Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Uh, about that returning to Slavery thingy

Remember when Alabama State Senator Hank Sanders said in a robo call to democratic voters he was voting for Ron Sparks for Alabama's Governor because he didn't want to return to the days of slavery and Jim Crow ?

Remember how the righty's, as they are wont to do, took his words literally instead of metaphorically and accused him of being a racist, race baiting, fear monger,Dinosaur with no sense of shame or decency, blah blah blab blab?

Well,Balloon Juice via jackandjillpolitics breaks it down and shows the correlation to the gop's union busting and Slavery. Literally.

What thing becomes clear—as you consider the modern Republican Confederate Party’s effort to attack workers, Unions, the Middle Class and their rights—is that their focus is all about the theft of labor. Stealing the labor of folks is a sure fire way to get rich and it has been since, well, forever. Fighting efforts to protect people from the theft of their labor is what the modern so-called Conservative and/or Gliberterian movements are all about.

Hell no we ain't fergitten!
Slavery offered an elite class multiple ways to cut cost and steal labor. This system of labor theft has experienced two great threats in the last 150 years. The first was the Civil War, which ended the above ground buying and selling of humans and the theft of their labor. This was a major victory in the long fight for justice, but it was not long before gains were pushed backed.

The gop wants to make all states one of them there right to work states.
The effort to push back against labor rights started almost immediately. By 1947 this movement was able to pass the Taft Hartley Act and open the door to new restrictions to the rights of workers. By the Reagan era in the 1980s, the movement to steal labor was repackaged and resold to the most gullible and cynical among us. Since then it has picked up a lot of steam. Laws to restrict the rights of workers have been given the very Orwellian name, “Right to Work” laws—as in in you have the right to work, but not the right to come together and ask for a fair deal. In a “Right to Work” State, a worker is on his or her own. The State will always fight against you. You are on your own sucker and you just have to deal with it. In a “Right to Unionize State” you have back-up, regardless of whether or not you work in a Union shop.

So, are you mad as hell yet?

"Well, there's a certain mean spiritness that's out there, not only in Alabama but it's in America. And that makes this election extremely important." ~Senator Hank Sanders

Can you hear him now?


Dale Jackson said...


yellowdog said...

as the massive redistribution of wealth continues, with tax cuts for the wealthy and the corporate elites - balanced by invalidating contracts with employees, and layoffs and job losses for the less well-to-do - the rapidly shrinking American middle class is complicit in their own demise. They vote Republican or worse as if there were no distinction between Parties.

The Republicans need to stop telling us we'll collapse like Greece when we are starting to look like Egypt.

"hahaha" "so be it" "let them eat cake".

When will America wake up?

Redeye said...

America will wake up when the media stops being "fair and balanced" and starts telling the American people the truth. Until then there is no HOPE.

As long as people like radio boy are paid to misinform the uniformed we are going to be boned.