The most American of holidays is Independence Day, July 4th. The other most American is Thanksgiving, the 4th Thursday in November. Thanksgiving is taken so very seriously that most stores are closed, except for a few hours of grocery stores, K-Mart, and, in the evening hours in the Chicago area, Carson Pirie Scott. It ushers in the Christmas season. Independence Day is not given the same reverence. July 4th is a day devoted to some pretty good shopping , outdoor grilling, and the chance to spend a lot of money on illegal fireworks then set them off until about 1 a.m. on July 5th.
Let's talk about the shopping.
The more conservative members of the Supreme Court of the United States like to talk about what the framers of the Constitution meant when they wrote put it together. They allowed slavery, dudes, so their credibility is shot right there. I have a hard time believing the framers would go along with a corporation being a person. I doubt they would agree with Scalia's "jiggery-pokery" assessment of the healthcare act because people deserve to be healthy and as an advertisement from my youth said, "When you've got your health, you've got everything." Good health = happiness, so it's part of the whole pursuit of happiness thing.
The more conservative members of the Supreme Court and Congress and those running for President don't address Independence Day as the day it should be -- one for honest reflection on how great it is to have freedom, to be able to be anything in no matter how humble your beginnings, to know that the Patriot Act is going to go away and we will not feel like we were Big-Brotherized. The liberals don't talk about it either. Sometimes the liberals are conservatives in disguise, more Republican and crazy than their conservative counterparts, which makes them more dangerous; you think they're one thing but they turn out to have an agenda about schools or city infrastructure that makes them look like they are all the same.
So back to the shopping. All state, federal, and municipal service are shut down for the day. There is no mail delivery and you can't get a library book. You can, however, go to the outlet mall by the airport and find a $10 shirt for 25% off then another 20% off that as you have a coupon. You can find 20 people on line to get into the Tory Burch outlet store and the Coach outlet store and the Gucci outlet store, but I honestly think they are non-US citizens. Tiffany is open to sell its fine products (say what you want about Tiffany, the customer service there is always stellar) as is every other store at any other mall.
I don't think the framers would understand a need to have an extra 40% off the cost of already reduced black flats but I don't understand how the Declaration of Independence didn't apply to slaves. Still, maybe we can take this day and have an honest discussion or simple reflection about what it means to be an American, not paying taxes to a far-off sovereign who wants our goods, resources, and money but doesn't wish we be represented in his government. Independence Day, the 4th of July, can be the day we all reflect on what America means to each of us. I bet those flats will still be on sale on the 5th or are further reduced on the 11th. I bet I will still not understand how they could allow slavery. Seriously, SOTUS conservatives, explain that one.