Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio invoked Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin while sounding off on union battles with state lawmakers in his state and in Wisconsin.
"I look back in history, in some of the worst governments that we had, you know the first thing they did, go after unions, Hitler didn't want unions, Stalin didn't want unions, Mubarak didn't want unions, these autocrats don't want independent unions," Brown said Thursday during a speech on the floor of the Senate.
Aside from complete factual inaccuracy -- the Nazis created their own party-linked unions with required membership if you wanted to work (just like collective bargaining!) -- Brown misses the larger point. Democrats want larger, centralized, more authoritarian government. Democrats want mandatory union membership, whether workers want it or not. Democrats want one-size-fits-all employment regimes with seniority, and not merit, dictating wages. Democrats want state-controlled industrial policy, from health care to energy to insurance to banking to automobiles.
Now, Sherrod -- if that is your real name -- I couldn't help but notice:
In July of 2008, Jim Lindren noted a peculiar couple of sentences in a Barack Obama speech captured on videotape.
In Barack Obama’s July 2, 2008 speech calling America to national service, Obama proposed “a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as our military... This has prompted some in the blogosphere to raise the specter of a huge new domestic paramilitary organization. Others suggest that he may have been talking about our “current non-military security agencies...
He said: "We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."
Curiously, the official transcript of the speech omitted those last two sentences.
What say you, Sherrod?