Monday, September 04, 2006

Remember The TRUE Meaning Of Labor Day

Labor Day is much more than the first Monday of September that we get the day off of work to bbq or go to the beach. It is a time to reflect on the many sacrifices of the United States workers who came before us, & especially to those who lost their lives in the fight for justice at the workplace.
Only the U.S. celebrates Labor Day in September. Everywhere else in the world, nations honor workers on May Day (May 1st).
Ironically enough, "May Day" was founded by U.S. workers, & taken away from them as a day to celebrate by a federal goverment fearful of the wave of huge demonstrations for an 8 hour work day & massive strikes for justice in the workplace, such as railroads, mines, & factories, that began in 1877.
An action like this may seem quaint now, but the symbolism of May Day workers challenging corporate power still causes fear among the top elite.
Just ask Dubya & the Republican Neo-cons in Congress!
In 2003, Bush proclaimed May 1st as "Loyalty Day", when U.S. citizens should express blind alligiance to our country & it's founding ideals. That same year, Congress designated May 1st of each year as "Loyalty Day".
Bush proclaimed:
" Now, therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of America,do hereby proclaim May 1, 2003, as Loyalty Day. I call upon all the people of the U.S. to join in support of the national observance. I also call upon goverment officials to display the flag of the U.S. on all goverment buildings on Loyalty Day."
Damn, sounds kinda Hitler-esque to me! This president will do just about anything to deny the real workers of this country their much deserved recognition, rights, & fair pay! This asshole doesn't know the meaning of work! He has had everything handed to him on a silver platter.
Some call May Day the REAL Labor Day. But workers in this country shed their blood & sweat for a day of honor. No matter what the date, they deserve recognition & praise.