How the GOP betrayed the “Lunch Pail” Republicans…
From the Lunch Pail Republican Website:
“All across America, many life-long Republicans are feeling completely disconnected from their Party and their candidates in Washington. They want their Party to return to the issues that define what it means to be a Republican. We hear you loud and clear. It’s time to take back our party.
Are you a Lunch Pail Republican?
Do you believe in…?
- A strong economy?
- Less government?
- Good paying jobs?
- Less government intrusion in the private sector?
- Employee-sponsored health care?
- Labor-Management cooperation?
If you answered “yes” to 3 or more of the above questions, then you are a Lunch Pail Republican. It’s time to take back our party. We invite you to join us.
Who Are We?
We are Republicans who are focused on providing for ourselves and our families, protecting our rights and our property from intrusion, and keeping our country on a path toward recovery and prosperity. We’re not taking the Party in a new direction. We’re simply returning it to the traditional core Republican values that used to define who we are.
About the Lunch Pail Republicans
Statement of Principles
- We the Lunchpail Republicans believe in building and maintaining an America with a strong economy, unrivaled liberty, and a government that unobtrusively empowers the middle class.
- We believe that the Republican Party has abandoned its traditional principles by advancing an agenda that negatively impacts workers’ wages, benefits and quality of life.
- We believe that the current anti-worker agenda ultimately harms the Republican Party by discouraging middle-class Republicans from voting for Republican candidates whose policies would harm them, or worse, from participating in the election process at all.
- We believe that the interests of workers and businesses are reliant upon each other, and without one, the other cannot stand.
- We believe that elected officials have an obligation to protect workers’ interests as well as corporate interests, and that a growing disparity between the two is harmful to America’s long-term viability.
- We believe that America’s economy is strongest with the presence of a robust middle class.
- We believe that enemies of the middle class exist on both the left and the right, and the middle class must mobilize to remove them from office.
We are the Republicans who are focused on providing for ourselves and our families, protecting our rights and our property from intrusion, and keeping our country on a path toward recovery and prosperity.
We are not being represented.
Too many “Republicans” are far more focused on pushing someone else’s agenda and playing politics to get re-elected than looking out for us, the working people who they are sent there to protect.
Our beliefs are simple.
We believe in freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, and most of all, in limited government. Our parents’ and grandparents’ Republican Party would never stand for the type of attacks that are being leveled against working people. We are pro-business and pro-labor because neither one can survive without the other; we will stand with candidates who stand with us.
Hands off our unions.
If we work under a union contract, chances are we are paid better than we would be without it. That means something to us. If a union helps us earn more money to support our families, paying our union a little bit is only fair. We aren’t freeloaders, and we don’t want the government forcing our union to represent freeloaders, because it will just weaken our ability to bring home those better wages.
If you think you have the right to tell any union, business, or independent organization that it has to work for nothing, stop calling yourself a Republican. Stay out of it. It’s none of your business.
We are looking for a few good working men and women.
Too many of our leaders have forgotten what is important to working people, so it is time for them to go.”
The Republican Party has moved so far to the “WACKO-EXTREME” even those that call themselves “Lunch Pail” Republicans can see that the GOP has left them behind. The Republicans wrongfully believe that “EVERYONE” that supports them is either a Corporate Executive, Investor or an Entrepreneur. 1% is 1%…and 1% is not a majority. There are working class Republicans that are increasingly feeling alienated by the Party of Lincoln.
Two years ago, 100,000 Wisconsin residents, working class Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike surrounded and occupied the state capitol. Police, Fire, Teachers and Wisconsin Citizens mobilized in one of the largest labor protests in modern American history. Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to strip public sector workers of collective bargaining rights lifted the veil of the anti-worker agendas of the new Republican leadership.
All across this Nation there are “Blue Collar Working Class” Republicans who are paid through tax dollars. Police and Fire are part of those constituencies. As the Republican Governors focus on breaking their Unions, Police and Fire need to wake up and see the direction the Party is going. The family of a firefighter killed with 18 colleagues while battling a summer wildfire is waging a campaign urging the city of Prescott, Ariz., to provide his survivors with full health and pension benefits. Firemen all across this Country need to ask themselves what are Republican Governors, Representatives and Senators doing to protect the rights of their families. Fire and Police put their lives on the line every day and all they ask in return is that their families are taken care of. Blindly trusting that the GOP has your interest at heart because you are a White Male is misplaced. You need to ask the question, what are you doing for me and my family?
