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In The Nation: Labor Day, Ron Paul

1 May

Labor Day, 100 protests planned:

It’s unfortunate that many Americans lost the memory of May Day because in failing to celebrate the holiday, U.S. workers are deprived of the spirit of solidarity they used to share with international workers.

John Nichols, “What Ron Paul Brings to the 2012 Race: An Old-Right Orthodoxy That Often Aligns Him With Progressives.” Thus:

… there are plenty of reasons why progressives might welcome Paul to the 2012 race.

One need not support the man or his overall platform … to recognize the value added to the Republican presidential debates, and the broader discourse, by a candidate who:

1. Has consistently opposed the undeclared wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, siding with Congressman Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and other members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in struggles to hold Democratic and Republican presidents to account for unlawful and unnecessary war-making.

2. Has worked alongside Congressman Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts, to make the case for deep cuts in the Pentagon budget.

3. Has regularly voted with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, and other labor-aligned Democrats in opposition to free-trade pacts that leave workers jobless, shutter factories, batter working-class communities and make a mockery of democratic governance in the US and abroad.

And four more.