It’s the first Monday in September and for some it signifies the end of summer, start of school, and the last time to hit the community swimming pool and BBQ.
However, the day we celebrate today, Labor Day, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union.
However, according to the U.S. Department of Labor official website on Labor Day, “The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.”
But today I ask you, what does Labor Day mean in America now?
Do we truly still celebrate American workers or just dismiss their efforts as a means to supply tax revenue to government for the growth of the welfare nanny-state? Or are the fruits of the labor from hard working Americans now used only to fill the coffers of union bureaucracy to promote its cronyism and maintaining power?
Our previous president of the United States exposed his disdain for the American worker and entrepreneur with statements such as “you didn’t build that” and pushing for work permits for illegal immigrants — can you really say on Labor Day we’re celebrating the American worker?
Let’s hope the steps the Trump administration has taken to reduce regulatory burdens and stem the tide of illegal immigration continue and broaden.
We’ve already had a disappointment in the GOPs fecklessness regarding an Obamacare repeal and replacement. And we’re being told tax reform may still be just out of reach. C’mon guys. We did our job and gave you majorities in the House and Senate. Now it’s your time to do yours.
So as we “celebrate” Labor Day, perhaps we should consider the tax, regulatory, and monetary policies that are being implemented which are antithetical to the success of the American worker. Maybe the “leaders’ in DC are the real “labor bosses;” fat cats living high on the hog and who will probably be eating quite well today.
Regardless, the U.S. Department of Labor defines the meaning of Labor Day as “a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
As we observe Labor Day, ask yourself, as an American worker, is this nation celebrating YOUR strength, prosperity, and well-being today — or that of the DC establishment — certainly not for your prosperity, but for their power?
Happy Labor Day, America.
[Learn more about Allen West’s vision for this nation in his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]