Low Intensity Conflict or LIC is a misnomer; those who have become a victim of the barbarous cruelty of those practicing LIC find nothing “Low” about the experience. The conflict is intense, the actions brutal, and the practitioners remain cunning adversaries using and employing willing dupes to hide the true depths of moral decay inherent in their societal destructions and depravations. Many confuse LIC in trying to describe the actions of unbridled violence committed by ideologues under the banner of terrorism. The US Military Joint Chiefs of Staff define LIC as:
“A limited political-military struggle to achieve political, social, economic, or psychological objectives. It is often protracted and ranges from diplomatic, economic, and psychological pressures through terrorism and insurgency. Low-intensity conflict is generally confined to a geographic area and is often characterized by constraints on the weaponry, tactics, and levels of violence (Tinder 1990).”
Some will proclaim loudly, mostly due to affiliation with or money from labor unions, that LIC is only limited to those more commonly perceived as terrorists, i.e., car bombers, hijackers, and rioters, and that labor unions are not terrorists, but are organizations with the sole purpose of “Protecting the Workers.” This article will prove the lie behind this fallacy and the charade will fall. I contend, if labor unions were truly for the worker, their names would be changed to ‘Human Resources,’ dues would never be mandatory, and the personal and political power of independent organizations would come to replace the useless and power hungry monstrosity referred to as labor unions.
As the definition demonstrates, LIC requires a “… Political-military struggle to achieve political, social, [and] or psychological objectives, ” along a “limited” front or axis. Labor unions have always used the “Plight of the Worker” as their political and military casus belli. As the basis for their actions, this excuse, the “Plight of the Worker,” also provides a limited but effective axis to justify their foul and loathsome acts of violence and degradation. Throughout the history of the world, in every age, every society, in every single polity on the earth, children, women, men, all engaged in working conditions that were horrific, found themselves being exploited by power-hungry people, and/or were brutalized into serving others through war or other oppression. These historical facts and political bents formed the modern labor pools the Industrial Revolution utilized to initiate the manufacturing of commodities. By forming a collective, using violence to create news and through forced subscriptions, labor unions were born. Upon forming an organized labor society, union members did three things: one, they changed working conditions in every organization employing people; two, they created the largest ‘Ponzi Scheme’ in history; three, they transformed politics into a beast which they can control by making a little news. This took time, essentially from the late 1800’s to mid 1930’s. The actions taken employed communistic literature, sympathetic rich people, and power mad activists to make a bad thing look good and appeal to the greater populace as respectable. Taken one at a time, the following evidence is clear that the political-military struggle is all about power and not about employee health, wealth, or societal improvement. Taken together, these three items showcase a dastardly design with the intended purpose of transforming a capitalistic society into a communistic community.
Changed Working Conditions
OSHA, MSHA, NLRB, Child Labor Laws, Education Mandates, and many other federal and state labor regulation boards were created through the insistence and political powers of labor unions. This includes the most egregious law of them all, the Federal Minimum Wage Law. By forcing the Federal Government to override state law, labor unions formed the first federal government overreach into the freedom power grab we face today. Every single labor law, for good or ill, has been drafted, pushed, and violently fought through the actions of labor unions. The very arguments swirling around the current president regarding class warfare, the individual mandate, and the freedom power grab have their beginnings in the labor union. As stated, LIC must employ a three-pronged attack to justify the actions of those making violence, the fingers of the attack being political, social, and psychological. For example, the injury of children working on looms was horrific and reprehensible and all societies now have child labor laws. To pass child labor laws during the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, labor unions exploited children, who had been seriously injured, and those, who were young with mutilated bodies permanently deformed, by submitting their photos and stories to newspapers to begin the psychological war justifying the violence they created, such as destruction of private property, beating shop and business owners, and breaking laws with their organized crime efforts. Enraged people then began the political and social war to change the laws. But what laws did we get but forced federal governmental education of all children, and more power went from individuals and states into the federal coffers all in the name of “Protecting the Children.” Parents were pushed aside, the needs of families thwarted, and child labor laws were deemed good for society as a whole. The ‘Ripple Effect’ or the ‘Laws of Unintended Consequences’ meant that labor unions gained significant power, authority, and from these early gains, launched massive labor union growth, but not development.
Bernie Madoff has been given the title of running the largest ‘Ponzi Scheme’ in the world. Yet, he is inconsequential compared with labor union organizations. The Federal Security Exchange Commission FAQ’s on ‘Ponzi Schemes’ outline perfectly the points of this argument providing a wonderful base for the argument and can be found by clicking the link above.
Labor unions are organized as a ‘Ponzi Scheme’ with “Little or no legitimate earnings.” Labor unions must finance themselves. Labor unions do not produce a good or service for sale; so all monies generated originate from forced dues paid by members. These members are people struggling to earn sufficient money through their employment. Even when not working, many union members still have some dues mandated by the unions, which must be paid for membership to continue. From the SEC definition alluded above we find this tidbit, “In many Ponzi schemes, the fraudsters focus on attracting new money to make promised payments to earlier-stage investors and to use for personal expenses, instead of engaging in any legitimate investment activity.”
Consider the incredible bill of goods sold to new union members about retirement benefits upon reaching the age of retirement. Because the benefits of retirement are convincing, thousands of union members gladly pitch money into retirement; few of these union members will actually have a usable retirement fund. The disparity rests in several factors, namely, fraud and theft of the pension, mandates and restrictions, and union leadership. The number of pension managers getting caught raiding the pension accounts has grown and continues to grow leaving the pension bereft of funds and the retirees bereft of benefits paid for.
