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Things I Am Confident Will Not Occur: A Unionized U.S. Military

Posted on | September 11, 2011 | 16 Comments

by Smitty


Ulsterman: Stop right there. Did you just say that the Obama administration wants to unionize the American military?

Wall Street: Oh my – look at you now! That’s got you a bit riled does it?

Ulsterman: Are you being serious?

Wall Street: Oh yes. Absolutely serious. A bit over a year…perhaps a year-and-a-half ago. A younger gentleman who was said to be with the administration – affiliated with the DOJ actually – these people were crawling all over everything at that time. That situation itself was enough to sour many of us on the Obama White House. They would walk in as if they owned you. Wall Street had become a plantation. Ironic, isn’t it? But that’s how it felt. It’s improved somewhat, but not enough. Not nearly enough…

One might argue that the military-industrial complex, of the four branches of the DoD, or the various parochial communities within hte services exhibit some union-esque behaviors at times. Then there are all of the political lobbies championing veteran’s causes.

So what, other than creating a dues system to siphon dues money into Democrat party coffers, would this idea solve?

Hmmm, if you wanted to weaken the U.S. military, a mechanism to allow group insubordination (i.e. mutiny) would probably do the trick.

Peradventure one supposed that such existed, it would be met with derision and scorn. Like an unnatural sexual pairing.


16 Responses to “Things I Am Confident Will Not Occur: A Unionized U.S. Military”

  1. JeffS
    September 11th, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

    I believe that a ” mechanism to allow group insubordination (i.e. mutiny)” to ” weaken the U.S. military” would be a feature for the Obama Administration, not a bug.

  2. McGehee
    September 11th, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

    Is mutiny still a capital offense, Smitty?

  3. Dell Hill
    September 11th, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

    The fact there’s a law against this very act probably wouldn’t matter.—-000-.html

  4. ThePaganTemple
    September 11th, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

    Don’t take it for granted it won’t happen. Once, or if ever, the Democrats succeed in installing leftist pricks and homosexuals in positions of authority in the Defense Department, and in the top echelons of the military, it might take some time, but it could very easily happen. You know there are going to be homosexuals appointed to top positions, and other leftists eventually, depending on how much power the Democrats manage to retain and how many squishy Republicans go along.

  5. Kitty Myers
    September 11th, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

    Not to Obama.

  6. Steve Funston
    September 11th, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

     Oh well, the big-wig non-military types at the Pentagon are proposing to civilianize the military retirement system .  Hell, I say go whole-hog and totally f**k it up by allowing GIs to unionize. Then sit back and enjoy the suck.

  7. richard mcenroe
    September 11th, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    Hey, the Dutch unionized their military.  If it’s good enough for Europe, it’s good enough for Obama…

  8. Adjoran
    September 11th, 2011 @ 10:32 pm

    Read the article – unionizing the military is one of the lesser fears the guy raises.

  9. Anonymous
    September 11th, 2011 @ 11:21 pm

    I suspect we’d regret that approach.

  10. Doom
    September 12th, 2011 @ 3:43 am

    Uhrm, the Navy IS unionized.  To a degree.  It was, during my time, guaranteed some things.  Even some food stuffs are required to be a certain grade, and real butter was among those things.  I don’t remember much, but… yeah… I think the Navy is considered unionized.

    Oh, one other thing for sure.  Our chiefs are(were at least) ratified by Congress so that they could not simply be demoted by a Captain, it would require a court martial process and a lot of paperwork, or some such.

    There are unions and then there are unions though.  We still had to do what shouldn’t be done with less than what was needed optimally and do it yesterday.  And, for the most part, we did.  At least on subs.

  11. M. Thompson
    September 12th, 2011 @ 4:33 am

    The problem is the only people who’d work as union reps are the dipshits who everyone despises because they do no actual work (i.e. Command Career Counselor).  Also, the only ones who’d use it would be the discipline problems.

    I’d start off filing a lawsuit against the idiot who think this is a good idea.  As for not getting “Just representation” the halfwits who say that have never actually seen a command.  How often would you see a manager with 20+ years experience having a Q&A session with a bunch of mid-level workers each year? 

  12. Anonymous
    September 12th, 2011 @ 5:47 am

    The results the Obamanites are looking for would most resemble the soldiers and sailors soviets set up during the turbulence after the first world war in Russia and Germany. Why the left thinks this would work to their advantage is beyond me.

  13. M. Thompson
    September 12th, 2011 @ 6:19 am

    Still more of the imminentizing the eschaton.

  14. Bob Belvedere
    September 12th, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

    The Immanentizing Of The Eschaton is what this whole Administration and the Democratic Party are all about!

  15. Bob Belvedere
    September 12th, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    That’s why they would want to do it!  They’re our versions of the Bolsheviks don’t forget.

  16. Anonymous
    September 12th, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    You may rest assured I’ll not forget who are the Bolsheviks.