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Friday, September 2, 2011

See Y'all Tuesday...

Posted on Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 5:00 PM

"Unite, workers, unite!" shouts Eugene V. Debs.
  • "Unite, workers, unite!" shouts Eugene V. Debs.

Let's apply a bit of right-wing logic to Labor Day. First, it's a federal holiday that recognizes people in the work force. Second, it probably came about because of unions, which once were a powerful force in our proud nation. Third, labor unions have been the G.O.P.'s public enemy No. 1 since before the dinosaurs had the run of Nob Hill and Twin Peaks. "Socialists! Socialists!" chants Mr. Republican. And he's not 100 percent wrong. One of the first major labor organizers was Eugene V. Debs, who ran for president representing the Socialist Party of America.

Our quesion, then, is why haven't Dick Armey, Tom DeLay, and the late Jesse Helms outlawed this holiday? Why hasn't the Tea Party started some "Go to work anyway!" campaign to show just what they'll do to crush the Red Menace?

We don't know. But we do know we won't be here Monday. Instead we'll be celebrating Labor Day. Thanks, Eugene.

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