THE BLOG
06/28/2007 04:43 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Republicans Go "Blackwhite" on EFCA

The way the Wall Street Journal uses the "up-is-down" language of the Bush administration would be entertaining -- if only it weren't so infuriating.

The most recent case in point is the Journal's "Review and Outlook" piece on Wednesday. "Card Checkmate" discusses the Senate's passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. EFCA would make it easier for workers to organize by allowing them to join a union by signing a card. EFCA passed, 51-48, but lost to a Republican filibuster.

The "Review and Outlook" author, in truly Orwellian language, claims that card check would leave workers "open to union and peer intimidation."

It's wording that's worthy of Elaine Chao, who protects workers' rights as Labor Secretary the way Orwell's Ministry of Truth presented facts.

To claim that EFCA opponents want to maintain the integrity of free and fair elections is to engage in what Orwell called "blackwhite." In Orwell's words, it's a "loyal willingness to say black is white when party discipline demands this. It also means the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know black is white, and forget that one has ever believed the contrary."

Who actually believes that unions have an unfair advantage over employers when it comes to organizing?

Perhaps someone who hasn't heard about Wal-Mart locking its employees overnight in stores, forcing them to work off the clock and firing them for trying to join a union.

Or perhaps someone who's never been told their job site will be shut down if the workers unionize--as half of all employers do when workers try to organize.

Or perhaps someone who somehow has never heard of high-priced union-busters who fight union organizing drives.

Or perhaps someone who hasn't been forced to attend captive audience meetings with their supervisors during an organizing drive.

Or perhaps someone who thinks Brownie actually did do a heckuva job.