Let me lay something out on the table. I love and support our troops. That's right, I said it. So don't flip out on me. In no way am I dissing the men and women who put thier lives at risk for our country.
My grandfather on dad's side was a radioman in Word War II. He was declared dead twice after attacks that wiped out two troops he was in. Both times he came back out of the bushes alive.
My dad was a Ship's Cook on a mine sweeper ship in the Vietnam War. His life was constantly at risk under the threat of a mine going *BOOM.*
My cousin has done two tours in Iraq. He's been shot at, and he has had to kill. He used a 50 caliber machine gun to chop a charging jeep in half. They later found an IED (improvised explosive device) inside that would have done terrible damage to him and the people he was stationed with.
Believe me, I get it when people want to snark at Wallmart slaves who are protesting at losing their Thanksgiving dinner when there are troops who are missing out entirely or may never go home except in a box covered by a flag.
While our troops are fighting for our rights overseas, the corporations in OUR OWN country are taking them away. Wallmart, Target, Best Buy, Khol’s, Macy’s, Kmart, Sears and Toy-R-Us are all using the threat of job loss, homelessness and starvation to bully employees into pandering to the whims of corporate greed. This is all in order to give a few hours more profit to a corporation who's CEO will never feel the loss of the entire company should it go bankrupt.
Think about that.
Yes, I KNOW the problems retail workers are facing seem insignificant in comparison to loved ones being shot at, However, not every war is fought with bullets vs Germany, 'Nam, Iraq, or whatever demonized enemy happens to be in season at any particular time. Sometimes the war is fought against corporate incompetence and greed that ensures that the troops won't have a home to come back to. Instead it will be auctioned out from under the families who were making payments, barely, until corporate decided to save costs by 'letting go' of easily replaceable employees. And corporations feel that they can get away with anything because so many people are desperate to keep their jobs.
Let's look at some of the companies that have failed in the last 5 years...
- Hollywood Video
- KB Toys
- Saturn (cars)
- Shoe Pavilion
- Skybus Airlines
- Washington Mutual
Let's not forget Hostess, that has crashed and burned (after 80 years) just a week before Thanksgiving, putting 18,500 people out of work. Yes we can argue all day about the factors that led to the destruction of these iconic companies, but the truth of the matter is, some of these companies got their precious 'bail outs' and failed to succeed even then. And when the companies went down, the big boss people who could have saved the companies, got their golden parachutes instead. They made the decisions that crushed the corporation but they don't suffer for it.
And why should they think that they SHOULD suffer? After all, it's not like they have to feel the repercussions of their incompetance. Their actions don't affect THEMSELVES.
Our troops fight for the American Dream, while corporations take that dream away anyway. What was the question again? "Tell me again how working on Thanksgiving ruins your holiday?" I just did.