Sarah Palin to Union Members: Don’t Be Taken In By Union Boss Thuggery Like Jimmy Hoffa Represents

Sarah Palin with her husband Todd spoke to a tea party crowd Monday in New Hampshire.

From her Facebook page:

In my speech on Saturday in Iowa, I said: “Between bailouts for Wall Street cronies and stimulus projects for union bosses’ security and ‘green energy’ giveaways, [Barack Obama] took care of his friends. And now they’re on course to raise a billion dollars for his re-election bid so that they can do it all over again.” This was shamefully on display yesterday at President Obama’s taxpayer-funded campaign rally in Detroit. In introducing the President, Teamsters President James Hoffa represented precisely what I was talking about as he declared war on concerned independent Americans and on the freshman members we sent to Congress last November by saying, “Let’s take these son-of-a-bitches out!”

What I say now, I say as a proud former union member and the wife, daughter, and sister of union members. So, as a former card-carrying IBEW sister married to a proud former Laborers, IBEW, and later USW member, please hear me out. What I have to say is for the hard working, patriotic, selfless union brothers and sisters in Michigan and throughout our country: Please don’t be taken in by union bosses’ thuggery like Jim Hoffa represented yesterday. Union bosses like this do not have your best interests at heart. What they care about is their own power and re-electing their friend Barack Obama so he will take care of them to the detriment of everyone else.

To the same degree Americans are concerned about irresponsible, greedy corporate execs who got cushy bonuses from taxpayer-funded bailouts, we should also be concerned about greedy union bosses who are willing to tank our economy just to protect their own power. As union history shows, power and greed corrupt. Just because you claim to represent union members doesn’t mean you are on the side of the angels. The greed of too many of these union bosses has all but destroyed the labor movement in this country, helped chase away our jobs, and is killing the American dream.

To see where this leads, look at what’s happening to the working class in our industrialized cities. These cities are going to hell in a hand basket thanks to corruption, crony capitalism, and the union bosses’ greed. The union bosses derive their power from your union dues and their promise to deliver your votes to whichever politician they’re in bed with. They get their power from you, and yet their actions ultimately hurt you. They’re chasing American industry offshore by making outrageous, economically illogical demands that they know will never work. And now that they’ve chased jobs out of union states, they’re trying to chase them out of right-to-work states like South Carolina, so eventually the jobs will leave America altogether. But these union bosses will still figure out a way to keep their gig, and so will their politically aligned corporate friends. As long as these big corporations have a good crony capitalist in the White House, they can rely on DC to bail them out until the whole system goes bankrupt, which, I am afraid, is not very far off. When big government, big business, and big union bosses collude together, they get government to maximize their own interests against those of the rest of the country.

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  • myohmy

    So true. Union bosses are only interested in their own power and keeping that union fees flowing in their coffer. Union used to be vital in the tradition of a working men but we got now are bunch of corrupt leaders consumed with greed and thuggery.

  • squeaky

    jimmy could have metaphorically declared war on the tea party and gop but the problem would be those who take him literally.

  • The best, biggest gift the TEA Party can give to the union thugs (and by extension this WH) is to fall for this violence-baiting. They want violence to erupt. Actually, no, they don’t just want it, they NEED it.

    They are just as crazy, self-serving, and destructive as they sound, and the proper response to crazy, self-serving destruction is either polite silence or ridicule. We’ve tried polite silence for decades. Look where it got us. Let’s try something new this time and laugh at them just as loudly as they deserve. From the WH to Hoffa down to your local union thug, they’re just clowns. Clowns desperately clinging to their trite routines and cliched speeches from forty years ago. Laugh at them.

  • Tru

    Sarah nails it.
    Run Sarah Run!

  • Joe College

    She’s a great American and her logic and rhetoric and hard hitting. Sarah Palin gets from point A to point B more gracefully and convincingly than just about anyone else on the scene today.

    But Facebook is no match for the Media Mafia. She gets her message to the faithful. Obama and the Democrats get theirs directly to the American people. It is poured into America’s ear like hemlock as they sit half asleep and hypnotized by the blue flickering light.

    That is why to this day most Americans believe it is the GOP Congress that has stopped Obama from fixing the economy, and not the other way around. An alarming percentage believe the real problem here is Obama’s ‘weakness’ in pushing ‘reforms’ through a Tea Party Congress.

