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In case no one has seen a City Paper rack recently, the decline in readership is proportional to it’s Nashville Scene-ification.Â To wit, today’s COVER STORY is a 3,000+ word liberal broadside by a freelancing, freeloading Michigander transplant who mooches off his Nashville teacher wife in support of Unions:
Hereâ€™s the thing: I believe in unions. Iâ€™m not supposed to say that for a number of good reasons. But I think I might be over that now, being free to say the following.
The anti-union legislation now making its way toward passage in our state legislature is not only mean-spirited and unnecessary, but itâ€™s the worst kind of shallow, cynical politics that this shallow, cynical country can produce.
Not shallow and cynical enough for us to turn away all of your illegal aliens, eh Chuckles?
For those J-School grads out there, this is what a resignation looks like.Â Charles Maldonado is no longer a credible source for any reporting, freelance or otherwise, and should be summarily dismissed from ever filing for The Nashville City Paper again.Â But we know that won’t happen because some editor looked at his 3,000+ word hate screed and thought “Let’s put this on the cover!”
It gets better.
I do not for one second believe that Republicans in the state legislature believe their rhetoric about teachersâ€™ unions. In saying that Iâ€™m being generous to them, because if they did believe it, theyâ€™d be as gullible and incapable of critical thinking as they present themselves to be. Consider that for a second now, and then again after you finish reading how virtually every bit of factual information in this â€œdebateâ€ over unions has been distorted by officeholders currently waging a political war.
Iâ€™m a reporter. I canâ€™t even say any of the above aloud under normal circumstances, let alone write it for publication, but there it is. Iâ€™d offer my letter of resignation, but Iâ€™m a freelancer, and I canâ€™t resign from my non-job.
Is that final sentence the crux of this bird-flipping to red state Tennessee?Â The ball-less Nashville City Paper / Scene staff don’t have the guts to sign the editorial themselves so they farm it to an out-of-state freelancer to provide cover for their cowardice?
Iâ€™m also from Michigan, and that means I grew up believing that the labor movement is either directly or indirectly responsible for many good things, not just greed, graft, corruption, political manipulation, and the widescale theft of billions from public treasuries.
That one confused me.Â Is he acknowledging Union greed, graft, corruption, political manipulation and widescale theft of public treasuries or is he projecting that onto Republicans?
I think we can all agree that Tennessee would do well to emulate Detroit’s policies and all the good Unions have done for them.
Among them: the 40-hour work week; workplace safety regulations; whistleblower protection; some measure of dignity for people who work for a living; and more or less creating the American middle class. But then again, I was brainwashed. Iâ€™m sure if I were from Tennessee, I would know that Davy Crockett did most of that.
So if you don’t subscribe to Chuckle’s pro-union view then you’re a backwater hick who thinks Davey Crockett invented OSHA.Â Fuck you, seriously.
Toot-toot-toot.Â Unionists belt out “40 Hour Work Week” like it was their only number one hit from 1899 and they’ll play it until Dick Clark quits inviting them on Bandstand.
The last and best reason for me to believe in unions is that my wife, Jenny, who is by far the breadwinner in our home â€” somehow managing to outshine the $7,159 I pulled in last year by a factor of, letâ€™s say, a lot â€” is herself a Metro Nashville Public Schools teacher, and thus, the current target of choice for the state GOPâ€™s campaign of folksy divisiveness and arbitrary, albeit maybe focus-grouped, derision. (Or at least sheâ€™s one of a select few that includes women, non-Christians â€” especially Muslims and to a slightly lesser degree seculars â€” poor people, sick people, children unless theyâ€™re not born yet, the whole LGBT spectrum, all immigrants except the ones from business-y countries, and anyone uncomfortable with the idea of being armed all of the time. I think that covers the big ones.)
The last and best reason – unions personally enrich me!
Oh, and if you don’t support giving this jackoff who moved from Michigan to Tennessee because it was so great there then you also hate the poor, the sick, Muslims, atheists, the almighty chirren, gays, spics, wops, dagos, trannies, handicapped wheelchair ramps, free internet access, Black History Month, low-fat margarine, climate change and NPR.Â Did we forget anyone?
This is the cover story of a once somewhat respectable DAILY paper now reduced to being the Monday and Thursday version of the Nashville Scene.
A loss of bargaining rights will leave Jenny with nothing between her and lower wages, a reasonable pension and health care contribution, and undoubtedly, wide-scale layoffs at some point.
She’ll still has you, Romeo.Â Sitting at home on your ass.Â Pulling down $7k large on your populist soapbox being paid to pretend to be a reporter.Â I believe it was the famous Beatle Keith Moon who said, “all you need is love”.
Wide scale layoffs from the government hasn’t happened in Obama’s Depression.Â Layoffs are what people in the private sector feel.
â€œYou have no idea what itâ€™s like to get in the car, every day, to and from work, and listen to people in the news trashing your profession,â€ Jenny said.
Of course not.Â No one could.Â Unless they happened to work for a bank, an energy company, Wal-Mart, an insurance company, a Japanese auto manufacturer who employs Americans, the US Chamber of Commerce, and any other private sector company during Obama’s Two Minutes Hate against non-government business.
It rambles on and on and on and on and on everything from Tennessee unionists not being in-your-face enough like those successful Michigan ones to wild accusations about CCA (the private prison company) running it’s own Fight Club.Â You broke Rule #1, Chucky!
The Wrong side has always been composed of living people who likely donâ€™t realize, in the moment, that their actions and beliefs would one day be judged as bankrupt. At one time you could have asked some of them, ordinary mortal humans like Joe McCarthy or George Wallace, how it feels to have your life worked over like that, your ordinary mortal human actions retold over and over again as the bad guy part in a morality play for so many consecutive years. It would have to be a kind of living hell, made all the worse by the fact that it was the hell nearly everyone thought they deserved.
We’ve already been judged as bankrupt.Â Literally.Â Our country is bankrupt.Â Not morally.Â Financially.Â Not bending over for unions does not mean people supported George Wallace turning firehoses on black people, you delusional asshole.Â Although Joe McCarthy would have a field day with all of the certified Communists in the Labor movement.
There goes Separation of Church and State out the window again.Â We live in “Hells we think we deserve” but Heaven is available if you want the government to provide it for you.
Just ask for forgiveness on bended knee before your secular god.Â Your handout will runneth over.
I’ll keep my closer short:
You take to the pages of a once respectable paper ruined by your deadbeat bosses to insult Tennesseans as racist hillbillies who think Davey Crockett invented the light bulb.
This is how you ask for people to support your position.Â Then again, it’s really not.Â You know you’ve lost so you’re setting fire to the oil wells with the help of your cowardly editors hiding under the skirt of your tenuous employment relationship that was their responsibility.
Go back to Michigan, asshole, and take your moron wife with you where you will be appreciated.
And for the Scene Editors, if you gave a shit about Charles Maldonado you could have given him a full-time job and offered him healthcare coverage.Â Would that have cut into Jeff Woods’ skull simonizing budget or Jim Ridley’s Analese allowance?Â Judging by the current staff, evidently he’s not white enough.
You gave a Facebook rant cover story to a guy who’s welfare is your responsibility.Â Gutless, blame shifting cowards.Â This was the editorial equivalent of a suicide bombing of your own paper’s last couple of readers.