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The History of Labor Day and Why We Celebrate

The History of Labor Day and Why We Celebrate

(ConcernedPatriot.com) – When Labor Day arrives on the first Monday of September, many view it simply as a holiday – a pleasant break from work and a chance to enjoy a barbecue at the end of summer.

Recognizing the contributions of American workers is an integral part of the rich history behind Labor Day celebrations.

What Exactly Is Labor Day, and Why Celebrate It?

Labor Day is more than an extended weekend. It’s a testament to the countless social and economic milestones achieved by American workers.

This holiday emerged when labor activists ardently needed a special day to honor the essence of American strength, prosperity, and welfare – the worker.

Early Beginnings: The States Pave the Way

Imagine a time when Labor Day wasn’t a national holiday. It began as a movement championed by labor activists and certain forward-thinking states.

While New York might’ve been the first state to introduce a Labor Day bill, Oregon took the lead, officially recognizing Labor Day on February 21, 1887.

That same year, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York jumped on board. As the years rolled on, states like Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania also recognized its importance.

And by 1894, an overwhelming majority – 23 more states – had adopted Labor Day as a holiday. Finally, recognizing its significance, Congress declared the first Monday of September a national holiday on June 28, 1894.

The Founders’ Debate: McGuire or Maguire?

History often holds mysteries, and one such enigma surrounds the true founder of Labor Day. The debate primarily revolves around two dedicated workers.

Some historical documents point towards Peter J. McGuire, a stalwart from the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners credited as a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor.

It’s believed that McGuire pitched the idea in 1882, envisioning a special day that exalted workers’ endeavors, celebrating the beauty and grandeur they brought into the world.

The story takes an unexpected turn with the introduction of another contender, Matthew Maguire, who happens to be a machinist. Some recent research supports the idea that it was Maguire while being a secretary at the Central Labor Union in New York, who first proposed the concept in 1882.

According to the New Jersey Historical Society, a local newspaper credits Maguire as the true founder of Labor Day.

Revisiting the Inaugural Labor Day

Imagine this scene: It’s September 5, 1882, and New York City is excited as the first Labor Day parade takes center stage. The Central Labor Union organized this monumental event, repeated the following year, firmly establishing its place in history.

By 1894, Labor Day had gained national importance, leading President Grover Cleveland to declare it a national holiday.

Labor Day Today: A Reflection of Its Roots

How do most of us commemorate Labor Day today? Parades, festivities, and social gatherings – quite mirroring the original proposal for the holiday.

This vision entailed a grand street parade showcasing the unity and spirit of worker organizations, followed by recreational activities for workers and their families.

Over time, the celebration evolved. It wasn’t just about parades and parties anymore. Influential figures delivered speeches emphasizing the holiday’s civic and economic significance.

By 1909, the American Federation of Labor even dedicated the Sunday preceding Labor Day to the spiritual and educational facets of the labor movement.

In essence, Labor Day is not just a date on a calendar. It’s a heartfelt nod to the American worker, who has elevated the nation’s standard of living, driving unparalleled global production and fostering economic and political democracy.

So, the next time you’re enjoying your Labor Day barbeque, take a moment to reflect on the profound history and significance of this day.

Celebrate the American worker’s spirit, resilience, and accomplishments – the true backbone of the nation.

Copyright 2023. ConcernedPatriot.com

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Judge Threatens to Arrest Trump for Going to His Son’s Graduation

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Donald Trump, often maligned by his critics, has demonstrated one undeniable truth throughout his public life: he is a devoted and exceptional father. Observing him with his children—Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, and Barron—reveals a man who is not only proud but profoundly nurturing. This connection with his children, built on respect and genuine affection, is something that any parent can recognize as authentic and admirable.

Amidst his many battles, the commitment Trump shows to his family life remains unshakeable, even as he faces an unprecedented and, many would argue, highly politicized trial. It’s utterly disheartening to see how low his opponents are willing to stoop in their pursuit to tarnish his image—so much so, that they would even suggest jailing him should he decide to attend his youngest son Barron’s graduation. This insinuation by Justice Juan Merchan is not only absurd but strikes at the heart of basic human decency.

Consider the sheer joy and pride a parent feels witnessing their child achieve a milestone like graduation. Barron, having grown up under the intense scrutiny of his father’s high-profile career, deserves to celebrate his graduation day with both his parents by his side, without the shadow of political vendettas darkening this important family moment.

The trumped up case against Trump, centered around alleged hush money related to an encounter with Stormy Daniels, is based on alleged actions that took place long before he entered the political arena. If we examine this scenario critically, it’s clear that this is a common enough practice among the elite to protect personal and family privacy. Yet, it’s portrayed as a sinister plot solely because Trump is the individual involved. This represents a glaring double standard, especially when compared to how similar situations have been handled with other public figures.

Let’s not forget, Bill Clinton, while President, engaged in far more directly compromising behavior, yet faced no criminal trial. His ability to attend his daughter Chelsea’s graduation and celebrate this occasion publicly was never questioned or jeopardized by his legal entanglements or the moral judgments of others.

