Given the despicable behavior of those Wisconsin Republicans entrusted with the welfare of the people, and the cowardice of the White House and the national Democratic Party in general in dealing with the horrific way that working class men and women have been treated in that state, one thing becomes more and more obvious:
Support for the working class is going to have to come from the working-class itself.
Now is a perfect time - and many across the country have risen to this challenge - for holding rallies in support of the public employees in Wisconsin. They realize that this is not going to stop with them, but is part of the ongoing war on ordinary men and women, on the creation of a permanent underclass.
The man or woman who sits back and says, “What happens in Wisconsin doesn’t affect me here” is living in a fool’s paradise.
Because they are coming after all of us, my friend. Whether we are on Social Security, Medicare, have unemployment benefits, have kids in public schools, or use public libraries.
So here we are in Fayetteville, still the most progressive (whatever that word means on any particular day) city in Northwest Arkansas. We have many blue-collar workers, whether they be union or not. We have a large creative and activist community which supports the rights of workers. We have a large number of students who support the cause.
There are certainly a number of elected officials who might be willing to attend such a rally.
Now is the time for a Fayetteville Solidarity Rally.
Right out in the open, maybe on the streets in front of the old Washington County Courthouse? At any rate, somewhere one can accommodate a large number of folks carrying American flags and pro-worker banners. I personally favor, “Honk if you love Jesus and Collective Bargaining,” but that’s just me.
But the damn thing needs to be held outdoors, where people can see it, and where folks can be engaged, and they can go away with something to think about.
Nothing indoors, where folks just sort of sing and preach to the choir, and then pat each other on the back and tell themselves what a great time they had.
Local union folks also need to master the art of public access television, and reach out to folks using that medium. Good thing we have one of those stations in our town, huh?
That also means that every worker rally and get together can be taped, and shown on TV, reaching even more people.
There is just no way that you can convince me that organizers couldn’t get a large rally put together in a relatively short time, if they had a mind to.
Quote of the day: This one’s for you, Bruce Walker
Even the death of friends will inspire us as much as their lives. Their memories will be encrusted with sublime and pleasing thoughts, as moments of other men are overgrown with moss; for our friends have no place in the graveyard. - Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience