So today was election day here in the good ‘ole US of A, and I (like most of the people in this country) spent the day at work. And I (along with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont–Who is, by the way, completely awesome) was thinking…. Why in the world is election day not a national holiday? It’s not always easy to get into the polls when you have a job you have to go to, and some jobs have weird hours that don’t necessarily go well with polling hours–Not to mention having kids and a spouse who has a job. It just seems like a good idea for a country that values having citizens who possess the right to vote, doesn’t it?
Now, I realize that we can’t just go around calling everything a national holiday. We can’t have people going around getting paid for work they don’t do! That would be like voting to close down the government and not letting government employees come in to work, and then voting to pay them for the work they didn’t do…. Which would just be crazy. A strong case can be made that The United States of America already have enough national holidays. But maybe we could switch out an Election Day National Holiday for another holiday? MAN!! This is a tough one…. If only there was another national holiday sometime near to our election day that was a complete sham of a holiday. If Only there was another national holiday commemorating the “discovery” of a land that already had people living on it. If ONLY there was another national holiday celebrating the life of a greedy, murdering rapist who enslaved and tortured a whole people group in order to steal their gold…. Wait a second–I’VE GOT IT!! COLUMBUS DAY!!!
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you may not have seen THIS <–Click on this link to get a little bit better idea about how completely unworthy Christopher Columbus is as a person to be celebrated in the same category as heroes like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. This is the perfect way to kill two embarrassing birds with one stone of common sense. We can stop this ridiculous business of celebrating the life of a truly horrible person, while at the same time showing the world that that we value our democracy enough to give people the day off to go out and vote for the person they think is the best. Makes sense to me…. Does it make sense to you?