Freedom of Expression
The White House
My Dear Mr. President:
The secret ballot is the corner stone of American freedom.† The idea (and Iím surprised that I have to explain this) is that with a secret ballot someone canít be intimidated in their voting.† No one can say to me, ďVote the way I tell you or Iíll beat you up.Ē††† The reason is that with the secret ballot they will have no way of knowing how I voted even if they threaten me.† Up until now we have by law applied the same principle to process of starting a union in a company.† If you come to me and say, ďSign the card that you want a union or Iíll beat you up,Ē the company can still request a secret ballot election.† This protects the company and the employees from strong arm tactics.
Now along comes ďcard check.Ē† Under this process if a majority of the employees sign cards to join a union the company is required to recognize the union.† No secret ballot election is required or allowed.† If the company and the union canít agree on a contract within 120 days, either party can force the other to binding arbitration.† Under this arrangement the employees are no longer protected from coercion.† Now if you threaten me my protection is greatly reduced.† I am vulnerable to intimidating tactics.
Ironically this dubious piece of legislation is called The Employee Free Choice Act.† What is my free choice?† I am free to choose between signing the card or having you beat me up.† Enemies of my freedom will support this act.† Champions of my freedom will oppose it.† Which are you?
Pay Attention to What Was Going On
By Raeann Hofkin, Palm PA, Upper Perk Tea Party (posted with permission of the author)
I never wrote a letter to the
editorial section of any newspaper before today.† I never participated in a march of the
The media might lead you to believe the march was petty, ĎAstroturfí grown from the Republican Party hell bent on de-railing all of President Obamaís goals and based on racism.† Thatís NOT why I was in attendance.†† Itís not about the republicans or the democrats.† Itís not about left or right.† Itís not even about black or white or any color in between.
Let me tell you what it is all about.† It is about the freedoms that are slowly slipping away.† This country is in a downward spiral. I went to voice my opinion.† Nobody paid my way.† In fact, if it was something as petty as Ďdisliking a democratí as my coworker said to me, I would not have paid a sitter, left my two kids for the weekend, paid my own way down to DC, and spend my time marching on Washington.† My budget is just as tight as the next person; however, I couldnít afford NOT to go.
I went FOR my children.† So that they could enjoy the same freedoms we now take for granted.†† So they have the right to choose, the pursuit of happiness, and the opportunities to succeed in life.† I am always teaching my children that opportunities come when you work hard.† Having more and more social programs shove down our throats does not send the same message.† It sends the message that if you donít work hard, donít worry, the government will take care of you.
In addition, itís about the rampant corruption, out of control spending, and over taxing.† Itís about both Congress and the Senate not taking the time to read the bills that they are voting on.† †Itís about holding people accountable for their actions.† †I marched because I see frightening things headed this way for this country.† I see hundreds of billions of dollars on the line.† I see much of the freedoms we take for granted in jeopardy of disappearing.
I was not alone.† There were at least a million other people voicing their opinions about government run healthcare, the corrupt organization known as ACORN, the fairness doctrine (that doesnít sound so fair to me), cap and trade, being over taxed, Freddie & Fannie, and the rest of the lies coming out of Capitol Hill.† The people marching in the protest were republicans, independents, and even democrats.† I met people from Florida, Texas, Arizona, Montana, California, Mississippi, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Wyoming, Wisconsin, and even as far away as Alaska.
This maybe my first letter to the editor and it may have been my first
October 26, 2009
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
My Dear Mr. President:
It is completely inappropriate for the President of the United States and his representatives to be endorsing a particular news outlet over another. This is what Anita Dunn, White House communications director, has recently done. It raises questions. Has money changed hands? Has Anita Dunn been paid by the ABC, NBC and CBS news shows to try to raise their ratings? For you, Mr. President, to personally agree with this position is just outrageous.
Itís just not seemly. It does not add to the dignity of the office of the President of the United States.