Saturday, September 4, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

What is the significance of Labor Day?

Per the unreliable source of Wikipedia... The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. The September date was chosen as Cleveland was concerned that aligning an American labor holiday with existing international May Day celebrations would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair. All 50 U.S. states have made Labor Day a state holiday.

With all that said I wonder why we don't celebrate occasions such as National Lamp Day? Is there such a day in which someone invented the halogen lamp to shed light into rooms for people to see? I think it makes more sense to have a national holiday for something that is practical and useful. Do not get me started on Christopher Columbus Day, I mean, really? Celebrate a murderous explorer who in FACT was not the first person to have found the America's. In fact, this guy helped spread murder, disease, plague, and terror to the America's. WAY TO GO! So, why celebrate Labor Day? I mean, it's another day to have off - PAID, but why not something else? There are thousands of things to REALLY celebrate. For example, I would celebrate the first day a computer was invented. I have no idea when that was, but heck, that's a national holiday if I ever heard of one. Or may be have a national holiday of when the first president of the United States was inaugurated? Sounds like a plan to me! Or every year let's celebrate the birthday of OUR CURRENT president! That's something to think about. Labor Day... I don't know... I understand Memorial Day and Christmas but Labor Day. I still am at a quandary as to why this is such a huge day. And by the by, Thanksgiving.... REALLY, the false pretenses and stories of this day is hilarious. The pilgrims and the Indians shared a dinner on this day, we should give thanks. I give thanks for my life and family, but this could easily be deemed something else, like FAMILY DAY or APPRECIATION DAY. And quit telling that ridiculous story of the Indians and the pilgrims.

Ranting over and out!



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