Celebrating the labor in Labor Day

posted at 8:01 am on September 2, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Labor Day is upon us once again, and many of you will be enjoying an extra day of rest this week. Your crew of busy bees at Hot Air will be putting in a bit of a lighter schedule as well, spending time with our families and generally trying to unwind. But as we do, I felt compelled to share a few thoughts and open the podium to discussion on why it’s still important to recognize Labor Day, regardless of how some modern factions have tried to twist the meaning of the occasion.

Last night you engaged in quite the discussion over Quotes of the day, focusing very much on the “new” meaning of Labor Day… that being some distorted form of celebrating labor union bosses and their various victories. But today I would like to focus on something much more positive and, if I may, traditional, reaching far back to the roots of our nation. The real meaning of Labor Day should be remembered as one of the concepts which has no doubt been true in civilizations across the globe at various times spanning the history of mankind, as well as a cornerstone from the founding of this nation. That idea, of course, is the principle that hard work toward a meaningful goal is:

- Necessary to the success of not only the individual, but the community
- A cornerstone of both prosperity and individual freedom
- A reward in and of itself

Without work there is no food, no shelter, no clothing, and – in the long run – no survival. But it’s more than just keeping one person or one family of hunter gatherers alive. The lowliest animal works and, with luck, manages to stay alive, breed and pass on its genes to the next generation. Man works not only for himself, but as part of a larger vision, building a community, a region, a nation. When that impetus to work fails, not only do the individuals remove themselves from the path to prosperity, but the larger community weakens. And traditionally, when large numbers of people fall off the productivity bandwagon and become reliant upon the state to provide what they themselves are not contributing to, the state eventually fails.

As opposed to any communal system, the freedom to work hard, to build a life and save for the future are, if you think about it, the absolute definition of freedom. If you depend entirely on what you are given by the state, your future is only as certain as the stability and wealth of that government. And since government has no source of wealth beyond that which it collects from productive citizens, it doesn’t require an advanced math degree to see how that doesn’t add up to long term stability. But what you earn for yourself is yours, and can be passed on to your children.

This country was built by hard working individuals who knew with brutal certainty that the choices were to be productive or – in most cases – to die. And they built something wonderful, passing on a better life to each succeeding generation until we had a standard of living which was the envy of the planet. This was true of the first farmers who raised crops and animals to feed us, the first laborers who built the roads and railways to connect a continent and all the innovators who dreamed of a better future. Not everyone rose to dizzying heights of wealth and power, but the opportunity for every family to stand in their own castle on their own plot of land with a full belly and shelter from the storm was there. It was Ben Franklin who said, “then plough deep, while sluggards sleep, and you shall have corn to sell and to keep.”

A sentiment which is still true today.

That’s what comes from work, along with the pride we take as individuals in our achievements. This is why neighborhoods of single family homes generally look better than apartment blocks. Work is its own reward, and what you work for and earn you tend to value and take care of. It’s easy to be disappointed in much of what we see around us or on the news at times, but we still live in a place where opportunity exists. So here’s to all of you that work and earn and save and spend and build, and to all those who came before you, building what you stand upon today. Happy Labor Day.


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Without work there is no food, no shelter, no clothing, and – in the long run – no survival. But it’s more than just keeping one person or one family of hunter gatherers alive. The lowliest animal works and, with luck, manages to stay alive, breed and pass on its genes to the next generation.

Dats old skool we are living in new skool now. Big Daddy Gubnut will take care of our needs and all we have to do is keep voting for largess.

trs on September 2, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Last night you engaged in quite the discussion over Quotes of the day, focusing very much on the “new” meaning of Labor Day… that being some distorted form of celebrating labor union bosses and their various victories.

The history of Labor Day, per the Department of Labor: http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm

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.

The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

Is labor day about unions per se? No, but it is about the workers that unions represent, and came to fruition through the unions’ efforts. So it seems a little silly to take a day like today to disparage the role of unions when the holiday (and better working conditions and hours) came into existence in the United States thanks to them.

Stoic Patriot on September 2, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Long live Right-to-Work states! Union dues not wanted!

ExpressoBold on September 2, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Two recent quotes:
US claims ‘Irrefutable evidence‘ of chemical attacks in Syria from the White House

“The science is clear. It is irrefutable and it is alarming, from Kerry.

“If we continue down our current path, the impacts of climate change will only get worse.”

Uh-huh.