Prescott, which employed Firefighter, Andrew Ashcraft and other members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, says Ashcraft and 12 others who died were seasonal employees, leaving their survivors ineligible for benefits that would go to a full-time employee. State, Local and Federal Representatives need to be pushed to act on “BEHALF” of Police and Fire. What are GOP Representatives in Arizona doing to make this situation right? Andrew Ashcraft gave his life for Arizona, what is Arizona a Red State doing to take care of its heroic firefighters and men in blue? What are the Democrats doing in that State for that matter?
“I want to be able to just be mourning my husband, be supporting my children, be figuring out what our new normal is,” Juliann Ashcraft, Andrew’s widow and mother of their four children, said at a news conference Wednesday outside the Yavapai County courthouse in Prescott. “As shocked as I was that my husband went to work and never came home, I’m equally shocked in how the city has treated our family since then,” she said.
For those Republican Firefighters and Republican Police, these are the words of widow left behind, she represents your wife and your children. Will your wife have to fight this battle all alone, will your children be left to fend for themselves? Is breaking Police and Fire Unions in your family’s best interest?
White “Lunch Pail” Republicans take too much for granted. As the GOP leadership points the fingers at women and minorities, the 1% of “YOUR” tribe betrays “YOUR” interest.
In Detroit an epic battle ensues as workers and pensioners filed suit against Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and state Treasurer Andy Dillon, seeking to prevent them from filing a possible municipal bankruptcy petition for Detroit because, they argue, such a move would violate Michigan’s constitutional protections of public pension benefits. This should be a warning to Police and Fire in every major City, your State Constitutions will not help you and the Republican Governors seem to fighting against the interest of Police and Fire and not for you.
What have the Republicans in the House of Representatives done to “STOP” the outsourcing of good paying American jobs? Nothing! Absolutely nothing, but Corporate America has shipped “OUR” jobs overseas, reaped gargantuan profits and then hoarded those profits offshore. A state of denial exists among Republican policymakers and outsourcing’s corporate champions about the adverse effects on the US. As they outsource our jobs leaving us unemployed, the GOP politicians then call us lazy takers. They expect us to take 2 or 3 low paying service jobs and refuse to pass legislation that would provide a living wage.
In what might be an underestimate, a University of California study concludes that 14 million white-collar jobs are vulnerable to being outsourced offshore. These are not only call-center operators, customer service and back-office jobs, but also information technology, accounting, architecture, advanced engineering design, news reporting, stock analysis, and medical and legal services. The authors of the study note that these are the jobs of the American Dream, the jobs of upward mobility that generate the bulk of the tax revenues that fund our education, health, infrastructure, and social security systems. Ask yourself, what are the “REPUBLICANS” doing to stop this bleeding to strengthen the American Middle Class? Again NOTHING! These are “WHITE COLLAR” jobs, so those of you with College Degrees are not immune from your tribe betraying you either. The 1% are loyal to the 1%, they hoard money, they do not trickle it down to you…that trickle you feel is not money…
“The Department of Labor reports that more than one in three workers who are displaced remains unemployed, and many of those who are lucky enough to find jobs take major pay cuts. Many former manufacturing workers who were displaced a decade ago because of manufacturing that went offshore took training courses and found jobs in the information technology sector. They are now facing the unenviable situation of having their second career disappear overseas.”
What has the GOP proposed to fix this Middle Class concern? Again nothing! The misplaced loyalty that White Males have given to the GOP is being betrayed as they laugh at you behind your back and defraud you with divisive issues, like gay marriage, prayer in school, English only, banning abortion, demonizing minorities, gun rights, LGBT rights and women’s rights. How does any one of those issues improve or strengthen the American Middle Class…the 1% is laughing at you as they pick your pockets clean…there is no loyalty from the 1% to the “TRIBE” their “TRIBE” is the 1% and you are only there to provide the spoils not too share them.
Demand that the GOP acts in “YOUR” interest or tell them to take a hike “Lunch Pail” Republicans!