I am impressed by the new and growing number of Progressive, Liberal and Workers groups.
But I believe we need to unite under one banner--one mission.
And I believe there is no better or more urgent time but NOW.
The NUMBER ONE PROBLEM that we are all facing is CLASS WARFARE.
I/we will openly and loudly label our common enemy: "THE CORPORATE/GOP ALLIANCE AGAINST WORKERS' RIGHTS."
We will not shrink from calling a spade a spade when we are demonized by our enemy.
We will not let them get away with their common weapon--accusing others of what they themselves are guilty of.
The "CORPORATE/GOP ALLIANCE AGAINST WORKERS' RIGHTS" has been waging an ongoing war against workers ever since Unions were started by abused workers demanding fair treatment.
Ever since Progressive leaders like Theodore Roosevelt stood up to corporate monopolies and offered workers "A Square Deal."
Ever since Progressive heroes like Franklin Delano Roosevelt told the wealthy industrialists "I WELCOME YOUR HATRED," put desperate willing Americans back to work and pulled America out of its Great Depression.
The "CORPORATE/GOP ALLIANCE AGAINST WORKERS' RIGHTS" hated FDR for stripping Big Business of its power to treat the American worker as a "wage-slave" who had no rights--for providing workers both dignity and an equal opportunity to achieve the American Dream.
The "CORPORATE/GOP ALLIANCE AGAINST WORKERS RIGHTS" hated workers being provided with social safety nets to help them in sickness and in old age, rather than simply letting them be discarded on the junkpile and replaced with newer, ypounger workers.
The "CORPORATE/GOP ALLIANCE AGAINST WORKERS RIGHTS" hated Lyndon Baines Johnson's War on Poverty."
The "CORPORATE/GOP ALLIANCE AGAINST WORKERS RIGHTS" has been fighting for over 30 years to take back what Progressives and brave citizens--our parents, grandparents and great grandparents--fought for and achieved.
Are many of you aware that the "real income" of American workers has not increased since 1973, while that of the top 2% has skyrocketed since that time? We were the frogs in the pot of water thinking that we were taking a warm bath as the water temperature steadily rose to a boiling point.
I began to be aware of it way back when Ronald Reagan ran for office and proclaimed that the Government was the "enemy," and not the servant/protector of the people. In 1981 our "beloved" Reagan fired 11,000 unionized Air Traffic Controllers, beginning the slow but steady death of American Unions. Today, only 7% of all privately employed Americans still have the right to belong to a Union, and the 36% of Public employees who are still unionized are being stripped of their rights as we speak.