Background, Context, and assumptions
We should protect the secret ballot. Union bosses want to remove the secret ballot so they can intimidate and threaten those who don't vote to support the union. Removing the secret ballot is un-american. We all have the right to vote how we want without fear of intimidation. Even Russia has the secret ballet. Even Iraq has the secret ballot. It would be sad if we send our solders over seas to start democracy in the desert, and we let Obama remove the secret ballot here at home.
- President Obama Supports The Employee Free Choice Act, Which Would Eliminate Secret-Ballot Elections That Shield Workers From Privacy Concerns And Intimidation. “President Barack Obama told AFL-CIO union leaders Tuesday in a videotaped address that the controversial Employee Free Choice Act will pass, signaling his full backing for legislation that makes union organizing easier. … The bill would make it easier for unions to recruit workers because it would let them join unions simply by signing cards rather than through secret-ballot elections in which companies can campaign against the union.” (Kris Maher, “President Tells Unions Organizing Act Will Pass,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/4/09)
- "I will protect the right of American workers to vote by secret ballot. And I will fight to stop union bosses from using the dues of their union members to support those bosses' favorite campaigns." (Mitt Romney Delivers Remarks at Values Voter Summit, October 8, 2011)