Well, the Democrats had their say this week and the Republicans get the stage next week. After all the speeches, rhetoric, commercials and analysis, do these big gatherings really change anything?
What it comes down to in November is which candidate each individual feels can make their life a bit better. Who can get us out of this economic spiral? Who can get us out of the wars quicker? Who can pull a nation of depression into the sunlight?
Probably not one person, but one person has to be the face. Whether you vote for Obama or McCain or Nader or that guy who sold everything he owns to walk the country in hopes of getting on the ballot, it will only matter if we hold them all accountable.
Which, I guess, is the way it's supposed to work anyway.
Speaking of working, this is Labor Day weekend. Labor Day was started in 1882 as a way to celebrate "the social and economic achievements of American workers," according to the Department of Labor.
Now, like Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Columbus Day, President's Day, the Fourth of July, Arbor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, it's an excuse for stores to open early and stay open late, which, of course, keeps everybody working. The more you buy, the more can keep working, so, in a way, it all works out in the end.
Then again, maybe we should be like this guy:
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