Hooray for Jim Hoffa.
He told it like it is earlier this month when he called Tea Party Republicans “sons of bitches” on CNN. What better describes politicians who seek to destroy the labor movement, which has done more to build and protect the middle class than any other American institution?
In contrast to organized labor, the Tea Party, a newcomer to the political scene, has done nothing for the commonwealth. Rather, it has embarked on a campaign, financed by the Koch brothers and other rightwing billionaires, to destroy the nation’s social fabric.
These Tea Party yahoos are in the forefront of the war on working men and women, leading the race to the bottom, to a Third World workforce for the United States. They support shipping good paying jobs to other countries. In their perfect world, we would have a national right-to-work law. Workers would be paid slave wages, benefits would be nonexistent and working conditions would be abominable.
Our public education system would be eviscerated. Rich kids would be educated in private schools, mostly funded with taxpayer money, while poor kids would attend dilapidated, underfunded public schools. Our police officers and firefighters would be overworked and underpaid and there would be no regulation to prevent corporate crime, which has become epidemic in the past 20 years.
It was predictable, of course, that Fox News and a multitude of right-wing nutcakes on the Internet — such as Andrew Breitbart — would take umbrage at the Teamster leader’s remarks.
Teamsters were described as “thugs” and Hoffa as a “union boss” who was attempting to incite violence against the Tea Party. The Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer said Hoffa’s comments were “disgraceful.”
Oh, poor baby.
Here’s what Hoffa said:
“President Obama, this is your army, we are ready to march. But everybody here’s got to vote. If we go back, and we keep the eye on the prize, let’s take these son-of-a-bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.”
The statement, obviously, refers to taking them, the SOBs, out at the ballot box. Hoffa reaffirmed his Detroit comments later in Denver; he just said it a bit differently: “Our members will all have to vote in 2012 if we are going to take these anti-worker politicians out of office.”
Regardless of how you want to read it, Hoffa is the first labor leader to actually take off the gloves.
More of them should.
The voters will decide in 2012 whether or not Jim Hoffa was correct in his characterization of Tea Party Republicans as sons of bitches.
I bet they’ll side with Hoffa.