New Tone Watch: fellow Americans are sons of you-know-whats. UPDATED: Palin answers Hoffa

Posted by: Phineas on September 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm

**Posted by Phineas

I have this vague memory of a time long ago —last January, in fact– when the President of the United States spoke at a memorial for the victims of the Tucson massacre and called for a calming of heated rhetoric and for a “new tone” in our political debates.

Silly me. That was then, this is now.

This last Labor Day, President Obama spoke in Detroit to an audience of union workers. Leading up to his speech, Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa, Jr., (1) spoke to the crowd and gave us an example of that new tone in action:

Um… yeah. In case you missed that due to all the marbles in this thug’s mouth, here’s the key moment via RCP:

“We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They’ve got a war, they got a war with us and there’s only going to be one winner. It’s going to be the workers of Michigan, and America. We’re going to win that war,” Jimmy Hoffa said to a heavily union crowd.

“President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong,” Hoffa added.

(Emphasis added.)

About the only thing missing were the brown shirts and steel helmets. (And yes, I deliberately “went there.”)

Not to worry, though. Right after Hoffa’s speech, the President called him out and gave him exactly what-for:

That’s telling him! (What, you were expecting him to criticize a union boss?)

Let’s go back to that awful day in Tucson when Representative Giffords and several other people were gunned down by a delusional nut. Almost immediately, the baying hounds of the Democratic Party, their media allies, and the Left blogosphere jumped all over Sarah Palin for her supposedly violent rhetoric and an obscure campaign graphic for the 2010 election that used crosshairs to symbolize Democrats targeted for defeat. Though hunting and military imagery has been common in American politics for centuries, these sanctimonious yahoos acted as if Palin had herself whispered in the shooter’s ear, giving him orders. Hence Obama’s “above it all” call for a new tone.

Now, imagine if Sarah Palin, in Iowa and New Hampshire for rallies this weekend, had said what Hoffa said, calling fellow citizens SOBs and talking of war. How would the Democrats react? Or what would be the reaction in the media (2) if she or any Republican or conservative leader had said how proud she was of someone who cursed their political opponents and used indisputably violent rhetoric?

You and I both know they be all over this like ants at a picnic. (3)

Now, I’m not saying Hoffa was encouraging actual violence or that unions themselves are violent (Maybe. Kinda.) or that Obama ever would endorse violence (Well…), but, you see… To call it “rank, cynical hypocrisy” would be to state the obvious.

Meet the new tone, same as the old tone.

(1) “Hoffa.” “Teamsters.” Now those are words any politician should want associated with his name. Yeesh. Well, maybe in Chicago…
(2) In case you’re wondering, most of the mainstream media have been silent on this story.
(3) For what it’s worth, so would most of the Right. But I doubt we’d have to, since our side doesn’t ally with legbreakers.

UPDATE: via Michelle Malkin, no wonder Jimmy Hoffa likes President Obama so much. “You scratch my back, and I’ll bust some heads for you.”

Note: In case you’re seeing the Hoffa video twice, that was my goof. Reload the page and things will be fine.

UPDATE 2: Sarah Palin answered Hoffa on her Facebook page today. No cursing, no calls to violence, just some honest  talk going over  the heads of the union bosses and straight to the membership. The key paragraphs:

To see where this leads, look at what’s happening to the working class in our industrialized cities. These cities are going to hell in a hand basket thanks to corruption, crony capitalism, and the union bosses’ greed. The union bosses derive their power from your union dues and their promise to deliver your votes to whichever politician they’re in bed with. They get their power from you, and yet their actions ultimately hurt you. They’re chasing American industry offshore by making outrageous, economically illogical demands that they know will never work. And now that they’ve chased jobs out of union states, they’re trying to chase them out of right-to-work states like South Carolina, so eventually the jobs will leave America altogether. But these union bosses will still figure out a way to keep their gig, and so will their politically aligned corporate friends. As long as these big corporations have a good crony capitalist in the White House, they can rely on DC to bail them out until the whole system goes bankrupt, which, I am afraid, is not very far off. When big government, big business, and big union bosses collude together, they get government to maximize their own interests against those of the rest of the country.

