I have followed the after action reports from the weekly Walter Reed Pro-Troop Rally over at FreeRepublic from day one. Since I live so far away it's the only way I can participate. You can find out a lot about the status of the anti-war protests by following the events from Fridays at Walter Reed. That's when we were first introduced to the transgendered protester from Code Pink, the "maimed for a lie" protest sign by a member of Veterans for Peace and many other examples of Moonbatis Derangus.
On Friday September 28, a Freeper exposed a disturbing trend in the anti-war protests. We've known for a long time that many of those attending the anti-war protests are recruited from local homeless shelters or college students offered credits from their aging hippy professors. But this is new. Unions are "encouraging" their members to attend these protests. Here's the scoop straight from Freeper Albion Wilde at FreeRepublic...
The DC Chapter has suspected all along that the dwindling handful of anti-war protestors outside Walter Reed are paid to show up. This week, one of their newbies came by our troop-support rally at the gates by mistake, and spilled the truth: a labor union had recruited this worker to show up at the lefties' phony "vigil." The worker's remarks clearly revealed that standing outside the Walter Reed Army Medical Center with anti-war signs wasn't a personal choice, but a workplace commitment demanded by a union representative.
Our rally must have looked a lot more attractive, even at a glance—in fact, that's what this unionized worker said. I'm going to avoid describing this person's looks or gender, to avoid making trouble. Why? Because this office worker's confusion appeared sincere, revealing that the decision to be there wasn't intentional; in fact, the person didn't really seem to know what either demonstration was about.
When we explained that we were there to support the mission, having kicked their anti-war demonstration away from the gates many months ago, the worker said, "I'd better go over there [to the leftist's area] — I've already committed. I can only be there a half-hour, though."
Who is sponsoring the anti-war protests at Walter Reed - Bruce Wolf, chair of O.P.E.I.U. Local 2's "Social Justice Committee". Mr. Wolf is also a participant in DC Labor for Peace & Justice/USLAW (U.S. Labor Against War).
Here's what Wolf and his comrades at WalterReedVigil say about their Friday protests...
For some of us, this vigil is primarily a vigil in the name of peace. For others, it is tied to the labor movement, an expression of outrage at the treatment of enlisted citizens, when contractors are making millions for much the same work. For some who are veterans, it is an intensely personal struggle above and beyond any other reasons. For some, it is about the shared duty we have to this country. For all of us, it is a mix of things, and in truth it is about these things and more; it is about human beings.
I thought that this was a joke... I mean connecting anti-war with anti-union? I know that AFL-CIO President John Sweeney is a professed Socialist and the anti-war groups are simply front groups for various Socialist and Marxist organizations. But this is just off the reservation in my mind. I fail to see the connection but then again I'm not well versed in the workings of the moonbat brain.
But apparently the Unions are not just worried about pay disparity between the enlisted Military and the contractors, they are worried about the lack of unions in Iraq. No - this is no joke. This is from the Social Justice Committee webpage for the OPEIU...
One of the few benign effects of deposing Saddam Hussein has been the emergence, despite opposition from both the U.S. authority and many parts of the Iraqi government, of a vibrant and growing labor movement. This is crucially important, because to all appearances the labor movement is one of the few organizations structured on a secular basis, has genuine popular support, and has membership across the growing ethnic and sectarian divisions. This suggests that the labor movement in Iraq is one of the few organizations capable of playing a significant role in lessening and hopefully ending the sectarian strife plaguing their country. We strongly believe the views of this labor movement should be heard much more clearly in Washington than they have been to date.
Hold the phone - you mean all this time we've been fighting a bloody war when the solution was staring us in the face? Why the heck didn't we think of that sooner? If we had gotten the Iraqis to join up and start singing "Look for the Union Label" there would be peace in Iraq. If only John Kerry had proposed this in his infamous "plan", we could be saying President Kerry.
Well hell why stop at Iraq? What about unionizing Palestinians? How about the entire Middle East? Peace through Unionization. I smell a Nobel Peace Prize...
Michelle Malkin - Moonbat protester at Walter Reed: “My union made me come here;”