It’s Time to Take a Stance in Ohio, And We’re Going to be There
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it, has earned – this is the sum of good government. ~ Thomas Jefferson
Tuesday is going to be a big day for my partner and me. A protest will be staged in Ohio’s capital city Columbus in order to show Gov. John Kasich that stripping state workers of their right to organized labor is no more acceptable than it is in Wisconsin. We’re going to be there alongside protesting workers, letting our voices be known. We will be boarding a bus provided by boldprogressive.org , which is a group fighting fiercely for progressive change in our government. The bus will board here in Cincinnati, and will take us and hopefully several others, to stand united with angry state workers in Columbus.
Ohio Senate Bill 5 which is proposed by state senator Shannon Jones is due to come for a vote in Columbus and fast. The proposed bill, supported by Gov. Kasich would eliminate the collective bargaining power of state employees in Ohio. In other words here in Ohio our conservative lawmakers hate union labor just as much as they do in Madison. Like the state employees in Wisconsin, there are a lot of pissed off people who are starting to show up at the statehouse to let Gov Kasich know that they are outraged.
This is what democracy is about; according to Thomas Jefferson, the people have to right to speak out against and even overturn government when that government begins to infringe on our civil liberty. Collective bargaining has been a worker’s right for decades , and is ingrained in our country’s heritage. To take it away at this point is yet another step toward America becoming a military dictatorship, where no one has any rights whatsoever.
To paraphrase the deceased liberal historian and political activist Howard Zinn, “Democracy does not lie in our government, it lies within the people.” Every time we the people rise up peacefully to stop any oppression perpetrated by our government, Thomas Jefferson must look down upon us and smile. I hope he smiles upon us tomorrow.
- Wisconsin-like protests: Could it happen here? (philly.com)
- Kasich to public workers: You strike, you get punished (dispatch.com)
- Republicans go after unions in states (capitolhillblue.com)
- Conservatives Declare War on Unions While National Media Snores (crooksandliars.com)