Naw. I don’t either. Even in states that ban the sale of automobiles on Sunday (I gather Christ only bought cars on weekdays), you can get a good deal on last year’s model on the only day of the year set aside for workers to chill out. One last picnic before we run out of daylight.
It’s labor’s own fault. The working class has failed to stand up for itself for two generations now. Union representation is down to negligible numbers, and the working class seems just fine with losing their pensions and their health care while being duped into thinking that Obamacare is evil. Actually, the Rabid Right (and I apologize for the alliterative redundancy) has masterfully redefined terms like “union,” “labor,” and “health care” as evil, as plagues infested upon us by the non-existent Soviet Union.
(Have you noticed how the Rabid Right still refers to Russian as “the Soviets?” These are the same ignoramuses who equated fascism with socialism, who don’t have a clue what socialism is, and who carry protest signs proclaiming “Keep The Government’s Hands Of My Medicare!” Me? I still like to call that big nation out east “Red China.” It sounds like I just came back from shopping at Target.)
For that matter, our rapidly deteriorating abortion rights are the fault of the feminist movement. For some reason, people on the Left think that once they won an argument, they’ve won that argument forever because, after all, the Left is good and Left is right.
A study of the Middle East shows that Muslim fundamentalists are patient. They can wait a long time to make a move, but when they do, it’s tits to the wind. The Christian Right has the same exact capability, as the severe rollbacks in labor, health, education, voting and abortion rights have shown us with the clarity of a morning in America.
And the Left whimpers. They don’t even bitch. They just take it. They’d rather be right than actually protect their gains. The fact is, bringing about change is and has always been a political act, and you cannot have purity in politics.
Protecting the successes of the past is an absolute necessity. Even Ray Charles can see that, and not only is Ray blind, he’s also dead. Rights are not granted by some hoary thunderer or cosmic muffin: rights are fought for with sweat, jizz, piss and blood.
And rights unused are rights you do not have. No matter what it says on some piece of paper, you only know for certain that you actually have a right once you’ve successfully exercised it. And your success makes it a tiny bit easier for the next person.
Stop whining. Get off your ass. Stand up for your rights.
And happy Labor Day.
Mike Gold performs the weekly two-hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind ass-kicking rock, blues and blather radio show on The Point, www.getthepointradio.com, every Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern, rebroadcast three times during the week – check the website above for times and on-demand streaming information. Gold also joins MDW’s Marc Alan Fishman, Martha Thomases and Michael Davis as a weekly columnist at www.comicmix.com where he pontificates on matters of four-color.