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SEIU's Andy Stern Denies He's A Radical!

Posted on November 13 2009 5:00 pm
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Nope, I'm no radical, says radical Andy Stern.

In a Washington News Observer video, Andrew (Andy) Stern, boss of the radical union SEIU, denies Glenn Beck’s frequent accusation that Stern is a radical. (see first video below)

Despite what Glenn Beck says, I am a capitalist, not a socialist, communist, or anything else he’s called me in the last two weeks.

Given Stern’s influence in the Obama administration, what Stern believes is an important question. Beck has wondered aloud on his TV show if Stern, who has visited the Obama White House at least 20 times this year, is “controlling our country.”

Stern was trained at the radical Midwest Academy founded by Heather and Paul Booth. The academy was founded to teach left-wing community organizers how to promote social change and infiltrate the labor movement. It’s a strange place for a non-radical to be hanging out.

Beck showed video on his Nov. 3 show of Stern quoting the most famous of Communist slogans (see video below):

What we’re working towards is building a global organization because “Workers of the world, unite!” — it’s not just a slogan anymore. It’s a way we have to do our work.

Stern added,

There are opportunities in America to share better the wealth and unions and government are part of the solution.

That sounds like a slick, focus group-tested argument for socialism that appeals to Americans’ sense of fairness in an attempt to circumvent their passion for freedom. In other words, it’s leftist propaganda — but it may be the strongest emotional argument radicals can make for the system they would like to impose on America.

At the same event, Stern also said (see video below)

We evolved into a more market worshiping, privatizing, deregulating, trickle-down, union-busting, I’ve got mine so long sucker economy which was a perfectly acceptable theory. There was nothing wrong with that theory if that was how people thought we could maintain and expand wealth or we could retain the American dream. It had one, only one, significant problem. Actually it was a fatal flaw. It didn’t work. It has not worked, it did not work, and now America is in peril because of that.

Stern’s ahistorical account of the last few years doesn’t sound like something that would come out of the mouth of someone with a lot of faith in capitalism either.

In another new video (below) from Washington News Observer, Stern predicts there will be a “public option” in the final version of healthcare legislation that Congress considers. If it’s in there and the bill is enacted, it  would absolutely positively 100% guarantee the arrival of a single-payer socialist healthcare system a few years later. Of course, the American people oppose the federal government having responsibility for their healthcare.

Stern also tried to distance SEIU from the embattled radical group ACORN while at the same time arguing the group’s corruption and criminal propensities are not such a big deal. This is part a PR push that the union has been working on for some time. Here’s what Stern said about ACORN:

My sense is ACORN made a series of mistakes unfortunately. They paid a price which is what happens sometimes when you make mistakes, but no one should forget this was an organization that did register lots of people legally [to vote], that stook up for groups of people all around the country, who did good things. And the people who made mistakes should be punished.

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