Favorite Quotes Vol. XXXV: A Republican’s Thoughts on Labor Day
Happy Labor Day, readers.
This important national holiday celebrates the incredible contributions that workers of all different trades and skills have made to the development of this country.
In an industry like the theater, our “workers” (what a crap name) are essential to the development of our art form, as the skill, passion, and ingenuity of actors, stagehands, designers, etc. are what help us to push the boundaries of our medium, and keep thrilling audiences year after year. They are the fuel of the theatrical industry. Without them, we would go nowhere.
Labor and organized labor specifically often get a bad clichéd rap (don’t feel bad, unions, Producers get one, too). But on days like this, it’s important to remember that this country was built on a system of checks and balances . . . and that goes for our industries as well.
And as this Republican (!) once said . . .
If a man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor he is a liar. If a man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool. There is no America without labor, and to fleece the one is to rob the other.
– Abraham Lincoln
Over the last twelve months, I’ve had a lot of people working with me on a variety of projects all over the world, as well as in my office . . . some in unions, some not. But all are passionate about the theater.
And to each and every one of them I say thank you. Thank you for helping me to continue to pursue my dreams as you pursue yours. Hopefully, together, we will make all of those dreams come true.
Happy Labor Day.
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