I sit here to take some time to bang out a note with some thoughts on the day after Labor Day 2013. Maybe the most significant thought about the day was something obvious, glaring, simple, and profound. The actual holiday, Labor Day itself and its purpose and theme, what it’s all about, was essentially completely ignored. I don’t believe for a second that I’m the only one to notice this, but I have to wonder how many Americans completely failed to notice this and reflect on the oddity, because they were completely absorbed and dazzled by the noise machine.
Over the course of the day, every now and then I would take a minute to very briefly pause and test something. The results of the tests were absolutely nno surprise, in fact, it became almost a kind of sick joke. The test was simple. Turn on the TV and check what was on CNN. Sometimes, of course, the test produced an expected result of popping the channel up as they were running advertising selling you shit you don’t need. Tossing that aside as incidental noise in the samppling process, what I found when I landed on moments of actual programming was consistently predictable: Syria Syria Syria!… Crisis In Syria… War In Syria?… Syrian Crisis!… Syria Syria Syria Syria Syria!
Jesus God almighty.
It should be obvious to anybody paying attention to the barrage of noise that throughout all that, a “news medium” that runs around the clock, all day every day, was presenting virtually nothing in actual relevant fact, other than reporting on the political games of madness and idiocy, about the subject of whether the president is going to get congressional approval to go launch a military attack on a country that hasn’t attacked us involved in a civil war on the other side of the planet. Most of what I did catch was just the usual, assorted talking heads corraled to sit in front of TV cameras and spew opinions and general speculation.
So, how about that Labor Day?
It might very well qualify as tragic to see how the day was regarded. The irony pegs the meter, considering the reality of the holiday circa 2013, as millions of Americas mark the day lacking gainful employment in paid work, while other millions mark the holiday that was created to give working Americans a day off and a bit of acknowledgement by going to work at some shitty and obscenely underpaid job because corporate management has decided that “consumers” cannot waste a consumption day and everything has to be open on holidays, and, depending on the business, even around the clock everyday.
In light of these circumstances, as we mark Labor Day in America in 2013, the official holiday starts to seem more like a sick joke and adding insult to injury.
Checking the TV noise machine today, “The Markets” are open again, and it’s back to business as usual on CNBC chattering about the collection of phantasms and fantasies of getting something for nothing. That game is, not surprisingly, turning attention constantly to the theme of “Crisis in Syria! Syria Syria Syria!”, with the usual meme of “uncertainty in the Middle East” as a disturbance to the herd of The Market.
Labor Day, and anything it means, just got shoved into the background, just a Monday off for a few people, while many others got to work the day for their $8 an hour or something just to hammer into them what was already obvious; that to too many people in the United States of America today, they’re nothing, just disposable bodies.
Far too often these days I find myself wondering about what people in the future will think about us, looking back on us in this time and place, here in the United States in the early 21st century. It’s hard to imagine that anybody, and I should be clear that this includes Americans of the future, maybe especially Americans of the future, will look back and think kindly of us, unless we manage to snap out of our dominant collective episode of mental illness, and do it quickly. It’s seeming more and more likely to me that people will look at us in retrospect and think that we were a nation that lost its fucking mind.
That most definitely has not improved over recent days, as the war drum gets hammered incessantly, with today’s events featuring a nauseating dog and pony show in the United States Senate starring Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Nagel, with special emphasis of the irony of the title of the Secretary of Defense, as the Department of Defense of the United States doesn’t seem to have been focused much on the actual defense of the nation since 1945.
Let’s get to the point about the “Syria debate”. Have we been attacked by Syria? No? Then we’re done here.
The passing of Labor Day is ignored among all kinds of diversions and distractions, as a long list of things are ignored among all kinds of diversions and distractions, from insane warmongering to “controversy” like a stupid and tacky performance on TV by a former Disney entertainment puppet.
The irony of this skimming past Labor Day is that here in the United States today we have a pretty hefty “to-do” list to work on, in a wide range of areas for a lot of reasons, a lot of work to do. Little to none of it getting done, while millions are people are lacking decent useful work to do that pays them a decent living.
Spend some time contemplating questions of how much “economic activity” in the US right now involves working on growing food, making good useful things that work, maintaining and repairing things to keep them working and working in good order.