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"Labor is the United States"

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I'm interested to hear reactions to the above premise, which is, to my mind, a central truth no longer shared by enough political representatives in Washington.

I'd wanted to post it yesterday, for Labor Day, because it so clearly articulates the importance of Labor Day, but was away from internet access. It's a premise that could not stand in greater opposition to Eric Cantor's tweet that on Labor Day, "we celebrate those who have taken a risk, worked hard, built a business and earned their own success."

Here's the full quote from which it was taken:

"Labor is the United States. The men and women, who with their minds, their hearts and hands, create the wealth that is shared in this country—they are America."

If only both parties still agreed with that fundamental premise. Imagine if it was still the purpose of government, as it once was, "to establish and maintain a peaceful world and build at home a dynamic prosperity in which every citizen fairly shares."

Perhaps in the future we can get back to that.

Oh -- the above quote is from the Republican Party platform under Eisenhower in 1956. Read the full platform here: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=25838

It's a quote that also demonstrates how far away from sound American principles current Republicans have drifted, how radical and never-before-seen in America they truly are.

Happy belated Labor Day, and may the true Makers -- American laborers workers -- regain the respect and protection they deserve and as Republicans used to give them.

Comments

Liberty275 2 years, 3 months ago

"American laborers workers -- regain the respect and protection they deserve and as Republicans used to give them."

Everyone respects the American worker. I hope each and every one negotiates a nice salary and the have a wonderful life. If they send a union thug in to negotiate for them, he'll be turned away at the door and they'll get nothing.

We can't make unions illegal, but every state needs to rewrite their laws to make them right-to-work. It is fundamentally wrong to charge a person money for the opportunity to work.

Alyosha 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for responding, but I think that's only one very negative way of looking at unions.

Time was, labor organizing was seen, rightly to my mind, as a strength of the United States that helped assure a quality of life for labor / workers that was good for the country as a whole.

In fact, such was the belief of the necessity and positive nature of unions that under Eisenhower "The protection of the right of workers to organize into unions and to bargain collectively is the firm and permanent policy of the Eisenhower Administration."

Your use of the phrase "union thug" suggests an emotional, not reasoned, stance behind your opposition to unions, and one that Republicans used to not share with you.

Again, today's Republicans are far, far away from the days of Eisenhower, when their party platform highlighted that "the process of free collective bargaining has been strengthened by the insistence of this Administration that labor and management settle their differences at the bargaining table without the intervention of the Government. This policy has brought to our country an unprecedented period of labor-management peace and understanding."

Far from trying to destroy unions, the Eisenhower administration strengthened collective bargaining (read, union bargaining) because of the benefit good labor / management relations brought to the country as a whole.

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