AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka, Take Back the American Dream conference in October, calling for "a massive, militant movement":
“We The People are angry and who can blame us for being angry? So the question becomes where will that anger go; toward hatred and extremism or toward building a future that works for everyone who lives and works here in America.
Today we have a “Tea Party” a “Tea Party” inspired Right Wing that’s banking on an “Upside-down America” for its path to political power.
They got a four part plan:
- They do everything they can to keep our economy on the rocks. No money for jobs, no way, keep people hurting and keep them angry.
- They fan the flames of anti government angst by making sure that our government looks dysfunctional, gridlocked and lurching; from funding deadlines to phony crisis deadlines
- They’re ginning up this seasons version of divide and conquer; set taxpayers against public employees, jobless Americans against immigrants
- They’re doing their damnedest to make sure that the electorate in 2012 looks nothing like the electorate in 2008; disenfranchising new voters with voter ID laws, suppressing student voters and a whole lot more.”