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Aristocracy in America

Jimmy Hoffa fights to preserve the fiefdom that his father created. 

"We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They've got a war, they got a war with us and there's only going to be one winner. It's going to be the workers of Michigan, and America. We're going to win that war," Jimmy Hoffa Jr. said to a heavily union crowd.

"President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let's take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong," Hoffa added.

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With any luck, that'll work out as well as everything the unionistas have done in Wisconsin this year has worked out.

didn't Harry Truman use language as salty--including the FDR trope of likening his Republicans opponents to fascists. Republicans need to show some spirit--defending the Constitution with a ferocity it merits.

Hope the guy doesn't have the same luck as his father Jimmy Hoffa. I believe he started a "war" also and lost.

Defending the law-as-written is generally a good thing. Defending extant institutional arrangements and never mind their functionality is not.

Mr. Hoffa,

Win what war? One fought for the sainted principle that as long as you get yours, everything and everybody else can go to blazes, and heaven help them if you don't get yours? Well, you're right. If you want to make America a place where that belongs, you are going to have to fight.

Increasingly, it is becoming apparent that unions and government employees are fighting for privileges which they believe others should pay for, just as French aristocrats believed that peasants were obliged to support them forever. We should have jas little respect for our privileged classes as French peasants had for theirs--minus the reign of terror. Elections and changes in the law will do just fine.

I agree with Ken insofar that asking for apologies or "civility" makes the GOP seem weak although such entreaties might be justified. (Was it Thucydides who noted that it is always the weaker combatant who argues for Justice while the stronger simply acts?)

Better for the Tea Party and the GOP to embrace the epithet and throw it back at the unionists. Like this: "That's right Hoffa! We're the SOBs who want balanced budgets, who pay the nation's taxes, who pay public union workers exhorbitant salaries and benefits!!"

yes, Tim--something of that retort is better than expressing shock and deploring rudeness and crudity. Republicans should also remember--isn't this the key point?--that the Dems won with such language. But then those were the days when the Dems WERE the more manly party--the one that fought and won wars....

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