I know some smart aleck is probably composing an email to me:
“Hey Dave, pretty funny posting an AFL-CIO speech during Dinosaur Week, LOL Dave because the labor movement is a dinosaur and unions are basically extinct.”
You know what, smart aleck? DON’T CALL ME DAVE. MY NAME IS DAVID. SHOW RESPECT. I’M THE HOTTEST NEW BLOGGER ON THE SCENE — YOU CAN’T STEP TO ME LIKE WE’RE OLD CHUMS FROM SCHOOLYARD DAYS.
And the labor movement isn’t a dead dinosaur. As much as the Right wants to kill it, and Grover Norquist or whoever fantasizes about the day when workers have no bargaining power and work as indentured servants and get stuck in collapsed mines ten times per day, the labor movement is gonna be like that mastadon from Maya Angelou’s poem:
“Still I rise, I rise, I rise, I’m about to rise up and kick all of your asses into the La Brea tar pits!!! BELIEVE THAT!”
(Quoting from memory.)