Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Lamest Holiday

We ought to call it "End of Summer" Day but Labor Day is how we know it.

The holiday was rushed through Congress in 1882 to atone for the violence surrounding the Pullman Strike. Since then, it has been a celebration of - what? Labor Unions? - That we all have to work for a living? - That people have had to work for a living since the beginning of life on this planet? - That even the most primitive of the savages, that even the smallest mammals have to hunt or gather to eat?

Amid the proliferation of holidays, (MLK Day for example), maybe this is one that we could toss.