Subtitle: Even the rampaging Greeks earlier this month attacked bank employees at the banks rather than in their own homes.
There is nothing peaceful about hundreds of SEIU thugs arriving by bus caravan to intimidate a man and his family on their own front lawn. It’s just despicable.
Check out the title of the man in question, Greg Baer, according to the CNN/Fortune account of the mob scene: deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America. He has alternately been described as a lobbyist, although OpenSecrets.org does not list him among BoA’s lobbying team. (By the way, don’t you just love the SEIU’s description of this incident as its effort “to talk to” Baer? Can you imagine sending 500 people to a man’s home on a Sunday afternoon to have a polite little chat with him? Please.)
So, if Baer is a lobbyist for the bank, one would have to question whether he’s really one of the top dogs. Remember that as you keep reading.
BoA’s own website lists 13 members of its senior management team, all of whom outrank Baer. This wasn’t about policy, or protesting the person who makes it.
Here’s what this was about: Spreading intimidation in a lower tier of bank management, a group whose members previously would have believed themselves not subject to personal intimidation of any kind, much less demonstrations in their front yards.
A spokesman for SEIU, a service employees union, more or less confirmed this notion to the CNN/Fortune reporter, Nina Easton, who happened upon the scene because she is one of Baer’s neighbors:
When I asked Stephen Lerner, SEIU’s point-person on Wall Street reform, about these tactics, he accused me of getting “emotional.” Lerner was more comfortable sticking to his talking points: “Millions of people are losing their homes, and they have gone to the banks, which are turning a deaf ear.”
Okay, fine, then why not continue SEIU protests at bank offices and shareholder meetings-as the union has been doing for more than a year? Lerner insists, “People in powerful corporations seem to think they can insulate themselves from the damage they are doing.”
Put another way, this protest had the same basic aim as a terrorist attack on civilians: spreading fear among people who previously thought they were safe from it. When you think the political leaders have stopped listening, you go after regular people so they will put pressure on the political leaders. When you think the bank CEOs and directors have stopped listening, you go after people a little lower in the management chain.
Now, for anyone who balks at a comparison between these SEIU thugs and terrorists because the latter practice violence: Did the organizers know for sure that no one among the 500 was carrying a weapon? Or that no one inside the house would respond violently to the crowd on the front lawn? Or that none of the 500 would simply beat Baer or one of his family members or neighbors with their bare hands the way SEIU purple shirts did Kenneth Gladney in St. Louis last summer?
In Baer’s case the police, at least according to Easton’s report, thought there was potential for violence:
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.
Just imagine what kind of coverage and commentary would ensue if a tea-party protest were to unfold this way. Forget the police; Janet Napolitano’s federal homeland security personnel would have come and arrested the “right-wing extremists.”
As Erick Erickson points out at RedState, “A couple of weeks ago, Barack Obama told Wall Street that he, personally *he*, was all that stood between them and pitchforks. Well, Obama’s SEIU buddies decided to break out the pitchforks.”
The president’s response to this event will be very telling.