Now that is an excellent question

The Left, which includes union thugs, often bemoans “violent rhetoric” and just as often accuses the Right of “fomenting violence”.

So, how about those union thugs who are pretty adept at some of their own violent talk?

Matt at Conservative hideout ponders this

I’ve been thinking of all the damage that union thugs do.  Recent posts here have shown assaults, vandalism, threats, and  destruction of property  reportedly perpetrated by union thugs.  Videos have shown union thugs assaulting others.  We have heard comments by union bosses, like, “take out the SOB’s,” seem to spur it on to even greater depths.  We have also seen union organizing guides that suggest ruining the reputation of businesses, or even targeting customers.  Needless to say, companies, and in the end, all of us pay for all the resulting costs.

That leads me to a question, are union bosses then liable for the actions of their members, particularly when the bosses use such violent and inflammatory rhetoric?  I believe that there might be a precedent for that, and the example comes from the Aryan Nation.    In the late 90′s the Southern Povery Law Center sued that pack of racist scum on behalf of Victoria and Jason Keenan, who had been assaulted by members of Aryan Nation who were acting as security near their compound.  Here are some details of the case from the SPLC website.

During the trial, Dees and the legal team described how Butler recruitd followers – many with criminal records – and indoctrinated them with hate. One passage from an Aryan Nations newsletter written by Butler declared, “Hatred is our law. Revenge is your duty.”

“Butler uses white-hot words to get his followers to pick up the gun for the white race,” Dees told the jury.

So, the SPLC used inciting hatred as a means to link the leaders of hate movements to the deeds of their followers.  Also, the SPLC used the same tactics against the Imperial Klans of American in 2008.  

The verdict included $1.5 million in compensatory damages — apportioned among Edwards, Hensley and Watkins — and $1 million in punitive damages against Edwards.

The SPLC argued in court that Edwards and the IKA incited the racial hatred that led to the attack at the Meade County Fair in Brandenburg in July 2006.

So, in these two cases, and many others, the SPLC successfully sued hate groups, using the idea that the leaders had  incited hatred to win verdicts.  Of course, while the SPLC is a group that exists to smear anyone who stands against the leftist agenda, they have been successful in shutting down a great many hate groups with the idea that the leaders are responsible for the behavior of their members.

That, of course, leads me to question if a union boss saying something like, “busting some heads,” or “take the SOB’s out, and “open season,” and the thugs engaged in illegal acts,  might be treated the same way in court?  Wouldn’t it be incredibly ironic if a method of attack originated by a liberal group were used against another?  I’d say that the irony would be off the scale.

Think on this one, I will be doing so myself. I can already see the dangers of a slippery slope among other things…………

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