Tom Joad’s Farewell

Seeing the extreme right wing governor of Wisconsin and his Republican cronies trying to crush cops, firemen, teachers and other public workers, I recall Tom Joad’s farewell speech in “The Grapes of Wrath” :

“Maybe it’s like Casey says. A fella ain’t got a soul of his own, but only a piece of a big soul, the one big soul out there that belongs to everybody. And then it don’t matter. Then I’ll be all around in the dark. I’ll be everywhere…Wherever there’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever there’s a company thug beating up a guy, I’ll be there. I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad, and I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry and they know supper’s ready…And when our people eat the stuff they raise, and the houses they build, I’ll be there too.”

(to those historically challenged, “The Grapes of Wrath” was made back during the Thirties, before we had anything like company provided health care, 40 hour work weeks or child labor laws, all of which you can thank the American Union Movement for and none of which would exist if people like Gov. Walker ran the country)