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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-10-13 05:41 AM
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1. Thanks for sharing
Edited on Sat Aug-10-13 05:49 AM by Enthusiast
your interesting inquiry.

"I guess government began reverting back to its default" Yes! That is what happened. Well, almost.

I grew up in little town. Actually it was the remnants of a town. It was a coal mine ghost town. We all know about the ghost towns of the Old West-usually towns that lost their population due to played out silver and gold mines. This is different. These little towns lost their population due to Appalachian coal mines being mostly played out in Southeastern Ohio.

Anyway, the town was still functioning when I grew up, but we all grew up aware of the history of labor unrest in the area. We knew that labor rights were gained only through the long and dogged application of diligence and solidarity. We also knew that our forefather's lives weren't worth spit to the mine owners.

So those of us clinging to our small town existence, yet growing up in the time of Leave it to Beaver, had a unique perspective. Even my life long Republican rightie friend hated the Taft-Hartley Act. He felt it was a fundamental breech of justice.

If you know labor history, you know that corporations simply will not be reasonable. They never have been and, apparently, they never will be. They will not share power with the people. But recently they have grabbed power on a scale beyond anything we could have imagined. They had us 'looking over there' while they sneaked in the other door. This was a coup de' etat, clearly.

Influence peddling has been around for a long long time. It's only through the greatest diligence that we can maintain our democracy. We allowed our scrutiny to grow lax and we have lost our democracy.

The question before us is, what can we do about it.
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