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Labor Day is upon us, marking summer’s end and, in my opinion, a much welcome autumn. I’m sick of being hot. Dammit, climate change.

“A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.”

Thomas Jefferson

This day is considered the “annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers,” according to the US Department of Labor. “The holiday is rooted in the late nineteenth century, when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being.”

a day to celebrate? really?

Labor Day 2022, however, comes to an America that doesn’t feel strong or prosperous, and most metrics point to a decline in well-being across demographic groups. 

According to CDC data and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, there are around 130 suicides per day in the nation, and it is the second leading cause of death in Americans aged 10-34. (Ten!!!) 

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults and one in six children in the US experience mental illness each year.

That’s not the fault of American workers, of course. It’s the fault of the ruling class who is actively destroying the lives of American workers in pursuit of their Great Reset and New World Order. 

“It is a way to take people’s wealth from them without having to openly raise taxes. Inflation is the most universal tax of all.”

Thomas Sowell

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is reporting an 8.5% increase in the Consumer Price Index. But when you break it down, you see the items that Americans buy regularly are much higher with food rising 11% and gasoline rising 44%. These are lagging metrics, with the most recent reporting from July 2022.

CPI from BLS.gov

At the same time that the cost of living has rapidly increased due to the actions of this government, they’re doubling down.

Congress continues to print and spend, and their latest multi-billion dollar boondoggle includes new taxes (and fees, costs, tariffs, tolls, charges) for working Americans. These are in addition to the income tax increases you already experienced when Biden rolled back the prior administration’s tax policy. 

As American workers, do you feel you can celebrate your achievements? 

Do you get to enjoy the fruit of your labor? 

“The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.”

Albert Camus

this government has single-handedly destroyed life in america

SCROTUS will be spending the American workers’ holiday surrounded by Labor Unions, a reliable voting block for the demented so-called ruler, as he plans to travel Monday to Milwaukee and Pennsylvania for festivities. 

Biden marching with unions in 2015

President Trump got to Pennsylvania first, calling Biden an “enemy of the state” in Wilkes-Barre over the weekend. The state is the enemy of the people, but I’m sure that is what the rightful winner of the 2020 election meant. 

As Americans watch politicians recognize the holiday as part of their campaign events, many are struggling to afford hamburgers or other mains with the rising cost of meat due to manufactured supply chain crises.

Still, the ruling class gaslight us that it is getting better because gas dropped a couple of cents. They believe you have forgotten that it was under $2 before Biden assumed office.

Have you?

The pain you’re feeling is not an accident. It’s an intentional outcome of terrible policies meant to bring about a future where the state fully controls your labor and owns its output. They tell us this openly:

“[By 2030] all products will have become services. ‘I don’t own anything. I don’t own a car. I don’t own a house. I don’t own any appliances or any clothes.’ Shopping is a distant memory in the city of 2030, whose inhabitants have cracked clean energy and borrow what they need on demand. It sounds utopian, until she mentions that her every move is tracked and outside the city live swathes of discontents, the ultimate depiction of a society split in two.”

World Economic Forum, 8 Predictions for the World in 2030.

Before you think that the WEF are just a bunch of irrelevant think tankers and academics, realize that the policy proposals they spotlight during their annual Davos brouhaha become the substance of consultancy service offerings and legislative efforts, which then turn into industry projects and bills and laws. 

What happens in Davos doesn’t stay in Davos. It spreads like wildfire across the world through corporate projects and public policy proposals. 

They openly tell us their plans. Pay attention.

That’s how your local grocery store started talking about ESG. It’s all very well-organized. You just haven’t been paying attention.

Considering the world that the WEF is proposing, what is the future of Labor?

What is the vision for the American workers?

“Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.”

proverbs 22:16

can you assess the product of your labor? determine if it was worth it?

I was in labor with my youngest son for six days. He was three weeks early and, because of my two prior cesareans, scheduled to be surgically delivered two weeks later. It was too early. 

For six days, I would meet my doctor at the hospital where she would examine me and give me a shot to stop the labor. After a few hours, with no measurable contractions, I would go home. A few hours later, the contractions would return.

On the sixth day, the shot didn’t work. Daniel was sick of being inside and determined to make his entrance. At 7:15PM on Halloween 2010, he was born. Perfect and exactly eight pounds.

“When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.”

John 16:21

It’s not that we don’t remember the labor, but we measure its impact relative to the final output. 

I was miserable for six days, continuously terrified that something was wrong. I imagined not making it to the hospital in time and having to do a medieval vbac on the side of the road. I have a very active imagination, and I was a wreck. Anguish is a great word for it.

Once the labor was complete, however, and I held Daniel – the product of that labor – I determined that all of the hard work and sacrifice and discomfort and, yes, anguish was worth it.

That’s how it should be. 

As free people, we should get to hold the product of our labor in our arms and determine if that final product was worth the hard work and toil to bring it about. 

We don’t have that.

The state takes their cut of the product of your labor before you can even assess it. They determine what that cut is, and you have no say in the matter. 

now they tell you that they want it all

They tell you that you will own nothing and be happy in the future they design for you. 

Eat the bugs and stay home. They have another climate conference to fly to on their gas-guzzling private jets, so you and your family must sacrifice to offset their emissions. It’s your duty, or something.

Given the absolute state of our beautiful nation, I don’t much feel like celebrating the advances of American workers. Not when we’re advancing towards the digital slavery of the Surveillance State at lightening speed. 

Nonetheless, Happy Labor Day. 


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