So, now these union bosses are desperately trying to cast the grassroots Tea Party Movement as being “against the workingman.” How outrageously wrong this unapologetic Jim Hoffa is, for the people’s movement is the real movement for working class men and women. It’s rooted in real solidarity, and not special interests and corporate kickbacks. It represents the needed reform that will empower workers and job creators. We stand with the little guy against the corruption and influence peddling of those who collude to grease the wheels of government power.

This collusion is at the heart of Obama’s economic vision for America. In practice it is socialism for the very rich and the very poor, but a brutal form of capitalism for the rest of us. It is socialism for the very poor who are reduced to a degrading perpetual dependence on a near-bankrupt centralized government to provide their every need, while at the same time robbing them of that which brings fulfillment and success – the life-affirming pride that comes from taking responsibility for your own destiny and building a better life through self-initiative and work ethic. And Obama’s vision is socialism via crony capitalism for the very rich who continue to get bailouts, debt-ridden “stimulus” funds, and special favors that allow them to waive off or help draft the burdensome regulations that act as a boot on the neck to small business owners who don’t have the same friends in high places. And where does this collusion leave working class Americans and the small business owners who create 70% of the jobs in this country? Out in the cold. It’s you and your children who are left paying for the cronyism of Obama and our permanent political class in DC.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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18 Responses to “New Tone Watch: fellow Americans are sons of you-know-whats. UPDATED: Palin answers Hoffa”


  1. Pasadena Phil says:

    Union membership has shrunk to 12% of the work force today with the only growth occurring in the conceptually corrupt (should be unconstitutional) government employee sector. Obama has declared that he will be fighting for UNION jobs which means GOVERNMENT jobs at the expense of the private sector.

    You can’t win in politics hitching your wagon to a very small minority threatening violence and loss of jobs to the majority.

  2. Carlos says:

    Translation of Hoffa’s “speech”: How dare those unthankful producers try to take away our government-given RIGHT to demand everyone in the nation join a union! If a war’s what they want, we’re all willing because, God Obama knows, we can get all the artillery we want through gunwalker’s F & F program, and we all know even the NRA can’t match that!

  3. Brian72 says:

    Here is another paragraph from her post that caught my attention:

    We should not forget that for all his lofty rhetoric, President Obama is a Chicago politician. Graft, cronyism, and quid pro quo are the well-known methods of an infamous Chicago political machine, of which Barack Obama emerged. This corruption isn’t just the result of a few bad apples. It’s the nature of a skewed system that’s typical of one not allowing a level playing field. If one desires opportunity for all, then the only solution is sudden and relentless reform. I know of what I speak. I too served in public office in a state that had a corruption problem. The difference is that I fought the corrupt political machine. Barack Obama used the machine in his state to advance. He never challenged it. And he’s evidently brought the same Chicago “pay-to-play” practices to the White House.

    emphasis mine.

    Ouch, that’ll leave a mark.

  4. H Hazell says:

    Eric Holder should not rest until his FBI has the bastard son of many mothers in protective custody.

  5. Carlos says:

    “Ouch, that’ll leave a mark.”

    Hopefully in the shorts of Obhammud and his merry gang of thugs.

    BTW, her tweets seem to me to be getting clearer and stay on point more and more. Has anyone else noticed that? Has she hired someone to edit for her before tweeting, or has she simply improved to this point?

  6. your mama says:

    Remember how outraged the lame stream media was over Palin’s lock and load quip?
    The left are the biggest hypocrites on the planet.
    And Obama not coming out and denouncing this hateful, violent rhetoric is telling.

  7. Brian72 says:

    This whole thing has been cooked up and coordinated from somewhere. It is no coincidence that the Cong Black Caucus had several public attacks on the Tea Party, and now the union leaders. It may be a strategy to get Tea Party supporters on TV angrily denying these accusations, in order to use the video in some distorted campaign ads or web videos.

    I wouldn’t put it past these libs to come up with some whacky propaganda scheme like that and have the nerve to think they could get away with it.

