And they're off....
Shopping season starts today. Here comes America at its best, and at its worst. Excess; good cheer; screaming people in parking lots; charitable doantions by the millions; presents purchased because something has to be given; toys bought for kids without. But mostly a high energy, frenetic, eat & drink & shop & run til you drop month.
Hollywood, in all its forms, takes a hit for lowering our moral standards, and adversely affecting our families. Politicians in public positions with low personal morals also contribute.
But not enough has been said about the retail industry, which I think has done more to hurt American family life than almost anything else, surely more than abortion, gay unions, etc.
When I was a kid, my Dad got a job with Sears. At first, they were closed every Sunday, every hoilday, and at 6 p.m. on Saturdays. We had regular Sunday dinner, the whole family. We had a day, a whole day, to spend together before the work/school week sent us scattering.
Then Sunday shopping started, with limited hours. Then Saturday night. Then most holidays. Then longer Sunday hours. And we watched as family time shrunk, and shrunk, and shrunk.
Now, stores are open most holidays, including yesterday. Simply disgusting. What kind of family life can anyone have if they have to work even on Thanksgiving?
The old "blue laws" that kept stores closed on Sundays were based on religion, and the Courts rightly struck them on that basis. But surely an argument could be made that it is in the best interests of our workers, and their families, indeed the nation's health, for families to have coordinated time off.
Even with stores closed on Sundays and holidays, we would have plenty of time to buy Chinese-slave-labor-made shirts, or Guatemalan-child-labor-made sneakers.