As we celebrate Labor Day around the nation today, a holiday granted federal status in 1882 six days after the end of the violent American Railroad Union strike against the Pullman Palace Car Company, we have to ask ourselves what exactly are we celebrating?
Hot dogs and hamburgers grilled to juicy perfection as our Great American Labor Force enjoys a National Day Off. It conjures the kind of visage that would make Norman Rockwell beam with pride. But not really. The American worker is today woefully under-employed if employed at all.
But not really. Today, the American worker is woefully under-employed if employed at all. An employment crisis that started to gut inner cities in the 70’s and spread like wildfire through rural communities unabated in the 80’s and 90’s should be the centerpiece of any discussion we have on this venerated holiday. That, however, is not the narrative you will encounter if you happen to expose yourself to the Mainstream Media today. Instead, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS are alight with stories about DACA. Tales about individuals that abandoned their own countries, skirted U.S. immigration law and now demand the right to all the benefits of American citizenship. Benefits no longer enjoyed by the vast majority of former middle-class America.
Instead, perhaps today should be a day of reflection for our labor unions. Perhaps they can take the day to ask themselves the following questions:
Since becoming a politicalized arm of the Democratic Party, what has the worker received in return?
Why do we support a $15 minimum wage but cling to the notion that there are jobs that “Americans won’t do” when Americans will clearly do ANY job if you pay them enough?
Why did we back Hillary Clinton when she and her globalist cabal want to decimate our numbers and replace them with cheap, foreign labor?
Who is standing up for the rights of the American Worker?
Why have Democrats and some Republicans united to continuously sling the narrative that America “has a labor shortage” when so many workers are unemployed or under-employed?
Who are these people that continuously threaten the livelihoods of entire industries and yet manage to continuously garner unfettered support from union leaders?
Which is better on a hot dog – dill relish or sweet relish?
It is truly unfortunate in this hour of labor crisis in America that unions have become a bloated weapon that no longer stands for much of anything. While we have seen immigrants in this country unlawfully walk off their illegally-obtained jobs to protest in action supported by the MSM, labor unions have done very little to shift the focus to those American citizens that have been affected most by our outsourcing employment policies. Labor unions, that helped end horrific working conditions in bygone eras, helped standardize work hours and ended child labor, now stand for pretty much nothing. They have become the butt of the joke. They have become nothing more than a grandstanding effort to collect monies for dues and use those dues against the very interests of their members.
So enjoy the day off, if you are lucky enough to have the day off, spend time with the kids before sending them out to the indoctrination factories, have a good old-fashioned bbq (try the dill relish, it’s amazing!), or maybe spend the day wondering how you will ever make ends meet working a part-time job with no benefits. Just don’t celebrate the American worker, grieve their reduced numbers. This Labor Day, America needs more American workers, working.