Go Figure… Richard Trumka: Rightwing Uses “Freedom” to “Dupe Public”

Go figure. Obama pal Richard Trumka says “freedom” is used to “dupe the public.”


AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka celebrates Independence Day today by bashing freedom.
The Examiner reported:

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has a 4th of July-themed column in the Huffington Post musing on the word freedom and how it is interpreted by the Republican Party. His conclusion is that they use the word to con people.

Let’s call this right-wing “freedom” catch phrase what it really is: a grossly political strategy to dupe the public, which holds the word “freedom” as something sacred.

According to Trumka, giving people or groups freedom in how they conduct their affairs is a bad idea because they might make the wrong decision… Like maybe opting out of paying union dues.

Membership in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees – Wisconsin’s second-largest public-sector union – was cut in half when members were given the “freedom” to choose to belong to the union or not.

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  • old glazier

    Go preach to your sheeple Commie. Americans don’t need lessons from Marxists on freedom. Unions, like the american left, soon to be extinct. After November, on to the universities.

  • mcc

    Love how Jim always finds the perfect photo to highlight an article…

  • Trumka is insignificant. Unionism is dead. It cut its own wrist.

  • American Patriot

    We can’t have people being free to think for themselves now, can we. They just might start to question our authority.


  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    “…a grossly political strategy to dupe the public, which holds the word ‘freedom’ as something sacred.”

    Absolutely unbelievable.

  • bobdog

    It will be a cold day in Hell before I take lessons about freedom from commie scum like Richard Trumka.

    Or Barack Obama, for that matter.

  • Valerie

    Unionism isn’t dead. Unions can and do serve a useful purpose. Unions have to be kept honest, though, and the way to do that is to pass right to work laws.

  • the democratic party definition is better. subjugation to the party.

  • bg


    hmmm, something tells me there just may be more
    illegal aliens in the US than union members.. /s/


  • jb books

    Orwell called. At least I think it was him. He was speechless.

  • Dittogirl

    Give up your freedom first, assclown! Then talk to us about how it feels when you cant even say what you just said! Why this clown is hogging up our air is beyond me..humbly learn how to STFU!

    Save the world…less carbon in the atmosphere if that blowhard just shuts his mouth!

  • bg


    haven’t read it yet, but i will…

    July 3, 2012

    PPACA Waivers and the Roberts Decision

    [The Obama administration granted more than 1600 waivers over
    compliance with parts of the Patient Protection Affordable Care
    Act. The Supreme Court ruling that the individual mandate is a
    tax will not affect the waivers, as they dealt with what kind of
    insurance people have, not whether they have it. The ruling,
    and the waivers, point us directly to the disaster that awaits
    the country unless the PPACA is fully repealed.]


  • bg


    Obama Lies = Freedom Dies


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  • Taqiyyotomist

    …a grossly political strategy to dupe the public, which holds the word “freedom” as something sacred.

    No, you thug communist, you “sombrero of all asshats”*, you steaming pile of feces — we hold FREEDOM as something sacred. Not just the word.

    You and your kind, you seem to think that “freedom” means the freedom to subjugate and control others, just like you bastards did in the 1800’s: How dare you take away our freedom to buy and sell human beings for slavery!

    Trumka can go schtupp himself with a 50′ reinforced concrete phallus.

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  • Taqiyyotomist

    *h/t Ann Barnhardt.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    Did you all know that the noun “Soviet” translates into English as the noun “local”?

    As in, International Brotherhood of D*ckheads, Thugs, and Lazy F*cks Local 235.

    Now you know.

  • Beth just south of Berkeley and just east of San Francisco

    Hold freedom sacred? You bet your sweet behind I do. I thank my ancestors who put it all on the line for freedom.

    Happy Independence Day, everyone! And yes, I will be flying the flag in front of my house just south of Berkeley and just East of San Francisco.

  • Rene

    Freedom is sacred! It was given to us by the Grace of God.

  • Tim in Cali

    Alternate Headline:

    Richard “Dick” Trumka believes that when the REPUBLICANS fought for and gave the slaves FREEDOM,that the slaves were being duped

    And they’ve been duped by the Democrats ever since, Dick Trumka

  • Trumpka and the rest of the criminal cabal might have a different opinion of freedom after a few years in prison.

  • Big Al


  • Sasja

    Valerie. You keep defending unions. That’s fine. Just fill us in on what useful purpose they serve.

    I am hard-pressed to find one.

  • Texas_Treeroach

    Citizens! Don’t be swayed and duped by Freedom!

    We all know it is EQUALITY, not Freedom, that is being threatened by the Conservatives.

