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Working Class Power

“Collective bargaining has always been the bedrock of the American labor movement. I hope that you will continue to anchor your movement to this foundation. Free collective bargaining is good for the entire Nation. In my view, it is the only alternative to State regulation of wages and prices – a path which leads far down the grim road of totalitarianism. Those who would destroy or further limit the rights of organized labor – those who would cripple collective bargaining or prevent organization of the unorganized – do a disservice to the cause of democracy.”

John F. Kennedy

“The labor movement means just this: It is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth.”

Wendell Phillips

“History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Labor is today the most vital and potential power this planet has ever known, and its historic mission of emancipating the workers of the world from the thralldom of the ages is as certain of ultimate realization as is the setting of the sun.”

Eugene V. Debs


Introduction

Working Class Power

Working-class power finds itself gutted by the failure of either major political party in the United States to show support for organized labor. In fact, both parties are beholden to the billionaire donor class that funds their outrageously expensive campaigns for elected office.

The average working man and woman in the United States has not seen an increase in buying power for over 40 years, since Ronald Reagan’s administration worked hard to diminish the power of organized labor.

But the income of the billionaire class has skyrocketed to a point of obscenity. In this post, I argue that the time is ripe for what remains of organized labor to push forward to regain their once influential position in the nation. I write this as a long-time member of the Chicago Teachers Union and University Professors of Illinois, both education-based unions.

One thing I know for certain is the bosses never have their workforce in mind and will do anything to destroy the Union. But solidarity always pays dividends and levels the playing field in ways that are otherwise unattainable by the rank and file.

The Stranglehold of Billionaire Influence: The Need for Working-Class Power

In American politics, billionaires wield disproportionate influence, distorting the democratic process. Both major parties find themselves beholden to the whims of the wealthy elite, leaving working-class concerns neglected.

The relentless money flow from billionaires shapes policy agendas, perpetuating a system that favors the privileged. This pervasive influence undermines the core principles of democracy, where every citizen’s voice should carry equal weight.

The Corporate Democrats’ Disconnect: Failure and the Need for Working-Class Power

Corporate Democrats, once working-class champions, now prioritize alliances with Wall Street. This allegiance has severed the vital link between the party and the struggles of everyday Americans.

As Democrats cozy up to financial interests, the party’s ability to empathize with and address the needs of the working class diminishes. Policies that benefit the wealthy take precedence, leaving the backbone of America without a true political advocate.

The Republican Quandary: Never much liked Working-Class Power

Within the Republican Party, internal strife intensifies, distracting from the critical issue of job security. The GOP’s fixation on divisive culture wars overshadows the working class’s plea for economic stability.

While the Republican Party grapples with internal divisions, the real concerns of working-class Americans are overlooked. The party’s failure to champion job security leaves a void. That gap could be filled by a political force truly attuned to the needs of everyday people.

The Missed Opportunities: Working-Class Power

Opportunities to address crucial issues facing the working class slip through the fingers of both major parties. Wasteful mass layoffs driven by stock buybacks, exemplified by GM’s recent $10 billion stock buyback, are met with silence rather than a call for accountability.

The failure of Democrats to challenge corporate practices that harm workers exposes a lack of commitment. In spite of some lip service are they representing the interests of everyday citizens? Both parties miss opportunities to champion policies that protect job security and empower the working class.

The Urgent Need for Change

As we stand on the precipice of a potential battle for working-class allegiance, the glaring absence of a political force unencumbered by billionaire influence becomes ever more evident.

The urgency for change is palpable. The working class deserves a political party that prioritizes their concerns, unswayed by the deep pockets of billionaires. A new force, untethered from the current system’s pitfalls, is essential to reinvigorate democratic ideals.

Working-Class Power: The Forgotten Promise of Democracy

Our democratic republic, founded on the principles of equal representation, teeters on the brink. The two major parties, drifting away from the needs of the people, risk betraying the fundamental promise of democracy.

The erosion of democratic values leaves citizens feeling disenfranchised. The working class finds itself marginalized as political parties prioritize the interests of the elite. The very essence of a government “for the people, by the people” is at stake.

The Imperative for a Third Party

To safeguard our democracy and reclaim the forgotten promise of representation, a third party is not just desirable—it’s imperative. A party championing organized labor and fearlessly confronting Wall Street excesses must emerge.

The time has come for a political force that unequivocally supports the working class. A party that challenges the influence of billionaires, champions job security, and renews the commitment to democratic principles. The bosses may have two parties, but the working people urgently need one of their own to secure their rightful place in the democratic process.

Working-Class Power: Some Final Thoughts

Working-class power in a vacuum is an idea that will be fought tooth and nail by the millionaires and billionaires that fund both Republicans and Democrats in the United States. They are anti-labor, not because they don’t like labor exactly, but rather because labor becomes a drain on corporate profits, the consequence is that a strong labor initiative will cut in on their seven-figure bonus checks. Greed is not good for the survival of the nation as we once knew it. A strong and solidified labor force, on the other hand, is good for the nation and the corporate class.

I believe that if a strong third-party candidate focused on labor rights, that candidate would rip votes away from both Democrats and Republicans and may just be able to win the Presidency. Then the question becomes can such a party garner enough seats in Congress and the Senate to be able to legislate? I believe it is worth a shot.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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