This is a child laborer in America in the early 20th century. The following article is strictly the opinion of John Liming, author of “The Liming Liberal Digest.”
It just might be possible for our beloved America to go to Hell in a hand basket yet! From some of what I have been reading and hearing coming out of the mouths of some of Conservatism’s rising stars, this country could be in real trouble if a Republican were to win the White House in 2012.
There is at least one proposal reportedly being touted by at least one of their candidates that seems to me to suggest a repeal of child labor law for the good of society. The crap proposals are always for “The Good Of Society” aren’t they?
To my knowledge and belief, the actual words “For the good of society” were not actually spoken by the individual I am talking about here. Those are my words–not those of the individual. – but I am responding to something I have been reading that I think is absolutely one of the most horrible things I have ever heard. I have heard that a candidate for the Presidency of The United States has advocated for removal of some of the restrictions on certain forms of child labor.
It seems that there are reports being circulated that former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich (Now the Republican Front Runner in the race for the Presidency) has not only suggested that poor kids should be in the labor force but that it would be alright for even children as young as 5-years-old to be working as well. (Se the linked item below for full details of what I am talking about.)
This is an item I noticed in “Raw Story” as I was reading through the various blogs and news sources on the Internet today. My jaw literally dropped at what I was reading. I was aghast and shocked!
As The former Speaker was making the case at Saturday Night’s presidential debate, the Republican audience is reported to have virtually erupted with applause and approval for the outrageous idea about re-instituting child labor in The United States. It is further reported that other GOP debate audiences have also cheered the death penalty and letting a man without insurance just go ahead and die without any kind of help from anybody and they have also booed a gay U.S. Soldier.
Now to my way of thinking, this only shows just how reprehensible Conservatism has become. I cannot believe that grown adults who are supposed to be responsible thinkers and, in many cases “Christian” to boot, are actually cheering some ideas that sound to me like they were originated in the deepest pits of Hell itself.
Of course, what you are reading right now is simply my personal opinions. But to me, the idea of allowing any degree of a return to child labor in The United States is downright untenable and totally unacceptable.
I wonder that if something like this were ever to transpire in this country, if we would see the return of a vast army of under age manual laborers toiling away in the dark, dirty and dangerous conditions of sweat shops for next-to-nothing wages and no benefits like it was at a shameful time in our History?
Will Conservatism recognize the billions of dollars in extra profits that could be tapped on the backs of innocent poor children and manipulate the political system to the point where these kids could be indentured like that?
Will we see the day return when kids will be locked inside of factories or mines so that some fat cat can get fatter and the idea will be sold on the basis that it is only to teach poor kids the work ethic?
What is going to happen if some government big wig finally comes to the conclusion that legalized child labor is a heck of a lot cheaper than adult labor because kids will settle for less and are more easily manipulated and intimidated?
In the early 20th century, there were as many as two million kids employed in the slavery known as “Child Labor” in The United States. Two million kids were almost forced to work at jobs designed for adults in despicable and deplorable conditions because families simply could not earn enough at their jobs to make it without the kid’s help. These poor kids were viewed simply as a part of the individual family economy.
It got to the point where child laborers rarely had any opportunity at all to be kids. For many of them, work became far more enticing than getting an education and so they were doomed to work their childhood away for a few piddling extra dollars and often at disastrous results for their health and safety.
Child labor absolutely condemned thousands upon thousands of American kids to a future of illiteracy, poverty and never-ending misery.
And you are going to stand there and tell me that this is the kind of thing that is drawing cheers from an audience of GOP supporters? The only thing I can say to that is, “That would be typical of them in my personal opinion.” I mean, haven’t members of Conservatism shown themselves to be “All Heart” on many occasions as they attack the Middle Class, the lower wage earners and the elderlyy– and now, the children?
If that is the case, all I have to say for America is “God Help Us All!”
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