STVERAK: The view from inside the tent

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By Jason Stverak | Franklin Center

ON THE MOVE: Thousands of people protested Tuesday outside the Capitol in Lansing, Mich., yet only pro right-to-work activists were attacked. (AP photo)

Tents are supposed to protect people, providing a common area to gather and seek shelter.

That safety and protection was turned upside down Tuesday as union members protesting right-to-work legislation in Lansing, Mich., viciously tore down Americans for Prosperity’s tent while the volunteers were still inside.


The act wasn’t just shameful; it showed a complete disregard for the safety of others.

Franklin Center’s Chris McCoy was inside that tent when it was being torn down. Despite the immediate threat to her safety, Chris decided to stay and film the union thugs that were violently dismantling the tent and putting everyone inside in jeopardy. Her selfless actions provided another valuable angle of coverage to a senseless event.

Like other patriots on the ground — Terry Bowman and Steven Crowder to name a few — McCoy knew that this was about something bigger than herself and that she could make a real impact in the lives of countless others in her home state.

When Gov. Rick Snyder signed right-to-work legislation into law on Tuesday, it wasn’t just a victory for working families in Michigan. It was a victory for all Americans.

It was a victory for the hard-working men and women that know the power of the free market and want to help better the lives of others.  Our country is great because of unsung heroes — like McCoy — making selfless decisions every day that impact the lives of others.

Jason Stverak is president of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.


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