    Obama has used the Media Mafia to position himself as too nice a guy who needs to get tough.

    This is a very dangerous situation because it just begs him to redouble his rule by fiat. In the current public opinion climate plenty of Americans would welcome Obama using even more fascistic tactics.

  • Rosalie

    O must love Hoffa’s message. Don’t forget, O was a community organizer. Thuggery is his forte.

  • Karinee

    Good job Sarah. I have nothing against unions, but I do have a problem with their leaders.
    This president and his union thugs need to be voted out of office. The presidents retoric about
    keeping a civil tone in our discussion is all garbage. There are more of us, than there are union
    members, and we don’t need to resort to violence to change the direction of our country. I
    personally think this president has hurt the black community. He had all the power to change
    their lives, by improving their schools, pushing parents to keep their children to stay in school. Talking to the young girls to stop having babies in their teens. He has failed as a leader among his own, so it will be generations before the general public trust a blackman
    again to the top office. He had many whites in his camp, and a majority of the young people.
    When I think of what he could have accomplished I could cry. Instead he taught the same
    lesson to keep taking as much as you can get, break laws, and outright steal from the
    taxpayers. We could sure use God’s help in the next year to return to our real system of

  • Ginger

    Sarah needs PROTECTION more so now! You do not talk against a union member, rep/shop steward or especially high up as the president of any union. The thugs of the union will do their bidding! They are heartless people. The decent union co-workers are quiet and when the mean ones notice they HARASS them to no end! They will take it to your home, etc!

    Unions needs to go! Maybe some form of employees can plan events to meet with supervisors and owners to talk their concerns. Unions DO NOT talk they DEMAND!

  • Joe College

    When the market opens in 45 minutes Obama’s going to need all the distractions he can get.

  • DanO

    Do you hear this woman, union brothers and sisters?

    “…look at what’s happening to the working class in our industrialized cities. These cities are going to hell in a hand basket thanks to corruption, crony capitalism, and the union bosses’ greed (Detroit? Hello!). The union bosses derive their power from your union dues and their promise to deliver your votes to whichever politician they’re in bed with. They get their power from you, and yet their actions ultimately hurt you. They’re chasing American industry offshore by making outrageous, economically illogical demands that they know will never work. And now that they’ve chased jobs out of union states, they’re trying to chase them out of right-to-work states like South Carolina, so eventually the jobs will leave America altogether.”

    Think about it, union brothers and sisters…why fear “right-to-work-exploitation” when there is no work?

  • Sam Stone

    Thank you unions. Thank you for all the tens of thousands of jobs you created in robotics.
    Because of your demands over the past decades, the price of many made in America products are still affordable. Who could but a lawn tractor made in the USA with all human union labor wages and benefits being paid?
    I bought one made in Indiana in 1993 for $999. 12 HP 42″ cut no bells & whistles.
    I bought a new one made in the same plant in 2011 for $1150. 18HP 42″ cut automatic transmission and will accept plows snowblowers etc.

    Without automated and robotic welders and painters and intricate parts made by machines, that tractor today would be about $3000.

    Thank you unions.

    The automotive industry was the leader in the field. Without union labor costs and demands, the average auto would be $60,000 not $30,000.
    Those high tech hardware and software jobs you created around the world to build robots to do much of what you USED to do. The robots do it better and cheaper and longer without a break.
    No health care or retirement to pay. No worry about a robot striking.

    Thank you unions for getting our mail to us for 200 years until 40 years ago when the USPS forced collective bargaining.

    Was a nice run huh? 200 years only took you 40 to destroy.

    I guess we will have another union bailout soon, just I time for the election.

    That should create jobs as well as food stamps and unemployment checks.

  • FurryGuy

    The woman who is NOT running as a GOP candidate is the first out of the gate, denouncing the violent rhetoric from the Left. Where are the rest of the denunciations from those who are actually running?

  • Greg

    Be assured that Romeny and the rest of the RINO will not start a speech with claiming membership in a union,,,,and then taking the high ground to chastise Hoffa/Obama

  • Ginger


    I watched a u-tube video last year where there was some union people at a Tea Party rally. When asked if they feared retaliation from their union members they said they would deal with it! I think there is more people in the union that can see the writing on the wall then there is the union thugs. They get loud and pushy for a reason.

    You are so right!

