Labor in this country has suffered a gradual erosion since Raygun’s firing of the Air Traffic Controllers in ’82. The Republican Party – and in particular it’s new right wing owner, the Tea Party wants a fight with Organized Labor – and in every state where they control the State House have introduced anti-Union legislation. Gone are the days when labor could stop every truck in the country from rolling through the Teamsters…
Gone also are the days when Rush Limbaugh could play racial politics to fool white Teamsters into believing their livelihoods, neighborhood, and way of life were threatened by minorities instead of the real beast at the door…
Conservatives selling their children’s middle class status down the river to China or India.
Now Jimmy Hoffa may or may not be the guy who can tap into that middle class frustration and anger, as he represents one piece of the middle class in America. But I think President Obama can light that fuse – and it is way past time to have lit that fuse to get Americans to stand up against those who have sold America into Third World decline.
Black folks had better be in the middle of this, because it is your jobs and future which are at stake. The black community (along with the Hispanic community) have been devastated by the loss of Public Sector, manufacturing, and service jobs in America – and now have unemployment rates at least twice that of the majority population – and in Urban areas 4 to 5 times higher.
The only real issue is whether President Obama has the cajones to stand up this time, or is he going to roll over again at the first sign of conservative disapproval?
And on that revolves whether Obama will be a one termer or not.