Before America made the switch from Democracy to Shop-till-you-dropcracy, today used to be commemorated as George Washington's birthday.
In other words, before they were excuses for sale-a-thons and mattress sales, memorial days, days of remembrance used to serve as national social glue--reminders of the virtues of sacrifice and dedication.
Today as a society, we are dedicated to nothing but Mammon.
George W. Bush is our president. And we have gotten what we deserve.