As I write this week’s dive into the intellectual sewer that is Leftist thought, we are on the verge of another Labor Day. This holiday is meant to honor the working men and women who make this country great, but has become just another day off for barbecues, backyard festivities, and occasional sporting events.
The Left has a similar attitude towards the working class, especially as it pertains to labor unions. Maybe it’s worth looking closer at the relationship between Leftists and unions. And if it isn’t, we’re still going to do it, so get on your hardhats and let’s get going.
What the Left believes it means: hard-working people struggling to exist under the bootheels of Big Business
What it really means: a working class dinosaur
There was a time in history when labor unions were needed. Workers were clearly being abused by business owners, and they were there to ensure there was reform. And things were great. Those were the days…
And they were last century.
Since those early days, labor unions grew in power and stature, eventually becoming a staple of American life. Even in the late 60s and 70s, it was a symbol of pride to belong to a union.
It was around this time the Left started to realize the political power labor unions held. Imagine having an army of people going to the polls for your candidates, each member willing to give their hard-earned dollars to support them. And when they weren’t willing, the unions still gave their dues to the Left. It was a perfect system.
Then, something happened. The business environment changed, but labor unions didn’t. As America moved away from being an industrial giant, unions lost their position as a must for young men and women looking for a career. And unions have Democrats to thank for it.
It started with a little thing called NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. Although it was an idea that had the support of many Republicans, it should be pointed out it never would have gotten passed without Democrats. At the time NAFTA was signed into law, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Presidency were all controlled by…Democrats.
That’s right, union kiddies! Democrats made NAFTA a reality, many of them the men and women you poured money and votes into. And as we’ve seen, NAFTA was a bigger failure than a murder mystery written by Paris Hilton. Even now the Left is trying to rewrite history to erase that little tidbit from their pasts.
After NAFTA, union power started a downward spiral that would rival an Irwin Allen airplane-related disaster movie. Nowadays, unions are a shadow of their former glory. Where they were once champions working against an oppressive faceless boss, they became oppressive faceless bosses themselves, threatening anyone who wasn’t one of their ranks with violence if they dared cross picket lines for any reason. After all, it was their jobs that were being taken by people who wanted to work! The nerve of those people!
If you want to see a microcosm of how far labor unions have fallen, take a look at Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. After Walker stood up to public labor unions, unions from all across the country tried pushing back using a recall election effort. Unions organized marches, staged sit-ins, and managed to do property damage, all in the name of fighting for working men and women.
And they bombed.
Not only did they fail to unseat Walker, he won his recall election by a larger margin than when he won the gubernatorial race in 2010.
No matter how many times union supporters remind us of what unions have given us, it should be pointed out those accomplishments occurred a long time ago. As Janet Jackson (Miss Jackson if you’re nasty) once sang, “What have you done for me lately?”
At the beginning of this year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics calculated that 11.1% of wage and salaried employees belonged to a union in 2015, and that number isn’t expected to be jumping up anytime soon. This begs the question of what labor unions have gotten from their alliance with the Left.
Aside from needing to meet more requirements to fire a union employee than the Catholic Church has for sainthood (and with a lot more paperwork from HR), not much.
If labor unions were a business model, it would have been tossed out a long time ago. Maybe it’s time we do just that.