Here’s another respect in which liberals have it over conservatives when it comes to patriotism: You never hear (or at least I never hear) conservatives complain about businesses that stay open on July 4 because, you know, free markets.

I am liberal enough to find it appalling. Movie theaters, OK; ballgames, OK; a drug store here and there; a few convenience stores; cops and firefighters, bless their hearts; emergency rooms; maybe a grocery store or two. But there’s no way we need everybody working who has to work on Independence Day. It’s another way in which America has been less equal: the poorer you are, the worse job you have, the more likely you are to lose your holidays.

Folks, it’s a holiday. We’re Americans. Celebrate like you mean it.

The worst this year was the sign that said the store would be closing at 7 p.m. on July 4 so that employees could spend time with their families. The store usually closes at 10, so three whole hours! Is this the America we fought for?

There’s only one way to stop this insidious practice: Hit ‘em in the only place it hurts — in the pocketbook. If they can’t learn to do the right thing for the right reasons, maybe losing a little money will help get the idea across.


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