Card Check: Rage Against the SEIU

By September 2, 2008General

We linked below to the Financial Week article about card check politicking, and the story included an interesting report about a Service Employees International Union event in the Twin Cities:

At the SEIU’s Take Back Labor Day music festival Monday, hip hop artist Imani and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello spoke alongside Mr. Stern, urging concert goers to sign petitions supporting the card-check legislation.

Union officials at the festival also set up a giant banner calling for universal health care. The sign was clearly visible from the Xcel Energy Center, where the Republican convention is being held.

Rage Against the Machine? Organized labor is making common cause with Rage Against the Machine? 

You know, we’re as big of fans as anybody of semi-rap, funk-based rock ‘n roll with screamed vocals, and Morello’s an inventive guitarist. But Rage Against the Machine  is an apologist for every revolutionary slaughterer out there, including Che Guevera and Leonard Peltier. 

Lead singer Zach de la Rocha is the biggest dope, even calling for the execution of U.S. elected officials. But Morello is out there, too, reciting Marxist claptrap (as the Wikipedia entry reveals) and promoting Mumia Abu Jamal as a political prisoner. Murder a policeman, get a song dedicated to you.

One of the great achievements of the mainstream labor movement in the ’40s and ’50s was to marginalize and ostracize the communists and radical conspirators and haters who sought to turn labor into a weapon against America’s freedoms. 

And now Andy Stern wants to welcome them back. Guess democracy doesn’t matter much as a principle to the SEIU leadership.

But, then, we knew that from their support for card check already.  


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