President Obama: Why Unions are the foundation of The Good Life.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 5, 2011
get elephant's newsletter

Middle Class <————> Unions <————> American Dream.

Here’s to you, Labor—despite a tough year at the hands of corporations (I mean, people) and politicians. To all those who went before and helped create the 40-hour work week, weekends off, health care, pension, Medicare…you know, a good life. The Middle Class.

The American dream.


That’s the bedrock this country is built on.

Hard work. Responsibility. Sacrifice. Looking out for one another.

Giving everybody a shot, everybody a chance to share in America’s prosperity, from the factory floor to the boardroom.

That’s what unions are all about. (Applause.) And that’s something that’s worth keeping in mind today. We’ve come through a difficult decade in which those values were all too often given short shrift. We’ve gone through a decade where wealth was valued over work, and greed was valued over responsibility. And the decks were too often stacked against ordinary folks in favor of the special interests.

An impassioned defense of “the world’s strongest middle class” and how we made the basic gains—40 hour work week, weekends off, social security, Medicare—that, generations later, we take for granted.

Jump to 3 minutes in, start there if you like (though even in intros he’s got great energy going):

President Obama addresses a crowd at the GM Plant Parking Lot in Detroit, Michigan. September 5, 2011.



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


One Response to “President Obama: Why Unions are the foundation of The Good Life.”

  1. Ramesh says:

    You know what, his words have no weight … let us see how the next few days pan out, we will see if those words will be followed by action. He might hide under a desk when Bohner or Cantor walks in ….