Greg Baer is deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America. On a quiet Sunday afternoon two weeks ago his house was swarmed by 14 busloads of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) agitators who showed up at his front door uninvited. His 14 year old son was home alone and terrified. Their sqwak was BOA is "Greedy" because millions of people are having trouble paying the mortgages they freely and in some instances gleefully agreed to. Some are losing their homes to foreclosure. It's quite ashamed. Yet why is this BOA's fault? Most, if not all of them, KNEW full well they couldn't afford what they were getting into, but went ahead anyway, as if they had won the lottery. Now they are all sittin' around crying about "greed" and waiting on "Obama money." Now, again, why is this anyone else's fault?
It's BOA's fault because they have a legal (and moral) responsibilty to enforce contracts that were eagerly enetered into by people who thought they were going to get something for nothing. When it didn't turn out that way, why, it's BOA's fault, it's "greed's" fault, it's Bush's fault, it's SOMEBODY ELSE'S fault. But it sho' as heck ain't their fault. Unfortunately, the death of personal responsibility is only one of the lessons to be learned from this mob of Klanesque rabble rousers.
The man in question, Greg Baer, of course, does not deserve such harrassement. However, I'll bet he thought he was immune to it. Listen to this from Nina Easton, "Of course, HuffPost readers responding to the coverage [from HufPo, the ONLY media present] assumed that Baer was an evil former Bush official. He's not. A lifelong Democrat, Baer worked for the Clinton Treasury Department, and his wife, Shirley Sagawa, author of the book The American Way to Change and a former adviser to Hillary Clinton, is a prominent national service advocate." So, lesson number two is that personal liberalism will not protect you from the mob if you happen to dance (accidentally or intentionally) across the ideological fault line.
And just how did Ms. Nina Easton come to know the details of this metaphorical cross burning? Unfortunately for SEIU, she happens to live next door to the Baer's. Having just put her toddler down for the afternoon, she also was shocked by the jackbooted union thugs. Here lies lesson number three: being a Berkely grad, shilling for CNN and living in Chevy Chase will not protect you from the fallout of the mob. (Yes, I know she comments on Fox and appears to have changed her stries to a degree.) Anyway, lesson number four is that demagoguery has consequences, often unintended. Publicly villify and accuse an innocent group of people of "greed" long enough and someone is likely to get hurt. And it may be YOU - peace symbol and all.
The fifth lesson to be learned is the police will not protect us if anything bad happens. Here this from Nina, "Intimidation was the whole point of this exercise, and it worked-even on the police. A trio of officers who belatedly answered our calls confessed a fear that arrests might "incite" these trespassers." Let me explain that if a couple of neighbors had come out with shotguns and pumped a few rounds into the air, these erstwhile Klansmen would have run fast and far away. So, give up your 2nd amendment rights at your own peril. What if these SEIU characters had decided to do some harm to someone? If they had known no neighbor legally possessed a gun, they might have. Think about it.
We won't even delve into the side issues which stink like a whorehouse at low tide. For instance, we won't mention that the financially strapped SEIU owes the BOA over $4 Million. Neither will we disclose that the SEIU is actively trying to unionize bank tellers and call-centers at BOA. And, finally, we won't reveal that one way to force unions on unwilling companies is to make them look bad, like calling them "greedy" and such.
The upshot is, we are truly in danger of becoming a third world thugocracy. Do you think your city could provide better services cheaper by privatizing them? Better not mention it out loud. The next thing you know, a gang from the local public employees union might be trying to burn your house down. Think your state is wasting money trying to educate teenaged thugs who couldn't care less about education? Watch out, your wife might be the next political assault victim.
Do you think this is all far-fetched alarmism? No. I'm afraid that the once-cherished ideas of self-sufficiency, personal responsibility and earnig your own bed and bread is now considered just the quaint drivel of some old bunch of drooling eccentrics. Don't you know that THE STATE OWES YOU A JOB; THE BANKS OWE YOU A HOUSE; THE SCHOOLS OWE YOU AN EDUCATION; THE WORLD OWES YOU A LIVING??
If you didn't, you do now. Now go on home and shut the hell up. Let those more enlightened than yourself take care of all your petty concerns. Don't you realize Hillary, Holder and Obama went to elite schools and you're just a provincial bum? You had better START realizing it or they will send elements of the NEW Black Panther Party to a polling place near you...