The sporting world (team sports) is a great place to learn politics. The players are taught very early on that this activity is pretty black and white. The goal is evident, you play to win. Playing on losing teams is horrific and playing on winning teams is one of the best experiences of life. But always, one of you win and one of you lose and you want to be the one that wins. Also, what you learn early on is never to antagonize an opponent verbally. For instance, if you are playing Acme Academy on Saturday and a reporter asks you about your feelings about Acme Academy, you never disparage the opponent. On the contrary, you are taught talking points on how to praise your opponent, even though in your competitive mind, you want to destroy them.
When you hear skilled coaches and players talking about the upcoming game, they use phrases like, “Acme plays to win and they are a formidable opponent with great character.” All of this is BS of course, because what the interviewee would like to say is “Most of them should be in state prison and I’m going to kick their a$$es.” But what you realize in your sports education is that your game is a game of inches and any momentum that you give to the other side, is bad momentum. You don’t want to make them mad, in other words because anger sometimes can be a great motivator. Don’t get them angry at you.
This is the problem that the public service unions are having now. They haven’t learned yet not to antagonize. Over the course of this Great Recession, the great majority of American workers have had it pretty tough. Nearly, 8 million people lost jobs in 2 years and many of those jobs will not be coming back. College graduates have had a tough time even getting interviews and the minority populations have been hit the hardest. But not so for public service union members. They have continued to prosper throughout this economic downturn and now are sticking it in the faces of their opponents. However, what they don’t understand is that their opponents are the unemployed, the mainstream workers who don’t have what they have and the general public, the 88% who aren’t unionized.
Here is how to antagonize your opponent. Call in sick for 3 or four days and go to a political rally where you are being videotaped verbally disparaging your opponents. While you are at this political rally, you pick up a fraudulent MD note for the sole purpose of handing it in to the boss, so that you will get paid for the time off (strike). During the same time, there are hundreds of parents who had to stay home from work and not get paid, so that they can watch their children and not go to jail for child neglect where they would lose their jobs.
More antagonism: Average salary and benefits of a teacher in WI is 78K. They only work 180 days in a year, not counting “sick” days when they really don’t have to be sick. Being generous, I’ll give them 10 hour work days. That is 1800 hours in a calendar year. I was lucky enough to learn some math in public school, so here it is. 78K divided by 1800 hours is 43 dollars per hour. A master electrician or a master plumber in FL gets paid less than 25 dollars per hour. $43 per hour isn’t quite “working man’s “wages. So to antagonize further, take your college degrees and start screaming about how your opponents are tramping on your rights as working class people even though your opponents are being paid half of what you earn.
More antagonism: Make sure your opponents know that the 875 billion dollars that Barry borrowed from the Chinese and gave to the public service unions which was recycled into losing Democrat campaigns is gone and now you need more. And you are not giving up any of your working class rights and need to be bailed out again.
Thank God for people like Scott Walker.