MO Dem Lawmaker Wants To Regulate Thanksgiving

Free people can not be allowed to make their own value judgments.  That’s what Democrats are for and what fuels their existence.

A Missouri lawmaker, from the party of free abortions for all, has decided the evils of “profit and greed” must be removed from Thanksgiving.  By force of law.  Never mind the fact that businesses are gasping for survival in our Obama economy and sales during the holiday season can account for 40% of annual revenue.

According to local ABC station kait8,

A Missouri Democratic lawmaker is trying to stop “black Friday” shopping from ruining the Thanksgiving dinners of workers.

House member Jeff Roorda, of Barnhart, plans legislation that would prohibit retail stores from opening on Thanksgiving.

He has dubbed it the “Thanksgiving Family Protection Act” and says the holiday should be about families and not about profit or greed. He says Thanksgiving should not become “black Friday eve.”

Restaurants, gas stations and drug stores would be exempt from forced closure. Roorda says some other states also require businesses to close on that day.

He says retailers’ efforts to out-do one another has left fewer hours for workers to spend time with their families on Thanksgiving.

What a great idea.  Let the retail stores bleed while the Internet grabs all the sales.  And when the retailers go out of business they can spend even more quality family time at home.  Permanently.

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  • SoulardconSERVATIVE

    Good one Cutler’s Bad Thumb!

  • dmacleo

    how about we let the people do whatever they want?
    why the hell do we need more laws?
    if someone wants to spend the day with their family thats their business.
    tell you what, those that support this…do you also support forbidding selling alcohol on sundays?
    why not?


  • kay

    Sorry Jim.
    I dislike that it has to be legislated but that video of people choking each other for $10 off a phone made in China when the stores should be closed until Friday morning – I gotta agree.

    Yeah, the crowd is going to act like that Friday morning but Thanksgiving Day is about giving Thanks to God.

    It started here with a grocery store being open in case people needed something for the dinner – they’d be open from 8am – 10am. Then the other grocery stores opened but made it to 11am. Finally they called a halt when it got to 2pm and decided to shut the stores down totally on Thanksgiving but then came the big box stores who decided to open at midnight on Friday. Then it was 11:30pm. Now its 11pm.

    1 day – plan ahead for the food and wait until Friday to go out and shop. Until then? Sit and be with your family or if you don’t have them close by – go do charitable work or watch tv or PRAY.

    Yeah, I think 1 day is fine to not shop.

    But again – I hate the legislating part of it. Wish the stores would just stop by themselves.

  • kay

    It should be noted that FDRoosevelt made it so that Thanksgiving was on the THIRD Thursday of November instead of the 4th Thursday so that it gave MORE time for shopping to occur and help the economy during the depression.

    That Executive Order was overturned by legislation and Thanksgiving was put back to its normal 4th November.

    Seems we were ok with that legislated commercial change that shrunk the time for shopping.

  • FurryGuy

    #20 December 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm
    greenfairie commented:

    Seeing reputed conservatives here demanding that the government force people to be moral, family-oriented. Like enforcing morality will work, yeah right. What is the difference between the parties now anyway? Both want to control the masses, the sole difference is in what direction they want the masses to go for the slaughter.

    No wonder so many voters bid for Socialism in the last election, overt and implied.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    I dislike that it has to be legislated but that video of people choking each other for $10 off a phone made in China when the stores should be closed until Friday morning – I gotta agree.

    There is absolutely no reason for the government to be getting involved with this at all. If people want to choke themselves for a phone made in China on Thanksgiving Day, let them. The only people for whom Thanksgiving will be ruined will be them only. Those of us that are unwilling to play along can simply ignore the dumbassery.

  • Sasja

    Time was when stores were not open on Thanksgiving in my neck of the woods, except for some little convenience store. I don’t remember football being a big deal either. Everyone knew there would be no shopping that day and spent the time with friends and family, thanking God for being privileged to live in the greatest country on earth. Time was also spent visiting shut-ins and seeing to the poor (not the lazy back then). Now hardly anyone cares about the lonely widow or widower down the street. Why bother? Some government hack is assigned to that task, right? Government. We care so you don’t have to.

