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"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32
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Author:  Gerald V. Todd
Bio: Gerald V. Todd
Date:  September 15, 2013
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Topic category:  Labor/Employment News

After 240 years, its time we threw a Tea Party for the Longshoremen (and all other trade and industrial unions)

I've been intrigued with the sudden awakening of the trade and industrial unions to the fact they've been had by Obama and his Sorosian handlers.

The union movement got its spiritual base about 122 years ago with Pope Leo XIII's encyclical Rerum Novarum - on Capital and Labor. It also explains why Catholics continue to cling to the Democrat Party even though it left its principles in the sump of an outhouse decades ago.

Ronald Reagan - the nation's only labor leader President, and one who successfully took on the communists in Hollywood joined with Pope John Paul II to work with Poland's Solidarity Union leader Lech Walesa to bring down the Soviet hegemony - maybe even empire.

What few people remember is Reagan wisely called on the late Frank Fitzsimmons, then President of Teamsters International Union to advise and work with Walesa.

Today I see an opportunity to bring the Tea Party philosophy into the union movement. They are certainly ripe for solutions. The key is not just solidarity, but subsidiarity - not one or the other, but both applied in unison. Personal responsibility and e pluribus unum is what made this country great. Pope Benedict XVI covered it quite well in his encyclical Caritas in veritate - Charity in truth - specifically points 57. and 58.

I was intrigued when 40,000 Longshoremen walked out of the communist run AFL-CIO over Obamacare. Seems the Tea Party and the Longshoremen haven't had a serious encounter since that 1773 incident in Boston Harbor. Hmmm! December 16th is the 240th anniversary. Isn’t it about time?

We also need to de-fang the "progressives." Here is a site with a simple solution:

NOTE: Trust me – more Protestants read Papal encyclicals than Catholics. Maybe you can help us out.

Gerald V. Todd

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Biography - Gerald V. Todd

Jerry is a retired engineer with strong experience in environmental innovation which he still applies today with 2 clean water and energy saving technologies. His life avocation in writing and study of philosophical and biblical themes as they apply to the body politic's spiritual warfare. He survived stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006; now in excellent health. A graduate of the University of Illinois (1958, Industrial Engineering), Jerry had post graduate studies at both the University of San Francisco and the University of Santa Clara in California between 1961 and 1963 (Logic, Marketing). As co Founder and seminar presenter he was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Valley Christian University operating under California private-post secondary statutes for mid career student, VCU was the pioneer external degree school for mid career students. Its course structures were picked up by several well known Christian colleges. Hosted local broadcast radio and TV shows, "Religion on the Line" and "The News Firm" (jointly with wife, Joanne), respectively. Jerry has published several books that are available at Amazon. Jerry is available to speak as a visiting lecturer at the high school, college or community organization level. Jerry is married 55 years to Joanne Dean Todd – 3 children, 8 grandchildren.

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