America is the Ultimate “Labor of Love”

God Bless America!

Labor Day: What it Means. Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country …” I Googled it.

I love the saying, “as old as the hills” because that is exactly what comes to mind when I think of the word “labor”. Webster:  physical or mental effort. : work for which someone is paid. : workers considered as a group.

So why would something as “old as the hills” require a “movement”? Well…because of all the adjectives (also as old as the hills) that happen to surround the word that is both verb and noun. So, from one end of the spectrum to the other we find both labor of love and slave or forced labor. While I concede the social benefits of a movement that put an end to “sweat shops” here in America, I question the social benefits of tenure and rubber rooms. Beyond the sweat shop, the idea of “organized labor” escapes me because it suggests something that is most un-American to my mind…that we as Americans need a power outside of our selves to organize for us.

America is the ultimate labor of love, conceived in the bosom of the individual…just ask de Tocqueville. The “well-being of our country” can never be served by subordinating ourselves to any outside centralized organizing force. That is the recipe for incrementally fashioning the horrors of slave labor from the original vine of America…the greatest garden ever conceived by the labor of love.


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2 Responses to America is the Ultimate “Labor of Love”

  1. D. says:

    A lot of people don’t even know the history of this holiday, thanks for the reminder. I sense the concept of Labor Day is undergoing a change. Peoples concept of work and their relationship to it, seems up in the air.

    • Chip Murray says:

      So true D. I highly recommend this Ann Podcast “We are the gold”. In this episode (she) lays some conceptual groundwork for a later discussion of cypto-currency by defining the difference between money and currency, going into detail about the fundamental source of value behind money. (She) also talks about the bubble-inducing effects “forced charity” through government spending of tax revenues on things like education and healthcare, and how the institutional Church is right in the middle of — and profiting from! — this forced charity scheme.

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