Labor Day (just my opinion)
Labor Day IS NOT the holiday that celebrates the moments leading up to our births, nor the screams of our mothers contractions, or the final push to pop each and everyone of us onto this dirt clog, to grow into the species, which devours everything in site, pooping tons of toxins where we sleep, multiplying uncontrollably, walking bumbling, and even crawling blobs of protoplasm that we are.. Surprised? So was I.
In addition nor is Labor Day the official last day of summer, the last weekend before school starts, nor the Jerry Lewis telethon weekend
Labor Day, is however, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.
The first Labor Day holiday occurred on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, based on the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
In 1884, the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885, Labor Day celebrations occurred in many industrial centers around the country.
The first government recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal federal holiday. The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday-- a street parade to exhibit to the public the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families.
So In short I suppose, we should rather than get that last holiday of the summer day-cation in frivolous egotistical joy, by purchasing some over inflated dollar sucking crude from some foreign oil giant shrouded as an American corporation, to propel our selves on a deteriorating infrastructure, in a car with a majority of its parts most likely made some where else in the world. Perhaps we should , walk to a store near our homes or a farmers market or anything close enough that we do not need to pack a foreign made backpack with supplies to get there alive and PURCHASE something made in America!
That’s right! We should probably try to make a conscious effort to purchase things made in America, (it will not be easy). this act of reading a label to Discover where something is made and making a conscious effort to purchase things made in America, will not only help those employed, but in addition will help others who are not employed. This will cause an increase in demand which will lead directly to the employment of a larger workforce, a workforce of hopefully of Americans. Which in turn, should for all intent and purposes, lead to a decline in unemployment and unemployment benefits (think lowering the deficit)… and if you think your going to hear this logic from anyone on your foreign made TV.. Guess again.. To many elected officials have had their campaigns funded by Corporations who do not want you to know that, and money for lobbyists to get bills passed that will make it even harder for you to discover where something is manufactured..
So I think in order to celebrate this Holiday, Labor day, properly, as it was intended for American’s who have walked before us in a labor force that basically created the wealth of this country, we should all make a vow to read the label, to discover for perhaps the first time, who we are supporting with our hard earned dollars. Then armed with that information, and if possible make a change to AMERICAN MADE. I mention if possible because believe it or not several things are no longer made in America such as your television, There has not been a Television fully manufactured in the United States since 1985 also any food you purchase from a producer that is not in season, most likely comes from a foreign land (some are local green house grown but they usually are only available at the farmers markets!)
Have a Happy Labor Day and please TRY to buy American made!