Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:18 PM
Whovian (2,866 posts)
From the racist creator of "Right to Work" "Laws." (Warning: Offensive Fundie speak from the 40's)
MUSE, VANCE (1890–1950). Vance Muse, business executive and lobbyist, son of Henry and Henrietta (Harris) Muse, was born at Moran, Texas, on January 6, 1890. After completing his education in the Cleburne public schools he worked in a variety of jobs in Fort Worth and West Texas, including service as a Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce executive from 1917 to 1919. During this time he also became involved in numerous conservative organizations. His association with Texas lumberman John Henry Kirby resulted in Muse's support for higher tariffs. Muse, with his sister Ida Darden, also worked with Kirby and other businessmen to raise money to fight the Adamson Act of 1916, which gave railroad workers an eight-hour day, and to oppose the business-reform legislation of fellow Democrat Woodrow Wilson. In the 1920s Muse, Kirby, and others lobbied for instituting a national sales tax and for eliminating gift taxes. From 1926 to 1933 Muse served as the leader of a national group that sponsored the Mellon Plan of taxation, an attempt to prohibit Congress from taxing individual incomes in excess of 25 percent. Efforts at raising taxes were highly controversial. In 1934 Muse and Kirby organized the Southern Committee to Uphold the Constitution, financed mostly by the DuPonts and other northern industrial interests, in an effort to prevent Franklin D. Roosevelt's reelection. Two years later Muse was the leading organizer of Christian Americans, a group he formed to combat what he perceived as radicalism and subversive influences throughout the country. He believed that organized labor in the United States was the source of much communistic influence, and thus he led Christian Americans to support the antiunion movement. During and shortly after World War II, when laws to regulate and curb unions were passed in Texas and other southern states, Muse was a leading lobbyist in this effort. The Christian Americans worked for passage of right-to-work laws in sixteen states; the group's lobbying efforts were investigated by the Texas legislature in 1945, but the organization was cleared of all charges of misconduct. Muse died on October 15, 1950, at his Houston home, where his efforts with the Christian Americans had originated. At the time of his death he was working on a right-to-work amendment to the federal Constitution. He is buried in Fort Worth. He was survived by his wife, Marie (Buckingham), whom he married on November 6, 1912, and two sons.
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From the racist creator of "Right to Work" "Laws." (Warning: Offensive Fundie speak from the 40's) (Original post)
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Response to Whovian (Original post)
Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:35 PM
freshwest (49,316 posts)
1. Don't I know it! Here's what Martin Luther King said about racists and anti-unionists:
Negroes are almost entirely a working people. There are pitifully few Negro millionaires, and few Negro employers. Our needs are identical with labor's needs — decent wages, fair working conditions, livable housing, old age security, health and welfare measures, conditions in which families can grow, have education for their children and respect in the community. That is why Negroes support labor's demands and fight laws which curb labor.
That is why the labor-hater and labor-baiter is virtually always a twin-headed creature spewing anti-Negro epithets from one mouth and anti-labor propaganda from the other mouth.
AFL-CIO Convention, December 1961
What Martin Luther King had to say about Right to Work 1961!
Response to Whovian (Original post)
Fri Dec 14, 2012, 01:19 AM
starroute (12,049 posts)
6. These were the same people who tried to pull a coup against Roosevelt
When that failed (because General Smedley Butler wouldn't play along) they shifted their attention to foiling the New Deal by funding various fascist and semi-fascist groups, like the Silver Shirts or Vance Muse's stuff.
The DuPonts and their pals weren't just "conservatives" -- their preferred form of government would have been full-on Nazi. And their primary tactic was to keep the workers and minorities down by any means possible, keeping them poor and dependent and unable to fight back.
That agenda has since become the agenda of the "mainstream" right. If the GOP wants to destroy Medicare today without knowing quite why, it's because they're carrying on a zombie program of long-dead plutocrats.