I wrote a comment after this post over at over at Electrolite. They’re talking about Ralph Nader’s effect on the election and whether the Greens are partly responsible for the terrible things that the right-wingers are now inflicting on us and the world. Here is my comment – of course edited and expanded as necessary to make me look better:
I used to be a union guy.
Think about how unions evolved. It was the fight of the working people against the moneyed interests. Workers learned that there IS a way to fight against the overwhelming power of money and that way is to band together, form a coalition, stand as one, etc.
These are lessons that were learned they VERY HARD way! These lessons were learned over time and through struggle. They were learned in very tough battles that eventually won minimum wages, the 40 hour work week, vacations, pensions, health care, worker safety and other worker protections that brought us a middle class and made America what it is today!
The word ‘union’ means everyone standing together because they are stronger standing together than if they split into small factions. ‘Solidarity’ is another union expression.
‘Scab’ is another union expression. A scab is someone who breaks ranks. A few people breaking ranks can cause EVERYONE to lose!
The Democratic Party has always been a coalition of factions banding together to fight for average people. The Naderites broke the coalition, and look what happened!!! We ALL need to learn from this!
Anyone who couldn’t see what was coming if Bush was elected was only fooling themselves. The perfect is the enemy of the good. Refusing to vote for Gore because the Clinton/Gore administration was only able to accomplish SOME of what we believe in ignored that the right-wingers were going to smash EVERYTHING we believe in! It ignored the horrible violent history of Nixon and Reagan in Vietnam and Central America and the overthrowing of governments and oppression of people all over the world! It ignored the terrible damage done by Reagan to environmental and economic and worker and women’s concerns! I’ll repeat – anyone who claims they didn’t know that Bush would be this bad was willfully ignoring the obvious!
My very first weblog post was on this topic!