Saturday, August 27, 2011
Its pretty obvious that ideologically Organize Labor doesn't fit in very well with the Democratic Party at least not anymore. Organize Labor fits in better with the Democratic Socialist Party or the Green Party. Both parties being minor Democratic Socialist third parties in America. Because they are socialist themselves and tend to be Anti Business, Anti Free Enterprise, Anti Profit, Pro Welfare State etc. And if anything would like to see America spend more on its Welfare State and expand it like these socialist third parties. But my question is where does Organized Labor have to go, they are already a lot smaller then they used to be without the same clout as they used to have. Just look at the Democratic Party Leadership today and the last few years. When its time for them to govern, angering Organized Labor is not the thing they worry about most. Just look at the Debt Deal and other compromises that the White House and the Democratic Leadership in Congress have had to make in order to govern the last couple of years. Which brings me to this question where does Organized Labor have to go, I mean this as a Rhetorical Question. But if you believe you have the answer, feel free to send it to me. Does Organized Labor really want to back these socialist third parties that may have 20K members between them in 2012, another Rhetorical Question. Do they really want to see a Republican White House and Congress in 2013 and make Workers Rights weaker then they are today and make Big Business more powerful. Because these are the things that will happen if Barack Obama is not reelected President in 2012. And they know that, Richard Trumpka the Leader of AFL-CIO understands these things very well and is very smart politically. And understands that if his movement doesn't do what they've traditionally done for the Democratic Party and do it in 2012. His movement will get hit even harder and made smaller in 2013.
If Organized Labor doesn't like the Democratic Leadership but wants to continue to be Democrats, Socialist Democrats that it is. Then they have a couple of options, shut up and go with the program, not likely. Or work to elect more Democratic Socialists in the Democratic Party to Congress, Governor, State Legislatures, Local Government. Run their own Presidential Candidates but if they do that in 2012, they'll pay a heavy price for that and be hated by democrats for it. But in 2016 that would be a great option for them, Dennis Kucinich or some younger Democratic Socialists could be their candidates. Or leave the Democratic Party and I just laid out the problems with that option. And perhaps unite the Greens with the socialists into one United Democratic Socialist Party and work to make them big enough to represent their values. But that would be a long road to accomplish that.
The fact is as much as Organized Labor complains to put it lightly about the Democratic Leadership, they don't have any better options right now. Other then to stay in the Democratic Party and to elect more Democratic Socialists who think like them and will do what they want.
Click on the link of the blog to see a video about Organized Labor and their complaints about the Democratic Party