A worker's government

In 1776, we Americans were poor dirt farmers, roving merchants and indentured servants who often lived from hand to mouth. We were struggling peasants immersed in the day-to-day struggle for survival. But we were taken with a dream of creating a new society free from the shackles of the overlord. We dared to unite in defiance of two formidable obstacles. 

One was the British Empire’s supreme monarch, King George III. Like all emperors, tsars and sultans, he exercised cruel, entitled power unrestrained by any law. “We the People” of the colonies yearned for a legal system under which all people would be accountable.

The other obstacle was the utter compliance a royal father figure could exact from some subjects, turning friend against free-thinking friend. “Loyalists” believed in the divine right of kings and worshipped the rich celebrities of their day. 

But the rest of us were unimpressed by wealth and power; we believed in the strength of our worker unity. We were willing to risk our lives against a mighty sovereign, based on our trust for and appreciation of our fellow workers. It was they who shared our hard labor in the fields, our passion for freedom and our love for our hungry families – not some entitled elite who had never worked a day.

Still, revolution was a big gamble: would our fellows sell us out or hold true? Could a nation of workers trust each other? Could we self-govern? Through an imperfect evolution of thought and practice, a new worker’s government was born. Our revolution inspired workers around the world to throw off their chains and claim their future. 

The reptilian eyes of oligarchs are focused on our democracy. We can see them devising ever more sophisticated methods to regain control, fine-tuning the messages that make us cynical, divided, tuned out and apathetic. In this new and different world, our task remains the same as our forefathers’ task: to protect every American’s rights by standing strong together. We may have different cultures, but no American bends a knee for a king. 

We have the power to secure the rights of every American to a decent life to equal participation and freedom from persecution. That’s our strength: an America of, by and for the people.

–  Kirby MacLaurin, Durango