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February 1, 2010
Lech Walesa stumps for conservative IL candidate for governor
From the Gdansk Lenin Shipyards to the city of the Back of the Yards, Lech Walesa, former President of Poland, and preeminent community organizer, attended a fundraiser on Friday, January 29, to endorse Adam Andrzejewski (an gee eff skie) who is one of six Republicans seeking the nomination of his party for Governor of Illinois.
Walesa , who led trade union strikes in Poland in the early 1980s, managed to bring about needed economic and political change for laborers without resorting to violence.
He led the Solidarność or Solidarity, a broad anti-Soviet social movement. Its activities included workers taking to the streets to demand the right to self-govern in a communist country. Eventually, Solidarity claimed victory, and the Polish people elected Walesa as president in 1990.
In a video-taped interview by a group known as foundingbloggers.com, Walesa indicated that the U.S. was heading toward socialism because of two factors:
The issue with the banks; and the government wastes all the money; they build a bureaucracy; just for itself.
He went on to reassure:
But we will not let you devolve to communism here.
While at the fundraising luncheon, Walesa spoke about the U.S. in relationship to the world.
The U.S. is a superpower. Nobody doubts that. Today they lead the world-militarily. They also lead economically, but they are weak.
In support of the candidate for governor, as a new and hopeful sign to America, the president said:
The world needs Solidarity. The new Solidarity, and I see this in Mr. Andrzejewski.
When asked about his ideas, Andrzejewski talks trump. He would begin with an executive check on the legislative branch by issuing two executive orders:
One, I open up their spending. Show me the money, every dime, online, in real time. That's my phrase for transparency. Barack Obama ran on it, and he lied to you.
Most of us believed America was too big to fail, but we were wrong. The axis of corruption in America has pivoted on Chicago where Saul Alinsky began his community organizing in 1939. His movement, unlike Solidarity, became a leviathan of union bosses, self interest, and leftist platforms.
The significance of Walesa's endorsement in Chicago at this point in time cannot be overstated. An icon of liberation has offered his presence and all that he represents to a people desperate for a voice. We can learn from the past, and change our course.
Photo by Nancy Thorner