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  •  Pretty ironic to quote Joe Hill in this post. (2+ / 0-)

    "Don't mourn. Organize"

    Joe Hill, a Wobbly (IWW), would have had little use for this recall effort.  It was the modern day IWW that made the first call for a general strike in Wisconsin.  Hill, like his fellow Wob, Emma Goldman, thought voting was a waste of time.

    If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.
    In your quote, Hill wasn't talking about some retread Democrat losing yet another election.  He was about to be executed on a framed-up murder charge, cooked up to silence the great activist songwriter.

    People don't like it when wingnuts misuse a MLK, Jr. quote to back some policy or idea that King would have found abhorrent.

    Your misuse of Joe Hill here is comparable.

    •  Here's what Hill really thought of sellouts: (0+ / 0-)

      The IWW led a 1912 strike of textile workers, mostly women, in Lawrence, MA.  It's recounted in some detail in Howard Zinn's A People's History.

      A cast of characters:

      Sammy Gompers: head of the AFL, forerunner of the AFL-CIO
      John Golden: head of the United Textile Workers, who tried to derail the strike and called the Wobs "revolutionaries" and "anarchists."

      (I'm reminded of the Airplane's "We Can Be Together:"

      "Everything they say, we are.  WE ARE!")

      Now Joe Hill tells the story in song:

      JOHN GOLDEN AND THE LAWRENCE STRIKE
      By Joe Hill

      (Tune: "A Little Talk with Jesus")

      In Lawrence, when the starving masses struck for more to eat
      And wooden-headed Wood he tried the strikers to defeat,
      To Sammy Gompers wrote and asked him what he thought,
      And this is just the answer that the mailman brought:

      CHORUS
      A little talk with Golden
      Makes it right, all right;
      He'll settle any strike,
      If there's coin in sight;
      Just take him up to dine
      And everything is fine-
      A little talk with Golden
      Makes it right, all right.

      The preachers, cops and money-kings were working hand in hand,
      The boys in blue, with stars and stripes were sent by Uncle Sam;
      Still things were looking blue, 'cause every striker knew
      That weaving cloth with bayonets is hard to do.
      John Golden had with Mr. Wood a private interview,
      He told him how to bust up the "I double double U."
      He came out in a while and wore the Golden smile.
      He said: "I've got all labor leaders skinned a mile."
      John Golden pulled a bogus strike with all his "pinks and stools."
      He thought the rest would follow like a bunch of crazy fools.
      But to his great surprise the "foreigners" were wise,
      In one big solid union they were organized.

      CHORUS OF THE LAST VERSE
      That's one time Golden did not
      Make it right, all right;
      In Spite of his schemes
      The strikers won the fight.
      When all the workers stand
      United hand in hand,
      The world with all its wealth
      Will be at their command.

    •  Ironic, yet appropriate, at the same time. n/t (0+ / 0-)

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