Last week, the Republican National Convention rallied around “We built this,” a direct afront to President Obama’s past assertion that American business owners owe much of their success to society rather than attributing it to hard work. This week, the Democratic National Convention plans to fight back by celebrating… unions:
The Democrats’ convention platform endorses a slew of organized labor’s wishes and says unions “helped build the greatest middle class the world has ever known.”
The platform, which was released Monday night, is a clear nod to labor unions. It endorses an increase to the minimum wage and strongly supports other labor laws, such as collective bargaining.
The platform commits to issuing and enforcing workplace safety regulations, preventing teacher layoffs and opposing right-to-work policies as well as “paycheck protection” efforts.
DrewM at Ace of Spades HQ notes how this view is a key distinction between America’s two major parties:
I hate when people say “there’s no difference between the parties”. That can seem true at times (like when big spending bills come up) but at the grassroots level there’s a huge difference. Look at the people the Democrats will trot out…losers demanding more free stuff, people who see themselves as helpless victims who can’t get out of bed in the morning without a government program, people who’d rather drag others down than try and climb up themselves and the rich people who pretend to care about them.
Contrast that with the mainly self-made people at the RNC who are proud of what they have created and people who admire them for their accomplishments and strive to be as successful as they are.
That’s the real difference between the parties and it’s what’s going to make this week insufferable to watch.