    The EQUALITY guaranteed by the new HealthCare law is now the Law of the Land. It will mean generous and EQUAL benefits allowed by the Government for all Government-recognized health challenges: Freedom flows from Equality.

    The Government, through the USDA, encourages you to join with your brothers and sisters to participate in a nationwide effort to provide EQUAL nourishment without worry of its cost: Freedom flows from Equality.

    Government programs designed to provide monetary and household entitlements EQUALY for all, insure security for all EQUALY: Freedom flows from Equality.

    Your Unions and your Government — Joining hands across our great land – to insure EQUAL prosperity for all who call Oceania their home.

    Yes Number 11, Orwell spoke to me as well.

  • BurmaShave

    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is a postmodern liar.

    Ordinary Americans who are to the right of Leftist Trumka – and who are not elitists, Liberals or statists — are not rightwingers; they citizens who are bewildered by the horse manure their “betters” force feed them.

    The Tea Party is about speaking Truth to Power

    The elitists, Liberals, and statists who swarm around DC are about speaking lies with forked tongue to the powerless. Trumka is one who usurps power at the expense of other people’s freedom

    Trumka’s claim that Rightwing Uses “Freedom” to “Dupe Public” is completely absurd. It is basically immoral for Trumka to even talk about the Public’s freedom.

    In a sense his asinine statement is yet another example of Liberals projecting.

  • Tim in Cali

    Obama > DNC > UNIONS > organized crime > Obama

    Five moves ,piece of cake

    Jim,did you photoshop the words ” WANTED for racketeering and extortion ” off that picture ?

  • bigL

    Say I bet Trumka is not subject ( and I mean subject as in peasant) to ObamaNOCareundTAX. Just like all the folks arguing before the Supreme court– not one is subject to Obama care nor congress nor their famiilies
    We are being dictated to..

  • lOOK what UNIONS and DEMOCRATS and BLACK POWER has done to Detroit…..http://itmakessenseblog.com/2011/01/10/detroit-see-how-the-democrats-black-power-and-the-unions-destroyed-it/……….

  • Blue Hen

    For some people, George Orwell’s “1984” is a nightmare. For others, a dire warning. For this jerk, it’s masturbation material.

  • bg


    wonder what benefits Trumka will reap
    from this latest forced Obama bribe??


  • bg



    link re: #32 July 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm bg


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  • old glazier

    I wonder if ex-coal miner union goon could get his job back in West Virginia these days? Nah. When a commie drifter sees a dry hole he moves on.

  • Tim in Cali

    Q. Who proclaimed that unions were organized crime ?

    …..jeopardy music……

    A. Robert F. Kennedy

    That’s right Libs…was a Kennedy wrong ? (a real dilemma,I’m sure)

  • DMC

    Let’s not forget… Trumpka was involved in shooting Eddie York on the back of the head, because Eddie York dared to be free.

  • Patty

    He also said this: I find it odd that others haven’t figure out, liberal philosphy: find a word or phrase that is an accent on good or positive and the left wing will turn it on the republicans every time.

    Richard Trumka, Scott Walker, Lucifer

    Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president, said he would gladly have his union take part in a recall of Governor Scott Walker.

    The thug refers to Walker as “Lucifer.”


    Nothing like a sore loser. And unions are going by the wayside.

  • Patty

    Trumka is a crook. And I don’t believe the Majority of America really cares about him.

  • Sorry for going off topic some what there……but i don’t really care what LOUD MOUTH TRUMKA saids…He goes on about republicans wants to take freedom away….then at the end, he saids UNIONS should have the right to collective bargaining, taken away the freedom of the worker to choose…….

  • Taqiyyotomist



    Comment wouldn’t go through the filter, the first time I tried, because of something in Trumka’s quote.

    Speaking of workers who continued to work during a strike, Trumka urged union members to “kick the s**t out of every last one of ’em”.

    I will walk barefoot over broken glass to spit on his grave, when Trumka finally meets his Maker. Then I may just drop trou and take a dump.

  • Paul A’Barge

    Yeah, nothing dupes a person like Freedom. I remember one day when I realized that I had some freedoms. Man, I was like almost immediately paralyzed and unable to think. I mean I was completely numb and my brain would not work. And when people walked up to me, they said things like “hey, there’s a guy duped by Freedom, let’s goof on him. So they were like “bark like a dog” and I had to bark like a dog because I was totally duped by Freedom”. Yeah. That’s the ticket. Duped and turned stupid and numb by my Freedoms.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    Paul A’Barge…

    If all the stand-up comedy crowd, and the TV comedy crowd, were to wake the hell up, all at once — this nation might be saved. That was perfect Jon Stewart material. After delivery of which he would, of course, stare uncomfortably at the camera for a few seconds. Excellent!

