Democrats and the ‘Most Pro-Union President’ Knife Rail Workers

The media coverage was atrocious as the great strike that wasn’t fully exposed whose team Democratic lawmakers are on

Mitchell Peterson

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As I watched media clips over the last two weeks surrounding the possible strike of US rail workers, I couldn’t help but think back to the labor struggles of America’s past. The ‘Land of the Free’ has one of the most violent histories when it comes to worker suppression, but that information gets glossed over at best in history classes.

We’re never taught the full impact the previous generations of laborers had, what they sacrificed, or how many lost their lives in pursuit of basic dignity. It is all but ignored that through organizing and putting everything on the line, poor workers were able to secure bargaining rights, a minimum wage, end child labor, create a forty-hour work week, and much much more.

Most seem to think these things emerged as the natural evolution of human progress.

Nothing could be further from the truth. They had to be pried from the hands of wealthy owners. And, as flawed as our current economy is, most who are living a semi-decent life can thank the sacrifices of previous generations of unsung working-class heroes.

But gone are the tales of brave men and women who stood in the line of fire as corporate-funded Pinkertons and police forces, working on behalf of Robber Barons, bludgeoned workers to death for daring to ask for living wages while the oligarch-serving news outlets downplayed the bloodshed and cast blame on the employees themselves.

When we look back now, if we ever do, we are shocked to see the violence and media obfuscation of men and women who simply wanted adequate pay and worker protections.

Fast forward one hundred years and those events are mostly forgotten.

And Americans are having to fight the same battles for basic dignity while the corporate-owned media portrays everything as a worker-created problem and supposedly labor-friendly Democratic lawmakers side with billionaires and abandon their voters for the umpteenth time.

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Mitchell Peterson

Freelance writer who spent nine years outside the US, currently in rural America writing the Substack bestseller 18 Uncles.