There’s a time to be a peace broker, to try and appeal to the “better nature” to be conciliatory or centrist, now is not that time. Now is the the time to drive the stake of empirical evidence of the last fifteen years through the heart of the politics of division and hate that brought calamity to our democracy and collapsed our our economic system all for the sake of unregulated exploitation of the most vulnerable in our society, lest we have forgotten whats on the line.
The wealth of our society is not just the quantity of our GDP but also as The Fourteenth Banker Blog skillfully points out the quality of our GDP, a lesson that seems to be lost on Blanche Lincoln. In her bid to keep her job in the Senate she claims to be an “independent voice for Arkansas” presumably the adult on the sidelines, neutral, in the immature dispute over over trade and labor policy between employee and employer (children throwing money) advocacy groups, rages on. In a recent advertisement by the CWA (Communication Workers of Arkansas) they make the delineation between Blanche Lincoln’s ties to profits on Wall Street and Labors ties to jobs on Main Street clear.
Today sitting the fence as the fight for the soul of America between Free-Market-Fundamentalist and Labor are waged over economic policy is the most radical position you can take. Now is not the time to be accommodating, now is the time to make the hard sale to those hardcore holdouts still in doubt of the resolve of the progressive movement to bring justice and equality for economic growth and opportunity by respecting workers through fair wages back into the basic economic structure of the American democratic ideal.