Mike Rosen, radio station KOA’s talk show blabbermouth, is at it again, characterizing union members as “thugs” in a recent column on the ongoing health care debate.
In his Denver Post column, Rosen attempted to compare various elements of the left to the rightwing nuts, many of whom have been photographed carrying guns while demonstrating at locations where President Obama has been speaking.
Rosen said the liberals protest too much. He noted that when George Bush was president he was challenged by “hysterical cranks like Cindy Sheehan, ill-mannered MoveOn.org protestors, leftist college students, shouting down conservative guest speakers ACORN rabble-rousers, labor union thugs and militant Latinos opposing our immigration laws.”
Speaking only for labor unions, (although I would guess Cindy Sheehan, Move On, leftist college students, ACORN rabble-rousers and Latinos could more than hold their own defending themselves against Rosen’s rants) I must point out that there is at least one difference in the liberals’ protests of Bush policies and those of the rightwingers opposing President Obama’s health care plan:
The liberals, including any union members who might have appeared at public protest over Bush’s policies, never carried guns. If they had, they probably would have been arrested and dispatched in a millisecond to Abu Ghraib—or, at the least, Gitmo–where they might have been held for years before adjudication of their cases
Strictly from a union standpoint, the crooks, or “thugs,” the lawless ones, as Rosen’s always characterizes union leaders–aren’t in the labor movement, as he suggested. Nowadays, they are corporate thugs and their front is Wall Street.
Rosen and his anti-union pals often imply that union leaders are corrupt “bosses,” who direct gangs of “thugs.” That characterization simply doesn’t fit. Many more bosses and thugs have been discovered in the past 20 years in corporate boardrooms than in union halls.
Today there are far more corporate executives in prison than union leaders, probably more by a margin of 10 to 1 at least.
In fact, union leaders are choirboys/girls compared to the business community, which has given us the likes of Edward Keating, John Rigas, Ken Lay, Jeffrey Skilling, Bernard Ebbers, Dennis Kozlowski, and Bernie Madoff–whose prison term should warm the cockles of Rosen’s heart.
These corporate crooks–so-called business leaders–used companies such as Enron, World Com, Global Crossing, Tyco, Arthur Anderson and Adelphia as vehicles to cheat stockholders out of billions of dollars. In the past two decades, corporate thugs have stolen more money from stockholders and taxpayers than any other criminal element. In fact, that pattern may been formed more than 2000 years ago, but statistics weren’t available from those days.
Imagine the torrent of pious indignation that would spew forth from the mouths of Rosen and other conservative radio talkers if union leaders cheated their members out of a tiny fraction of the amounts corporate thieves have stolen from the public.
We’d have to turn off the radio.
Perhaps we should anyway.