What Do We Do Now?
November 11, 2016 § 2 Comments
In my last post on this blog I argued that re-energizing and redesigning the American Labor Movement should be a top priority for the Democratic Party’s response to the disaster of this presidential election. After that rant I found a lengthy article in American Prospect magazine about that subject. I believe it to be an important article with some new ideas entitled to consideration.
Here is a link prospect.org/article/if-labor-dies-whats-next
During the past few days I have listened to several spokesmen on TV saying that the Democratic Party’s neglect of the white working class in states like Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan led to Trump’s triumph. Here is a picture of that triumph:
Here is a list of states which enacted Right to Work laws and the years when they did so:
West Virginia 2016
I don’t think it is a coincidence that these four states switched to being Right to Work states during the four years leading to Trump’s victory, especially Michigan and Wisconsin. My daughter, a lawyer in Indiana, contends that Indiana was hopeless even before the adoption of the Right to Work law. I accept her analysis, but Right to Work laws are like anchors preventing a state’s freeing itself from GOP domination. Electoral mistakes can only be corrected with a shift in strength from one political organization to its opposing political organization. So, when organizational strength is crippled by weakening labor unions , the recapture of political success by the Democrats becomes more difficult.
Here is a map of the states who now have Right to Work laws:
Notice the overlap with the states Trump carried.
I urge my readers to take time to read the American Prospect article. I hope this subject will, at last, attract the attention of the leadership of the Democratic party. It contains some creative ideas for strategies for the resuscitation of the labor movement.
I suspect I am, like most of you, like a passenger on the Titanic, sitting quietly in his cabin, pecking away on a Corona portable typewriter, when, suddenly his world became a frightening nightmare, from which, even after he was pulled into a lifeboat and realized he was still alive, continues to haunt him with a new awareness of the fragility of life and a temptation to lose faith and hope. I am struggling to banish that feeling and reach for some plausible reason for the renewal of that faith.