  • Taqiyyotomist

    Wow, I never heard of this:

    http://tinyurl.com/d2jtrx4 (google scan of newspaper from 1994.)


    (What resulted.)

    Trumka is a demonic sonofabitch.

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  • progressoverpeace

    “Freedom is a closed shop” — with a working double entendre.

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  • obamas support infantside, cap&tax

    UNIONS are for dead wood! They suck the blood out of the hard workers while the other bums we all know who they are lay around and do NOTHING! Its affirmative action for dead beats–horrible teachers…Lennin promised equality..Castro promised equality–back in the 50’s, 60’s we did not support communists!!! 99 months for unemployment?? California is gone..MI gone..any state that is a liberal state–is destroyed! They move in and want freebies freebies!!! Look at North Dakota work! 3% unemployment!!

    The picture they look so evil–its all about POWER! In three years–gas, food, sky high,
    depression, everyday he is giving our jobs away–now 22 new taxes, shuts down, the truckers
    raises price of grain, fees on drug companies–231 new regs for small businesses, we are
    being treated like dirt..like he said we don’t need two new tvs truck (let the air out)–eat less-while they take 17 vacations! I have been miserable for 3.5 years..health care you better have your points —70-80 your quality of life points are ZERO-forget the new knee cap–this is a take off from Hitlers T86 health care plan–Quality of Life points–get rid of the old, handicap, first—

  • kato

    Trumka uses his black errand boy to dupe public.

  • mcc

    Speaking of “duping the public” —

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    Rarely in such a short period of time have any president and his administration been so damningly exposed. It is now beyond any shadow of doubt that Barack Obama is a fraud, devoid of any character and integrity, and is essentially a megalomaniac immersed in radical ideology. This can no longer be hidden by the machinations of the mainstream media, as there is now an opposition array of forces willing to highlight and financially capable of highlighting these issues. Further, and more importantly, these events occurred only four months prior to the election, when the citizenry begins to pay serious attention.

    In 2008, little was known about Barack Obama. However, thanks to the genius of those men 236 years ago who were willing to sacrifice their lives to embrace a sacred honor, he can no longer hide who he is or his agenda. The past six weeks have sealed his fate, as American citizens concerned about the future of the nation will turn out in massive numbers to vote in November.

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/07/six_weeks_that_saved_america.html#ixzz16sotoWMt

  • mcc

    re #52 — that’s Bamboozlin’ Barry who’s been duping the public…(not McCann, author of article!)

  • sandy

    Never trust a man with a low forehead — it means he has no brains.

  • scneocon

    Re: #53 – Barry’s busy duping us right now. Don’t know how this flew under the radar, but apparently we’re getting ready to give away the store in some closed door talks with Asian / Pacific countries. 2/3’s of House Dems. even sent a letter to the WH last week complaining they’ve been left out of the loop! God help us!


  • AuntieMadder

    To Trumka: Freedom is a good thing. For example, freedom means you may shop around for a better-looking rug. Think about it.

  • Wooster

    Curious, do people still believe that unions are good? That they actually represent “workers”? Any Catholics out there know that this is what your church encourages? It is becoming increasing clear that there has been collusion among unions, the Catholic church which is crying about deprivation of religious liberty while simultaneously working to undermine it, and government which all conspire to deprive us of freedom.

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  • oldguy

    Looking at the face of Trumka reminds me of the white hangers-on in South Africa years ago.

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  • valerie

    He’s just another one of those people who thinks this country needs 5-year plans run by government bureaucrats — so he has only one place he needs to go for money.

  • Poor Texas_Treeroach, it’s sad how duped you are into thinking people in a govt (with no real knowledge of anything other than what they’re told by lobbyists) know better than you when it comes to nutrition, health, etc. The only reason you’re on board with the govt is because, so far, you agree with their decisions. But there will come a time when you want some kind of health care that won’t be covered or will be forced to do something you disagree with. And because there will be no more free market you will have nowhere to turn. It will be too late and you will absolutely regret that you were responsible for voting  your freedom away.

  • kevin

    I served 20 yrs. in the navy for freedom my father and grandfather fought against hitler for freedom,our young
    men and women are fighting a-hole despots and tyrants all over the world for freedom. so if you don’t like freedom you marxist communist a-hole move to russia or some socialist country where you’ll feel right at home. I can’t wait till November to clean house.