Monday, September 05, 2016

Labor Day 2016, Celebration of Socialism

By Douglas V. Gibbs
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Today is Labor Day.  We celebrate this national holiday every year to celebrate the worker's class.  The proletariat.  The revolutionaries whose job it is to eventually bring down the bourgeoisie.  It's beginnings are Marxist in nature.  Sure, I spent 30 years in the hard labor force, working in the construction industry, and as a big rig driver.  I am not putting down a good, honest day's labor.  I am challenging the intent behind what we call "Labor Day."

The establishment of the annual holiday of Labor Day celebrated the dignity of being a member of the working class. A response to the socialistic celebration of Mayday.  The origins of Labor Day reach back into the 19th century.

During the mid-1800s, after continued abuses by manufacturers,  a legitimate challenge rose up.  These challenges to the wealthy owners of businesses in the production sector led to the rise of labor unions.  The "intent" of the labor unions was a noble one, but that intent has faded away and the unions have become liberal left political machines.  Money laundering operations for the liberal left Marxist socialist political class.

The inspiration for the first American Labor Day came from an alliance between the American Federation of Labor (AFL), craft unions, and local central labor federations in 1882. Waves of strikes followed lasting through the middle of the 1890s, reaching a crescendo that called out the police, and ultimately the army, to control the situation. The Pullman Strike, led by future Socialist presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs in 1894, was crushed, and Debs was imprisoned for his involvement. The problem was being pushed to a breaking point.

In the Northeast (of course, the northeast) the unions and federations had traditions of summer holidays, and the government decided a day for labor where beer drinking and family fun was the plan of the day would help quell the unrest. Shortly after the end of the Pullman Strike, Democrat President Grover Cleveland rushed a bill recognizing Labor Day through Congress. The Democrats had been bruised by the fact that they were largely behind calling in the police and army, and needed a way to mend fences.

Not a single elected official in Congress voted against this measure.

President Cleveland chose the September date in order to set the American holiday off from European Mayday. An AFL resolution of 1909 declared the first Sunday to be the proper Labor Day, and eventually all States and the District of Columbia affirmed the holiday status for their residents. In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The act moved several federal holidays, including Labor Day, to Mondays, and Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday of September ever since.

Most folks I know call it "bar-b-que three day weekend," or "the last Summer Holiday."

I call it, "prepare the masses for Marxism day."

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