Did you know that Saturday, June 27 was National Children and Families Day?
I didn’t know. None of the news media knew, either. A news search for “National Children and Families Day” produces no media mentions in the month of June, 2009. There are no news media reports regarding “National Children and Families Day” at all, not a single one in any of the years of this decade, except for one: a Washington Post article by Dana Milbank mocking the Congress back in 2006 for passing useless bills:
Before the tired lawmakers could adjourn, the people demanded that they name four post offices and declare Congress’s support for “the goals and ideals of National Passport Month” (H. Res. 327), “National Tourism Week” (H. Res. 729), and “National Children and Families Day” (H. Res. 763).
This year, the bill declaring congressional support for “National Children and Families Day” wasn’t actually passed until three weeks and four days after the special day was scheduled to occur, July 22, 2009. Maybe that’s why nobody mentioned “National Children and Families Day” in the news media. Maybe that’s also why a google search for “National Children and Families Day” doesn’t turn anything up but reports by congressional databases on the existence of this bill.
That could be it, except that by golly the Congress has been passing this bill declaring support for this “National Children and Families Day” for years. Not just in 2009, not just in 2006 as Dana Milbank mockingly remarked, but in 2007 and 2008 and 2005 and before then, too. If by now there have been years and years of legislation establishing overwhelming congressional support for “National Children and Families Day” (this year the vote was unanimous, because
who will admit to hating hates children and families), and despite this nobody in the media and nobody in the public remarks on the day at all…
… then maybe the declaration of special days by the U.S. Congress isn’t worth a hill of beans.