Even though Obama allowed the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill that would make it easier to form Unions and fortify the defenses of middle class in the war being waged on us by the super rich, to all but disappear from the administrations priority list, Americans know that he will be there when the chips are down.
He promised as much, in no uncertain terms on the campaign trail:
"Understand this. If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain, when I'm in the White House, I'll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself. I'll walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States because Americans deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner."
His language as President has never quite lived up to his poetic rhetoric as a candidate, but the country does not need poetry now.
What the country needs is a President who stands with them and fights against the coordinated assault on workers, planned by the super rich and being enacted by a new breed of activist GOP Governors.
What the country needs is a President to point out that collective barraging is not to blame for the financial crisis; criminals on Wall Street are.
What the country needs is a President to help us understand that even before Gov. Scott Walker gave corporations $117 million in tax cuts, in large part creating the current $137 million deficit it was individuals who made up four times the tax revenue of the State.
And that ratio is criminal.
The numbers of the Federal level are even worse. Individuals account for almost 5 times the tax revenues that corporations do. Compare that to the 50-50 ratios that existed when Ronald Regan took office and you begin to see how wealth has been trickling up, not down, for the past 30 years.
What the country needs is a President to help us understand that the current battle being waged in Wisconsin is not the first battle in a long war ahead of us, but, if the elite right wing super rich get their way, will be the last stand for Unions in a violent siege that they withstanding since Regan broke the Air Traffic Controllers Union.
Not in a Union? Don’t care about Unions?
If Unions are broken, the center of American Politics- already pulled to the right, goes even further.
If Unions are broken, corporate welfare will increase, and promoting the general welfare- as called for in the preamble to the Constitution, becomes a distant memory.
Yes, my Tea Party Constitutional champions: you have been arguing the wrong side of this issue all along. You claim to be into liberty, and yet act like puppets.
So, this is a black and white issue. Choose a side: You can bow down to the Super Rich Great Gatsby’s of the world and be happy with whatever crumbs they are willing to toss your way- casting yourselves in the subservient role of a beggar in some nightmare Dickensian pageant,
Or take a stand in solidarity with workers to promote the general Welfare.