  8. TexasMom2012 says:

    Amazing. Watching a TEA party gathering where people sit in lawn chairs they brought themselves and sing patriotic songs making sure they clean up after themselves. TEA party wants smaller government and fiscal sanity and they are the Enemy, racists, terrorists etc. Considered thus by union thugs. Wow, I used to be indifferent to the unions, myself and hubby always did great without them, my first entry level office job the company doubled my salary within the first year. No union could let me achieve that. But now having watched the absolute garbage and filth these people spew, like in Wisconsin and at their rallies, now I want them completely banned in my state… We are right to work but I want freedom from unions forever! Via la Tejas, that is Texas for those who didn’t have 2 years of Texas history :D

  9. TexasMom2012 says:

    Dang it should read Viva as in hooray, not Via like way, sorry.

  10. Brontefan says:

    Desperation is prevalent and the Left is going to throw everything they can at the Tea Party Patriots. I was especially amused this morning watching DWS stutter in her interview with Carlson, unable to articulate a response to the question about the inappropriate language used by Hoffa, Jr. Of course, we have the president calling us “enemies’ and the VP calling us barbarians. Of course, Tea Party patriots are targeted because everyone knows fiscal responsibility, a call to STOP SPENDING, and the desire to get the federal government OUT OF OUR DAILY lives.. is so unreasonable? Not. It’s plan the Dems have no plan.. no catchy slogan, no record of success to run on.. so all that we will see is inappropriate language, name-calling, and dirty tricks. Welcome to Marxism… and Alinsky’s tactics for its take-over.

  11. H Hazell says:

    TexasMom2012: “Via la Tejas” may be a good one as well!!!


  12. Da Mob says:

    Who knew Jimmy’s kid would turn out to be a bigger coglione than him? We shudda “disappeared” the whole family…

  13. Jay Stevens says:

    Just goes to show that the apple does not fall far from the tree.

  14. nina says:

    Give that man a trip to the Meadowlands so he can visit his daddy!!!

  15. 2/ 325th AIR says:

    If any of the pics Ive seen of those 400 to 600 pounders holding union signs is any indicator…just getting off the bus TO fight will more than likely cause them to seize up…if not, attack dogs on long leads and making them run should work just nicely!!!
    I wear Tea Party gear and the looks I get are kinda funny…if you folks can imagine 6′, still fairly lean, maybe 200lbs, 50 years old, HEAVILY tattooed chopped Harley riding, and proclaiming membership to the Tea Party….Im not the one some fat POS union member is going to easily intimidate…just not gonna’ happen…so. those very round fella’ wanna dance…lets dance, ok? Its ALL good….just always remember…it’ll be you who starts it! What comes next is just icing on the cake….

  16. Kate says:

    Give America back to who? The Native Americans would be the politically correct answer Mr. Hoffa!

    As my husband is a member of the Teamsters for over 25 years…and we have seen our share of corruption and back room deals by the union leadership. Basic issues like seniority ignored over and over again, and union cronies running the show.

    I, for one, am tired of all the Tea Party trash talking….I really think they want us to get mad and do something stupid LIKE THEY WOULD DO! But, since we are a group with integrity and courage we can stand a few measily words tossed around. Words that are baseless and tasteless and show the real character of our opposition. So lay it on thick Mr. Hoffa and Congressional Black Caucaus we can stand be cause we have a strong foundation…The Constitution!

  17. Jim McDonald says:

    I saw wasserman schultz did not find the speech offensive.

    With a face like hers, it may sound like ‘Foreplay.’

  18. Carlos says:

    @2/325th: I stand 6’2″, about 245, but in my mid-sixties. They don’t intimidate me now, being a former (non-Teamsters) driver, and they certainly wouldn’t have 25 pounds and 25 years ago.

    But 25 years ago their weapon of choice would have been a rifle, not a club. At least that’s what they used to use to intimidate non-strikers.

    ‘Course, what with Gunwalker and Gangwalker, maybe they think they can still get that intimidation factor again…