LABOR DAY—LET’S MAKE IT ABOUT THE AMERICANS WHO LABOR AND THE WORK THEY DO

Let us establish a New Labor Day in America—a day to promote individual labor.

If we honor America when we honor labor, let us promote labor. There may be no better way than studying Booker T. Washington (Up From Slavery):

“I . . . learned to love labour . . . for the independence and self-reliance which the ability to do something which the world wants done brings.”

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“. . . at Hampton, for the first time, I learned what education was expected to do for an individual. Before going there I had a good deal of the then rather prevalent idea among our people that to secure an education meant to have a good, easy time, free from all necessity for manual labour. At Hampton I not only learned that it was not a disgrace to labour, but learned to love labour, not alone for its financial value, but for labour’s own sake and for the independence and self-reliance which the ability to do something which the world wants done brings. At that institution I got my first taste of what it meant to live a life of unselfishness, my first knowledge of the fact that the happiest individuals are those who do the most to make others useful and happy.”

Let us, with a New Labor Day, tomorrow, September 2, 2013, set a course to develop happy Americans. Let us celebrate the right of every American to work.

The Declaration of Independence identifies three of the “unalienable rights” (life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness) that God has endowed us with. Is work one of the others? We can say this, we are commanded to work.

“Six days shall thou labor and do all thy work,” —Exodus 20:9b.

So the right to work does not come from government, it is given—no—commanded by God.

When we hear of the 22 Right to Work States, it is about states without “closed union shops.” The U.S. Department of Labor enforces more than 180 Federal labor laws and thousands of regulations on business.

U.S. Department of Justice (OSC) offers this help, “If you have a legal right to work in the United States, Don’t let anyone take it away there are laws to protect you against discrimination in the workplace.” I know the reference is to “documented workers” and “undocumented workers.” The DOJ Office of Special Counsel is there to stand up for “documented workers” not, presumably, “undocumented workers.” Still, the wording seems to confirm that the Natural right to work in the United States of America has been diminished by law.

The right to work (and to employ) freely is diminished by federal and State law. Hundreds of the laws that diminish the right to work, including Federal closed shop laws must be repealed.

Let us, with this New Labor Day, September 2, 2013, set a course to fully restore every American’s right to work.

In the meantime, we must effectively encourage every able bodied man, woman and teen in America to, upon rising (six days per week), set upon a day of productive work. Let us begin. And let this be our new Labor Day motto:

“What is obtained by labor will of right be the property of him by whose labor it is gained.”

About Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson: a mature Christian who understands the sweep of history, the unique role of America and these times clearly and precisely.
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