Obama was to face a massive protest in Detroit at the Labor Day rally so he chickened out.
Obama chickened out of going to Detroit for Labor Day after he got wind people would be demonstrating against his Wall Street agenda.
I was invited to post on the Detroit Labor Day FaceBook page. Immediately upon posting, I was told to "jump in the lake" and "get a life."
This was my response:
Obviously Obama knew he was going to be facing protests against his Wall Street policies if he ventured into Detroit, again, for Labor Day so he chose not to attend.
Obama is Wall Street's president not the president of working people.
To support Obama is to support the policies of Wall Street and all big business.
Supporting Obama is strengthening the hand of our class enemies.
I don't know how anyone could even pretend to care about people and then turn around and support this warmonger Obama. Is there no shame in supporting a president who sits in indifference as the Israeli killing machine slaughters Palestinians and who orders drone attacks against "enemies" which kill innocent children in the process?
Obama refused to push the Employee Free Choice Act through as promised; home foreclosures continue creating massive misery and suffering for working class families; Obama has reinforced Wall Street's racist agenda in refusing to enforce Affirmative Action; and, Obama has refused to raise the minimum wage as promised. Obama can do a lot of this through executive order but he CHOOSES not to. Obama has maintained that it will be private industry and especially small private business which solves the problem of unemployment when anyone and everyone knows it will take massive government programs like WPA and CCC to put people back to work.
Instead of real health care reform, from Obama we got the "Health Insurance and Pharmaceutical Industry Bailout and Profit Maximization Act of 2010."
There is a group of women around Detroit who focus on women's rights as if only the right to choose matters and they are completely indifferent to the mothers who are losing sons and daughters in Obama's dirty imperialist wars from which these Wall Street merchants of death and destruction profit.
To those of you who selfishly continue to support Obama because you are so uncaring and confused--- you go jump in the lake.
And Hank Johnson--- it is too bad you have no way to bring back the lives of those who have died and continue to die in Obama's wars.
No two-bit, half-assed shills from the Democratic Party and pork-chop union officials supporting this warmonger Obama are going to silence me.
You can kiss my ass and go to hell.
Labor Day is supposed to be a day unity, solidarity and struggle where the working class serves notice on the employers and their politicians that working people are demanding real change not becoming complicit and acquiescing without struggle to voting for the boss' candidates on Election Day.
I would suggest that you take a look across the Detroit River to see that organized labor in Canada has it own political party, the socialist New Democratic Party.
Instead of pissing away the funds from workers on the boss' party and candidates take up a collection from the thousands of people who will fill the streets on Labor Day to start a working class political party in this country.
Alan L. Maki is Director of Organizing of the Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council, and a sitting member of the Steering Committee of the New Progressive Alliance (NPA). He also writes regularly at his bog thoughts from podunk.