On August 30, 2011 there was a small SEIU protest outside of Congressman Charlie Dent’s office. A couple of union bosses made some dire predictions to the protestors about the upcoming elections in 2012 comparing our political climate to battles of the Civil War (or depending on how you look at it, War Between the States. We don’t play favorites here. The war still happened no matter what you call it.).
At the forefront was Edward Balukus who uses the TEA Party and corporations as scapegoats for the current economic climate instead of placing blame where it belongs. Below is a transcript and video embedded.
Edward Balukus President UAW Local 677:
Everybody believe in the American dream? You’ve got to be asleep to believe it, because we’re under attack. The greatest redistribution of wealth in the history of this country, they’re taking it over. They’re convicing Americans we had our Antietam, our bloodiest day in American war…
Our Antietam was the last election. We had a bloodbath and corporations are winning. 96 freshman at the end of which are TEA Party members and they’re against all of you. They’re against workers. They’re against retirees. They’re against the middle class. All they want to is increase the amount of money that the rich and the corporations get. How is it possible to have equal sacrifice when GE makes $14 billion?…
This next election is our Gettysburg and if we don’t stop them here we are doomed, done. There is nobody to pick up the flag…This election is it. Get everybody out to vote. You’re going to have to get your mothers-in-laws, your cousins, your aunts, your uncles, people you don’t like. I don’t care but we gotta get them out, we gotta mobilize, we gotta take it back, because they’re taking it from us.
The last 80 years, unions, the middle class, they made this country. Our national defense, really, was based on our economy. Without jobs here we can’t even afford our national defense. We’re going to outsource that too and then the Chinese will come here to protect us. This is where we’re going. It’s nuts. We’re going to have to do something about it. I hope you are all behind it. I hope you are all motivated… Every time there is something bring somebody out to it. But more important get people to vote because this is it. This is our Gettysburg. Take it home and wrap it around you. Wrap that flag around. We got to take America back. Thank you.