Tuesday, September 08, 2009

This may be a day late, but . . .

Thought ye socks would enjoy this article that landed in my inbox from Carol Saviak this afternoon:

Should America Celebrate Labor Day or Property Day?

This weekend, America celebrated "Labor Day." According to the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), this federal holiday is "a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers" and a national tribute to their contributions. While there is some debate as to who founded the holiday, it is widely attributed to either Peter McGuire or Matthew Maguire, both officers and leaders of labor unions in the 1880s. According to the Marxist.com website account of the glorious founding of Labor Day, both men were members of the same branch of the Socialist Labor Party.

The USDOL indicates the first Labor Day event was planned as a demonstration and a picnic. The first official event was celebrated in 1882 in New York City. Following various municipal and state adoptions, Congress passed an act on June 28, 1894 making the first Monday in September a legal holiday.

Today, many members of the general public have forgotten the origin of Labor Day was intertwined with the labor movement and it primarily exists as a national workers' day off. Taxpayers should be aware that most, if not all, unionized and public sector employees celebrate Labor Day as a paid holiday and entitlement.

Wouldn't a more appropriate celebration of worker's rights be "Property Day" where the opportunity to freely labor and to acquire and retain property according to one's individual labor are recognized?

Labor occurs in every nation in the world. What makes America relatively unique is the ability of individual Americans to dream, work hard and attain a basic level of individual wealth. This is almost impossible in many other countries of the world where property rights are not strongly protected.

Labor, without the ability to store and secure one's earnings in a legal and political environment wherein property rights are protected, is simply a form of slavery.

Therefore, shouldn't we honor the freedom and opportunity American workers have to work to maximize their own physical, intellectual and financial capacity and to securely profit from their labor?

(To read more of Carol's writings and to find out about all the hard work she does on behalf of private property owners, check out her website at www.proprights.com .)

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