All those rights Americans cherish, those fundamental human and political freedoms protected by the U.S. Constitution, Republicans contend those aren't really inalienable rights or anything solid or permanent like that.
Republicans believe, for example, that business should be free from the kind of government regulation that would prevent chemical companies from spewing poison into West Virginia drinking water. When it comes to freedom for workers, though, the GOP is all about squelching that.
In a shocking turn of events, Republicans now care about whether Americans have health insurance! It happened quite suddenly. The moment can be precisely pinpointed. It occurred early in the day of Oct. 1 when the media declared the launch of the Affordable Care Act website a fiasco.
The Farm Bill that is expected to pass the U.S. House this week explains income inequality in America. The Republican-sponsored proposal slashes food stamps for poor children and pads farm subsidies for wealthy agri-businessmen.
President Obama has proposed new legislation that would provide a path to citizenship and further secure the boarders, but, critically, it would also crack down on companies that lure undocumented workers into the country by illegally hiring them.
In the wake of Wall Street recklessness that caused economic collapse, Congress gave shareholders and citizens Dodd-Frank to help them constrain self-dealing corporate executives. The 99% Coalition and shareholders are working with those tools even as Republicans vow to take them away.
Saturday is Workers' Memorial Day, a time devoted to commemorating those killed on the job. No one volunteers to sacrifice their life for corporate profit, yet every day in workplaces across this country, the lives of 12 workers are taken, not given.
Three years later, after President Obama placed his faith in workers, the nation's economic outlook is brighter. As is that of GM and Chrysler. President Obama wagered on American workers. And it paid off.
At a time of dwindling union membership, at a time when labor union participation is so small as to be nearly negligible, state legislatures across the country are taking up right-to-work (for less) laws that will further decimate union ranks.
Saturday was "move your money" day. Wall Street banks won't tell how many customers they lost. But depositors, more than 78,000 of whom pledged to make the move, made their point. They voted differently. They voted with their feet and their wallets. And they won.
Scott Walker & Crew got what they wanted. They commandeered from workers the right to collectively bargain for a better life. They did it with nefarious methods that disrespect the Constitution, disrespect democracy and disrespect workers.
The most telling line in the State of the Union address was this: "We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business." Especially because it wasn't matched by this: "We have to make America the best place on Earth to work."
America plays the role of abused partner in its relationship with China. Although the Asian giant repeatedly injures U.S. industry by violating trade rules, America has responded by pleading and begging for China to stop.