The 99% think the 1% is in control or is about to control our country’s government and the work place. In reality the people who are in control are 1/10th of the 1%. The true oligarchies with their minions engaging in anti-union organizations, such as the Koch brothers’ Limbaugh, ALEC’s Club for Growth, and Dick Armory as puppet master of the Tea Party’s Americans for Prosperity.
Labor has boxed themselves into a corner with labor agreements, which binds labor to no walking off the job site while there is an agreement in place. The strike was labor’s best weapon against the anti-union corporations. If labor could partner up with the 99% maybe we could help each other and labor would not be in breach of contract.
The 99% could picket in front of businesses or job sites where labor has a no walk off stipulation in its contract. In the long run we all want the same things: healthcare, jobs, good pay, a home, good schools, pensions, end to the war, and rebuilding our infrastructure. We could protect each other for I don’t think this year will be as easy to protest as last year.
History tells us the 1% and the 1/10th of the 1% oligarchies will have their minions turn the dogs on us like they have done to other 99% throughout history, such as the Knights of Labor, IWW Wobblies and the Molly Maguires. What they all had in common is that they were all destroyed by our federal government, state militias, local cops, and Pinkertons (which are just hired mercenaries, like Blackwater, which now calls itself Academi, but who are still thugs for hire). These older labor organizations and their leaders were beaten, framed, jailed, shot and hung for protesting for better working rights and conditions. Eugene Debs, leader of the American Socialist Party, was tried and convicted of treason for speaking out against World War I.
If there are 99% or labor who think the oligarchies and their minions wouldn’t do this again; they have their heads in a dark place. They now have even more weapons at their disposal: Homeland Security, the Patriot Act and a corporate-loving U.S. Supreme Court to use against us.
We know from past experiences that our enemies will go back to proven ways to try to destroy us and if we use what they have shown us last year we can plan ahead and clean up our act with labor groups, CIO/AFL, and work together. We have got to make this the Year of the 99%. Yes there will be jail time, court appearances and fines and there will be blood spilled, but nothing is free, certainly not our freedoms.
We have to look, listen and learn. We must take this election seriously and retake control of the Congress and our Court system. We, labor, need our judicial system o enforce our contracts. If the Courts cease to enforce labor’s contracts and sides with corporations against labor, then there will be no recourse left but anarchy. We may not win against the 1% this year, but maybe next year we can. But in the meantime, lead, follow or get the hell out of the way.
Solidarity for all 99%.