To compare a police officer going into an "unfriendly" neighborhood and gradually breaking down the wall with a union whose leadership is more concerned with their own power and control than they are the actual consequences to their members is an insult to police officers.(And yes, I recognize your position as a [former?] officer - however, I have a child who plans to enter law enforcement within the year, so I feel perfectly within my rights to say so,)<quoted text>
Let me take the time to respond in detail.
That would like when I first tried to read the book "Rich Dad - Poor Dad" with my daughter when she was very young.
Try as she might, she couldn't grasp the concepts incorporated therein.
Your mind is rigidly clinging to a false paradigm. You see your enemies as your friends, and your friends as enemies.
It's like it was when I started working a a patrol officer in the projects.
The residents saw me as a threat, instead of a friend.
But, as we interacted, they came to understand that my paycheck was closer to theirs, than to the power brokers in their $30 Million Dollar estates located just a few mikes away;
that we locked up the dealer in front of their apartment so that their kids could play outside safely, not out of any desire to incarcerate one more poor, uneducated, unemployed kid;
that we understood more crime occurred on Wall Street than in their neighborhood, but that all law enforcement is politically based.
They opened their minds and changed the paradigm with which they evaluated the world. They improved their lives by forming alliances with those they truly shared mutual interests.
Until you have opened your mind to a totally different paradigm as to how the economic world works, and why it works the way it does, it would be a waste of time.
"Sow for yourselves righteousness,
reap the fruit of unfailing love,
and break up your unplowed ground;
for it is time to seek the Lord,
until he comes
and showers righteousness on you." (Hosea 10:12)
Your mind needs to be tilled, your rigid mental clinging grasp to a false paradigm broken open, your mind opened to the reality that your true loyalties, bonds, and alliances are with your fellow "Serfs", and not with the feudal kings you currently worship.
You'll sometime grasp that while the Right Wing Wackos think theirs is a battle over "values", in reality, as it has been since time immemorial, it about the distribution of wealth and power.
Those with it want to keep it and get more - then without it are impotent when alone.
Glad I could help.
"Your mind needs to be tilled, your rigid mental clinging grasp to a false paradigm broken open, your mind opened to the reality that your true loyalties, bonds, and alliances are with your fellow "Serfs", and not with the feudal kings you currently worship."
The mental rigidity is yours and your worship at the altar of unions is unfortunate.