Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Patriotic Day My Ass...(Bush's America)

So on the way to work this morning, I passed the TVA Fair marquee and of course they have co-opted Tuesday September 11, 2007 as "Patriotic Day".
Which sounds stupid to me. Why not "National Pride Day", "Civic Responsibility Day"?, but I digress...

So here's what's happening on my street on "Patriotic Day".

My neighbor is a 30-something year old single mother of two teenaged sons. She's doing her best with a part-time job substitute teaching at $45-$65 a day.

One son has been accepted to chef school, but tuition is $10,000 per year plus a laptop and supplies. She is so proud, but has no idea how she's going to pay the bills.

The other son wants to join the army. I really want to talk him out of that. He is such a great kid. Screw him dying before he's 20 because of misguided bullshit.

Yesterday, their power was shut off by the utility company and tonight we have an extension cord running from our house to theirs to supply the power needed to keep this week's groceries from spoiling and keep their lights on.

It just pisses me off. All of it.

1 comment:

Appalachian Feminist Breeder said...

It is really nice of you guys to help them. That sucks that it happened.