Humble Rants 13 February 2013

Posted Wednesday, February 13, 2013 in Opinion

Humble Rants 13 February 2013

by Robert Skoglund aka The humble Farmer

We read in the paper that a freshman Republican legislator has put “Two controversial proposals that would make Maine a ‘right-to-work’ state … back on the table in Augusta.”

When the U. S. occupied Japan after World War II, General MacArthur and his aides worked with Japanese citizens to write a Constitution that would assure that the militarized autocracy was replaced with democracy. Knowing that workers would need to have a voice in the new Japan, they included language that said that “the right of workers to organize and to bargain and act collectively is guaranteed.”

Being good freedom-loving Americans, we forced labor unions down their throats to make sure Japan would always be a democracy.

When the United States occupied Germany after World War II, General Eisenhower and his aides worked with German citizens to write a Constitution that would assure that A. H’s fascism was replaced with a democracy. Recognizing that workers would need to have a voice in the new Germany, they included a provision that said “The right to form associations to safeguard and improve working and economic conditions shall be guaranteed to every individual and to every occupation or profession. Agreements that restrict or seek to impair this right shall be null and void; measures directed to this end shall be unlawful.”

Being good freedom-loving Americans, we forced unions down their Nazi throats so Germany would always be a democracy.

WW II was a long time ago, only a few of us remember it, and it looks like some people, who run around trying to pass laws that benefit corporate America, hope that we have forgotten what that war was all about.

If corporations circumvent labor unions here, are they destroying our democracy and creating the kind of state that Americans fought against in WWII?

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