  • vityas

    Sarah. What a beautiful woman. Inside. Of course, it’s reflected in her countenance.

  • lol

    once again gov. palin gives an excellent response to the bully hoffa’s comments.


    again the right shows they have zero balls to take a stance against ozero and his union thugs….way to go sarah..time for the repubs to boycott odumbo’s “jobs” speech

  • Ginger

    When Grethen on Fox this morning ask Perry about Hoffa he passed the buck! Used the excuse to take care of Texas! What a coward! He had his chance to send a strong message that hateful words and threats would not be tolerated…but no he copped out!!!

    More of the same people!

  • RedBeard

    Well done, Sarah Palin. Very well said.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    A self-identified troll calling itself “Walden”, last night commented that “conservatives have blue-balls for violence.”

    In the interest that my reply be seen, as it is also relevant to this thread, I’ll repost it here:
    Walden, you say that we conservatives have “blueballs for violence”.

    That may be so, for some. You know WHY? Because we don’t do violence.

    You union thugs and leftists, on the other hand, participate in violence ALL THE TIME.

    Hence, no “blueballs”. You’re always humpin’ your pretty gal named “Violence”. Balls-deep.

    It wasn’t righties that beat Ken Gladney.

    Nor was it righties that nearly killed Allee Bautsch and Joe Brown.

    Anytime there is violence, it is instigated by leftist thugs.

    The nutcase who nearly killed Gabrielle Giffords, and did kill the Hon. John Roll? Oh, yeah, he was a leftist. He shot Gabby because she WASN’T FAR ENOUGH TO THE LEFT. Most Kos posters agreed — she had to go, she wasn’t a Real Democrat, etc.

    The HuffPo has to shut down commenting whenever a prominent Republican is in the hospital — for whatever reason — because, invariably, they get 1,000-comment threads chock full of death-wishes.


    Yeah we might have “blueballs”, but that condition has a reason: abstinence.

    We don’t hate people like you folks do. Not even in the same league.

    hints below:

    That’s barely scratching the surface of the violent — not just tendencies — but reality of the situation. You people ARE violent, and demonstrably so.

    Those are not rightwingers, either.

  • Got Billy Ayers on Speed Dial

    What a shameful thug these union goons are. Tea Party members are, like our military, the greatest this country has to offer. They are your neighbors, your insurance agent, your bank teller, they are everyday American citizens.

    And to have these goons be so disrespectful, and the President being unwilling to condemn it, is disgusting.

  • Arch

    having trouble posting comments

  • Simsalabim

    I guess I’m in good company. I’m a union electrician but first an American. Wait, first I’m a Christian. I’m often embarrassed by uneducated and unthinking union members and bosses. I always like to remind people that Sarah was given honorary membership in the IBEW in Alaska and her husband is a union member. Dick Cheney was also an IBEW electrician and Ronald Reagan was the president of his union. I’m proud to be a conservative and a Tea Party member. I do like being a union electrician and almost any non-union electrician would rather be an IBEW electrician given the choice.

  • mamagriz68

    My husband is a union member and can’t stand it. He would tell you all the rumblings he’s hearing against Obama. There are a lot of union guys out of work. There are the numskulls who blindly follow their corrupt union leaders into battle, and there are the guys who just put up with it so they can do their jobs and support their families. The latter greatly outnumbers the former, at least in trades that require some amount of intelligence. I believe the days of the unions are numbered.

  • Amjean

    If the union leaders were concerned about jobs for their union members, why aren’t
    they screaming for something to be done about the illegals who have taken their jobs?

  • Valerie

    Oh, well said, my dear! Thank you, Jim, for posting this.

    Sarah Palin has the vision to reach right past the purported “leaders” of this country to “their” constituents. The “leaders” may pass legislation and issue executive orders right now, but the constituents are the ones that vote.

    I would remind the Conservatives at this site: She’s right. There are union members that agree with you, maybe a whole lot of them. Further, there are also Democratic voters that agree with on some critical economic issues. If you stick to the economic issues (as the Tea Parties have done), you can win, big, and set right some terrible mistakes.

    After that, we can settle back down to arguing about the cultural issues, and who knows? maybe, maybe, you will find that some of your new friends and allies have been “agreeing with you at the top of their lungs.”

