I’ll wait for you. And should I fall behind, wait for me

Ever had one of those days where so many events and information connects? Today is one of those days for me.

It really started last night when I watched 60 Minutes and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blasted public employee unions as the main cause of state budget gaps. I was severely disappointed that no union was allowed to comment to provide their view. I was even more shocked to find out that no one from the AFL-CIO was ever contacted. http://blog.aflcio.org/2010/12/20/nj’s-christie-used-60-minutes-platform-to-attack-public-workers/

My anger is eased somewhat by some good news for workers– Liza’s update about the Erie and Buffalo County librarians, then I read this essay posing some excellent facts and the Education industry and posing questions about the future without teacher unions.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gary-anderson/teachers-union-busters-education-reform_b_797984.html

Anderson’s point that resonates most with me is that working class Americans who failed to protect their private sector unions are now turning on teachers, “whom they view as overpaid and with fat pensions.”

I am so reminded of Martin Niemoller’s speech on Jan. 6 1946

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

as well as Bruce Springsteen’s song “If I should fall behind”

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/b/bruce+springsteen/if+i+should+fall+behind_20025136.html

that I just want to share a basic thought about connections.

Perhaps it’s because I’m off  to attend services for a good friend. It’s my second loss in almost four weeks. Connections are mattering to me more than ever.  It’s our relationships with each other that matter. Friends, family, coworkers or someone halfway across the country or the globe, we need to stand up, speak out. If we don’t stand for something, we’ll fall for anything,  a country song tells me .

Losing someone you love around a holiday time is tragic, but the phrase “Mourn the dead but fight like hell for the living” makes more sense to me now.

Peace out,

Betsy

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