    I see people complain about how the “government” wants to control everything. When we were a republic, the “government” was the people. Not some snarky bureaucrat. Over time, we have decided that we, as a people, cannot govern ourselves and slowly, but surely, turned this duty over to a centralized authority.

    We also have to face the fact that Thanksgiving is no big deal to alot of people anymore and with what the children are being taught in the government’s propaganda centers, the true reason for Thanksgiving, like Christmas, will be lost.

  • FurryGuy

    #24 December 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm
    kay commented:

    So you are all for the might of government to determine how someone can exercise their religious freedom, eh? Sharia Law does that in Islamic countries, are you sure you want Religious Police here?

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  • Gregor

    #24 kay commented:

    “I dislike that it has to be legislated but that video of people choking each other for $10 off a phone made in China when the stores should be closed until Friday morning – I gotta agree.

    Yeah, the crowd is going to act like that Friday morning but Thanksgiving Day is about giving Thanks to God.”

    So now we’re making it a law that people spend Thanksgiving giving thanks to God? Really? I’m a Christian and that’s what I do, by choice, but apparently, you believe you have the right to force everyone in the U.S. to do that? You do realize that not everyone believes in God, right? You do realize that not everyone gives “thanks” the same way, right? But that’s okay with you. You know best and you’re perfectly fine forcing every person in the U.S. to do it the same way you do.

    Mighty Fascist of you.

  • Sasja

    elliot. Which article?

  • Joanne

    Maybe employees knowing that they might have to work Thanksgiving eve is part of their choice to work at the store or not. The government just has to poke its nose in everywhere.

  • jb

    Free meand “free.” That’s it.

    Politicians and commneters that do not grasp that simple fact ought to STFU and learn about freedom, instead of imagining those of us who do understand and LIVE in freedom don’t know what we believe in.

    Idiots always vote for, or advocate, someone to tell them what to do.

    That says much about their ability to reason as a rational human being Which is to say …

    Nothing. Sheesh!

  • bluemount

    I’m a nurse. I had to work 12 hrs on Thanksgiving and 12 hrs on Black Friday. (It was my turn this year to work both days). Maybe the Feds can pass a law that people not be allowed to overeat or over drink on Thanksgiving so that the ER does not become crowded with patients who are ill from both and thus make my holidays very busy. . While they are at it, make sure people, especially the elderly, are not allowed outiside in winter so they don’t get Pneumonia. That too causes the ER to get very busy. I could go on and on but these complainers of having to work on a holiday should be grateful. Next year is my turn to work both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! But I’m very grateful to have a job!

  • agent

    I wish they would, w have commercialized Thanksgiving and Christmas so much it has become disgraceful!

  • Highlander

    Reading the comments here from all you supposed conservatives, advocating for laws and government control over businesses and the hours they keep is enough to make me want to puke. It’s no wonder we’re in the mess we’re in. Principles and common sense have become a thing of the past. You morons deserve a government that bleeds you dry and enslaves you if you can’t stand by the principles of freedom and liberty long enough to realize that giving that sort of control to the government is a mistake. Just exactly WHO gets to decide which businesses stay open, and which ones must close? You?

    If you want to stay home with your families on holidays (as I do) they STAY HOME, but don’t make the mistake of abandoning your principles in a selfish and misguided attempt to keep others from abandoning theirs…

  • SeniorD

    Hey, when did a Demodonk get religion? We had Blue Laws back home in Buffalo when I was growing up. Couldn’t find an open store if we forgot some dinner ingredient.

  • malclave

    Why are we limiting this to just businesses?

    When I was in the Army, I often had duty on holidays (and I didn’t even get time-and-a-half!). When I got out, and went to work for a hospital, I still often had to work holidays. At my current job, I don’t have to go in (usually), but I’m on call at least half the time.

    Why can’t people in the military, hospitals, fire and police departments, etc. have the day off, too?

    (I really hope I don’t need a sarcasm tag here)