It’s a stark illustration of the hypocrisy and bias that drives the actions of those who oppose Trump at every turn. This trial, and the drama surrounding his ability to participate in his son’s graduation, underscores a broader attempt to undermine him in the most personal and painful ways.

Should the situation arise where Trump is barred from attending Barron’s graduation, he should undoubtedly prioritize his paternal duties. Such an act would likely resonate with many Americans who value family and parental rights, potentially rallying more support for Trump in any future endeavors, including elections.

In the end, Trump’s enduring commitment to his family, despite the relentless attacks against him, not only humanizes him but also exemplifies his resilience and dedication. It’s essential to recognize and commend his role as a father amidst the tumult of political strife.

Should Donald Trump be able to go to his son’s graduation?

 

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Mayorkas in Hot Seat For Allegedly Encouraging Illegals to Vote for Biden

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During a recent congressional budget hearing, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas found himself under intense scrutiny by Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) concerning a deeply troubling allegation. The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project reported the discovery of a flyer, purportedly from Resource Center Matamoros, which brazenly encourages migrants to vote for President Joe Biden, promising, “We need another four years of his term to stay open.” This inflammatory material, allegedly found by independent journalists in Mexico and reported by Muckraker, raises grave concerns about the integrity of our electoral process.

The flyer, still unverified by mainstream media outlets and missing from the Resource Center Matamoros’s official resources, points to a potential scandal of significant proportions. The implications are severe—suggesting a concerted effort to manipulate U.S. elections by influencing the migrant population, a group explicitly ineligible to participate in our voting system.

Rep. Bishop confronted Mayorkas directly: “The Heritage Foundation Oversight Project has released this document that is allegedly a flyer distributed by a non-governmental organization in Mexico called the Resource Center Matamoros … which is said to read, in part, if translated, ‘Reminder to vote for President Biden when you are in the United States. We need another four years of his term to stay open,'” illustrating a critical lapse in border security and immigration enforcement under the current administration.

Mayorkas’s response was both dismissive and inadequate, stating that “individuals who are not citizens of the United States cannot vote in federal elections” and claiming that DHS does not oversee election enrollments but merely enforces border policies. However, this response starkly highlights the core issue—the Biden administration’s lax enforcement and oversight policies, which have allowed millions, including two million undocumented ‘got-aways,’ to potentially exploit loopholes in the electoral registration process.

Secretary Mayorkas and the Biden administration must be held accountable for their role in what appears to be a flagrant disregard for the laws that safeguard both our borders and our ballots. This incident is not an isolated blip but a symptom of a broader, more disturbing trend under Secretary Mayorkas’s DHS: a deliberate softening of immigration policies that seem designed to favor political over practical interests.

It’s imperative for the integrity of our democratic process that thorough investigations are conducted. If migrants are indeed being instructed, implicitly or explicitly, to support a particular political outcome, such actions must be met with the full force of the law. We must demand more than lackluster assurances from our leaders; we need concrete actions and transparent accountability to restore faith in our immigration system and electoral integrity.

 

Illegals Get the VIP Treatment from Biden's DHS!

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Biden’s Blunders: Scripted Leadership in Crisis Times?

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Once again, President Biden has been caught on camera, not trusting his own words during crucial moments. During a recent Oval Office meeting with Iraq’s Prime Minister, while the world reels from a violent missile and drone attack by Iran on Israel, Biden couldn’t step away from his pre-written scripts.

Photographs reveal that Biden, aged 81, resorted to a detailed cheat sheet, which embarrassingly included all-caps stage directions for pausing, allowing for translation. This was during his first public address since the devastating attack on Israel over the weekend. The contrast was stark next to Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’a Al-Sudani, who spoke freely, without the aid of notes.

Instead of addressing the nation live while missiles were still threatening lives, the White House chose to “call a lid” early in the evening, opting only to release staged photos of Biden in the Situation Room. It was only after the immediate crisis had eased that Biden communicated with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to express U.S. support, and convened a discussion with G7 leaders—again, following the script too cautiously, reportedly urging Netanyahu to limit Israel’s response, seemingly more worried about political optics than decisive leadership.

In public, Biden stated, “The United States is committed to Israel’s security…We are committed to a cease-fire that will bring the hostages home and prevent the conflict from spreading further.” Yet, these words, read from his script, now ring hollow, reflecting a pattern of relying on scripted safety nets even in supposedly spontaneous discussions.

This tendency to lean heavily on pre-written prompts was noted not only in moments of international crisis but also in less formal settings like private fundraisers, causing discomfort among his own supporters, as per reports from Axios.

As crises unfold, the leader of the free world should be expected to address his nation and the world with conviction and authenticity, not hide behind carefully curated words. The frequent appearance of Biden’s cheat sheets raises concerning questions about his ability to lead through unscripted challenges—where real leadership is tested not by the ability to follow a script, but to speak from the heart and adapt with strength.

 

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