Last Sunday, on a peaceful, sun-crisp afternoon, our toddler finally napping upstairs, my front yard exploded with 500 screaming, placard-waving strangers on a mission to intimidate my neighbor, Greg Baer. Baer is deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500), a senior executive based in Washington, D.C. And that — in the minds of the organizers at the politically influential Service Employees International Union and a Chicago outfit called National Political Action — makes his family fair game.
Waving signs denouncing bank “greed,” hordes of invaders poured out of 14 school buses, up Baer’s steps, and onto his front porch. As bullhorns rattled with stories of debtor calls and foreclosed homes, Baer’s teenage son Jack — alone in the house — locked himself in the bathroom. …
Now this event would accurately be called a “protest” if it were taking place at, say, a bank or the U.S. Capitol. But when hundreds of loud and angry strangers are descending on your family, your children, and your home, a more apt description of this assemblage would be “mob.” Intimidation was the whole point of this exercise, and it worked-even on the police. A trio of officers who belatedly answered our calls confessed a fear that arrests might “incite” these trespassers.
So much for the rule of law.
The tactic is classic SEIU/ACORN. If you want to live in a country where policy objectives are advanced by deploying mobs of barely human thugs to lay siege to the private homes of “capitalist exploiters” like something out of Night of the Living Dead, then you must be delighted with our current government.
What’s interesting is that SEIU, the nation’s second largest union, craves respectability. Just-retired president Andy Stern is an Obama friend and regular White House visitor. He sits on the President’s Fiscal Responsibility Commission. He hobnobs with those greedy Wall Street CEOs — executives much higher-ranking than my neighbor Baer — at Davos. His union spent $70 million getting Democrats elected in 2008.
But putting SEIU/ACORN types in the White House hasn’t made them any classier. Rather, it’s made the whole country radically less classy — and radically less civilized.
What do these communist thugs have against Bank of America in particular, other than it being a bank and being part of America? BoA officials are flabbergasted,
citing the success of workout programs to help distressed homeowners, praise received from community groups, the bank’s support of financial reform legislation, and the little-noticed fact that Bank of America exited the subprime lending business in 2001.
Exiting the subprime sinkhole could be the problem. As a lawyer for SEIU’s Siamese twin ACORN, Obama sued banks for not issuing subprime loans based on race rather than ability to pay.
Easton touches on other possible motives:
SEIU has said it wants to organize bank tellers and call centers — and its critics point out that a great way to worsen employee morale, thereby making workers more susceptible to union calls, is to batter a bank’s image through protest. (SEIU officials say their anti-Wall Street campaign has nothing to do with their organizing efforts.) Complicating this picture is the fact that BofA is the union’s lender of choice — and SEIU, suffering financially, owes the bank nearly $4 million in interest and fees.
As America degenerates from a nation of laws into a nation of liberalism, you can expect to see more loans repaid in this fashion.
By the way, a little background on Baer:
A lifelong Democrat, Baer worked for the Clinton Treasury Department, and his wife, Shirley Sagawa, author of the book The American Way to Change and a former adviser to Hillary Clinton, is a prominent national service advocate.
Let this be a lesson to anyone who cooperates with Obamunism in hopes that the alligator will eat them last.