Nothing More to Lose

March 15, 2012 in Homepage, Recent News by Rick Sloan

Dear UCubed Leader:

Last Friday’s unemployment report reassured those with jobs that the worst was over. Not so for the jobless. For them, the worst is yet to come.

The days ahead will be spent wondering what’s wrong with me? Their nights will be interrupted by a dreadful thought: Will I ever work again?

The fears of 27.3 million jobless Americans are magnified by the darkness of hopelessness. No light penetrates. But the pressure of feeling like a failure weighs on them like the ocean’s pounds per square inch on the Titanic.

But what hurts the most is the feeling of being completely … and … irreversibly … abandoned. The media has moved on; the politicians have moved on; and even MoveOn has moved on. No one gives a damn what happens to the jobless.

And now the jobless can reciprocate that feeling. They can turn to the least progressive and angriest voices in the public square because they have nothing more to lose.

In his acceptance speech to the Democratic National Convention in 1936, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt reminded us that “necessitous men are not free men.”

Roosevelt explained that:

Liberty requires opportunity to make a living – a living decent according to the standard of the time, a living which gives man not only enough to live by, but something to live for.  

For too many of us the political equality we once had won was meaningless in the face of economic inequality. A small group had concentrated into their own hands an almost complete control over other people’s property, other people’s money, other people’s labor – other people’s lives. For too many of us life was no longer free; liberty no longer real; men could no longer follow the pursuit of happiness.

Against economic tyranny such as this, the American citizen could appeal only to the organized power of government.

Since 2009, America’s jobless have made those appeals time and time again, but to no avail. Their government proved unresponsive in their time of greatest need.

Fully cognizant of the link between economic tyranny and the forces of reaction, Roosevelt would have been appalled that so little was done. In fact, his 1936 speech contained this paragraph:

We are poor indeed if this nation cannot afford to lift from every recess of American life the dread fear of the unemployed that they are not needed in the world. We cannot afford to accumulate a deficit in the books of human fortitude.

And yet, we have. Politicians are focused on the other deficits, the federal and state deficits, to appease the economic tyrants of our day.

America’s jobless may have lost their freedom, lost their liberty, and lost their opportunity to make a living. But they still hold dear one, last vestige of that political equality they won step by bloody step since 1776: the right to vote.

Cast courageously, the 40 million votes from jobless households can eliminate the economic tyranny that effectively ended their pursuit of happiness.

As leaders of the Union of Unemployed, you can guide our friends — which Facebook now numbers over 22 million — to vote against those who destroyed their lives.

In Unity — Strength,

Rick Sloan
Executive Director
Ur Union of Unemployed


3 responses to “Nothing More to Lose”

  1. Donald Q says:

    Sadly there are no politicians that can be trusted to keep their promises. Their self-serving behaviors limit the ability to have a full recognition of the problems we face collectively as a nation. Also, the vast majority of them are rich and, as quite a few of the richest Americans demonstrate on a regular basis, do not give a damn about those below them on the economic ladder.

  2. Gordon Fay says:

    I find it laughable that people are still looking to politicians to solve their problems. It is like saying “Frankie Fat fingers is charging me too much protection money and the godfather doesn’t seem to care”

    22 Million Americans with nothing but time on their hands and nothing much but their lives to loose? Sounds like the makings of a pretty respectable army if you ask me.

  3. Unemployed says:

    There are little if any jobs and the jobs that you might get do not pay enough to support myself. I am tired of looking and putting in applications for jobs that do not exist. I made more in high school than my last job payed me and payed a childcare porvider more than I made in wages. Worked just enough on my last job to miss up my benefits for a extension and was treated like a idot. I am not the only one that this happens to but still it does not make me feel any better.