By standing up to Republican abuse of rules in the Senate, Democrats will be standing up to the economic abuse inflicted on most Americans by a tiny minority of unelected, wealthy speculators and CEOs who think they are entitled to be "masters of the universe."
Republican governor John Kasich's anti-union law might still be on the books if not for the force of OWS. And if the Occupy movement survives, if it regroups and adapts to life beyond Zuccotti Park, you can bet it will notch more political victories in 2012.
We hear "sell-out" applied to the United Auto Workers and, unfortunately, we hear it applied with little or no understanding of how ferociously the union resisted it, or how forcefully the two-tier configuration was crammed down their throats.
We are still saddened today at the senseless loss of life in the Triangle fire. We are still galvanized by the call for workers' rights in its aftermath. But I'm also struck by those who refuse to learn the lessons this tragedy can teach us.