Every once in a while, I like to watch Jordan Klepper’s humor on the Daily Show. The comedic segments on MAGA rallies, and the people he interviews always tickle my funny bone. In one particular clip, Klepper and others were asking people, “when was America great”? The answers were hilarious, but it got me thinking, when was America great?
America has had great moments, nobody will argue that, but is America really that great? I don’t think so, but collectively we have taken small steps to being better. Clearly, WWII was a moment when we showed the globe how great we could be, but the social issue that sticks out in my mind that has the potential to make us great, is union rights.
Unions by far have done more for the people of this nation than most realize and the influence on private industry is much more far reaching and beneficial than most working-class people understand. Unions brought the workforce a safe environment to work in, holidays, weekends, and fair pay. Unions stopped child labor and negotiated medical care. The middle class should be grateful for the work union leaders have done because without the tireless efforts of union leaders the middle class would be nonexistent. When the middle class is flourishing the economy is solid, so it goes without saying, unions have created a healthy middle class that has benefited the poor as well as the rich.
With “Striketober” in full swing and Unions like SEIU taking those uncomfortable steps to strike, it is imperative that communities across the nation remain supportive. Civil servant workers deserve to be treated with respect and be paid a reasonable living standard. The blue-collar workers of our individual communities are what makes our cities function, so we all need to be onboard and pressure our local elected leaders to negotiate in good faith. In my community, our local SEIU union hasn’t received a cost-of-living increase in over a decade, and that just isn’t right.
Do you really want to Make America Great Again? Then my advice would be to support what unions across this country stand for. It really “chaps my ass” that “MAGA” Trump supporters don't get it. Worse yet, the Union member MAGA supporter, who hates unions, or the city worker that refuses to pay union dues is truly the cancer of union memberships. The reality is that Republicans in the GOP want profits for their rich corporate donors, and because of that, the American worker suffers from politicized propaganda.