which side are you on?

Come all you good workers
Good news to you I’ll tell
Of how the good old union
Has come in here to dwell

Which side are you on boys?
Which side are you on?

My daddy was a miner
He’s now in the air and sun
He’ll be with you fellow workers
Until the battle’s won

Which side are you on boys?
Which side are you on?

They say in Harlan County
There are no neutrals there
You’ll either be a union man
Or a thug for J. H. Claire

Which side are you on boys?
Which side are you on?

Oh workers can you stand it?
Oh tell me how you can
Will you be a lousy scab
Or will you be a man?

Which side are you on boys?
Which side are you on?

Don’t scab for the bosses
Don’t listen to their lies
Poor folks ain’t got a chance
Unless they organize

Which side are you on boys?
Which side are you on?

Supporters of Republican Governor Scott Walker hold placards at the State Capitol grounds as members of the Wisconsin  state government discuss the proposed bill by Walker in Madison, February 19, 2011. Supporters of legislation to reduce public employee union bargaining power and benefits in Wisconsin were far outnumbered by opponents on Saturday, as the two sides shouted competing slogans under clear skies.

23 Responses to “which side are you on?”

  1. February 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I’m glad the Koch Brothers think Governor Walker is a true patriot. It puts him right in the light he deserves.

  2. 2 majii
    February 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Those tea partiers really look as if they’re filled with the spirit of their convictions. LOL I guess it would be kind of difficult for some people to turn down a corporate-sponsored day trip when it costs nothing to attend an event. Kudos to the WI pro-union protesters who showed up in large numbers to illustrate how pitiful and unenthusiastic this small group of tea party individuals are.

  3. 3 sherijr
    February 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    These teapartiers are consistently on the wrong side of everything. I wonder if the teevee media is giving them as much attention as they did during the health care debates? I don’t watch teevee so don’t know if the media is still boosting up teabaggers as the All American patriots. I’m soooo sick of union bashing.. and really tired of it being used as a symbol of patriotism.. we just seem to keep having to fight the same battles over and over in this country.. and it is invariably the damn republicans trying to hold us back or take us backwards. We will win this too, Wisconsin will win this- because people do not give up their rights, thats the bottom line, the fight will go on as long as it takes. Same thing with all this attempt to take us back in time on abortion rights. We who fight for our rights will always prevail, it is the nature of being human beings.

  4. 4 Dorothy Rissman
    February 19, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    First I want to say I love Natalie Portman.

    But, most of all I want to congratulation Chipsticks for the 1 millions hits your site has earned. BWD is broadcastingit far and wide. You go girl.

    • 5 Gloria Powell
      February 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you Chips! Haven’t missed a day of your postings since BWD’s introduction through her blogroll. You two incredibly dedicated beings are mightily helping us democracy lovers to retain our sanity in the midst of unrelenting onslaught from crazies left and right. Some of these haven’t yet learned that they too are democracy lovers.

    • 6 Dorothy Rissman
      February 19, 2011 at 6:28 pm

      I am sorry, that is Natalie Merchant. One is an actress and one is a fabulous singer.

  5. 7 Kelly
    February 19, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    the caption after the picture should read
    Paid union busters brought in from Virginia by the Koch brothers to spread propaganda, hold placards etc……

  6. 8 mariele
    February 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    The unions are the backbone of the middle class. Without the unions and the collective bargaining process, we the workers, are like serfs with no protections. Where does that leave us?

    Obviously, those tea-party people have absolutely no sense of what the reality is.

    WE need protections. If the leader in WI gets away with this, who is to say what else they can do.

    Kudos to the Democrat senators for leaving and saying that this BS should not be done. AMEN. At least they get it.

    Kudos to Pres Obama, for standing up for the workers and the unions.

  7. 9 Sue in Minnesota
    February 19, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Does anyone know how many they brought in…….it is inappropriate on so many levels. Corporate funded….”grass roots”, my ass.

    If Republicans are wise they will wake up to an old reality. History has demonstrated over and over, people will rise up and revolt against those that oppress them.

  8. 10 Hachikō
    February 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I hope this serves as a good and lasting lesson for Americans. This is what the tea party stands for, people! Elections DO have consequences. You voted in the corporate-loving rightwing nutbags and this is what you get.

    Too bad it’s not just the people who voted for these whackjobs who have to suffer.

  9. February 19, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Congratulations on 1,000,000 visitors, Chipsticks! Adding you to my blogroll. I can’t believe I haven’t done so already.

    – Chris/Eclectablog

  10. 13 Dorothy Rissman
    February 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Take a look at this video put together on the Wisconsin drama. I loved it. Could not sit still and it is so joyous to see all the protesters. It made me want to join them.

  11. 16 hopefruit2
    February 19, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Hey folks,

    Eclectablog has a nice report on the Teabagger showing Wisconsin (also now a top rec’d diary on DKOS)!


  12. 17 Jennifer
    February 19, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Which side are you on…? Tears pouring down my face as I watch this. Thank you for sharing it. I don’t understand how anyone who is a working person can be against unions. The weekend, the 8-hour day, the abolition of child labor, pension benefits, ERISA, ESOPs, paid holidays, workplace health insurance, workplace safety. All courtesy of the labor movement. May justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream…

    • 18 Audrey
      February 19, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks for putting it in perspective Jennifer! I think many of these tea bagger types have no idea how many of the rights they enjoy are courtesy of the same unions they are revolting against! God help us in this country and save us from the mad, the greedy and the ignorant!

      • 19 EDP4BHO
        February 19, 2011 at 9:32 pm

        Yep, and all because we elected a black President 😮

        • February 20, 2011 at 8:33 pm

          The tea partiers are very silly people who don’t know they’re being played for saps by people who most certainly laugh at them in private. My guess is that they’ll eventually fade away, mainly because they have no real leader.

          Yes, they have the Koch brothers behind them along with others in the obscenely monied class who orchestrate their appearances. But in order to sustain the grassroots fiction these guys must stay in the background. It seems to me that, lacking a seasoned demagogue in front of them like a conductor, they’ll continue to be an amorphous, loudmouth, undirected mess.

  13. 21 EDP4BHO
    February 19, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Congrats Chipsticks. I’m still new and irregular with all this blogging biz, but I guess 1 million is a milestone, am I right? Wish I had more time to devote in reading and commenting intelligently, but I guess politics is not one of my strong suits. But, I try. I also 100% support President Obama.

  14. 23 cat48
    February 20, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Hey Chipsticks, Congratulations on over 1M hits! I so appreciate coming here daily. Thanks for all you do! Your sense of humor always makes me smile.

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