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Editor's note: Richard Striner, a history professor at Washington College, is the author of "Lincoln's Way: How Six Great Presidents Created American Power."
(CNN) -- It's time for the left to get off its duff and turn the tables on the radical right. And our history reveals that there's an excellent method for accomplishing precisely that: a great march of the unemployed on Washington.
Recent polls reveal that Americans are decisively more concerned about the crisis of unemployment than the issue of our national debt. But as many commentators have observed in recent weeks, the results of the midterm elections, with Republicans gaining control of the House, and the associated rise of the tea party have pushed an agenda of austerity in government spending ahead of using government resources to fight unemployment.
A march of the unemployed might be the way to do it. And there's historical precedent for this idea, too -- not only in the still-remembered marches on the nation's capital that occurred in the 1960s, but also in the largely forgotten marches of the unemployed that occurred both in 1894 and (more consequentially) 1932.
The preparations would have to start soon if such an exercise in grass-roots activism is to stand a real chance of affecting our political balance of power next year. Is the left prepared to rise to the occasion?
Originally posted by wildtimes
reply to post by beezzer
Thanks. Want to help?
Are you unemployed? If not, can you help notify your neighbors who are?
I'm not taking "that's dumb" for an answer. ... it isn't. It's called grassroots proactive freedom of speach and peaceful protest. It's still our right. For now.
Originally posted by Elzon
Anyone else see a catch 22 here? If you don't have the money to transport yourself out to the "marching area" how is one supposed to have a good march?