Big box retail and the President have once again capitalized on the individual’s most dreaded emotion: the fear of not getting what you believe you can’t do without. In the case of Obama, the fear was generated from the Biden false assertion that Romney/Ryan would re-enslave Americans of all races in a financial sense. Big box retail succeeds every November by encouraging customer fear that their Commercialized Christmas will be a flop unless they grab Thanksgiving night bargains.
The success of each campaign ensures a tightening of the economic vise. Instead of “looking up” to the higher things in life as I exhorted pre-election, many consumer/voters continue to narrow their tunnel vision. They become increasingly worried that if they don’t look out for themselves, even if at the expense of their fellow citizens, they will suffer. Damaging compromises ensue.
As a result, we have signed up for another four years of the accelerating intrinsic evils we believe are a necessary trade-off to survive. We have abandoned the moral foundation which lifted us from colonial oppression and have replaced it with moral degradation leading to federal oppression.
We have succumbed to the fear that unless we accept a platform which promotes the murder of the unborn, we will have our retirement necessities taken away by the opposition’s platform.
The President duped us into thinking that we must go along with the legitimizing of disordered behavior contrary to natural law and to the destruction of the family , or we will not curry the favor of Robin Obamahood, the “only” one who can save us in the fight against unfair business practices.
Finally, we ignored the growing specter of foreign ownership of our monumental national debt in order to receive a national health insurance whose “benefits” reduce human beings to mere uncontrollably reproductive animals. Of course, to accomplish Big Brother’s domination we must be willing to abandon our inalienable right of religious freedom.
So, how does this relate to Black Thursday/Friday buying habits? By supporting the increasingly earlier store hours which curtail workers’ rightful time with their families, we encourage the big box retailers to ignore all decency in their scheduling. It enables the “famously aggressive labor practices” of Wal-Mart (from The Atlantic, posted yesterday) which, in turn, leads other large retailers to follow suit.
In addition, every successful Black Thursday/Friday empowers the big box retailers to continue their legal, but unfair pay structures. The same online article quoted median hourly wages for all retail employees to be $14.42. However, for the perpetrators of earlier and earlier store hours, the average is much less. While Wal-Mart claims an average hourly wage of $11.75, The Atlantic article said an independent study put that figure closer to $9.00/hour. (As a former team leader with a discount retailer, I can concur with the independent study.)
The Atlantic stated that the federal poverty line is $19,090 for a family of three. To reach that, a person would have to make $9.18/hour with forty-hour weeks for every week of the year. This pay rate is above that of numerous retailers including Wal-Mart, Target and Kohl’s. Not to mention that full-time employment is harder and harder to come by as well.
As a nation, we blew an opportunity on November 6 to make a stand for what is right at the polls. Every Christmas season we are presented another chance to “look up.” By following the crowds every year, we are supporting an industry including the likes of Target, which “managed to put a more fashionable face on the same abysmal pay for its workers.” However, to make matters worse, with each made-in-somewhere-other-than-the-U.S. label, we are also sending more manufacturing jobs overseas to workers who are mistreated in other ways.
The choice is ours. Will our gifts travel to their recipients on the backs of downtrodden workers, or will we brings our gifts in the same way the Three Wise Men did, from the heart and with a clear conscience?