Is there a correlation between unions and the Tea Party? Will Wilkinson makes a comparison:
There’s something about the union demonstrations in Madison, and the excitement it has caused on the left, that reminds me of the Tea Party. I think I’ve figured it out what it is. The advent of the labor movement is at the heart of the left’s sacred creation myth. The sense on the left that unions are under siege gives them something to fight for with a bracing sense of historically-rooted identity and moral authority. Similarly, the sense on the right that America’s foundational values are under siege gave the Tea Party something to fight for with a bracing sense of historically-rooted identity and moral authority.
Wilkinson also asserts that neither the Tea Party or the unions are all that altruistic to their values and concludes: “it’s nice to have a team, and a noble lineage, and to get out there and really give the bastards who are stealing our country hell.”
It’s a shame the Tea Party doesn’t realize they are truly fighting on the wrong side… But they won’t get it.
First Wisconsin. Now Ohio and Indiana. And now Providence, RI “plans to pink slip” all teachers, “effective the last day of school.” And speaking of education, there are some on the right that think it “time to drive public schools out of business.”