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03 March 2010

Only a Sith, George W. Bush or Organized Labor deal in absolutes

"If you are not with me, then you are my enemy."

-Anakin Skywalker, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.

"You're either with us or against us in the fight against terror."

-President George W. Bush, November 6, 2001.

"Regardless of your party affiliation, if you're not with us, you are against us."

-Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), March 2, 2010.

It is extremely rare for me to venture into national politics on a site with the name, "Georgia Politics Unfiltered." However, recent comments and actions by the organized labor community compelled me to do so.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the labor unions intend to send a message to Democrats like Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. That message being, "if you are not with us, you are against us." [Hananel, Sam (2010-3-2). AFL-CIO sends a message with rebuff of Lincoln. Associated Press. Retrieved on 2010-3-3.] The AFL-CIO is now opposing the re-election bid of Blanche Lincoln simply because she did not vote with them 100% of time (although her overall voting record shows that Lincoln is a pro-union U.S. Senator) [SOURCE: fact sheet on Blanche Lincoln].

Democrats and activists on the left went through this exercise in 2006 when they challenged Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman in the primary. The end result was Ned Lamont winning the battle, but losing the war; and Joe Lieberman having no reason to show loyalty to the folks who tried to take his job.

Blanche Lincoln is a good Democrat, and it is a shame that her friends have turned on her just to prove a point.

I never thought the day would come when organized labor would adopt the same philosophy of the bad guys in Star Wars and George W. Bush. But it has happened.

Let this be another lesson that can be learned from Star Wars:

Only a Sith, George W. Bush or Organized Labor deal in absolutes.