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"Labor is the United States"

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I'm interested to hear reactions to the above premise, which is, to my mind, a central truth no longer shared by enough political representatives in Washington.

I'd wanted to post it yesterday, for Labor Day, because it so clearly articulates the importance of Labor Day, but was away from internet access. It's a premise that could not stand in greater opposition to Eric Cantor's tweet that on Labor Day, "we celebrate those who have taken a risk, worked hard, built a business and earned their own success."

Here's the full quote from which it was taken:

"Labor is the United States. The men and women, who with their minds, their hearts and hands, create the wealth that is shared in this country—they are America."

If only both parties still agreed with that fundamental premise. Imagine if it was still the purpose of government, as it once was, "to establish and maintain a peaceful world and build at home a dynamic prosperity in which every citizen fairly shares."

Perhaps in the future we can get back to that.

Oh -- the above quote is from the Republican Party platform under Eisenhower in 1956. Read the full platform here: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=25838

It's a quote that also demonstrates how far away from sound American principles current Republicans have drifted, how radical and never-before-seen in America they truly are.

Happy belated Labor Day, and may the true Makers -- American laborers workers -- regain the respect and protection they deserve and as Republicans used to give them.

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Liberty275 1 year, 7 months ago

"American laborers workers -- regain the respect and protection they deserve and as Republicans used to give them."

Everyone respects the American worker. I hope each and every one negotiates a nice salary and the have a wonderful life. If they send a union thug in to negotiate for them, he'll be turned away at the door and they'll get nothing.

We can't make unions illegal, but every state needs to rewrite their laws to make them right-to-work. It is fundamentally wrong to charge a person money for the opportunity to work.

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tange 1 year, 7 months ago

I spent much of my Labor Day laboring, attempting to effect results which might serve the admirable efforts of others. And I then devoted the rest of my day to a son who, in spite of the best of efforts, found himself locked out of a job which simply evaporated without notice.

We've lost sight, and all but enshrined a work ethic. Soon we'll have no need for those bothersome organs cluttering the head, animating our limbs, rousing the dead.

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