Monday, March 14, 2005

UAW To Marines: We Support You, But Not If You're Republican

And not if they can't afford an SUV, either, apparently.

::::::::DETROIT -- The United Auto Workers says Marine reservists should show a little more semper fi if they want to use the union's parking lot.

The Marine Corps motto means "always faithful," but the union says some reservists working out of a base on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit have been decidedly unfaithful to their fellow Americans by driving import cars and trucks.

So the UAW International will no longer allow members of the 1st Battalion 24th Marines to park at Solidarity House if they are driving foreign cars or displaying pro-President Bush bumper stickers.

UAW spokemen are saying that although the Marines "certainly have the right" to drive foreign cars or to support the politics of their choice, they don't have the right to park their cars on lots owned by the UAW if they drive such a car or support candidates the UAW doesn't. First off, no Marine ever claimed that parking privileges were "a right" so that's a misleading bit of wording, there. Second, I thought the UAW was allowing Marines to park in their lot by way of showing their support for the Marines, not as a political statement. Clearly, I'm mistaken.

Finally, the UAW does indeed have the authority to permit or deny any person or group from using their private facilities. That's a right that previous generations of Marines have fought to secure. But the UAW also has the "right" to reap the consequences of their decisions and this kind of act isn't going to be winning them many friends. Of course, the public can't do anything, really, about the UAW so they'll take action as close to them as they can: they'll buy their cars from manufacturers who don't employ UAW personnel. I can't imagine that's going to make GM or the rest of Detroit very happy with the UAW, either.

I note that this story has received some wide attention from the likes of LGF, Blackfive, Greyhawk @ the Mudville Gazette, and Citizen Smash.