There was a buzz going around the social networks on the Internet this weekend which combines two current thoughts. The first thought is the traditional end of the summer holiday, Labor Day, across the United States. The second thought is the lingering memory of Clint Eastwood’s Republican National Convention speech in Tampa, Florida last Thursday night in which he talked to an invisible President Barack Obama in an empty chair propped on the stage next to him as he spoke.
On the Internet, there is a cry for replacing this year’s Labor Day – as in American workers’ day – with “Empty Chair Day” inspired by Clint Eastwood’s ‘empty chair’ symbolizing the current employment - or should it be said, unemployment - situation in the country.
As a protest of sorts to the continued unemployment rate which is still at 8.3% - back up one-tenth of one percent in the last monthly report from the United States Department of Labor – there is a call for people to put an empty chair in their front yards – given, of course, that people still have a yard and a chair in which to participate.
The photo above is my contribution to the effort.
For more information, and to see more photos, please visit the following websites:
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