Wino on September 2, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Celebrating the Part-time labor in Labor Day

Brought to you by Obamacare ….

hillsoftx on September 2, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Detroit, the best example of what unions do.

Flange on September 2, 2013 at 8:39 AM

It’s not the same Labor Day, anymore. There is a big gap in television programming. Is what the MDA did to Jerry Lewis a metaphor for what is going on in Modern American Society? My take.

kingsjester on September 2, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Happy Labor Day HA…

OmahaConservative on September 2, 2013 at 8:53 AM

2nd that OC

Y’all have a fantastic day :)

cmsinaz on September 2, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Thanks to Obama and ObamaCare, you will only have part of the day off on Labor Day.

PackerBronco on September 2, 2013 at 9:03 AM

America’s abundance was created not by public sacrifices to “the common good,” but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes. They did not starve the people to pay for America’s industrialization. They gave the people better jobs, higher wages and cheaper goods with every new machine they invented, with every scientific discovery or technological advance — and thus the whole country was moving forward and profiting, not suffering, every step of the way.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on September 2, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Isn’t it grand that Google translated exactly what they wanted to hear. What are the odds of that happen’n

bwahahahahahaha

roflmfao

donabernathy on September 2, 2013 at 9:10 AM

oops wrong thread

donabernathy on September 2, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Happy Labor Day to all the HotAirians. Except the classless libby trolls.

I’m actually going to work today for a few hours, because I need more time to meet some deadlines later this week.

22044 on September 2, 2013 at 9:14 AM

trs on September 2, 2013 at 8:10 AM

That.

Philly on September 2, 2013 at 9:16 AM

It’s not the same Labor Day, anymore. There is a big gap in television programming. Is what the MDA did to Jerry Lewis a metaphor for what is going on in Modern American Society? My take.

kingsjester on September 2, 2013 at 8:52 AM

…disgusting!
…things have changed the last few years…do we get to blame JugEars for this… for once…instead of Bush!

KOOLAID2 on September 2, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Labor Day is about whatever the left says it’s about. Now shut up and pay your fair share.

bgibbs1000 on September 2, 2013 at 9:20 AM

My prayer on this Labor Day is that the nation can again return to full employment (meaning full-time). The labor participation rate is the lowest it’s been since Carter was in office. Thanks, Barry, for being an even worse president.

I am grateful to have a good job. If you have a full-time job, count your blessings and enjoy the holiday.

Philly on September 2, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Proverbs 28:19

19 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.

Ecclesiastes 5:12

12 Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep.

Colossians 3:23

23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 9:32 AM

40,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation’s largest private sector unions.

The Longshoremen citied Obamacare and immigration reform as two important causes of their disaffiliation.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/01/Citing-Obamacare-40-000-Longshoremen-Quit-the-AFL-CIO

In their letter to Trumka they aren’t happy. Is this the groundwork for waivers?

Happy Labor Day to America’s Workers and Taxpayers!!

bluefox on September 2, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Of course, the fly in the ointment is the rich laborer who has made his or her wealth by the work of his or her own hands. Does such a person sleep fitfully or well?

unclesmrgol on September 2, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Unless and until the “UNION” stench in the word labor is eradicated, this day will always be a travesty of the celebration of American hard work and ingenuity!

Rebrand it through Conservative principles and it might have a chance for meaning again.

katy on September 2, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Happy Labor Day — all! This is easily the most uplifting article I’ve read today.

Over at the LA Times, they are talking about how Unions need new laws so they can grow…

http://discussions.latimes.com/20/lanews/la-oe-0902-meyerson-labor-20130902/10

unclesmrgol on September 2, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Without work there is no food, no shelter, no clothing, and – in the long run – no survival.

The entitlement mindset might disagree.

JetBoy on September 2, 2013 at 10:09 AM

bluefox on September 2, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Oops.

davidk on September 2, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Somewhere, there are groups of pregnant women wondering why anybody is celebrating childbirth beyond simply the arrival of a little bundle of joy.

platypus on September 2, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 9:32 AM

And:

For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.

2 Thessalonians 3:10

A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.

Proverbs 6:10,11

davidk on September 2, 2013 at 10:16 AM

When I was a young boy the story of John Henry had a important role in the work ethic I would later develop. I would like to share with all of my HotAir family two musical interpretations of that story. Happy Labor Day Everyone!!!

