Non Sequiturs and (Sitting Out the) Communist Revolution

So I’m watching this horrendous video over at Big Government in which union thugs teach a class on how to be a union thug.  They extol the virtues of violence, arguing that violence “has its place,” so much so that one thug says, with no small measure of pride, that he, himself, has been the cause of violence against someone who did not, by his own admission, ask for “it” (whatever “it” was, it was obviously violent).  While I’m pretty sure this is a video-taped confession of a violent crime, that’s not what I’m focusing on here (well, beyond mentioning it.  In passing.).

That’s all bad enough.  Then one of the students, apparently earnest (but most likely appalled . . . I hope.  Maybe a Breitbart plant), asks how many people it takes to turn terrorism into “revolution.”  The union thugs don’t really have an answer to that, so they babble through a few thoughts (it’s always interesting to watch unthinking people attempt to think–they do it out loud, and it’s a messy, embarrassing process) before landing on the answer that “it’s not terrorism if you win.”  Setting aside the myriad problems with this statement, take a look at the rest of the bizarre (by any standard) class “discussion.”

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We go from “holy crap, we really are just terrorists and just got called on it” gape-face, stammering, nervous laughter to . . . hey! Arch-communist Noam Chomsky once said that uh uh uh the U. S. is the biggest state-sponsor of terrorism.

Say what?

That, my friends, is a non sequitur–one of the most favorite, bestest rhetorical devices implemented by leftists.  Do the violent acts of union terrorists have anything at all to do with the U. S. government (well, prior to BO, who actually is sponsoring terrorism–of the union and jihad varieties)?  Of course not. 

As frustrating as it is to have to deal with leftist non sequiturs, it’s also clear evidence that they don’t have an argument, they don’t have anything that they believe in and that the people want.  Or will fight for.  Or go to jail for.  Or die for.  When they aren’t paying their members to attend protests (back in January ’10, the SEIU paid union purple shirts to stand around holding Croakley signs, remember?  $50, I think it was, and they caught one purple shirt on vid saying he was voting for Brown, anyway.  I wonder what ever happened to him?  Of course, it should be noted that the rank-and-file don’t always do what the bosses want, thus the college classes in union terrorism), they are bullying them into doing so.  I wonder what the going rate for an illegal, violent attack on the U. S. government, a business, or the American people is.  Think they’ll get their thugs “fired up” to go to jail for $50?

Somehow I doubt it.  The union thugs doubt it, too.

That’s why we have this exchange in the union terror class:   Aren’t we just terrorists if we run around commiting acts of union terror?  The U. S. engages in terrorism.  Ah, okay, that makes sense. 

But of course it doesn’t.  I just hope these kids are smart enough to hear the logical fallacy and to call these union thugs exactly what they are:  union terrorists.

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[Update: Part II of  you, too, can be a union terrorist who “creatively” electrocutes cats for fun and profit is now up at Big Government]

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9 thoughts on “Non Sequiturs and (Sitting Out the) Communist Revolution

  1. Hehe, Born Again American, this took place in Missouri (of all places!). Here's the text from Big Government (link at end because I still haven't figured out how to do links in comments):

    In the first of a multi-part series done by citizen journalists, union leadership teaches college courses pushing Marxist principles through labor relations. From Big Government:

    If you are wondering why some folks are starting to question whether a college education is worth the cost, the video below goes a long way towards explaining it. Recently, the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) sponsored two college courses: Introduction to Labor Studies and Labor Politics and Society, to be taught simultaneously through a video conference between to two campuses.

    The Professors are Judy Ancel, Director of Labor Studies at UMKC and Don Giljum, business manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers at Ameren UE in St. Louis. (Bonus: he is a member of the Communist Party.)

    In the class, the Professors not only advocate the occasional need for violence and industrial sabotage, they outline specific tactics that can be used. As one of our colleagues pointed out, its the matter-of-factness of it all that is so disturbing.

