|Symbol of thuggery|
No political blog would be complete without a mention of the May Day rallies
which get held around the world on May the first every year. Now that most
despotic communist governments have collapsed, it falls to those compassionate
Leftists in the First World to maintain the rage.
Yes, those caring souls who respect the rights of all others are celebrating,
(or at least commemerating) a grubby little riot in Chicago 01-May-1886. It
went something like this:
1. Workers decide they want to work an 8 hour working day.
No problem with that. Most of us would like to spend more time lying on the
beach. Presumably they wanted the same pay as they were previously getting for
working more than 8 hours, but there's no problem with negotiating an effective
2. Employers decide not to pay them for only working 8 hours.
No problem. If the price of Big Macs goes up, you can choose to stop
buying them. If the price of labor goes up, you can stop buying it.
3. Workers strike.
Well, clearly .. if they weren't willing to continue to work for the old
rate. Seller and buyer can't agree on terms of trade. Both wait it out, hoping
the other will agree to their terms. That's what a strike is.
4. Striking workers set up a picket.
Apparently they have no problem with people blockading other people's
property. Presumably they would have no problem with the employers blockading
their homes until they agreed to work for the wage which the employers thought
5. Some workers decide that they are willing to trade for the
price offered by the employers, and try to cross the picket lines.
Sounds good. If I don't like the price MacDonalds charges for the Big Macs,
I can buy from Greasy Joe's down the road. The employers found sellers who were
willing to trade, and traded with them.
6. Strikers attack the workers.
Hmm. Presumably it's ok to attack people who are offering terms of trade
which you don't want them to. So in that case it would be okay for the
employers to attack the strikers as they tried to enter their homes?
7. Police retaliate. Two strikers are killed, and two others are wounded.
Clearly it's okay to attack people who who offer terms of trade that you
don't like. So what's the problem?
8. Strikers organize a riot and set off a bomb, which kills eight
police. Police respond, and fatally shoot eleven rioters.
Sounds fair enough. Thugs attack police, police defend themselves.
There is nothing particularly extraordinary about this story - thugs will
be thugs. What is amazing is that so many True Believers deify
these thugs in the present day. Today thirty five
thousand people marched in a May Day rally in Brisbane, including Federal
Labor Leader Kim (Fatboy) Beazley. After trying to blame the Beaconsfield
gold mining disaster on the new IR laws, he vowed to "rip up these
industrial relations (IR) laws in 18 months time when we're elected".
We have heard this broken record before. When Little Johnny introduced the
GST - unemployment was going to skyrocket, we were going to see hyperinflation,
children were going to starve, and the dead were going to walk the
earth. Instead we continued a decade of prosperity.
And what of Little Johnny's timid IR laws? So far ALP has come up with a
man who claims he was sacked for smirking at the boss. But, in fairness, the
ABC managed to come up with an unidentified Tasmanian woman who claims she was
sacked because she couldn't do all the work she was assigned.
Kim, you are a man of hidden qualities. Not just a two-time loser - an
eternal optimist. But you're right about the politically dead walking the earth.