John

Henry

Bmore on September 2, 2013 at 10:20 AM

When I was a young boy the story of John Henry had a important role in the work ethic I would later develop.
Bmore on September 2, 2013 at 10:20 AM

He died in his labor competing against mechanization.

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 10:23 AM

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/09/02/bible-thumping-bch-bakery-that-refused-to-make-gay-couples-wedding-cake-is-shutting-down-its-shop-following-threats-anger/

davidk on September 2, 2013 at 10:24 AM

The Sodomy Brotherhood is nigh upon painting christian residences and businesses with red paint to mark them for destruction.

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Oops.

davidk on September 2, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Some things need to be posted more than once:-)

bluefox on September 2, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Yep. Proudly. Enjoy your day brother. ; )

Bmore on September 2, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Yep. Proudly. Enjoy your day brother. ; )

Bmore on September 2, 2013 at 10:28 AM

I will, you too. 8D

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM

The Sodomy Brotherhood is nigh upon painting christian residences and businesses with red paint to mark them for destruction.

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 10:26 AM

In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.

Job 24:16 (cf. all of Job 24.)

davidk on September 2, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Solidarity fellow workers./

http://www.cpusa.org/may-day-2013.

Nice try Jazz, but we all know what it is.

Happy commie day! Yea!

In my new world, it’s not a holiday. Or maybe it is. I’ll just change it up to Gun range day.

Because the hammer & sickle makes a mighty fine target. Use the day wisely. It’s not what it seems.

wolly4321 on September 2, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Frederick Douglas – Self-Made Men – 1872

From these remarks it will be evident that, allowing only ordinary ability and opportunity, we may explain success mainly by one word and that word is WORK! WORK!! WORK!!! WORK!!!! Not transient and fitful effort, but patient, enduring, honest, unremitting and indefatigable work into which the whole heart is put, and which, in both temporal and spiritual affairs, is the true miracle worker. Everyone may avail himself of this marvelous power, if he will. There is no royal road to perfection. Certainly no one must wait for some kind of friend to put a springing board under his feet, upon which he may easily bound from the first round of their ladder onward and upward to its highest round. If he waits for this, he may wait long, and perhaps forever. He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else.

If you wish to make your son helpless, you need not cripple him with bullet or bludgeon, but simply place him beyond the reach of necessity and surround him with ease and luxury. This experiment has often been tried and has seldom failed. As a general rule, where circumstances do most for men, there man will do least for himself; and where man does least, he himself is least. His doing or not doing makes or unmakes him.

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 10:45 AM

If a man is called a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and Earth will pause to say, Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Unions. Democrat money laundering machines. This is their holiday.

They actually have a holiday, and Jazz blows it off as something it’s not.

Pathetic.

http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm.

That’s the dept. Of labor, Jazz. Ya know? The gubmint.

You see, the dems and the unions have some history. Goes way back. Back far enough that you have the day off, comrade.

wolly4321 on September 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

As a door turns on its hinges,

so a sluggard turns on his bed. Prov 26:14

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 11:01 AM

For you on this day litlle libby.

Bmore on September 2, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Unions. Democrat money laundering machines. This is their holiday.

Post World War II GOP didn’t think that…..and that’s the pro-civil rights GOP you all are always trying to claim….

libfreeordie on September 2, 2013 at 11:05 AM

It’s hard for me to veil my contempt for the union labor vermin who plague this country. From its origins in communism; its inherent thuggish corruption and life-long ties to the mob; to the members’ contempt for all public policy except one — how the government rigs every economic game in their favor — these are among our least-informed and most worthless citizens.

They are one step above the race voters, and not coincidentally they share the same party, uniformly.

So if I must celebrate anything about these people, let me profess my admiration for union men and women who buck their communist/mob/punk leaders and vote their consciences on the full spectrum of public policy, and not “who will give me shiny objects and goodies”, like the vast majority of their fellow travelers.

Here’s to you. The rest of you GFY.

Jaibones on September 2, 2013 at 11:09 AM

“So you think that money is the root of all evil?” said Francisco d’Anconia. “Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?

“When you accept money in payment for your effort, you do so only on the conviction that you will exchange it for the product of the effort of others. It is not the moochers or the looters who give value to money. Not an ocean of tears not all the guns in the world can transform those pieces of paper in your wallet into the bread you will need to survive tomorrow. Those pieces of paper, which should have been gold, are a token of honor–your claim upon the energy of the men who produce. Your wallet is your statement of hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on that moral principle which is the root of money, Is this what you consider evil?

