Thursday, February 11, 2010

George McGovern on Card Check

George McGovern has never been one of my favorite politicians. George McGovern is a liberal and I am not.

No one can doubt George McGovern's liberal credentials. He was a liberal icon. George McGovern, however, was a liberal in the era when liberals actually believed in the democratic process. They believed in the sanctity of the ballot box. Now, I fear, liberals are willing to sacrifice the democratic process in order to achieve a desired result.

In a guest editorial in the Wall Street Journal, My Party Should Respect Secret Union Ballots, McGovern says, "I am sad to say it (card-check) runs counter to ideals that were once at the core of the labor movement. Instead of providing a voice for the unheard, EFCA risks silencing those who would speak."

He goes on to say, "I think much of the congressional support is based on a desire to give our friends among union leaders what they want. But part of being a good steward of democracy means telling our friends "no" when they press for a course that in the long run may weaken labor and disrupt a tried and trusted method for conducting honest elections."

I wish modern liberals had the same respect for democracy as George McGovern.

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1 comment:

  1. Hmm. Isn't that funny. Most of us Progressives wish that businesses had such respect for the Democratic process too. However when they wage campaigns of disinformation and intimidation they make it perfectly clear that they have absolutely no respect for either the democratic process or the will of their employees. Card check was created to redress that imbalance. The Corporatocracy fears card check because it puts the choice in the hands of the employees where it belongs not the hands of the corporations.

    Keep The Faith My Brothers And Sisters!