Happy Labor Day, folks! No longer living in the States does not give me the cultural clues I need to remember some holidays, like this one. But Friday morning I was standing in the check out line in Maxi Pali (Wal Mart subsidiary) when a lady I was chatting to wished me a happy Labor Day weekend. Which got me thinking, and then I stumbled over Doug Wilson’s fear mongering lack of all facts mewlings that Labor Day is a commie plot.
Someone needs to inform Doug that the Red Threat, and Communism is largely dead now. I have pointed out before than only a tiny handful of nations are still Communist. Time to put that knee jerk silliness away. There are no reds under Doug’s bed.
Doug has added a dimension to his blog, his spoken word reading his perceived greatest hits. If you’re up for hearing his voice. I am not so I have not partaken of this. Let me know how it is if you do. Not much original material here, just cobbled together old pieces. That piece on young men marrying? Old. This? Old.
Okay, we start here, and I am most confused. So is Doug:
This post originally ran May 19, 2016.
Yesterday was Labor Day, and millions of Americans celebrated it with chips and burgers, grateful for the three-day weekend, and with only a dim awareness of what the difference between Labor Day and Memorial Day might be. In short, Labor Day for most has been scrubbed free of all commie toxins, and is now perfectly safe for your family to enjoy.
Dear Doug, Labor Day is always celebrated in the U.S.A. on the first Monday in September, not late May. His posting date here indicates Doug has somehow managed to mistake Labor Day for Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is in late May and involves remembrance of our military forces that died in service to our country. Something completely devoid in Doug’s life as he’s never served in the military. It also unofficially kicks off summer for most folks.
Doug’s assumption that Labor Day is communist is almost comedy. I am guessing he thinks this because he hates unions, which were influential in getting a holiday for working labor unions on the books.
Someone might wonder what’s wrong with celebrating work, or the work ethic, or a culture of hard work? How is that a commie toxin? The answer is nothing, and it is not a commie toxin. Keep right on.
Pressed on the point, someone might say that we need to celebrate organized labor. Okay, I’ll bite. Organized to do what? Organized by whom? Organizing to what result?
Here’s what Doug is missing. In the heyday of labor unions they were highly sought as voters by BOTH parties. It wasn’t strictly a Democrats are pro labor and Republicans fighting it tooth and nail situation.
The answer is that collective bargaining, unlike labor or work, is not part of the creation mandate. Organized labor is organized to take control of an asset away from its rightful owners without paying for it.
Before unions the owners of big business frequently exploited their workers. We have eight hour work days, days off and benefits because of the labor unions. When owners were left to their own devices the life of a common laborer was brutish, unsafe and usually short. Don’t believe me? Just do a little reading on British and American children working in the textile industry in the 1700 and 1800s. Labor laws and unions stopped child labor.
Not everything not mentioned in the Bible is an evil plot by the anti-Christ.
Organized labor is piracy without the boats and eye patches. Why would anybody want to celebrate organized labor?
Good hard work, fine. Organized labor, not so much.
So demanding regular hours, breaks and health insurance is somehow piracy on the high seas? Very bad analogy ahoy!
Oh Doug! Always on the side of the elitists and never on the side of the common man he is supposed to love according to Christ. Misunderstanding history in wildly creative word salad ways!
Someone might ask then if it is a sin to belong to a union. Well, no, it is not a sin to be coerced, any more than it is a sin to be captured by pirates. But I would be willing to say that it is a sin to organize a union. It is wrong to celebrate it.
Oh Doug! Please stay silly, laughable and outrageously out of touch in your ideas. We need the laugh.
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