We are living in a time of labor union decline, and attacks on organized labor itself, beginning with the Presidency of Ronald Reagan!
Too many people have no idea or regard for the importance of labor unions in American history, and the struggle for decent working conditions in our nation!
Without the labor struggles of the past, we would not have:
Minimum Wage and Maximum Hours
Eight Hour Work Day
Five Day Work Week
End of Child Labor
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Right of Labor to Organize and Bargain Collectively
Progress toward Equal Pay for Women
Retirement Pensions and Health Care Coverage
There has been backtracking and attacks on organized labor by Republicans on the national and state level, and particularly in the South, labor continues to be under strong attack, as it has always been.
But to imagine an America where workers have no rights is, sadly, much of what American workers see today, including a new revelation—wage theft becoming a problem for millions of workers being exploited by their employers.
So those who fight for labor rights, led by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, need the support of all of us, even if we are not members of organized labor unions. Too much is at stake to remain silent!
75 years ago, the Second World War began, with Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland, becoming the most destructive war in human history!
It led to the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the Western world.
It led to the decline and fall of the British and French Empires.
It led to America becoming the most powerful nation in the world.
It led to the creation of nuclear weapons that would threaten the entire globe.
It led to the Holocaust, which killed nearly 13 million people, including almost 6 million Jews.
It is the most transforming event of the 20th century, but an outgrowth of the First World War.
Study of the Second World War abounds, and it is a constantly fascinating, as well as highly disturbing, subject, and always will be!
In all of the discussion of US Senate races in the upcoming Midterm Elections of 2014, many fail to realize the historical record of the failure of Republicans to have much success in defeating Democratic incumbents over a long period of time, while Democrats have been much more successful in that regard.
From 1946 to 2012, only TWICE have Republicans been able to defeat a large number of Democratic incumbents–1946 (10) and 1980 (12).
Since 1982, the number of Democratic incumbents defeated in each two year cycle has never been more than two, and six times there have been NO Democratic incumbents defeated.
Meanwhile, Democrats have defeated Republican incumbents in large numbers many times—8 in 1948; 10 in 1958; 7 in 1986; 5 in 2000; and 6 in 2006.
So to assume that a large number of Democratic incumbents, including Mary Landrieu of Louisiana; Kay Hagan of North Carolina; Mark Begich of Alaska; Mark Pryor of Arkansas; Mark Udall of Colorado; Al Franken of Minnesota; Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire; Tom Udall of New Mexico; and Mark Warner of Virginia will be defeated, defies history!
Since World War II, the reelection rate for US Senators is 80 percent.
And since 1980, Democrats have defeated 38 Republican incumbents, to just 12 for Republicans defeating Democratic incumbents!