As I was reading through some of the blogs I visit daily, I saw Larry James of the “Larry James Urban Daily” and found a profound idea there.
That idea is the “Walk A Day In My Shoes” campaign started by the SEIU (Services Employees International Union). The idea is that Presidential Candidates shouldn’t expect a vote from blue-collar service employees until they’ve had the “privilege” of spending a day in the shoes of one of these hard-working men or women.
Click here to view Larry’s article, or click the image at the top to visit the SEIU website.
Here is a list of the presidential candidates who have taken action and “walked the talk”
Senator Barack Obama walked in the shoes of home care worker Pauline Beck on August 8th.
Senator Christopher Dodd walked in the shoes of Head Start teacher Colleen Mehaffey on July 26th.
Governor Bill Richardson walked in the shoes of family services worker Mark Fitzgerald on June 7th.
Senator John Edwards walked in the shoes of nursing home worker Elaine Ellis on April 11th.
Senator Hillary Clinton walked in the shoes of Las Vegas nurse Michelle Estrada yesterday.
Senator Joseph Biden and Gov. Mike Huckabee have accepted SEIU’s challenge and will be walking soon.
I like what one great American President said about the value of labor during his “Annual Message to Congress.”
“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is superior to capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” (Abraham Lincoln, December 3, 1861 )