The Rotten Fruit Of Our Labor


Should you ever enjoy a visit to — or suffer the fate of being required to visit — the U.S. Department of Labor, you’ll have the opportunity to gaze upon an image of the Labor Secretary during a march.

That is supposed to be an image that will deliver unto you a sense of pride, inspiration and belief that Americans can and do lead the world in — er — making stuff. Granted, President Barack Obama’s economic performance has left record numbers of Americans — er — not making stuff; but the picture is supposed to make up for little details like the hundreds of thousands of people who gave up even trying to find steady work last month alone.

However, perusal of the photo in question reveals an image that could inspire only someone who cheers little details like — well — the hundreds of thousands of people who gave up on even trying to find steady work last month alone. The centerpiece is none other than Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. The Secretary, Obama-endorsed race pimp Al Sharpton, the increasingly irrelevant Jesse Jackson and a coterie of union thugs from the Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO are marching together, arms linked. As if the idea of a Cabinet-level official playing protester with two of the bigger remoras ever to attach themselves to the soft underbelly of American society isn’t nauseating enough, their mouths are agape in indignation about Alabama’s immigration law. If that’s not offensive enough, that image is part of a poster Solis has ordered tacked up in the elevators in the Labor Department building in Washington.

Isn’t a Cabinet Secretary sharing even a ZIP code with bottom-feeders like Sharpton and Jackson — not to mention Big Labor mouth breathers — a BIT inappropriate? For that matter, shouldn’t the Secretary of Labor spend more time addressing the issues her boss has created for Americans instead of joining up with Obama’s racist storm troopers in an effort to worsen the situation on behalf of non-Americans? For that matter, isn’t forcing anyone to look at a picture of government officials cavorting with such filth fairly cruel?

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) seems to think so. On Tuesday, he began calling for investigations into Solis’s misdeeds. But let’s pull the proverbial hand brake here. Obama and his minions have become so smug and self-involved that they didn’t notice it leaned a bit toward the unseemly.

Of course, Solis’s participation in a march against border security is inappropriate. But inappropriate behavior and Obama-era Democrats go together like Occupy Wall Street protesters and body odor (or murder, rape, theft, child abuse or even litter). The President has presided over record-setting national debt, a twofold increase in the price of gasoline, a massive depression in American clout around the globe and a job market that even President Jimmy Carter couldn’t have managed on his most “malaise”-filled day. Obama has demonstrated an unwavering opposition to Constitutional dictates; and his racist, arrogant and far-too-frequent abrogations of executive restraint have divided the Nation as bitterly as the Hatfields and the McCoys or Michael Moore and Weight Watchers.

And of course Solis sees nothing inappropriate about festooning the halls of one of the Federal government’s least worthwhile departments with even less worthwhile posters proclaiming an even less worthwhile message. God forbid she spends a little less time marching through the streets of Selma, Ala., in support of criminals and a little more time in her office shepherding the citizenry through her boss’s wanton destruction of the economy. And heaven knows, should any of the Labor Department staffers not share Solis’ sanctimony (not to mention her rather inflated self-image), then staring at an image of Solis with Sharpton and Jackson at a march to grant amnesty to illegal aliens would definitely qualify as a “hostile work environment.”

And of course, under the direction of people capable of such shocking arrogance and disdain for the rule of law and common decency, the entire country is rapidly turning into a hostile work environment.

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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