It used to be the Party that Freed the Slaves. The Party of Lincoln and his idealistic, compassionate vision with its drive toward greater equality. The party of yeomen, essentially.
These days, in the long shadow of Nixon’s Southern Strategy, it’s looking more and more like the Party to Re-Enslave, with the working classes as its target. No matter our race, creed, or ethnic origins, Pharaoh’s watching us from his palace. Or more accurately, his high-rise suite or private jetliner.
Remember, the only entrance to that ancient stratosphere was through birth, just like most of the One Percent today. (By marriage is a new twist, incidentally, for what, one percent of the One Percent?)
From our end, just imagine what eliminating the minimum wage would do, especially if a job’s required to get any public assistance, as some are proposing. Right to work? What about the other half of that exchange, implicit in the work ethic, the right to a livable wage?
Where I’m from, the work ethic is an essential component of the American way, a cornerstone of liberty and well-being. Curiously, its primary support in the public arena has come from a self-described democratic socialist rather than those who claim to support free enterprise. Seems to me there’s a serious disconnect somewhere.