Traditional Private Sector Unions Weigh Options For 2012

April 16, 2012

The Democratic Party’s support of Barack Obama may bring costly long-term penalties.

Republicans at one time enjoyed the support of blacks and large parts of labor. Upon the onset of the Great Depression, those workers and minorities perceived that the GOP no longer seemed to concern itself with their issues. Republicans were more and more associated with the connected urban rich than the common man. True or not, this drove them into the waiting arms of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal Democratic Party.

And now the pendulum is in full swing the other direction.

It started with Reagan. His populism and Western image started eroding the perception that Republicans were fat cats drinking champagne all day, only breaking to light cigars with hundred dollar bills. Although the first George Bush evoked that old ideal of establishment patriarchy, George W. certainly looked, sounded, and acted like the common man. And, like another brash common man president, Harry Truman, he took a number of hits from the well-heeled in both parties.

Obama has killed any credible sense of common man linkage in the Democratic Party. His stilted rhetoric sounds melodious to educated coastal ears (soothing to liberals, siren songish to conservatives) but grates on the ears of Middle and southern America.

Even more dangerous to the soul of the Democratic Party is the abandonment of what they call “the working man.” Democrats used to use this phrase to specifically refer to miners, factory workers, and farmers. And they fought for these peoples’ interests.

Listen to Cecil Roberts, head of the United Mine Workers of America as he compares the EPA chief Lisa Jackson to Osama Bin Laden. Few Republicans outside of talk radio would dare make that analogy. Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO, admitted that union ranks were divided in their support of the Obama Administration. That is because the AFL-CIO has both private and public sector unions under its umbrella. Private sector unions are increasingly fearful that radical environmentalism will make their jobs extinct.

The Soros funded blog, Think Progress actually attacked Roberts.

Human Events, a conservative publication, in two separate pieces highlighted the issues facing Democrats. In one column, it called for the Republican Party to reach out to private sector labor. This makes sense, in a temporary, FDR and Stalin, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, type of scenario. Link up to actively oppose Obama.

Or, more realistically, ask organized labor to at least abstain or vote Libertarian as a protest, if they cannot bring themselves to vote for the Grand Old Party.

John Gizzi’s column in the same publication showed how moderate to conservative Democrats are still struggling in the new environment. Senator Joe Manchin is not running especially well against challenger John Raese. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, whose anti-Obama rhetoric on energy sounds close to Bob McDonnell, conservative governor of Virginia, will likely have a difficult time fending off second time challenger Bill Maloney.
Obama’s Democratic Party faces a major issue. It is losing parts of its base to independent registration and the Republican Party. Strangely, it caters to the less numerous base and alienates the more populous. Obama himself cannot be cast as anything but a representative of the elite. As traditional blue collar workers see which party really fights for its jobs, Obama will continue to see his base dwindle.



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