VIDEO: "Post-Citizens United, conservatives look at [union decline] & smell blood." Unions support Dems. 'Nuff said.

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I recently posted about WI Gov. Scott Walker suggesting stripping police and firefighter union rights. Without unions, workers suffer. (We all suffer.) They suffer because they have no rights to speak of, they can't fight for what should be their rights effectively, and their employers have no problem stomping all over them. That was made clear here: “Dignity… That was the message of the signs [the restaurant workers] carried: I am a man, I am a woman.”

Please take a look at why even conservatives should appreciate what unions do, and have done, for this country: What a difference a union can make! And that appreciation should extend to the U.S. Postal Service: “It’s called the U.S. Postal Service because it is a service, not a corporation.”

With that in mind, this clip is a must-watch. The entire segment is below:

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Melissa Harris-Perry:

All right. You got it? Unions not only gave us the weekends and health insurance.

Unions not only gave us the middle class.

Unions then gave that middle class a way to take part in the political process. In the significant part of the process that involves putting money into political campaigns.

And when union members get involved in campaigns, they tend to throw their considerable support behind Democrats. Not Republicans.

In other words, Republicans are trying to asphyxiate the Democratic party.

Here is the whole thing:

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  • Frances R

    Unions help build this country, GOP hellbent on destroying this country. GOP must be voted out of office before it is too late.

  • HelenRainier

    Thanks for the heads-up for the USPS. I am a former postal employee and union officer/steward. It should also be noticed that USPS hires a lot of veterans. And, of course, now the Congress is trying to run it into the dirt.

  • Stacey J. Weinberger

    Yet Walker used the police heavily during the protests at the capitol of WI. I wonder how the police feel about this kick in the pants after all they did for him.

  • judi

    .....any way they can!