In reviewing some Posts here on Irregular Times, I find a quote fom former Military officer and current politician John McCain, that “American Workers are lazy”.
It seems that every so often, conservative politicians think it is incumbent upon them to point out to the general public that “the workers are lazy”
Growing up in England, I was constantly reminded of my status as `Working Class,’ by people who had never worked a day in their lives. I have a picture in my mind of Lord Alexander Douglass Hume (Pron. Home) standing in the market square of a rural English town speaking of how the farm laborers `wasted their substance’. This in the 1950′s. It is the same vision that African Americans have of the Plantation owner sitting on the porch sipping mint julep while the slave worked in the field, `it does’nt matter what you do for them, they’r just lazy N*****s.’
In the thirties, the workers of America who built this country were harrased beaten and shot by the same conservatives who deride them for laziness. And this only for having the temerity to ask for better pay and conditions.
I realy started worrying when Americans started reffering to a `Middle Class’. This in the so-called classless society. It reasonably follows, that if we have a `Middle Class’, we must also have a `Working Class’ and an `Upper Class’. (Choose one and stand under that umbrella). The problem is, that the only Class to decide which Class you belong to, are the self appointed members of the Upper Class to which we are all supposed to aspire.
Hold on a minute! Does this mean that the preamble to the Constitution is wrong and we are not `All created equal?’
Yes Johnny. When you establish social strata in society, if you are unfortunate enough to have been born into the lower/laboring class or are a shopkeeper ar bankers clerk in the middle classes, you can at least aspire to a higher station in life, just so long as you do not step above yourself.
People who criticise the `workers’ or any other social or ethnic group are really saying that they, ARE BETTER THAN THE REST OF US! AKA Bigots.
Ask yourselves this. Have any of the critics of miners seeking better and safer conditions, ever worked several hundred feet below the surface of the earth at hard labor in damp unhealthy conditions? I think not. Have the so-called critics of the american worker ever picked cotton or cabages or tobbaco in fields in the hot sun? Have any of the so called leaders of our Great Nation worked in a steel mill where to walk outside on a summers day was a cooling experience.
In my life, I have never met a critic of the Unions and American Workers who actually had to sweat for 50-60 hours in uncomfortable unsafe and unhealthy conditions to feed the greed of Conservative Elite. Oh Yeah, we have all heard the tale of how Johnny Gotbucks had to work a year in his Daddy’s factory to `learn the buisness’ and how he made the same money as the common workers during that year. He forgot however to mention that his pay check would not have to feed a family and pay rent and medical bills.
It is time for the American and Emigrant workers to stand together. We are all after the same thing. Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric about Hispanics or Blacks or Asians taking our jobs. The extreme right and the conservative elitists want the workers to be at each other throats, it diverts attention from the conservative agenda which is to keep all of us at a financial level that only they controll. And if that doesn’t work, we can always start a war and send them off to be killed or rewarded with fancy ribbons for `Service’ to a country that has leaders who do not care about them or their children.
The con-elite are dedicated to the disruption and separation of people into smaller groups (Classes) that they can control. And use the press and the media which they own and control to spread dissention. Unfortunately there are those working people who have been led to believe that this conservative concept will eventually benefit us all. When do we get our slice of the pie? The industrial revolution started three hundred years ago and we are still being confronted with the `workers are lazy’ rhetoric.
My Old Dad used to tell me, `There is no shame in honest sweat’. The shame unfortunately is in accepting less than we are worth for our ability, talent and willingness to work and to hope for more for our children and grand children. Daily we see the con-elite attacking the ability of working people to achieve simple goals. Our basic education system has been reduced to an historic low, where talent is suppressed and scholarship derided. The workers of America have lost their place in the new society. We are told by the con-elite that we are lazy, work shy and dishonest and we believe it. Our Unions have been disbanded, our work places dismantled and sent off to countries where workers are payed less than we were for the same work, and we are expected to view those workers as the bad guys. Not so, they are just people like us trying to feed their families. We have been set against each other. Emigrant labor is being imported by the con-elite to reduce wages in the USA while prices rise to a level that will force working people to work for 60-80 hours a week at minimum pay, just to live. And we are expected to believe that it is because American workers are lazy. Whats next, children in the work place?
No Mr. McCain American nor any other workers are not lazy. They are frustrated that the conditions that our fathers worked and fought for are being erroded in the name of the con-elite created American Class system which you support. Go get a job in a factory for a month or so (if there are any left). Go out into the country and watch Americans working. Find a lazy one and he is probably running for Republican candidate somewhere.
Oh and by the way, Liberal Americans are included in the new society, They are considered lower than the working class, They are: LEFT LEANING LIBERALS. I am proud to be one.