Imagine a man you hired to paint your home spills paint all over the floor, claims he did so because he thinks your floor looks better that way, and then angrily demanded you stop arguing with him about it and keep contracting him out because it’s the right thing to do.
That’s pretty much what Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan did on the House floor as he put on a show for the internet clippers in an attempt to make it seem like the GOP was more obsessed with a few racist books than actually helping the American people.
Yelling through his mask, Ryan sarcastically shrieked “Heaven forbid we pass something that’s going to help the damn workers in the United States of America” before accusing the GOP of being constant complainers and demanding they “stop talking about Dr. Seuss, and work with us!”
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) yells at the GOP over union organizing bill: “Heaven forbid we pass something that’s going to help the damn workers in the United States of America.”
He adds: “Now stop talking about Dr. Seuss, and work with us …” pic.twitter.com/0RbmxQUPxB
— The Recount (@therecount) March 9, 2021
Firstly, just a quick aside, Ryan’s campaign handed out “You Don’t Have to Yell” stickers after his bout with Bernie Sanders during the 2020 Dem Primary. I guess yelling is cool again.
Ryan’s shout-fest revolved around the pitch for the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act which is effectively a massive payoff for labor unions who support Democrat causes and don’t do a thing to help the worker. As Andy Puzder wrote at Fox Business, this is all about artificially feeding power to big labor:
Dwindling union membership means declining revenue and political influence. So, the Democrats, who depend on union endorsements and union dues to support their political campaigns, are advocating policies that essentially eliminate the option of going non-union.
Perhaps most tellingly, the PRO Act would eliminate Right-to-Work laws nationwide, an important means for workers to hold their unions accountable and a critical protection for workers who do not want to financially support a political organization with which they disagree. As a result, the PRO Act would force workers in the 27 states that currently have right to work laws into unions, compelling them to pay union dues, despite their desire to remain independent.
So Ryan’s performance is just a fox trying to convince the hens to let him in, but it’s even more than that. If you take Ryan’s temper tantrum of a speech apart you’ll find his demand that we “stop talking about Dr. Seuss” as the more sinister part of it.
Allow me to translate.
“Stop talking about fascistic censorship and cancelation of things we don’t like and do what we tell you to do.”
That’s pretty much the message Tim Ryan wants to get across here. Don’t complain that the left is making the world less knowledgable, or varied, or cultured, or ideologically diverse. Just shut up and do as we say or it may happen to you, too. Give us power and allow us to run roughshod over everything we please. Let us continue to demonize and dehumanize, to ban, to cancel, and ruin, and give us what we want.
This is the left’s position whether they know it or not. Many are too ideologically bubbled to understand what it is they’re advocating for, but even more frightening is the fact that people like Ryan know exactly what they’re doing and are getting away with it.