Michael Morse is a good guy. A very good guy. He’s reasonable, compassionate, and intelligent, but also emblematic of the cult of unionism. That such a man would not spare one word of sympathy for those appalled by the teachers’ union tactics at the infamous East Providence school committee meeting or one word to disassociate his own union, or at least his own belief about unions, from the astonishing behavior illustrates how corrosive unionism can be to a community, how divisive the line around those who proclaim “solidarity.” Union uber alles.
To Michael, Travis Rowley’s recounting of the school committee meeting marks him as an “arrogant” purveyor of “vitriol.” Yet, he offers no expression of regret that the National Education Association’s Patrick Crowley has been increasingly successful at making his the face of Rhode Island unions. Michael speaks of the “potential allies” whom Travis has alienated, but if he means to indicate people under the union umbrella who might be uncomfortable with some actions of their peers, he does not give reason for confidence that he’d be willing to break ranks himself.
And so it has been. It was largely Lt. Michael Morse of the Providence Fire Department who finally convinced me of unions’ insidious nature. Although I’ve considered him a friend, and although he reached out in camaraderie to the contributors of Anchor Rising, the union disagreement proved too much. He’s scrubbed us from his blog, and apparently, we weren’t able sufficiently to persuade him that our opposition to public sector unions is based on honest assessment that he’d step forward in public to display a union rift so that the broader community could begin to heal.