We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Agreed. I don't know how anybody squares the requirement that a person join a union (that could be politically or socially active in a direction counter to him) as a prerequisite for doing a job. Even more egregious is requiring a person to pay dues to a union that he doesn't belong to in order to do a job.
Sometimes a little goes a long way in these matters, depending on how much success future plaintiffs have in using it to expand on mudbug's principles. I'm not a layer, but I see pay dirt here nonetheless.
The unions have always operated as though they were exempted from the constitution. In the past politicians have given them special privilages either for graft or because of a socialist/communist belief that aligned itself with the unions. In the past 50 years or so it has been a more straightforward arrangement where the politicians gave the unions exemptions from law and special rights in exchange for money and votes. But most recently I see the old socialist/communist politicians making a comeback.