Monday, September 5, 2011

labor day then and now

Labor Day started out being a celebration of labor.  Now, of course, the labor movement has been demonized by corporate-owned politicians and ignorant voters, and it's only a matter of time until this holiday has a name change:  Corporation Day, maybe.  Out-of-Control Capitalism Day.  Greed Day.

... and now, can you believe it?  -- even the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association is gone.  Jerry Lewis, after hosting the telethon since 1966 and after raising all that money, was booted, and, let's face it, he probably deserved it on some level, but, darn!  another tradition bites the dust.

... for us today, we observed another Labor Day tradition in Minnesota -- the last day of the State Fair.  There were a zillion people there, but it was a beautiful day for a fair and a fitting unofficial end-of-summer day.

And Labor Day as a holiday?  I say, Let's hear it for hard-working people!

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