Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Labor Day

Gulf Oil Spill 86This Buds for you, you who labor. And may I add, I am with you, because I am you, a laborer, Bud.

Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September.

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. Read more

Gulf Oil Spill 87And, for all you who hire us… you head hogs at the trough, you who do not reward merit, or loyalty, or timeliness and care.

No man is an island, entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manner of thine own or of thine friend’s were. Each man’s death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.

Gulf Oil Spill 88So, what are your thoughts on this labor day, you who have lost your jobs. You 27 million Americans that have lost your jobs…

First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.  Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.

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