|The Jack Wade Show||
As Black Friday, the unofficial corporate created holiday of greed systematically encroaches on more and more of Thanksgiving, the official holiday of family, thankfulness and gratitude, I thought that I would compare the two.
I really don't have to explain Thanksgiving to you except to remind you that most of all, you're probably thankful for the wonderful feast that brings family together and for the joyous sense of gratitude that fills your heart. The Thanksgiving experience is one to be cherished because each Thanksgiving feast makes memories that last for years to come. Sadly, many American big box store and department store workers will have to forgo the joys of the holiday because they have been enslaved by a pseudo holiday called Black Friday.
The phrase Black Friday was originally used pejoratively years ago to describe a situation in Philadelphia that occurred on the day after thanksgiving when so many people were out shopping that it caused traffic snarls and violence. The term “Black Friday” was recently rehabilitated by corporate marketing people who turned it into an unofficial shopping holiday. Their take of the term is that the Friday after Thanksgiving is the day of the year that massive sales take them from the red into the black. My take on the term is that it has become a day of salivating consumers, some of whom camped out for days, trampling each other to get a “bargain.” In other words, a corporate dream day. I'm waiting for some corporate owned congressman to propose Black Friday as a National holiday.
At this point, you might ask me why I'm comparing Thanksgiving to Black Friday? Well that's because greedy big box stores, department stores and other retailers keep starting it earlier and earlier. Many stores started their Black Friday sales as early as 6:00 PM on Thanksgiving night. If that trend continues, Thanksgiving, the National holiday of family, gratitude and prayerful reflection will be overshadowed by Black Friday, the corporate holiday of greed, envy and exploitation of workers. Black Friday just might become The Corporate Monster That Ate Thanksgiving!
Boycott Black Friday!
Every time I turn on a network or local newscast that has a story about the Affordable Care Act, I feel like I am walking into an old, dingy strip club. The pounding drone of endless corporate advertising sounds like the sleazy, cheesy music that provides the pulsating rhythm for strippers to ply their wares. The newscasters who jump from sensational story to sensational story remind me of leering strip club hosts. Their viewers remind me of the typical strip show customer staring at the stage, mouth open, totally entranced.
The Affordable Care Act started out respectably enough fully clothed with the best of intentions to fix a broken healthcare system and extend its lifesaving protection to people who have been left to fend for themselves in a country that seemingly didn't care. During the Affordable Care Act's proud younger days, her manager was talking about her becoming single payer healthcare or having a public option. That didn't sit well with the people sitting in the first row who looked like GOP politicians and kept yelling take it off, take it off every time corporate types, possibly insurance people who were siting behind them whispered in their ears. Even though her manager promised to keep her act dignified, he prompted her from backstage to take off a few layers of requirements.
The hoi polloi sitting in the cheap seats took their cues from the club host who kept saying things like remember, if you don't like this act, her manager promised that he would let you see last week's act. The guys in the cheap seats started booing and joined the big shots in the first row in chanting “take it off, take it off.” The manager prompted her to take off more to appease the hoi polloi who were instigated by the host and the guys in the first row. She kept being badgered. Finally, she nervously and reluctantly complied.
This cycle kept repeating itself until The Affordable Care Act was stripped bare and became deathly ill. The corporate types in the second row whispered to the politicians in the first row, “good, now we can get our favorite act back.” The moral of the story? Draw your own conclusions!!
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