150 years later, a new battle over labor

Our country today, April 12, marks the 150th anniversary of the official start of the Civil War with the firing on Fort Sumter.

And so began the war to end slavery in the United States of America, and to keep the promise declared in the Declaration of Independence that "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

One hundred fifty years later our country has the proud distinction of having elected its first African American president in a clear and unmistakable indication of how far this nation has come since the days when men, women and children were sold as chattel on the "free market."

For anyone with lingering doubts, President Obama's victories in North Carolina and Virginia, the home state of Jefferson Davis and the capital of the Confederacy, were firm indications that the South and indeed the country has changed perhaps forever.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the forces of ruling-class racism, however, did not take these victories lying down, and with a scarcely concealed "rebel yell" organized a hate-filled Republican/tea party revolt to undo this great victory for democracy.

Having won a partial victory by re-taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives, they have now unleashed a many-sided assault on labor, women, and all minorities, with a particularly sharp edge directed at African Americans, the likes of which has not been seen in decades.

A refined racism has been a central element of this campaign. It's a sad commentary on the current state of affairs that when a fundraising executive at National Public Radio was "caught" saying the tea party was racist, not only he, but the head of NPR was forced to resign.

Yet just a few weeks later, after a campaign and boycott led by colorofchange.org and other civil rights groups, came the news that Glenn Beck's vitriol will soon be off the air at Fox News. Change is still alive and well in America.

In response to the Republican assault, a new moment is beginning in U.S. politics. It is ironic that on the 150th anniversary of a bloody battle over the form of labor, a new battle over labor, civil and human rights has begun. The stakes are no less high. Only unity and massive democratic struggle will guarantee that the cost to the nation will not be as great.

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  • Well one thing that the English language ought to be used to say that its not the pursuit of happiness, when in fact that is one of our genetically built in rights, and lefts, that the word laughing is already an inalienable right. People aren't pursuing happiness it is already built into our very souls. Good conditions of work and living, produces good feelings and happiness, unity is strength. Now it is one thing to elect a black pres. and good oh, but when the question is the whole liberation of the species well that requires more than a reference to the colour of the skin.

    It has material content of 1) ending aggressive war as any nations foreign policy, 2) setting the liberation of our specie at dismantling the war machine-- WMD--weapons of mass destruction, 3) and dismantling the manufactury of such weapons.

    That is the American pursuit of happiness the world requires to make us all happy again. Marxism says that only the working classes can do such a great victory, and we must encourage that world event to take place for the liberation of the whole specie depends on it.

    More than that then, the technology should be changed to end pollution by re-tooling to the renewables, and thusly to ending the fossil fuel pollution that is contaminating the world while Atomic Nuclear Power Plants poison our air, land and water for thousands if not millions of years.

    Such a liberation can be put into controlling electricity by re-tooling to wind, tidal, and solar power, which transforms to electricity and is more power than can be used by society.

    Viva socialist liberation. End pollution wars, not endless wars for more pollution. Elect woman's gender parity equally, by restoring the matriarchy.

    Posted by Anony jon, 04/13/2011 1:28am (5 years ago)

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