And yet, the left is frequently, obsessively demonized for being "soft on terror", "hating America", etc.
So it's somewhat amusing to see an increasing honesty by the right in America. First you had Dinesh D'souza's The Enemy at Home which quite openly says that bin Laden is right, America (or maybe just New York, if you get my meaning) is a decadent bordello and deserves what it got on 9/11. Now, you've got this from the US House of Representatives:
Yesterday the Senate voted 51-46 to give 40,000 airport baggage screeners the right to unionize. The House supports a similar bill, but President Bush has threatened a veto, which there doesn’t appear to be enough votes in either the House or Senate to override. The New York Times reports that Sen. Richard M. Burr (R-NC), called the bill “absolutely absurd. Terrorists don’t go on strike. Terrorists don’t call their union to negotiate before they attack.”So our labour laws should be reconfigured to reflect the fact that we're at war. Moreover, they should be reconfigured specifically in regard to the enemy we're facing. So.... did we bring back slavery when the Nazis did? Because I missed that. I know we went kind of crazy for internment camps, but that wasn't really a labour practice.
The interesting point here is that actually, unions were restricted from certain activities during WWII -- but they were allowed to organize, and American industry prospered, or at least wasn't overtly harmed, by that organizing.