Friday, November 25, 2011

Occupy Black Friday Stupidity, Plus a New Occupy Song (Video)

November 25, 2011 - We hope you got enough turkey on Thanksgiving Day. If you're like most Americans, you gave thanks for the good things in your life. Sure, many Americans are hurting these days: Unemployment, a bad mortgage situation, a pension fund in the crapper, rising prices, and so on. Even in bad times, though, most of us understand that it could be a lot worse, and we keep trying to make things better for ourselves and those around us.

Some Americans, however, do the opposite. Take many of the Occupy crowd, who would like nothing better than to make things worse for their fellow Americans by shutting down businesses and, as a result, causing layoffs and more unemployment. How would they do this?

Simple: Occupy is trying to shut down "Black Friday" retail shopping events across the country. Let's remember that many retailers, if not most, depend heavily on the Christmas shopping season to end their year with a profit. Many retailers just break even or perhaps operate in the red for the other 11 months of the year, holding on in anticipation of the year-end national shopping spree.

Millions of employees of those retailers, larger and small, depend on those profits to remain employed. Occupy, in some misguided attempt to do whatever the hell it is they think they're trying to do, wants to hurt the retail sales. Which means, by extension, that they are trying to harm the economic security of fellow Americans. Some Occupy people will tell you that they just want to encourage shoppers to favor small local businesses over the big chain retailers. That sounds nice, and I try to shop locally when I have a choice. But Occupy is trying to inflict damage on those big stores, apparently without realizing (or caring) that plenty of local residents earn their livings by working there.

Marathon Pundit compiled a great list that he calls "Occupy occtrocities: Black Friday edition." Here are a few items:

CNBC: Demonstrators plan to occupy retailers on Black Friday
CNBC: Tea Party activists challenge 'Occupy Black Friday' with 'BUYcott Black Friday'
Gateway Pundit: #OWS Mob targets Macy’s midnight opening – chants "Shame, shame, shame!" at holiday shoppers (Audio)
The Other McCain: #Occupy Black Friday?

You can see the full list with about 17 additional story links at Marathon Pundit.