LEFTOVERS

Las Vegas, NV

October 2021

Labor Day

ReVisiting Labor Day

Editorial by Greg Siri
Revisiting Labor Day wishes and thoughts from 2020 for 2021  — Thankful for the pretty big upgrade delivered by 80-something million, positive changes trickling in. On the other side, there’s still a ton of wrong to right, broken to fix..
 
… Forty years of stripping away the New Deal Socialism that made us kinda great. Piling on four-plus years of Fascism and flat-out tearing down our health, economy, society, unity, democracy, truth, reality…
 
… And as Voting Habits, COVID Behavior & Climate Changed have shown, it seems we now lack enough critical mass of common sense, intelligence, empathy, diligence, will, & even basic self-preservation instinct to repair the damage & save ourselves…
 
Anyway… Hope everyone had a Happy Labor Day 2021. The official holiday of Democratic Socialism. It’s get back to work Tuesday…
 
Please make sure to vote No on the California Recall by September 14th. The 1 can only stomp out the 99, & the 30 can only unwittingly support the 1 & make things worse, when the 70 don’t stand up. 
 
Do what you can to make the world better, not worse. Come together. Improve the present. Save the future. It’s up to us.
 
*** From Labor Day 2020, with just as much feeling for 2021…
 
Happy Labor Day to All. The official holiday of whatever tiny bits are left of the “Democratic Socialism” that once made America pretty great — Enjoy the day off in celebration of all working people.
 
The best of holiday wishes to the Most Awesome of our Socialist Workers — Even if huge numbers of them don’t actually get the day off — Our firefighters, teachers, nurses, paramedics, non-murderous law enforcement, the people who keep our public parks, lakes and beaches open for our holiday outings, all the essential workers who keep our food coming, our markets, pharmacies and hardware stores open, our restaurants serving (take out and distanced outdoor dining)…
 
And best to our “suckers and losers,” taught to fear the “horrors of socialism.” Pawns of the billionaires, unwittingly fighting against their own and their neighbors’ self interests. Best even to our union workers, the greatest beneficiaries of what used to be socialism here, and sadly, often the loudest in shouting it down, also making them unwitting hypocrites and “ladder-pullers.”
 
And be especially grateful Labor Day here hasn’t yet been changed to “Pull Yourself Up By The Bootstraps Day,” where all regular people work — with a few extra hours of unpaid overtime. Where the CEOs already make as much in a few hours as their average employee does in a year…
 
Enjoy some BBQ and favorite beverages. Wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. And definitely [get vaxxed,] distance and mask up!
 
So, everyone enjoy the unofficial last day of summer — In an officially lost summer and year for America — Last place in leadership. Last place in the pandemic fight. On another blisteringly hot day. In another brutal heat wave. In the middle of the west’s mega draught. Our skies still choked with wildfire smoke. All just part of our climate-changed new and not so great normal.
 
Because on Tuesday, it’ll all be back to 100% twisted and ignorantly worshipped “American Capitalism” — The corporate welfare state. With the system that funnels wealth to the richest most powerful few. Where corporations are people, and the people that matter most are the richest and most powerful ones. 
 
Where rich people’s extra money makes more, and is taxed less, than the hard work of regular people. Where taxes are cut for the rich, and services cut for the people. Where tax dollars are no lo
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