Tim Phillips

After union members had trampled our first amendment rights, torn down our tent and shouted obscenities, they tried to blame the violence on us. I’m sure you’ll hear that narrative; it’s all over left blogs. It is a shameful lie. Quite to the contrary of provoking violence, Americans for Prosperity deliberately and voluntarily ceded our reserved space on the Capitol steps to the union protesters, allowing them the full area. We instead moved to an area on the Capitol lawn and erected a tent where right-to-work supporters could gather with some measure of separation from the frenzied union mob of protesters.

As is quite clear from the video footage, right-to-work supporters were simply trying to have a civil discourse over this important issue. When union supporters resorted to blows, right-to-work supporters refused to return them. That’s not violence-inciting; that’s free speech in action.

Union organizer are upset because all across the country, we’re winning the hearts and minds of Americans, and they’re seeing, more and more, that states simply function better when economic freedom expands for everyone

As we learned from Wisconsin the fight for the right-to-work is likely not over with the passage of this law. Hopefully it will be fought in words and ideas, with civil discourse but as this week proved that may not be the case. Democrat lawmaker Douglas Gleiss said “There will be blood, there will be repercussions.” What’s astonishing is that statement wasn’t more roundly condemned. We hope and pray there is no more violence as our nation grapples with tough and divisive issues. We know the fight is far from over in Michigan, it’ll be months if not years for this law to withstand the challenges, both at the voting booth and in court.

We’ve won in Wisconsin. We’re winning in Michigan, and at least a half-dozen states are expected to take up right-to-work laws in 2013. Americans for Prosperity will continue to promote our peaceful message of economic freedom throughout the country.