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Yesterday, on a drive around town I became completely disenfranchised with the American way. I could count on one hand the retail stores and restaurants that were closed. When I was younger the only things open were gas stations and my family even felt guilty about using those. "No one should have to work on a holiday," my father always says. There are obvious exceptions...hospitals, police stations, etc. But do the warehouse box stores really need to be open? Do we really need to buy a box fan or a can of paint on a holiday? No. Things can wait a day. I couldn't help but be sad and remember the old days where you made sure had what you needed to celebrate holidays BEFORE the holiday. It comes down to the almighty dollar and America's need to get it.
I suppose what upsets me the most is based in selfishness. Everything was open yesterday, a national holiday. How long will it be before business men and women wonder to themselves: "everything else is open why should I lose a day of business for this holiday?" Before you know it, we'll all be working...bar-b-cues and parades a thing of the past. I truly hope that 10 years from now I'm not writing my fourth of July rant blog post from my office desk.