  • jainphx

    Today with all the laws passed by congress, there is no need for unions of any kind. The unions are nothing but a laundering bank for the Demoncrapic party. They take the dues from members, cut out their “fair share” they turn the rest over to the Demoncrapic central committee, then in return they get it back by things like stimules ( ain’t spelled right) Its a vicious circle.

  • jNYC

    This courageous woman is starting to look like David vs. Goliath…Sarah vs. the Dems, entrenched GOP establishment, pravda-media, Obama machine, Acorn & now the union bosses. Hope there are enough engaaged citizens to help her tip the scale to save the American Constitutional institutions we love.

  • Joanne

    I’ve lived in union towns, and it is always the union bosses that screw around with the lives of the members. They would rather no one have work and an income, than give in without their demands met. They usually are the ones who do not want to work but want to receive pay.

  • Tribe

    The very first line of this is a complete lie. Bush bailed out Wall Street, not Obama.

  • unseen

    #31 you must have missed the $350 billion of TARP bush left for Obama to conitnue TARP.

  • Gary

    Don’t worry about that.
    Nothing’s going to happen to Sarah Palin.
    That would start the war that they only pretend to want.
    We do outnumber them by a wide margin and they know it. That’s why they huddle together in a gang while we walk the streets alone.

  • RedBeard

    My brother-in-law was an unwilling Teamster, and referred to his membership card as his “Graft Card.” His opinion of the local union bosses usually included the words “pond scum.”

  • bg


    God Bless & Godspeed Sarah..


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  • tsler

    The left only calls us violent because they know that we are not violent. If they really thought that us gun toting, bible reading, enemy, sobs, barbarians were actually violent they would run and hide as they know they wouldn’t stand a snow balls chance. If we were to stand up and commit the acts that they accuse us of, they wouldn’t be around to accuse anyone of anything and they know it. The union goons on the other hand seem to love the violence that they accuse others of ( go figure). No one said the goons were smart.

    If you want to understand where they get this mentality, According to Alinsky, the main job of the organizer is to bait an opponent into reacting. “The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength” So, you see, the lefts current retroitc is nothing more than an attempt to “goad” the right into reacting exactly as they falsely claim that we have been doing all along. The more we use common sense, civility, rational thought and the ballot box the more they will goad. They will not give up easily, we must stay the course and take our country back the way we always have, by voting the nimrods out of office. A long slow process? yes? But unless we want an open civil war, that is our best action.

    Almost forgot. SARAH you go girl, if you run you got my vote.

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  • Bill Whitfield

    Sarah has more Common Sense and Intelligence, in her Snot, than Obama and his horribly ugly Skank put together! Hoffa needs to end up like his father – missing, never to be found again!

  • DaveB

    Exactly. I haven’t seen anyone articulate solid conservativism as well as Sarah does since Romald Reagan.

  • Gordon

    20 years ago I gave up 13 years of being a union member due to this corruption and favoritism. I Never looked back.
    One thing about unions is, you do not have to do a good job at your job to keep your job. Just be a member and your set for life as long as you make a meeting now and again and continuing to add to the coffers when asked..
    When the union rep cracks the whip and you behave like a trained monkey once in while for the cameras you have earned your pay. according to the BA and union rep..
    Sarah is 100% right and the American public and voters had better wake up or we all will be out of work.
    Obama loves America like OJ loved Nichole.
    Ya’all have a nice day now , ya Hear?

  • leithflood

    Detroit calling. Labor day re-election kick off for the great one. The flim-flam man ( Obama ) meets hell boy Hoffa jr. in Detroit City. Now we have seen everything. These people have no shame. High-jacking Labor Day. What’s next, a parade for Obama and Hoffa at Arlington Cemetary. I will not vote for Obama next time around. He is below Carter in my poll. Let’s take the sob’s out? Who in their right mind would say such a thing. Sorry to say brother, we are on the road to hell. JOBS,JOBS, JOBS, will not happen. Forget about it. Now we have to save our USA. When your in a hole, quit digging. Stop spending damn it. Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way.

  • Sturmudgeon

    Joe College: exactly right!… the Nazis accumulated support through their constant hammering of their message(s) through a ‘controlled’ media… this is exactly what has happened in the USA (& Canada)… unless, and until more and more reporter/journalist integrity is demonstrated to combat the LM, I fear that our true Conservative message will never get through to those robots in front of their TVs.