Communications Workers of America District 1 vice-president Christopher M. Shelton welcomed labor demonstrators to a gathering outside the statehouse in New Jersey yesterday by saying "Welcome to Nazi Germany." His speech continued:
"We have Adolf Christie and his two generals [Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver both Democrats] trying to turn New Jersey into Nazi Germany. It's going to take World War III to get rid of Adolf Christie. Not only is Christie a Nazi, but so are his two generals. Any politician who stands up against collective bargaining is not a Democrat, they're Nazis."He did later apologize for his remarks, but he is an adult, and he wields sizeable power, so we actually have a right to expect people like Mr. Shelton to have concern for the damage their words cause before saying them. It is also not lost on me that his words about WW III are really tantamount to a threat of violence on the part of his union.
Union members and Democrats in the state of New Jersey should be outraged, unless of course they agree with Mr. Shelton's inflammatory words and are comfortable with his representation.
I would also suggest Mr. Shelton read a little history so he might begin to understand exactly what Nazi Germany was all about before he bandies his ignorance about so flagrantly again.
It is time for people to reject the selfishness and destructive rhetoric of Big Labor and the damage their leaders are causing political discourse and financial stability in this country.
This post was compiled using information from the Associated Press and the Asbury Park Press.