by Kerry Dougherty
Labor Day. America’s most ambiguous national holiday.
Think about it. On other special days – Memorial, Independence, Veterans, Thanksgiving, Presidents, Martin Luther King and Christmas – we pause, however briefly, to honor a beloved person or a historical event.
We have parades, visit cemeteries, blast fireworks, give thanks, recite a famous speech or watch It’s a Wonderful Life.
Not on Labor Day.
Take a peek at the festivities scheduled this weekend. Wait. What festivities? The Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon has moved on, so there’s nothing to do today other than hit the beach and cook out.
Swimming and eating burgers has nothing to do with Labor Day’s grittier, trade union roots.
And that’s a good thing.
I’m not sure anyone wants to mark Labor Day by dragging a picket sign to the beach or by joining a national scavenger hunt to look for Jimmy Hoffa’s body.
Does anyone plan to watch Norma Rae today? Or gather the family together for a few choruses of “The Ballad of Joe Hill”?
Anyone inviting the repulsive Randi Weingarten to their cookout?
I didn’t think so.
On Labor Day, it’s not what we do, it’s what we don’t do – labor. Continue reading