We’re heading into another political season, as if we ever got out of the last one.
Like most of the country, I am outraged by what’s going on, or perhaps what’s not going on in Congress. I am disgusted by how stupid we’ve become. And I am mad as hell.
Are you getting tomorrow off? Great. THANK THE UNIONS.
From the Department of Labor’s website:
Labor Day: How it Came About; 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.
Founder of Labor Day
More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.
Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”
But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.
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.
Here are some words that the right wing have used to promote hate. I’ve had it. When you see these words, know that they are words of hate.
- Lawyers -Yep, back when George H.W. Bush was running for first Vice-President and then President, he blamed the problems of this country on the lawyers. I call bullshit. Lawyers were the first of the current boogie men. They practice law. They are the ones that should be in Washington writing laws. Not the clowns that are currently writing laws. Lawyering is an honorable profession, there are dishonest ones, that’s for sure, but there are dishonest politicians too so GHWB had no right to single out the lawyers. And this country was stupid for believing him.
- Academia -Yeah, pick on the smart guys. Also a GHWB tactic. Maybe he was just grooming his idiot son for the Presidency. Without academia we wouldn’t have the medical breakthroughs we have now. If you’re sick, really sick, you want to be at a university hospital. That’s where the best of the best and the brightest of the bright reside. George W. Bush would never be found there. Nor would Dan Quayle. Seeing a pattern yet?
- Cultural Elite -What does that mean? Andy Warhol? Diane von Fürstenberg? Doris Duke? What did that mean, but it caught on.
- Liberal Media -First, I don’t know when liberal got to be a dirty word. It’s not. Once upon the time before a bunch of corporate marketers changed the way that news was delivered we used to be able to trust the information. Now it’s all about the bubbleheaded blonde that comes on at 6. And selling soap bubbles. And market share. I will never forgive Dan Rather for announcing James Brady’s death. But, I’ll take the Liberal Media every day of the week over Faux News. They’ve been proven to be criminals by Scotland Yard, why do we still watch them in America? Why do we believe a single word they say? If you haven’t seen Outfoxed, go rent it. Nuff said.
- Moral Majority -It wasn’t moral or the majority but they kept repeating it as if it were true. I could do a subsection on these asshats. Pat Robertson blaming New Orleans for Katrina or Haiti for the earthquake. Michelle Bachmann just mused if the earthquake and Irene were God’s way of signaling Congress that they weren’t doing what she thought they should. Or how about their preachers going down, literally, one after another for, let’s see, hookers, homo hookers, meth, illicit affairs and Godonlyknows what else. Shall we take a moment to talk about Congressional morality? Thought not. Not moral. Not the majority.
- Unions -Yeah, the guys who stopped child labor, forced a livable wage, job stability, health and safety standards. Yeah, the Union is the bad guy if your the corporation. If you’re the worker, they’re the good guy. Stupid.
- Tyranny -Obama is not Ghaddafi. Ghaddafi was tyranny. Saddam Hussein was tyranny. Obama is the President. Congress, is just as stupid as the people who elected them. That’s not tyranny either. King George III? Tyrannical. An elected President? No.
- Freedom -Like you can’t do what you want to within reason in this country. Don’t be an asshat and you have more freedom than any other country. You have the freedom to be a total douche and vote consistently against your own interest. Ain’t America grand?
- Special Rights -They are only special when they aren’t afforded the entire constituency. Once that happens, they become special from subtractions not addition. If it’s 1850 and a slave wants to be free that’s a special right. Because his right to be free has been subtracted. See how that works? But you don’t learn what it means because you have a half assed American education and you buy into that rhetorical horse crap. The right to marry is only a special right because it’s been taken away.
- Elite <add your slur here> -You aren’t elite so it’s ok to hate “the Elite” whoever they are. Here’s a news flash Senators are elite. There’s 100 of them. Congress is elite. There’s only 435 of them. Governors are elite. There’s 50 of them. You and me? We aren’t elite. We’re just schmucks working a job.
There will be a ton more in this new election cycle. Know them. Reject them.