September 7, 2020
Labor Day 2020 – Celebrating America’s Workers
[President Trump made these remarks at the celebration of Whirlpool’s 109th anniversary.]
“The duty of a President is to put this nation’s own citizens first. That’s why my administration swears by two simple but crucial rules: Buy American and Hire American. [In the past] American factory workers received nothing but broken promises and brazen sellouts and lost jobs. [Some administrations] catered to special interests while allowing foreign nations to siphon off our wealth, our dignity, our dreams, [and] our money. The suffering of our workers was met with nothing but cruel betrayal and callous indifference.
“I [have] warned that our politicians have aggressively pursued a policy of globalization — moving our jobs, our wealth, and our factories overseas. Globalization has made the financial elites … very wealthy, but it’s left millions and millions of our workers with nothing but poverty and heartache, and our towns and cities with empty factories and plants. Four years later, we’ve made extraordinary progress in reversing the dangerous tide of globalism… Under my administration, we’re fighting for Main Street, not Wall Street. We have rejected globalism and embraced patriotism.
“[Our nation is now dealing with a new enemy, called COVID-19.] We will rise from the current adversity of this horrible, invisible enemy, and we will be more prosperous and resilient than ever before. We’ve done things that we never knew we could do. We’re building factories now. [We’ve repurposed other factories.] We’re building plants. Over the last six months, we’ve witnessed one manufacturing miracle after another. We’re reasserting American economic independence.
“We have to protect our great companies and our great workers… [We have] a heritage grounded in the values of hard work and determination, innovation and excellence, faith and family, loyalty and patriotism passed down from one generation to the next… These are the values that have defined … our country from the very beginning, and they are the values that will define our future, that will ensure our success, and that will allow America to thrive and win for many generations to come.”
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” (Genesis 2:15; ESV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Thank God for American workers!
- Thank Him for the continued innovation that keeps our American labor community strong.
- Pray for an increase in American businesses with the positive side-effect of increased jobs. Pray for the economic strength and stability of those companies.
- Ask God for the right trade agreements between the U.S. and other nations, so that both countries benefit. Our workers should never suffer from any economic and manufacturing treaties between America and other countries.
- Intercede for America workers as the Holy Spirit leads you to.
A prayer you can pray:
Father, thank You for America’s workers! Regardless of career, they make America a great nation! Each one’s skill benefits all of the rest of us. We can’t ever say to one sector, “We have no need of you.” Their part in our economy strengthens so many others.
Lord, forgive prior government decisions that have increased the moving of American manufacturing and labor overseas. Government didn’t do that alone. Some companies simply saw an opportunity to cut costs. Sadly, it left some whole industries struggling here in the U.S. Some cities were devastated by those corporate moves. Thank You for a president that understands business and trade and could help us get those jobs back. We celebrate those victories and all those that have been helped by those decisions.
We celebrate America’s workforce today! We bless them. We bless their companies. We bless manufacturing and finance and education and science, medicine and agriculture, government and entertainment. We pray for a strong economy that is growing stronger because of increasing hope within the workforce. Thank You for blessing America and its workers, Jesus. Amen.
God will always care for the needs of American workers!
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