By Abbi Overfelt
October 10, 2013
To the editor:
Obama either turned on big labor Oct. 4, or he committed a political gaffe of epic proportions.
It was probably the latter but you would never know it because it was not reported by the traditional media. They cover up and ignore Obama’s blunders.
The president mocked house Republicans who said they had been “disrespected” in the budget talks.
Obama then said:
“If you (Republicans) are being disrespected, it is because of that attitude you got. That you deserve to get something for doing your job. Everybody here just does their job, right? If you are working here and in the middle of the day you just stopped and said, ‘You know what? I want to get something.’ You’d get fired, right? Because the deal is, you’ve already gotten hired. You’ve got a job. You are getting a paycheck. And you also are getting the pride of doing a good job and contributing to a business and looking out for your fellow workers. That is what you are getting. Well it shouldn’t be any different for a member of congress.”
I do not believe that he is smart enough to realize that he just described a classic union labor strike. One of the foundations upon which rest workers rights and the Democrat liberal movement.
The president just called for the repeal of the 1935 Labor Relations Act, which guaranteed the right to strike. An act pushed through in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.
Obama probably doesn’t oppose the right to strike, he just didn’t grasp the meaning of his own argument.
As a supposed University of Chicago law lecturer, this should be his area of expertize. Maybe he isn’t as smart as his sycophants would like us to believe. Perhaps he is not a legal wizard.
The New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal all covered his speech but conveniently omitted the strike comments.
Why do the mainstream media never report Obama’s gaffes? I’ll answer my own question. They do whatever is necessary to protect him.
If this would have been a George W. Bush gaffe, the coverage would be front page news and would have been trumpeted on ABC, NBC and CBS — numerous times.