Monday was Labor Day, the unofficial end to summer.
It’s a bitter-sweet holiday for many because it marks the end of summer fun and vacations. But, on the other hand, it’s enjoyable because many get a three-day weekend.
Other than that, though, it’s a stupid holiday!
You may feel that that’s a harsh statement. However, if you know the origin of the holiday, you will understand what I mean.
Labor Day was begun as a way to appease far-Left labor unions.
It’s a completely leftist holiday, and it’s rooted in socialism.
The Truth About Labor Day
Josh Hammer over at the Daily Wire put it this way: “Simply put, Labor Day is indeed an anti-capitalism, anti-economic growth federal ‘holiday’ born out of the ashes of the late 19th Century’s societally ruinous labor movement. It is a manifestly stupid socialist ‘holiday’ and conservatives are wholly justified to make fun of it.”
Hammer then goes onto quote Chris Pandolfo who wrote the following for Conservative Review:
“When the Panic of 1893 hit, several workers were laid off from the Pullman Car Company, while the rest suffered an average of a one-fourth wage cut. Eventually, the downtrodden and livid workers organized a strike, and to their aid quickly came the American Railway Union (ARU) and its socialist leader, Eugene V. Debs. Debs helped orchestrate a national boycott of trains carrying Pullman cars.
The strike lasted three months, from May 11 to July 11, 1894. When replacement workers (“strikebreakers”) were called in to cross the picket line, violence erupted. Riots, the pillaging of railway cars, and property destruction ensued.
But it was the interruption of postal mail delivery that really brought the strike to the federal government’s attention. President Cleveland declared the strike a federal crime— insisting that the strikers were prohibiting the government from carrying out its constitutional responsibility for mail delivery. Soon after, 14,000 federal and state troops were called upon to break up the strike.
By the strike’s end, as many as 30 people had been killed. In Chicago, lawless strikers took advantage of the violence to “rob, burn, and plunder,” leading to an estimated $80 million in property damages. Debs and the leaders of the ARU were jailed and the union dissolved.
With the nation roiling and the 1894 midterm elections approaching, Cleveland’s administration sought a way to appease the labor movement. Thus came Labor Day. The legislation was expedited through Congress and signed by the president on June 28, 1894, in the midst of the Pullman strike.”
That is the historical origins of Labor Day.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand the effort that is required to work in blue-collar industries, where people work with their hands and get paid too little.
I worked in similar jobs earlier in my career.
But laborers don’t need a holiday to celebrate them; they receive a check for their efforts depending on their position and what the market value of their occupation dictates.
What Should We Celebrate Instead?
If you are going to declare a holiday, why not declare one for small business owners and inventors who are the drivers of job growth in this country?
Many of them risk their personal finances and time creating a new service or product.
What do they get in return?
Obviously, they get to keep the proceeds of their labor, but the government gets to tax a huge chunk of that profit.
Business owners and innovators get dumped on by leftists like those in “Occupy Wall Street” who deride them as wealthy fat-cats who make their living on the backs of the workers.
They fail to acknowledge the efforts these people have exerted to make a living.
Without these people, many laborers would not have jobs at all.
They should think about that the next time they cry about the wealth of the “1%.”
They fail to realize that not all small business owners are in the 1%. These entrepreneurs run the risk of personal bankruptcy if they fail to turn a profit.
Labor Day is a pointless leftist holiday that serves no purpose other than pushing a Marxist agenda from the 19th Century.
But hey, I did enjoy having the day off. I hope you did too!