Eternal Vigilance Still the Price of Liberty

Member Group : PA Right to Work

American citizens will have the right to a secret ballot on November 2nd. Workers deserve the same right. Sadly, the power hungry administration in Washington, D.C. is already planning to ignore the wishes of the people if things don’t go their way. What those holding the rights of power in D.C. have decided to do is attempt to pass their agenda after they face the voters during the "Lame Duck" period before the newly elected Congress takes their seats in January.

The Labor Day holiday marks the kickoff towards the first Tuesday in November: Election Day. As folks get back to their day-to-day lives after the lazy days of summer, they also start paying attention to who they’re going to vote for.
Campaigns start kicking in cash for media buys and mailings. It can all be very overwhelming, but it’s also necessary. As the past two years have shown, elections have consequences. The voters must be well informed. We must elect leaders who will pass a Right to Work law and repeal so-called "fair share" in Pennsylvania and Congressmen and Senators who will prevent the passage of "Card Check" or Fast Track bills that would end any sense of fairness in unionization elections.

Pro-liberty candidates may be successful in the fall, but eternal vigilance still is the price of liberty. If the American people fail in their watch before the new Congress is sworn in, even more irreparable damage will be done to the American Republic.

Here’s what top D.C. power brokers are promising:

-"I’ve got lots of things I want to do in a lame duck (session)" West Virginia Democrat Senator Jay Rockefeller

-"It could be a huge deal; we could get the country on a sound long-term fiscal path." North Dakota Democrat Senator Kent Conrad

-"the lame duck would be the last chance (for Card Check), quite honestly, for the foreseeable future." Arizona Democrat Congressman Raul Grijalva

-"To those who think Card Check is dead, I say think again. We’re still trying to maneuver a way to pass some parts of the bill before the next Congress is sworn in." Iowa Democrat Senator Tom Harkin

As we take a moment to pause for this Labor Day, let’s remind our elected leaders what the holiday is really all about: It’s about Constitutional rights. We employees have a right to join a union, but no one should force us to join a political organization as a condition of getting or keeping a job.

I have a secret ballot on Election Day. The lame duck Congress had better preserve that same fundamental right for all of us. From Labor Day until November 2nd, the politicians will tell us what they have to say. After We the People make our choices, the office holders had better listen.

Pennsylvanians for Right to Work is a non-profit citizens organization dedicated to the single issue of providing freedom of choice with respect to labor union membership for all Pennsylvania’s working citizens. Their website address is To schedule an interview, debate, or radio program with Susan Staub, please contact Julian Stolz at 610-360-6465.