“Have you ever looked for the root of production? Take a look at an electric generator and dare tell yourself that it was created by the muscular effort of unthinking brutes. Try to grow a seed of wheat without the knowledge left to you by men who had to discover it for the first time. Try to obtain your food by means of nothing but physical motions–and you’ll learn that man’s mind is the root of all the goods produced and of all the wealth that has ever existed on earth.

“But you say that money is made by the strong at the expense of the weak? What strength do you mean? It is not the strength of guns or muscles. Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think. Then is money made by the man who invents a motor at the expense of those who did not invent it? Is money made by the intelligent at the expense of the fools? By the able at the expense of the incompetent? By the ambitious at the expense of the lazy? Money is made–before it can be looted or mooched–made by the effort of every honest man, each to the extent of his ability. An honest man is one who knows that he can’t consume more than he has produced.’

“To trade by means of money is the code of the men of good will. Money rests on the axiom that every man is the owner of his mind and his effort. Money allows no power to prescribe the value of your effort except the voluntary choice of the man who is willing to trade you his effort in return. Money permits you to obtain for your goods and your labor that which they are worth to the men who buy them, but no more. Money permits no deals except those to mutual benefit by the unforced judgment of the traders. Money demands of you the recognition that men must work for their own benefit, not for their own injury, for their gain, not their loss–the recognition that they are not beasts of burden, born to carry the weight of your misery–that you must offer them values, not wounds–that the common bond among men is not the exchange of suffering, but the exchange of goods. Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men’s stupidity, but your talent to their reason; it demands that you buy, not the shoddiest they offer, but the best that your money can find. And when men live by trade–with reason, not force, as their final arbiter–it is the best product that wins, the best performance, the man of best judgment and highest ability–and the degree of a man’s productiveness is the degree of his reward. This is the code of existence whose tool and symbol is money. Is this what you consider evil?

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Always the same for you. You’ve been left behind to wilt. Slave.

Bmore on September 2, 2013 at 11:19 AM

As we saw with George Washington, Benjamin Franklin gave himself a set of virtues to live by. He referred to these as his 13 virtues and the goal was to provide a moral guide for himself, or in other words, a personal improvement program. Here’s Franklin’s list:

1. Temperance: Eat not to dullness and drink not to elevation.

2. Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.

3. Order: Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time.

4. Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.

5. Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself: i.e. Waste nothing.

6. Industry: Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.

7. Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

8. Justice: Wrong none, by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

9. Moderation: Avoid extremes. Forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

10. Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.

11. Chastity: Rarely use venery but for health or offspring; Never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.

12. Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

13. Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 11:09 AM

False premise. It is the love of money that is the root of all evil, not money itself.

Jaibones on September 2, 2013 at 11:23 AM

And he lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him,

Acts 28: 30

Imagine that.

Cleombrotus on September 2, 2013 at 11:33 AM

False premise. It is the love of money that is the root of all evil, not money itself.

Jaibones on September 2, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Sure.

1Ti 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
1Ti 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Jaibones on September 2, 2013 at 11:23 AM

“For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs.” 1 Timothy 6:10

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never fail you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Bread is made for laughter,
and wine gladdens life,
and money answers everything. Ecclesiastes 10:19

Always nice to include some attribution.

Cleombrotus on September 2, 2013 at 11:41 AM

wolly4321 on September 2, 2013 at 10:45 AM

What it means to the leftists/marxists and what it means to mmost of us here is most certainly polar opposites.

But if the “workers unite” here in the USoA, it will be hell to pay for the socialists.

davidk on September 2, 2013 at 11:43 AM

False premise. It is the love of money that is the root of all evil, not money itself.

Jaibones on September 2, 2013 at 11:23 AM

I think that is the point d’Anconia is trying to make.

Francisco d’Anconia. “Have you ever asked what is the root of money?

davidk on September 2, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Once again, a lib troll with nothing better to do (probably on someone’s payroll and probably unionized) comes in, and all they have is stuff from 50-60 years ago. How much green fur was growing on it when they took it out of the back of their fridge?

Ossified, way out dated, stale, moldy, crap from one long-ass time ago. That’s all they have.

They live in the past, where robber barons, Jim Crow, and back-alley abortions are alive and well in their cob-webbed imaginations.

CurtZHP on September 2, 2013 at 11:52 AM

From what I understand, money is just a fungible proxy by which man can exchange his ability to labor and reason. If you read the whole D’Aconia speech, it is pretty clear he is not advocating loving money.

