Labor Day is coming: A salute to Unions
by btchakir, Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 08:24:11 AM EDT
I hope we never forget why we celebrate Labor Day. Although the number of Union workers has fallen off sharply over the years and the influence of the working American has become much weaker vis a vis our government, we can see why the labor vote is still necessary to preserve the country.
For some reason, especially since Reagan, American workers have been misled into thinking that the things Republicans have done in breaking up unions, putting more control into the hands of international corporations, changing the tax code to favor the wealthy, turning health care into a profit-making enterprise, and so many other atrocities, are favorable to labor. All along they have been losing their middle-class status, have seen their expenses rise, and now face a world where their children will not do better than they did.
This must change and change radically. Unfortunately, the average American suffers from a sort of political Attention Deficit Disorder... their attention span is short and their response to 25 years of propaganda has made them blind to the things that liberals have tried to bring to their favor. I consider it a function of the expanding blogosphere to bring this change about, competing openly with the Limbaugh world.
The continued corruption of Republicans has brought a new sensitivity to this need for change which we must take advantage of... not by pushing out our own misleading propaganda, but by continuing to speak truth to the lies of corporations, lobbyists, Bushies and the rest of the right.
Have a nice Labor Day and don't forget to express your views to the politicians soliciting your votes and support at local parades and events.