Solidarity in Kicking the Blind Veteran into the Street
On Monday and Tuesday morning, [blind veteran Michael] Graichen said Friday, the bus driver explained there was a picket line [at the VA Hospital] he wasn’t going to cross, and he let Graichen out at Roger Williams Hospital. …
A VA spokesman said his efforts to speak with protesters on Monday were met with profanities. Bullhorns and shouting disrupted traffic on Chalkstone, said James W. Burrows, director of communications at the VA Hospital. When he called the police, he said Thursday, the responding patrol cars honked in solidarity with the protesting unions.
On Wednesday, a 12-foot banner was added to the display. It said: “VA Medical Center / Construction workers with NO Health Care Insurance. / Shame on the VA.”
On Thursday, Burrows said, a Providence police officer responded to the VA Hospital to tell protesters they had to stay on the sidewalk and not use the bullhorn.
By Friday morning, the tone had changed.
Think of the thoroughness of the union mentality (or dementality) necessary for no union members, of several occupations, to see the immorality of preventing disabled veterans from reaching the hospital or to take pains to minimize the effects of their “action.”. The kicker? The picket wasn’t even over current jobs, but was anticipatory of stimulus dollars potentially flowing out of state.
Yet, we allow the organizations that foster such an atmosphere and mentality to interweave themselves, through metastasis, into such critical public roles as police, fire, and education.
Comments Michael to the previous post:
It happened for a day, the bus drivers realized their mistake, the workers who were picketing apologized, in writing and the story should be over.
It appears to have happened for two days. More importantly, though, this was a “mistake” like mugging an old lady on a street corner is a “mistake.” The point is that the perpetrator ought to know in advance that what he’s doing is wrong.
And the story will not be over until the principles and practices of unionized groups are diverted from the culture of selfishness and aggression that fosters such “mistakes.”