Berry Craig: So arise and get peppy. But it’s easier work just talking about self-reliance while living it up on an inherited fortune.
Berry Craig: It’s like we’re in the fourth quarter of a smash-mouth, slobber-knocking grid grudge match. Alison Lundergan Grimes has quarterbacked her underdog eleven to a slim lead over powerhouse Team Mitch.
Berry Craig: Bluegrass State union volunteers are phone banking, wearing out shoe leather canvassing neighborhoods, passing out fliers and doing all else they can to help Grimes “send Mitch McConnell back to Alabama,” his native state, as she likes to put it.
Berry Craig: Team Mitch and the Republican Party of Kentucky laugh behind organized labor’s back every time there’s an election. Why? They always expect to sucker some union members into voting Republican.
Berry Craig: Whatever their shortcomings, Cooper and Barkley were earnest servants of all Kentuckians, not just the well-heeled and well-connected folks whose dollars McConnell happily takes and whose bidding he gladly does.
Berry Craig: The Know-Nothings are long gone. But their bigotry thumps in the chests of white Kentuckians of the send-’em-all-back-to-Mexico persuasion. Accordingly, Team Mitch and its buddies have shined up the dog whistle.
Berry Craig: The Birchers are still around. But they’ve been eclipsed by the Tea Party and like-mined white folks of the Obama’s-a-Kenyan-born-Islamo-Socialist persuasion.
Berry Craig: Scotland’s exit would greatly weaken Britain’s still strong trade union movement, which has been under Tory attack since Margaret Thatcher declared holy war on organized labor.
Berry Craig: I was so angry about Bridges coming into our house and saying what he said that I was awake half the night thinking about it. It’s like somebody coming into your house and taking the food off your table.”
Berry Craig: Here Bridges was coming into our house and bragging on his father, a rat contractor, and talking to us like we were a bunch of idiots.
Berry Craig: Indeed. The Republicans’ bogus claim that their voter laws are aimed at stopping “voter fraud” reminds me of the old white supremacist Southern Democrats who vowed that their blatantly racist Jim Crow voter suppression and segregation laws were based on “states’ rights.”
Berry Craig: McConnell is an old-time Social Darwinist who doesn’t believe business owners have any meaningful responsibility toward the well-being of their workers or their communities.
Berry Craig: Sen. Mitch McConnell is a master at dog whistle politics. He is also the pied piper of pandering to what one of my union buddies calls “the four Gs – God, guns, gays and government.”