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Is this what democracy looks like?

Workers should be able to join a union. They should be able to opt out if they don’t want to join the union.

Conservatives have been down before and have come roaring back. After Barry Goldwater’s resounding defeat in 1964, for example, who would have envisioned a President Reagan? Those on the right just kept working to persuade the American people about the strength of their ideas. That’s what they’re doing now.

After the violent protests last year in Wisconsin and now Michigan, it’s past time for leaders of the union movement to vow to do the same thing. Or is it democracy only when things go your way?

Ed Feulner is president of the Heritage Foundation (