This past Saturday, MoveOn.org and SEIU planned to have 1000 union members descend on Richmond to show their “solidarity” to the members of the union workers in Wisconsin occupying the state capitol building. Best laid plans being what they are, only around 150 people showed up. I say people rather than union members because most of the attendees were not in a union. No, they were your average everyday supporters of MoveOn.org and simply got an email telling them to show up.
All in all this was a very tame event. Most people did not bring their own signs even and organizers were passing them out to people as they showed up. Organizers tried several times to fire up the crowd to no avail and even started by attempting to lead the crowd in union chants at the beginning. If it weren’t for the signs, this would remind me of a typical Richmond Spring celebration with the toddlers in cute outfits and the dogs and bongo players. Maybe the attendees thought this was a spring festival?
The speakers claimed this is class warfare against the workers with children and women specifically at risk of being attacked. One speaker blamed the Tea Party for the warfare and budget problems. (Eh?!?) Several shots were taken against McDonnell. Speakers were incensed that WI public employees were asked to contribute 5% towards their own pension. Then they went into a tirade about how Virginia public employees are abused because they have to pay for their own benefits and can’t do collective bargaining. And then there was this one speech trying to blame Virginia for Wisconsin union woes. I couldn’t quite understand what connection they were trying to make that because Virginia banned mandatory collective bargaining it empowering other states to do the same.
INTERESTING FACTOID: Forced collective bargaining was banned in Virginia in 1993 and was signed into law by our Democrat 1st elected black Governor Douglas Wilder. Bet they didn’t know that.
Anyway, see you at the next Spring Festival.
For more enjoyment watch a short video of these poor organizers trying to fire up the crowd: