My blog is my happy place. Where I post fun pretty things and recipes. It feels like my living room and I invite you all in to sit with me and talk. Have some coffee and cake. But like we all do, sometimes I need to vent. This space is also where I can shout to the world how I feel. Share my opinions.
Last week, I decided to walk and do some errands. I passed the Wollaston Branch of the Quincy Public Library on my way and borrowed several DVDs. One of them was a PBS special that I had missed called John & Abigail Adams. It's excellent and I highly recommend it.
I watched it last night and then today realized that today is June 17th, Bunker Hill Day. I watched the DVD just last night, so the events are fresh in my mind. The Battle of Bunker Hill was at the beginning, because it was the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution in 1775.
One of the themes of the movie was how John Adams feared that history would forget him. Even though he was the driving force behind the push for American independence. It's so strange looking back at history sometimes. After the Revolution, the first Americans really weren't sure if this whole thing would work. It was an experiment after all. Well, we're still here!
It was so interesting watching the movie as someone who lives in Quincy, Massachusetts.
I recognized Peacefield, the farm where John and Abigail lived.
The marshy lands nearby. I drive and walk around these landmarks everyday.
I went on a tour of their home and one of the things that really struck me was learning that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on the 4th of July. You can't make this stuff up!
They had been friends, rivals, then friends again. When John Adams died in 1826, his last whispered words were "Thomas Jefferson survives." He didn't know that Jefferson had died just hours before at Monticello.
Now this might be totally unrelated to The American Revolution and John Adams, but earlier today I read this CNN article stating that many companies are refusing to hire people who are unemployed. Her's a portion of the article below.
Some job postings include restrictions such as "unemployed candidates will not be considered" or "must be currently employed." Those explicit limitations have occasionally been removed from listings when an employer or recruiter is questioned by the media though.This makes me so upset and sad. How are we going to turn the economy around and get people back to work when this is the mentality of corporate America? Is this the country that we want to be?
When John Adams so feared that he would not be remembered, did he also fear what this country would become? Did he fear what some American companies would do? That these companies would forget about the common worker. Choose higher profits and cut employee benefits? Layoff workers when they were no longer needed? Then after a massive economic meltdown of historic proportions, penalize people who are out of work further by considering them no longer fit for employment. And to top it off, unemployment benefits are running out for many, and the Senate hasn't gotten it together to extend unemployment benefits.
What is happening? Are we going to have a permanent underclass in this country? Work is at the foundation of life. If we cannot earn a living, how can we do anything? It's fundamental to our unalienable Right to the pursuit of Happiness. Or maybe the thinking is, well you can try to be happy. But we don't have to let you make a living. People can only take so much until they say, "Enough is enough." We Americans should know that.
*Updated 6/27/10* I'm starting to see more posts about this issue. Take a look at these: The Ugly Secret of the Unemployed and America: Land of the free, home of the poor.
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