America's Labor Day
Sep 4, 2012Posted by Chuck Rocha
The American worker is what makes our nation great. The hands of the American worker build our roads and manufacture our cars. They prepare the food we eat, and guide the steel that supports our buildings. It is the American worker who teaches our children, cares for us when we are sick, and keeps us safe from dangers such as fires and crime. Indeed, it is the spirit of the American worker that has helped separate us from other nations.
Work is not a partisan issue. Pink slips are not partisan. When a factory is shut down or a teacher is laid off, no one is asked what party they belong to. Work is, in fact, the bedrock of our society. It is through work, and support of the American worker, that we can ensure a society that not only provides a better life for ourselves, but for generations to come.
When an American worker loses his/her job, it is not only devastating for the worker, the community as a whole feels the loss as well. This is the reason we must fight to protect jobs in America. Public policy, and the entire governmental system itself, is built on the principle of our citizens being able to work and provide income for themselves. They then are able to pay taxes into the system, ensuring a government that is fair for all Americans. When we fail to protect the American worker, that system begins to collapse.
As the years progress, our system of government continues to grow disproportionately unfair to those without money. While the super-wealthy have seen their incomes continue to skyrocket, the medium income of average Americans has remained stagnant or fallen. While there is nothing necessarily wrong with being wealthy, or making as much money as you can, there is something wrong with being able to use that money to buy political power, and, in effect, buy the government. The recent Supreme Court decision that essentially equates money with free speech has made it so that those with vast wealth have a much louder voice in our system than those without money.
When we sit back, and policy makers do not hear the voices of all Americans, we end up with unfair laws that disenfranchise large majorities of the American people. We must hold these politicians accountable, and demand that our government enact policies that are fair for all Americans – no matter what their income.
We took the time to remember all workers this past Labor Day – but let's remember them every other day of the year, as well. And for the American worker whose hands paved the roads and bridges of yesterday, let us pay them tribute by joining together and demanding policies that will build a better nation for all of us tomorrow.
The views expressed in this blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Center for National Policy.
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