Union leadership receives big money as compensation for managing their unions. For example, Andy Stern as head of the SEIU (2006) was earning $249,000 plus a lot of lucrative benefits while the majority of his union membership earned less than $30,000 a year. Yet, every dollar Andy Stern “earned” came from the forced dues of his members. Ponzi Scheme, the top and early investors get benefits and everybody else gets to pay for them. The worst part of this entire scheme is that the Federal Government turns a blind eye to the scheme because of all the forced dues being pushed into political election campaigns. If you doubt this, consider this tidbit: SEIU, just SEIU, donated over $28 million to Obama’s election campaign in 2012. This is not to single out any particular union, but considering all union donations, comparing leadership wages versus union worker wages and benefit packages is irreconcilable and practically impossible.
A major shift in politics took place in 1907; labor unions began making large inroads into the political arena. While labor unions had been around in an on again/off again pattern since the early 1870’s, the American Federation of Labor under the capable leadership of Samuel Gompers began the most recognizable labor union model still in use today. Coordinating strikes, creating coalitions, and banding under a single banner, many of the smaller less organized labor unions achieved political power. While Samuel Gompers’s death and the ‘Roaring 1920’s helped reduce the power of organized labor, the Wagner Act brought organized labor into the federal government’s embrace in the middle of the ‘Great Depression;’ the labor union was reborn as a political powerhouse.
The Wagner Act is also called the National Labor Relations Act or NLRA. This single piece of federal overreach came through the militant actions of the railroad union’s demand for, through force, violence, and political subjugation, many good and many bad items. For example, the NLRA set forth what has become the standard 8-hour workday that some call “good,” and demanded an employer cannot interfere with the workers forming a union that many call “bad.” By their unlawful actions, the NLRA stomped on states’ rights, removed individual rights, and set the stage for the current fiasco in Washington State where labor unions are forcing Boeing to transform their plant located in South Carolina, a ‘Right to Work’ state, into a forced union membership plant, transforming politics incredibly, innumerably, and ignominiously.
The next part of the LIC requirement to prove the case of labor unions being terrorists comes directly from the definition of LIC. “… Often protracted and ranges from diplomatic, economic, and psychological pressures through terrorism and insurgency.” Any Google search on the terms ‘labor unions and violence’ will pull down millions of hits on the correlation between labor unions and their violent beginnings, violent actions, and current levels of violence towards non-union members, non-union political leaders, non-union lawyers, and other members of society who speak against union membership and the compulsory dues. Political leaders, judges, and high-ranking members of society all turn a blind eye to the violence committed by unions. This violence is always organized, sanctioned by the highest leaders in the union organization, and applauded by these same leaders.
A marvelous example is the ABC World News Article by Alan Farnham entitled, “How Nasty Can Union Violence Get and Still be Legal.” Another case in point is the illegal imprisonment or borderline kidnapping of security guards by the Longshoreman Union and violent activities during a recent strike in Longview, Washington. Since the SCOTUS ruling in 1973, many courts have turned the proverbial ‘blind-eye’ to violence performed by unions during strikes and also performed during protests not connected to strikes. Like a spoiled child screaming in a grocery store when told ‘No,’ unions move quickly down the chain from diplomatic actions to violent revenge, when told ‘No’ again. Terrorist activity and labor unions are inseparably connected.
Finally, we come to the most chilling part of the LIC definition and the terrorist connection to labor unions. “… Low-intensity conflict is generally confined to a geographic area and is often characterized by constraints on the weaponry, tactics, and levels of violence.” National borders formerly confined labor unions, but with the movement of labor unions being documented in the recent Egyptian struggle to replace Mubarak in power, we see geographic areas being violated. The AFL-CIO is documented as having its hand in the recent spate of civil disobedience and unrest in the Middle East; this violence has left thousands dead, millions injured, and is employing levels of violence rarely seen outside of civil war. Weapons, tactics, and levels of violence by the protestors and the government continue to escalate. A mobster in Chicago from the movie “The Untouchables” is credited with this saying, “If they pull a knife, we pull a gun. They send one of our guys to the hospital; we send one of their guys to the morgue. THAT’S the Chicago way!” This is also the labor union way of dealing with any and all obstacles to their agenda: violence, more violence, and even more bloody violence.
It is important to always remember, labor unions are organized and sanctioned terrorists. There is no difference between an ideologically driven person who straps on a semtex vest and explodes himself in a shopping area or airport and a labor union member. No significant differences exist between these two ideologically driven individuals. None! Consider the recent violence in Michigan over the state moving from forced unionism to ‘Right to Work.’ The union’s disgruntlement turned violent, people lost resources, people were injured, private property damaged and destroyed, politicians threatened, “blood will be spilled,” and ideologically driven people become violent on demand.
This article was compiled and presented on Michelle Malkin’s Blog, it has video’s and additional links to other sources: http://michellemalkin.com/2011/09/05/happy-labor-day-top-10-union-thug-moments-of-the-year/
If the truth about LIC and Unions is not made clear above, this link has been certified and shows the case more clearly: http://www.unionfacts.com/crime-corruption/union-leader-fraud additionally links from this article span into election year activities and individual cases of fraud and corruption.
Finally, this article continues to deal with union violence and asks some good questions: http://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2011/08/22/why_do_we_accept_union_violence__99205.html
© 2012 M. Dave Salisbury
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Tinder, A. J. L. (. (1990). Low intensity conflict. Informally published manuscript, Air War College – Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Retrieved from http://oai.dtic.mil/oai/oai?verb=getRecord&metadataPrefix=html&identifier=ADA241060