It's Labor Day, and like many holidays that have lost their true meaning over the passage of time, many people (like me) will be celebrating it by a curious lack of labor, perhaps by kicking back with a brew (or in my case, a very strong Long Island iced tea) and a traditional burning of grilled foods on a (hopefully) glorious day. Labor Day has become the last hurrah of summer, but was actually enacted as a celebration for the achievement of American workers. Later on, this translated into a union-based holiday. However, as a person who owns a business that is open seven days a week, it's comforting for this half of "The Man" to finally have a day off.
In many communities, there are parades. I'm not a parade-type of gal, but hey, to each his own. Even as I type, thousands will be celebrating with a Labor Day parade through downtown Detroit. At the end of line: a visit by Barack Obama. The presidential hopeful will be addressing the masses with what I'm sure will be a rousing speech.
I wish I could get excited, or even mildly interested, but I'm afraid I can't. My world right now revolves in a fairly close orbit around my own problems. With two kids in expensive colleges this year, a steady decline in business due to state roadblocks and increased competition, no health benefits (what small businessman can afford health insurance?), a sharp decline in property values (meaning we couldn't sell our house if we wanted to give it away) and a building and business in the city of Detroit, I think my plate is full.
Barack Obama, Democrat, is the candidate of "change." He has lofty plans for the nation. His candidacy would bode well if he could just concentrate on just one area, and enact change there. How about it, Barack? How about Southeastern Michigan?
We have a Democratic mayor (King Kwame Kilpatrick) who is still trying to wiggle worm his way out of a jail sentence. We have a Democratic governor (Governor Jen Granholm) who won't do anything about it, mainly because she's afraid the voters in Detroit will retaliate against her should she make a gutsy (and ethical) move. We have business concerns who are unwilling to continue with positive changes because they're not sure which way the wind will blow next. And that's just scraping the surface. Add to the mix corruption on every level, high unemployment, high drop out figures, high foreclosures and a decaying infrastructure, and you've got as close to the bottom of the barrel as you can get.