And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
It has surfaced again and again with the Tea Party movement being labeled as racist, his hectoring of the US Supreme Court during the State of the Union address, etc.
The most recent edition comes from an August 14 rally for Mitt Romney sponsored by Murray Energy at their mining facility in Beallsville, OH.
That miners and mining companies would support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama is not surprising. Obama and his ongoing RICO violation, the EPA, are the implacable enemies of coal. In a January 17, 2008 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Obama said:
Let me sort of describe my overall policy.
What I’ve said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else’s out there.
I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.
So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.
The solidily Democrat leadership of the United Mine Workers is sufficiently concerned that it has decided to sit out the 2012 elections:
After giving then-Sen. Barack Obama a full-throttled endorsement in the 2008 presidential election, the United Mine Workers of America has decided not to endorse either Obama or the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, in 2012.
So the fact that coal miners would turn out in droves to support Mitt Romney when their jobs and the financial future of their families is on the line is hardly surprising to anyone… except to the Obama campaign. In their insular, leftist worldview the only reasons that miners would oppose The One is either racism or because they were coerced. Or maybe they were coerced racists. In response to the effrontery of these blue collar guys voting their pocketbooks, the Obama campaign claimed the miners were forced to attend. This led a dutiful, if not terribly bright stenographer at ThinkProgress named “Aviva Shen” to report:
Mitt Romney’s new ad, “War On Coal,” accuses President Obama of “ruining the coal industry” and putting coal miners out of work. It also showcases footage of Romney speaking at a rally at an Ohio coal mine, flanked by solemn-looking miners.
Those miners, however, are not Romney supporters. In fact, they later said they were forced to attend the rally without pay. Now that the footage has been used in a campaign ad, the political advocacy group Progress Ohio has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission accusing the owner of Murray Energy Corporation of an illegal corporate contribution in the form of his employees.
The company and the miners have now responded:
“There are numerous false statements and absolute lies concerning our participation in this event, mostly started by a local ‘shock jock’ radio host,” the miners’ letter to Obama states. “Why would you (Obama) lie about the 500 working miners who have signed this letter? We, the employees of the Century Mine would request you immediately stop these false ads.”
This summer, Murray Energy Corp., parent company of the Beallsville mine, cut or relocated 56 workers with the closure of the Red Bird West mine near Brilliant. Murray also cut 29 mining jobs from The Ohio Valley Coal Co.’s Powhatan No. 6 Mine. All of this was done, Robert Murray said, because of Obama’s “war on coal.”
Murray then hosted the Romney campaign stop in Beallsville in August, during which many miners appeared behind Romney as the former Massachusetts governor spoke about the need to protect coal mining jobs. In response to the assertion some have made about the miners being forced to appear with Romney, the miners made several points on Friday:
– No employee was forced to attend the event.
– There were no attendance records taken for hourly employees.
– There were absolutely no penalties or reprimands to those who did not attend.
– Due to security concerns for the Romney campaign, there was a list for transportation purposes.
– They were “honored” to host Romney at the mine.
This regime has all the makings of the Nixon administration only without the competence or deeply held principles. It is a personality cult headed by a man… and I use the term only in the biological sense as no man acts like this guy does… whose ego is so fragile that it can’t countenance disagreement or opposition. It refuses to admit that many Americans, probably most Americans, oppose a lot of Obama’s policies. If those people happen to be those whom the regime believes owes it something then they resort immediately to lies and demonization.
They can’t be gone soon enough to suit me.