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 11:53 AM

I think that is the point d’Anconia is trying to make.

Francisco d’Anconia. “Have you ever asked what is the root of money?
davidk on September 2, 2013 at 11:47 AM

He says later in that speech…”Or did you say it’s the LOVE of money that’s the root of all evil? To love a thing is to know and love its nature. To love money is to know and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men. It’s the person who would sell his soul for a nickel, who is the loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money—and he has good reason to hate it. The lovers of money are willing to work for it. They know they are able to deserve it.”

Flange on September 2, 2013 at 11:53 AM

I think Francisco d’Anconia and Paul the Apostle are in agreement. There appears to be an unintentional equivocation in the meaning of “love” by the two.

But I have not read d’Anconia’s entire speech nor do I know the context in which he made it.

davidk on September 2, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Unions. Democrat money laundering machines. This is their holiday.

Post World War II GOP didn’t think that…..and that’s the pro-civil rights GOP you all are always trying to claim….

libfreeordie on September 2, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Stop living your life 60 years in the past, and maybe we’ll stop laughing at you.

F-

Del Dolemonte on September 2, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Today’s my normal day off. I’m using it to catch up on housework and yard work….because I’m a responsible adult.
*The word ‘responsibility’ to a liberal is like garlic to a vampire.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 2, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Murphy9 on September 2, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Nicely done.

To the HA presenters.
I’m sure we can amuse ourselves. Thank you for the unsolvable politics of our time, the digging out of issues and articles. Great stuff. Likewise, the commenters.

One.hurried.slowed.down.day.at.a.time.

We’ll need a vacay from the vacay.

No rest for the weary, nor the wicked.

mickytx on September 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on September 2, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Simmer down. All will be well.

You can’t beat people over the head for how things are important. They are for me as well.
You’re not alone. Ride the day. Be happy, annoying one. ;D

mickytx on September 2, 2013 at 1:50 PM

mickytx on September 2, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Usually, I sit on my butt all day Monday. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on September 2, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Today’s my normal day off. I’m using it to catch up on housework and yard work….because I’m a responsible adult.
*The word ‘responsibility’ to a liberal is like garlic to a vampire.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 2, 2013 at 1:25 PM

annoyinglittleresponsibleadulttwerp

ALRAT

Free The Twerp!

22044 on September 2, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Once again, a lib troll with nothing better to do (probably on someone’s payroll and probably unionized) comes in,

CurtZHP on September 2, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Those are probably freelancers. For all I know, they’re hardcore Conservatives having some fun with us or making us think harder about our principles. At any rate, they’re too obvious.

If I were a Saul Alinsky, Cloward-Piven type who wanted to “infiltrate” a Conservative blog, I’d be the biggest Ronald Reagan fan and the biggest Obama hater and gain everyone’s trust…and then “nudge” and “massage” on key talking points. I think they were most effective in helping to get McCain and Romney nominated. Did most of those folks drop out in disgust at having lost to an obvious Marxist, or was it merely that there work here (and on other blogs) was merely done?

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Good insights.

Cleombrotus on September 2, 2013 at 7:02 PM

It is said the the opposite of Love is not Hate – it is “indifference”

The OPPOSITE of “LABOR” is not “inaction” — it’s “UNIONS“……..

williamg on September 2, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Work?

Work is for……racists.

Just kidding.

Have a great Labor Day!

KirknBurker on September 2, 2013 at 7:29 PM

I celebrated Labor Day by… working on my project in the office. I really, really need a vacation…

dominigan on September 2, 2013 at 8:22 PM

…the “new” meaning of Labor Day… that being some distorted form of celebrating labor union bosses and their various victories.

You mean the original meaning of Labor Day. The original meaning of Labor day is to recognize the victories of organized labor while spurning communism. Labor Day having been begun by organized labor.

Is this like that thing where Republicans spend every MLK Day fantasizing that MLK was a Republican and that the true meaning of his legacy is that black should get over it already and stop whining?

eh on September 2, 2013 at 9:53 PM

…hey, eh….HERE’S the “original meaning” of Labor Day”

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130902/NEWS/309020043/Union-membership-numbers-in-Iowa-shrink?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFrontpage&gcheck=1

Organized Labor has never done anything but CHEER for communism………….

We need to END THEM!!

williamg on September 2, 2013 at 11:43 PM

I work because leisure is boring.

John the Libertarian on September 3, 2013 at 2:25 AM