Last night the story broke about an Ohio businessman who was shot for being non-union:
With around 25 employees, John King owns one of the largest non-union electrical contracting businesses in the Toledo, Ohio area. As a non-union contractor, his business happens to be doing well at a time when unions in the construction industry are suffering. This, it seems, has made the usual animosity unions have for him even greater, making him a prime target of union thugs. So much so, that one of them tried to kill him last week at his home.
John King didn’t plan on being an enemy of unions. In fact, he says all he’s ever wanted to do is work at something he loves doing and be successful at it–something that most normal Americans would call ‘The American Dream.’
Since he’s been in business, in addition to the legal battles and verbal abuse, King’s company has been vandalized and threatened on numerous occasions.
“Back then, it was nothing to have to regularly buy a new set of tires.” King said during a telephone interview on Tuesday. “The ice pick was the weapon of choice.”
Until Wednesday, the worst of the union attacks on King and his business came in the mid-eighties during the UAW strike at AP Parts. During a lull during the lengthy strike, King’s business was picketed by more than 50 IBEW picketers. This was at a time when he only had eight or nine employees. One of his employees, whose car was trashed by the union picketers, was also beaten up by IBEW thugs.
Unfortunately, the vandalism has never stopped. This year alone, he’s had to report three incidents of damage to police. This doesn’t include the incidents of stalking he and his men have to go through while they’re working.
In one incident earlier this year, rocks were thrown through the front windows of his shop, one of which had the word “kill” written on it.
Last Wednesday, however, the attacks on Mr. King became much more serious when he was awakened late in the evening at his home in Monroe County, Michigan and saw that the motion lights in his driveway had come on. When he looked out his front window, he saw a figure near his SUV and went outside.
As soon as he got outside his front door, King yelled at the individual who was crouched down by King’s vehicle. As soon as King yelled, the suspect stood and, without hesitation, fired a shot at Mr. King.
Luckily for King, as he yelled, he also stumbled. If it weren’t for that, however, John King’s injuries might have been much, much worse. In fact, he might have been killed.
You would think that the same media who rushed to blame Sarah Palin for her crosshairs map and tea partiers for peacefully protesting would condemn these actions by progressives and criticize the Wisconsin protesters who’ve been threatening people repeatedly since protests began. You’d think they would criticize our President for telling his supporters to “bring a gun to a knife fight” — especially since they went whole hog in their attempt to tie Palin to Tucson. They haven’t.
In fact, they haven’t reported anything.
Neither have the progressive bloggers and the Soros faction. Even though the incident occurred last night, there are only crickets from progressives. Even though they worked themselves up into a fury claiming that Tucson and Norway were the result of conservatives — charges thoroughly and definitively debunked on this website — before the bodies were cold, they’re stunningly silent on the Ohio incident. In fact, they and the rest of the media have remained silent as incident after incident occurred in labor protests. They were silent when tea partiers in Tucson received a slew of death threats as a result of their yellow reporting. They were silent on the many counts of thuggery in the Wisconsin protests. They are silent now.
Just to prove my point, here are the results from this morning’s Memeorandum and Google News. Only conservative blogs and Fox News reported on the shooting:
They will pretend that this it didn’t happen and by way if ignoring it, sanction it thereby giving the impression that it’s OK.
It’s a shame that fat cat union bosses have exploited and manipulated workers and spent millions of dollars of their workers’ hard-earned money on losing elections instead of their salaries. That’s with whom the frustration should lie.
I’ll update with developments.