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Are Police Officers and Firefighters Abandoning the GOP?

Posted on Apr 22, 2011

Two public safety officers talk to MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, explaining why they recently decided to quit the Republican Party. Hint: It had something to do with the GOP’s war on public sector unions.  —YL


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By SarcastiCanuck, April 25, 2011 at 11:40 am Link to this comment
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Awwwww,poor Freddy Firefighters ass is now in the sling and he’s dicovered the nobility of switching political persuasions.Welcome aboard boys and girls,my enemies enemy is now my friend…

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By mrfreeze, April 24, 2011 at 9:43 pm Link to this comment

I will repeat this to the end:

It’s amazing to me that anyone who is poor, working-class, a union member, female, disabled, military, gay or “different” in any way can vote republican. It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. Like inviting Colonel Sanders over for dinner when your a chicken.

But, I’ve never thought of people who vote republican have much intelligence or common sense.

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By urscrewed, April 23, 2011 at 10:04 pm Link to this comment
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There is something really wrong with Mr. Ed. Is he nut? or what?

I don’t care who leaves that party, as a matter of fact I would like to see everybody leave both parties. They are both corrupt. Totally!

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By Leefeller, April 23, 2011 at 8:32 pm Link to this comment

Apparently Republicans are slower learners?

I saw this Ed show and I felt like I was watching agnostics sitting on the fence fretting on the existence or nonexistence of a supreme being!

Sorry folks, this has been one long well paid for slow bit by bit process. Planned and choreographed to separate the government from the unwashed masses, so every day further and further,  wake up America and one day it will be your turn in the barrel!

For some reason I suspect when the top 1 percent of Americas most wealthy happen to reach their turn in the barrel,... just like George Bush getting out of going to Vietnam, one of the Unwashed will be once again taking their turn in the barrel too!

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By bluesman, April 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment

My grandfather and my father were long time union men as am I, and from the time I was old enough to understand what they were saying, they both told me that Republicans are not my friend when it comes to fair treatment as a worker or a middle class individual. I have watched this act for over 50 years and it’s the same every time, but ever since Reagan the war has really been on against the working man and woman here in America. I applaud the fact that these two guys have finally seen the light but as aacme88 asked, what took so long? Where were they when the other trade unions were being slammed? And do you think the Republican party will stop with the unions? Hell no, they will just move up the food chain to the next group until they are the only ones left and will have all the money and power. The only way this nation can prosper is if we all have opportunities to live well. I’m not asking for millions, just let me have the opportunity to live a comfortable life. I work hard every day and would expect nothing less, but people have to know that the Republicans only want to stack the deck against us folks in the middle and take any chance we have to live the American Dream. Sorry for the rant, but people need to wake up and look around them to see what’s really going on. The Republicans are not looking out for anyone except their rich buddies on Wall Street, you know the guys who fill their campaign coffers!

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By Rich b, April 23, 2011 at 8:46 am Link to this comment
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What the Repubs are doing should not be a surprise.
Since before the end of WW2 this has been the Repub agenda. The Business Class has spent trillions on propaganda that pushes this agenda. Outsource jobs, import labor, kill the unions, kill medicare, kill social security, kill the social contract, all of it.
Only 2 books explain this- Selling Free Interprise by Wolf and Invisible Hands by Fein. The Middle Class needs turn off the social issues and vote their pocket. The Repubs are for the Uber Rich only. Turn off the TV America and read a book.

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By ribbie149, April 23, 2011 at 8:07 am Link to this comment

Just another example of “I’ve got mine, screw the rest
of you”...until ‘mine’ gets threatened.

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By Sam Holloway, April 23, 2011 at 5:04 am Link to this comment
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It’s pathetic, aacme, but you are absolutely correct.  I know that my firefighters’ union local is chock full of right-wingers.  So many of them proudly voted for Bush and McCain.  Similarly, our city’s police union endorsed the proudly union-hating GOP candidate in our latest gubernatorial election.  I’m no supporter of the corporatist Obama, but I wouldn’t dare spend my vote on any self-described opponent of not only organized labor, but of working people in general.  If you can’t find a progressive Democrat (if such a thing still exists), then you vote Green.

I think these two professions attract an inordinately high number of right-wing reactionaries.  I’ve even known some of my colleagues—who are unionized, publicly funded laborers, mind you—describe themselves as ‘libertarian.’  I’m wondering how much of this can be explained by the continuing culture-war backlash against the Civil Rights Act and by ever-evolving and multiplying corollaries of the Southern Strategy.  It has to be more than just thirty pieces of silver disguised as a pension.

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By aacme88, April 22, 2011 at 10:16 pm Link to this comment

One has to wonder what took so long. Apparently they were perfectly content when the GOP was attacking other groups, and the nation itself: the middle class, the poor, the elderly, everyone’s prosperity. They even kept quiet when the Repubs wanted to cut the 911 first responders off with nothing, not even healthcare to treat the wounds and sickness gained in the aftermath of the attack. But attacking their own union is over the line.
I agree. Attacking their union is over the line. But attacking everyone else’s unions is also over the line. As is the destruction of the American dream. What is it about complacent Americans that they can side with a monstrous movement, subversive to everything this country was about, and cheer it on, until somehow they themselves are affected.
These people make me want to puke.

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By Lilith, April 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm Link to this comment

Thank you .....

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By RenZo, April 22, 2011 at 4:44 pm Link to this comment

On Earth Day we learn that Abu Ghraib (arabic for ‘grandpa Ghraib’ more or less) was built literally on ad hoc graves, mass graves and ossuaries. How shocking it would be to have this Coffee Table book of war the only book in a living room, all alone on the coffee table, squared with the sides of the square glass, at the edge where you sit, ready to be read: the one thing that must be noticed, the only thing facing you, the one and only thing to do.
I think I have given up on seeing the descendants of slaves (visible as they are across the country) given atonement or recompense, or even just an official apology. Likewise the all-but-invisible native americans will never get repaid even symbolically for the genocide europeans brought to them. I hope I live long enough however to see the Iraqis bring suit and win. I still hope to see the war criminals who started it go to trial, even if never to prison. I hope on my death bed someone brings me that news, so that I can hope with my dying breath for the future of humans, for all the species that we threaten and extinguish, and for the Earth we inhabit.

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