So how do we defeat the Bush Republicans in the next election and can the Democrats do it.
Bush Republicans are easy to define. They are first and foremost the Business Community, which tells us all that it has no obligation to any of us who are workers and who are part of the community from which it makes its money. Its only concern is to make a profit.
But who are the Democrats.
The most vocal nowadays are the so-called Centrists and organized labor.
The Centrists are actually closet Republicans, since they are as business-oriented as any Bush Republican. A few prominent examples are Bill Clinton, Senators Clinton, Lieberman, Kerry, Edwards, and our own state Senators Leddy and Welch. And we have seen already how the business orientation of Leddy and Welch has frustrated the attempts of the Democratic majority in the House to move Vermont toward a state-wide health care system.
The AFL/CIO unions have been very much the voice of the Democratic Party. But out-sourcing is making serious inroads on union manufacturing jobs in America.
And why the out-sourcing? Because. business tells us. it cannot manufacture goods in this country and give consumers the low prices they demand.
We all got caught up in the biggest marketing sell job that the Business Community has ever pulled when it persuaded the general public that CHEAP is GOOD.
The first union casualty of what was at first called ‘discount’ stores was the Ladies’ International Garment Workers Union. My mother and I looked for their label for as long as we could find it. But unfortunately it is obvious that good union wives were also buying their underwear at discount and not supporting the union label. Nowadays to find US manufactured goods in any big store or internet outlet is almost impossible.
It’s pretty obvious that Democrats need a new way to unite the grass roots of the country, and big money donors, of which there seem to be plenty, are not going to do it.
Howard Dean found the right words to say while he was still a candidate for the presidency.
He was the only one in either party to talk about the Declaration of Independence and its statement that we are all equal and that we have a right to a government which can provide us with “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. He was bringing in a lot of small grass roots donations and many promises of support. And even though I always regarded him as the most Republican Democrat I knew, I was ready to vote for him and to contribute to his campaign if he had continued to speak in this way.
The other big uniter is our opposition to the war. The Iraq invasion was sold to us on lies. And we should never let this administration forget that we know this..
We who are labor union oriented need to join with everyone else for whom the enemy is the Business Community-- small local business owners, family farmers, old time Republicans, anti-racist groups-- and together we can do it! .