Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has called for the "easing of United States child-labor laws." Not content with his party's efforts to drag our nation back to the era prior to the New Deal by gutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, Mr. Gingrich promises to go much further. Ill- pleased with the status quo which already exempts the agricultural industry from many aspects of child-labor laws, Mr. Gingrich would return us to the 19th and early 20th centuries when working-class children were sent out routinely to hard labor, often to be mauled by the machinery they operated, sent into the most unsafe coal, silver, and copper mines,, and to stand in the streets, as young as six, hawking newspapers amid screeching tires.
Here are some of the images, new and old, images to look at, closely, to stare at, closely, to study, closely. Linger over their faces, over and again, very closely, and before you even dream of allowing any frustration with the current president to excuse yourself from stopping this man and those who stand on the same platforms with him in these primaries, shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart, and mind to mind--wake up from such sordid and frankly selfish dreaming.
Because while their outward appearance and packaging and rhetoric may differ from that of this small-minded garden-gnome of a man, they all... and in your minds and in your hearts and in your guts you know this...they all would, in the name of being a Friend to Business and Capital, have no issue trying to lead us back there; and there's just so much better work than that to be done.
1- Arkansas, today ^
2- California, today (below)
3- Colorado, today (below)
4- Alabama, today ^
5- The South, 1920s ^
6- Pennsylvania, 1910s ^
7- Early 1900s ^, New York
8- Late 1800s, Massachusetts ^
9-West Virginia, early 1900s ^
10- Massachusetts, Early 1900s ^
11- Pennsylvania, Early 1900s ^
Look at their faces, again. Closely.
Know that there were tens of millions more.
Know that there can be millions, again.
You can stop these people.