Louis Rainone: When Animals Attack
Friday, August 26, 2011
“We’re trying to use the power of persuasion. And if that doesn’t work we’re going to use the persuasion of power.” – SEIU President Andy Stern
Intimidation from organized labor often comes in the form of lawsuits, vandalism, business disruption, forced unionization, political correctness, and sadistic dishonesty.
But Harriet Lloyd of the RI Statewide Coalition (RISC) is now telling of a “tremendous explosion” outside her home that could be heard “miles away.” After the explosion that sparked a “30-foot fireball” and “blew out four windows” Ms. Lloyd also witnessed a “vehicle speed away.” This all occurred on March 10th, several days after an “encounter with the NEA” (National Education Association).
People who are skeptical over the NEA’s possible involvement in this incident are in dire need of a lesson on the landscape of the leftist mentality, and the type of people RISC and other reformers are dealing with.
Lloyd’s account comes on the heels of a more current altercation involving the NEA. According to reports, Rep. Jon Brien found himself near a rabble of NEA officials – ironically enough – outside of NEA Deputy Director John Leidecker’s “cyberstalking” trial. Among others, Louis Rainone (NEA) and Patrick Crowley (NEA) instigated a petty verbal dispute over Brien’s cell-phone use inside the courtroom. “You guys are a real charming bunch,” said Brien. Rainone responded with a threat, telling Brien he would show him “how charming I am.” Rainone and Brien ended up “nose-to-nose” after Rainone charged at Brien while “pounding his fist into his hand.”
The union instigation was reminiscent of another episode from January 2009, when hundreds of NEA activists were bused in to a controversial East Providence School Committee meeting. After the entire meeting was shut down due to the union’s relentless uproars, for ten minutes two NEA supporters waited for School Committee Chairman Tony Carcieri to exit the staging area, where he stood with an armed guard. As Carcieri finally passed the two men, he was hit with provocative comments that caused some rancorous dialogue and motions of violence – which is exactly what the union needed in order to confirm their public position that Carcieri was a mean-spirited bully.
As masters of propaganda, this is the game that left-wing activists play. It’s all deception. It’s all intimidation. And it’s all the time.
“All of you who voted for this will burn in hell. I hope you have fun on your yachts,” Rainone once screamed toward members of the East Greenwich School Committee. In addition, former Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey has filed police reports alleging harassment on the part of Rainone and Leidecker.
This writer wouldn’t doubt the validity of Laffey’s accusations. Last summer, after releasing a short book critical of union Democrats, I began to receive emails laced with vulgarity and threats. Refusing to disclose his full name, the owner of the email address [email protected] would only refer to himself as “Big Lou.” But he referred to me as a “spoiled rotten punk,” a “corporate America type,” a “jerk off,” a “2 faced ahole, and “pukes like you.” Without any provocation, Big Lou threatened, “Anytime. Anywhere.” He explained that he is “more of [an] up front personal type myself and I love group sessions.” He also said that the “next time I spot your cutesy right wing no hair out of place face trying to cross a picket line I’ll make sure I introduce myself in the flesh.”
Sadly, there’s no shortage of Louis Rainones.
“I wish cancer on your children and their children and that you live long enough to see them die,” was the note Central Falls School Superintendent Frances Gallo received as she wrangled with the teachers union last year. During a labor dispute with Stop & Shop in 2010, one union supporter argued for the “bashing [of] windshields of all scabs who cross the union picket lines.” Also last year, when the RI Young Republicans ran an anti-boycott event in response to a union-organized boycott of the Westin Hotel, another labor supporter called for “some broken windshields and flat tires when [the Young Republicans] return to their cars…I might even give the scumbag union haters…a mouth full of broken teeth.”
Early-twentieth-century member of the Socialist Labor Party Jack London once wrote, “No man (or woman) has a right to scab so long as there is a pool of water to drown his carcass in, or a rope long enough to hang his body with.” Crazy stuff, right? Yet, Patrick Crowley invoked London’s message on a local blog just last year, and then celebrated its meaning: “NO SCABS!” A few months later, a member of the Sheet Metal Workers (Local 17) was arrested in East Greenwich for “punch[ing] a man trying to cross a picket line by union workers.” With “one of the headlights of his van…smashed,” police found the victim with “blood stains on his head and neck, and a deep cut on the left side of his head.” (Providence Journal)
In May of 2010 “500 screaming, placard-waving” SEIU activists descended upon the home of Greg Baer, a Bank of America executive. According to an eyewitness, they “poured out of 14 school buses, up Baer’s steps, and onto his front porch.” Baer’s 14 year-old son was the only one home. He “locked himself in the bathroom,” and pleaded to a neighbor on the phone, “When are they going to leave?”
Just several weeks ago in Ohio, non-union electrical contractor John King, who “has a long history of being on the receiving end of union-related violence,” woke up to discover someone vandalizing his car. When King went outside to confront the individual, he was “shot…in the arm” before the vandal fled the scene. When the police arrived they discovered one word written on the side of King’s car – “SCAB.”
These aren’t people. These are Democrats.
And thuggery is a phenomenon not uncommon to most Democratic factions. The Left’s shallow subculture is invariably prompted by an inability to triumph during open debates, and morally justified by a belief in their own lie – that they are all somehow victims of American society. Therefore, they should be forgiven all transgressions they commit against anyone who disagrees with them – whether it’s “fat-cat CEOs,” “management,” “scabs,” or “Republicans.”
Keeping all of this in mind, the following questions must be asked: Why hasn’t the Executive Director of the NEA, Bob Walsh, terminated Louis Rainone’s employment yet? And where was Rainone on the night of March 10th?
Travis Rowley (TravisRowley.com) is chairman of the RI Young Republicans, and a consultant for the Barry Hinckley Campaign for US Senate.
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