    And yes, the schools, and the professors’ salaries, are funded by taxpayers.

    Lots more info on this as it develops.

    http://bigjournalism.com/pjsalvatore/2011/04/25/taking-bets-on-whether-the-media-will-cover-marxist-union-instruction/

  2. “Don Giljum, business manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers at Ameren UE in St. Louis. (Bonus: he is a member of the Communist Party.)”

    Further “bonus”. AmerenUE operates nuclear power plants. That should scare the Hell out of everyone.

  3. Fuzzy. Easiest way to do a link in comments:

    1.Copy the link you would otherwise paste into your comment
    1a. Begin new post in another tab/window using compose window
    2. Type in the text you want to appear. Highlight that text by dragging your cursor across all the characters highlighting them.
    3. Click on “link” on the blogger edit window
    4. Paste in your copied link.
    5. Click on HTML opposed to Compose.

    You will see the format you need to use to put a link into the comments. Until you get used to what the constants are, you can then copy all the text from the html window and paste that into the comment you are making.

    In short order, you'll get used to the required versus variable characters to post a clickable link in a comment box or anywhere on a web page for that matter.

    You will see the URL address you pasted in there and the text you want to appear. All of the rest of it are the constant characters you use to make it happen.

  4. This sad video contains a seed of hope. These ivory tower marxists are just posers. They don't really know what they are doing, they are just regurgitating, which explains their doctrinaire teaching methods.

  5. These people are very stupid and don't know this country. When I was union (yes for 30 years and hated every minute of it) the members were very patriotic. They are still around and I'll bet many getting ready to slap these jerks in the back of their heads.

    There is one thing these stupid wanna be Commies forget … “The Bubba Effect.” There are more wonderful country loving, gun owning, Rednecks than they could handle. The 2012 nObama election can't come soon enough.

  6. @Deekaman, everything about these unions should scare the crap out of everyone, but yeah, that's worrying. They have no moral compass, nothing to stop them from harming and killing people in the name of their “cause.” They are little more than terrorists, and they know it. They hide under word games and bluster.

    @Kid, Exactly, voting is the only way to affect change in our society; we are not a rabble of peasants to be stirred up by mindless class and race warfare. It's really quite insulting that they think we are.

    @Silverfiddle, they're regurgitating the Marxist line (and they don't understand it, that, too, is clear from the video–it's just words they recite but don't understand. This is the same thing that BO does; he's the least adept thinker I've ever seen on the public stage. And yes, that includes the guy who was worried Guam would tip over if we put more troops there and the mental giant who didn't understand why Arizona would pass a law about illegals when it wasn't a border state.). It's actually a good sign that they are hitting college campuses like this. It shows that they know they don't have the numbers in the adult population. That's definitely a good thing.

    @ Odie, heh, the Bubba Effect, I love it. And you're right. There are what, 7ish million or so union members in the U. S.? Including both private and public sector. Then you figure in the normal people who are forced to be in unions simply to do their jobs and/or who disapprove of the way that unions are spending their money (like the ones in MA who “stood out” for Scott Brown–in their purple shirts. That was an act of rebellion that did not go unnoticed by union leaders.) and the many “bubbbas” who are in unions and the many apolitical people who are good, patriotic Americans and don't know what's going on with unions, and you're down to far fewer (I'd say about half, but haven't looked into it). Compare that whittled down union presence of about 4 million (maybe) to the entire population of the U. S. of about 350 million . . . a very large percentage of whom are indeed Bubbas, in heart and mind if not in name ;), and the unions are screwed. They're losing. They know it. Thus the assault on our college kids. But one thing about college kids that people don't seem to remember is that they grow up, and fast, when they graduate and get jobs and start families. What sounds good when you're 21 rarely sounds good when you're 25 and certainly not at 30.

  7. @Kid, sorry about your how to do links comment! I get comments in emails and didn't realize it got caught up in the spam filter. Thanks so much for the information; I've used it, too. 🙂

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