Labor Day today
This post is going to be very short and sweet. Today is Labor Day, a day to honor labor, the workers who built this country. Remember, it was not the rich who built this country, it was labor. All the money in the world will not build a road or a dam or a bridge or a building without the workers to do the labor.
And no rich person in the world ever got rich in a vacuum. They were only able to get rich because of people doing the work, supplying the labor, and buying the stuff that made the rich rich, rich on the backs of labor. Take away labor and it will all go to hell.
Wikipedia has a good page on the establishment of Labor Day as a National holiday back in 1894 as legislation enacted by Congress and signed by President Grover Cleveland. Originally established as reconciliation with labor following the deaths of workers at the hands of the US military and US marshals during the Pullman Strike, in recent years we have used the holiday as a end of summer celebration with only passing reference to labor.
With the millions of Americans out of work and desperately wanting work while the rich are sitting on their piles of money, maybe we should remember labor once again both for the workers who built this country and for the current and future workers who will rebuild this country given half a chance. So here is to the American worker! Hooray! Stumble It!