And, you know, money is – the money edge is really dangerous to democracy. Because what you have right now – people have said to me that, look, you’ll always be outspent, so how can you ever win?
In the past we couldn’t talk to non-union workers. Now we can at least talk to non-union workers so we’ll be mobilizing them and educating them not for just six or eight months before an election, but we’ll be doing it year-round.
There is nothing stronger than the American labor movement. United, we cannot and we will not be turned aside. We’ll work for it, sisters and brothers. We’ll stand for it. Together. Each of us. To bring out the best in America. To bring out the best in ourselves, and each other.
We’re building an independent political program that can run electoral politics and then turn on a dime to hold our leaders to task, in case they suddenly develop that old case of amnesia! We’ll be there to remind them what they promised and who they promised to work for!
Friends, I’m angry about what’s happening in politics today! Why is it wrong to ask the wealthiest people and most profitable corporations to pay their fair share?
You see, to me, it doesn’t really matter if an elected official has a D or an R behind her name, or his name. I honestly don’t give a damn about who belongs to either political party.
I say let’s go back to a truer use of the word ‘freedom.’ Let’s start with President Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear. I would add the freedom to bargain collectively. Those freedoms are under attack today.
Time after time we’re told corporations should have freedom from pesky job safety regulations, environmental protections and labor standards – giving working people the freedom to be crushed in collapsing mines, choke on filthy air and get paid too little to live on.
I do believe that freedom isn’t free – but today the corporate and political right wing is trying to cheapen this truly American value. They’ve been cynically using the word ‘freedom’ to rally the American public against its own best interests.
What I care about is whether or not a leader will work with America’s working people, whether or not a leader cares about responsibility and honest work and whether or not a leader will fight to keep the American Dream alive.