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    What The Heck Are We Celebrating On Labor Day?

    It’s the first Monday in September and for some it signifies the end of summer, start of school, and the last time to hit the community swimming pool and BBQ.

    However, the day we celebrate today, Labor Day, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

    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.

    However, according to the U.S. Department of Labor official website on Labor Day, “The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.”

    But today I ask you, what does Labor Day mean in America now?

    Do we truly still celebrate American workers or just dismiss their efforts as a means to supply tax revenue to government for the growth of the welfare nanny-state? Or are the fruits of the labor from hard working Americans now used only to fill the coffers of union bureaucracy to promote its cronyism and maintaining power?

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    At a time when the president of the United States exposes his disdain for the American worker and entrepreneur with statements such as “you didn’t build that” and pushes for work permits for illegal immigrants — can you really say on Labor Day we’re celebrating the American worker? Or are we now celebrating a movement that just exploits the American worker?

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    Allen West

    Allen West served 22 years in the United States Army and as Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones: in Operation Desert Storm, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was a Battalion Commander in the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, and later in Afghanistan.

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