wrote in reaction to the FCC’s negative report on the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile, “The AT&T/T-Mobile merger will be a real source of quality jobs, returning outsourced jobs from Asia and supporting economic development, especially in rural areas.” The union ripped the FCC for basing their conclusions on wrong assumptions and for ignoring significant parts of the proposed merger. We wrote previously in…

Unions to Create Astro Turf "Occupy Congress" Tent City In Washington DC To Push Obama's Agenda

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The unions have been an extension of the Obama administration since the beginning of his term and now it appears they are still carrying his “water” when it comes to the Occupy protests.

According to the Communist Party USA News, People’s World, in order to help push Obama’s Jobs bill the unions are going to create an Astro Turf “Occupy Congress” Tent city of Jobless people in Washington DC:

“Starting Dec. 6, lawmakers in Washington will have to confront, face to face, the people left jobless by the Great Recession.

The labor and Occupy Wall Street movements are joining forces again – this time to launch “Occupy Congress.” Evoking memories of the Resurrection City encampment in the nation’s capital during the civil rights struggles of 1968, the plan involves setting up tents housing jobless workers from every state in the union, with the numbers of unemployed emblazoned on signs outside the tents.

“We decided to take back the Capitol. We want them to stare the unemployed workers in the face,” declared Service Employees President Mary Kay Henry over the phone from her union’s headquarters in Washington. “What we’re doing,” she said, “is setting up a people’s camp.”

Obama’s buddies are all going to be there like SEIU, the AFL-CIO and other Progressive Astro Turf organizations:

“In addition to SEIU, other unions, including the Communications Workers of America and the Steelworkers, are already calling members and supporters to build support for Occupy Congress. Groups such as MoveOn.org and the Center for Community Change have announced that they too plan to participate. The action is also being discussed in Occupy Wall Street encampments and meetings across the country.”

This event is sooo Astro Turf they are even busing in the participants:

“Thousands of people have signed up already to come to Capitol Hill, Henry said “and many will also make their own way to the camp. We’re figuring out buses and transportation now.”

The article goes so far as to point out that the only reason this is event is even taking place because the unions want to pressure the Republicans to pass Obama’s Jobs Bill:

“Henry said that the Occupy Congress demonstrators will push hard for Congress to pass legislation that can put unemployed workers “back to work as soon as January.”

She said one specific goal of the protests will be to pressure Republicans to support President Obama’s jobs creation proposals and that protesters also hope to shine the spotlight on “Congress’s misguided obsession with the deficit and the overall inaction on unemployment.”

So as you can see the Obama administration and his Progressive minions are not trying to distance themselves from the Marxist radicals, lawlessness and bullying tactics of the Occupy movement, but instead are choosing to embrace them in order to accomplish their goals.

If that isn’t a perfect example of why Progressives need to be voted out of office, then I don’t know what is.

(Above picture is of Occupy St. Louis)



Former Obama Delegate and SEIU Local President Says U.S. Unions Would Benefit From Socialist Union's "Energy"


Mr. Javier Morillo-Alicea is President of SEIU Local 26 in Minnesota, and a former Obama Delegate, who recently gave a speech at Occupy Minnesota where he stated that the protest isn’t about class warfare, it’s about naming the problem:

Ironically, while Mr. Morillo-Alicea denies that the Occupy movements are about Class Warfare, just 3 days after his speech to Occupy Minnesota, he traveled thousands of miles to attend an event held by those who relish using Class Warfare as a political tactic and who’s political foundation is built upon it, the Communists/Socialists.

According to an article in the Communist Party USA News, People’s World, Mr. Morillo-Alicea traveled to the Third Annual Congress of the Transport and Allied Workers Union in South Africa:

“MINNEAPOLIS – As people mobilized in the streets of Minneapolis to demand that Wall Street be held accountable for creating the economic crisis, SEIU Local 26 President Javier Morillo-Alicea was thousands of miles away – hearing a similar message in Sun City, South Africa.

Morillo-Alicea represented the 2.1 million members of the Service Employees International Union at the Third National Congress of the South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union, composed of 165,000 workers in several industries there, including security and cleaning.

He found workers in both the U.S. and South Africa discussing the same issues, such as rising income inequality, and grappling with similar challenges, particularly concerning their role in advancing a progressive agenda.”

One of the main goals of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) is to:
“advance and defend the cause of democracy and socialism in the workplace, the economy, the country and internationally.”

This founding principle is proudly displayed on their banner: (Click to enlarge):


The People’s World article goes on to state that SEIU, the same Union that helped elect President Obama, have an ongoing “relationship” with the Socialist SATAWU.

But the SATAWU also have other like minded ‘Allies’ that they have a “relationship” with, the South African Communist Party (SACP) who, coincidentally, work towards:
“End the system of capitalist exploitation in South Africa and to establish a socialist society based on the common ownership of, participation in, and control by the producers of the key means of production.”

This close knit relationship between SACP and SATAWU is demonstrated by the fact that the SACP symbol is openly displayed on the sidebar of the SATAWU website and the fact that SATAWU allowed the SACP Leader, Mr. Blade Nzimande, to speak at the Event where he called for even more cooperation between SACP and SATAWU. Below are pictures at the event taken during Mr. Nzimande’s speech that I discovered posted on their Facebook page:




What was the SEIU President’s, Mr. Morillo-Alicea’s, reaction to all of the rampant Marxism on display in South Africa?

Well according to the People’s World article, he was happy and excited by the atmosphere of it all and felt that U.S. Unions could benefit from the “energy” :
“The super-wealthy and corporations are taking over our democracy,” Morillo-Alicea said. “In the end, we can ask whatever we want of politicians, but if we don’t do something about the inequality of wealth, there are limits to what they can do.”

While the SATAWU convention was marked by intense debate on serious issues, the Local 26 leader was struck by the festive atmosphere, which included singing before and after each speaker, who also were sometimes interrupted by song. U.S. unions would benefit from such energy in their proceedings, he said.

“I’ve never heard so many union songs in my life,” Morillo-Alicea said, smiling.”