Civility be damned in Michigan

Rich Lowry writing in Politico: Civility is one of the most absurdly abused of our political values. It is always centrally important to our functioning as a democracy - right up until the time someone proposes crossing the unions. Then, it goes from "can't we all get along?" to "nothing to see here." Then, out come the Hitler signs, the accusations of dictatorship, the huge inflatable rats, the sit-ins, the threats and even the fists, and all anyone can think to say is, "Isn't it a shame someone had to go and get the unions angry?" State Rep. Douglas Geiss achieved his 15 minutes of notoriety by taking to the floor of the Michigan Legislature to warn "there will be blood" in response to the right-to-work law. He couched his prediction in terms of past corporate-union conflicts, namely the Battle of the Overpass in 1937, when Ford Motor Co. toughs assaulted United Auto Workers organizers. But why would Michigan companies want to beat anyone up over a right-to-work law?...(Read Full Post)

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