THE IRON PEN by Daniel Hite

September 3, 2018

Labor Day Then and Now

Filed under: Uncategorized — danielhite @ 9:36 am

In America and around the world, Labor Day and “International Worker’s Day” has a checkered past. From the Chicago “Haymarket Riot” in May of 1886 to the “May Day” celebrations of Socialists worldwide, Labor Day in America has always endeavored to distance itself from the Communistic class struggle between workers and owners. It goes without saying that traditional and Fabian Socialists saw their opportunity to unite proletariat workers in their “plight” against the bourgeoisie. Class oppression and resistance has always been the rallying cry for them. This gave the division of labor new meaning! Enter U.S. labor unions and the seeds of American progressivism. Riots, muscle tactics, and organized crime quickly seized the early days of the Twentieth Century labor movement. Because of its history in America, Labor Day has meant different things to different people. But today–to most rank and file Americans–it means another holiday and a celebration of a different sort. It means a celebration of family and material abundance that is brought about by hard work. You can get ahead in America like no other place on the planet.

Part of the genius of the American free market economic system is the freedom to buy and sell, to start your own business or work for someone else, and freedom to enjoy the fruit of your own labors. Work (Labor) is good. Man was created to work and give expression to his purpose and potential and be recognized for it by his Creator. God gave us freedom to associate (organized labor) as well as freedom not to associate. God-given Liberty is precious and should be precious to us. But remember that we are individually held accountable for how we use the freedoms we enjoy. Someone else will not be held accountable for my choices; I must answer for my own actions. Organized labor MUST understand and reflect this principle of individual accountability. We would do well to heed those Biblical admonitions regarding our work and our rest. I am grateful today for our God-given freedoms and for their rightful and peaceful expression in the marketplace.

The Lord will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. The Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you only will be above, and you will not be underneath, if you listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I charge you today, to  observe them carefully, and do not turn aside from any of the words which I command you today, to the right or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.  – Deuteronomy 28:12-14

1 Comment »

  1. Friday, September 7, 2018
    Dear Daniel Hite:
    Thank you so much for such valuable information concerning Labor Day, unionism, and socialism in America.
    Too few pastors and their churches, not to mention thousands of schools nationwide, have not been informed and/or taught these things.
    God bless you, sir!
    the Williams Family
    Troy, MO

    Comment by the Williams Family — September 7, 2018 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

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