Wednesday, November 23, 2011

American Workers Push Socialism with Black Friday Petitions

Godfather Politics
Verbatim Post

Target Employee Anthony Hardwick and Best Buy employee Rick Melaragni have unwittingly fueled the growing socialist movement in America. They’ve just launched online petitions against their store’s extended Black Friday hours, claiming that the retail giants are asking them to miss the Thanksgiving holiday. Other copycats are now starting online petitions against their employers as well.

At first glance, it reads like something from a Charles Dickens novel. (Incidentally, Dickens was a Christian socialist). These poor workers are made to work ungodly hours just so Target and Best Buy can make an extra buck this holiday season.

What Mr. Hardwick and Mr. Melaragni have failed to understand, however, is that the Friday after Thanksgiving is called “Black Friday” for a very important reason. It’s because this is the day where retail stores sell enough to dig out from being in the red (running a loss) to being in the black (turning a profit). Hence the name “Black Friday.” In our difficult economic times, stores must work harder than ever before to encourage customers to buy their products. This year, it means opening their doors even earlier.

The free market is demanding these hours. And if stores don’t comply, they may lose money. They may lose market share to their competitors. They may go out of business entirely. And where will Mr. Hardwick and Mr. Melaragni find themselves? Unemployed.

In at time when unemployment is at a record high in America, one would think these two young socialists would be thankful to have a job.

Lots of people have to work on Thanksgiving—Firemen, Police Officers, Doctors, Military personnel, etc.. I’m sure glad they’re working to protect me and my family. I own several small businesses. I will have to check my email, launch advertising campaigns, and make sure my web sites are running smoothly. I am not complaining because this is how I make money. And I use that money to put a Thanksgiving Turkey on the table.

I am afraid that young Americans have lost sight of the American Dream. They don’t understand how the free market works. They don’t appreciate what they have. They expect everything to be handed to them without hard work.

Wanting to spend Thanksgiving with your family is a good thing. But nobody owes them a Thanksgiving holiday. Like everyone else, they need to earn it. And if they aren’t thankful on Thanksgiving for their cushy job, I know tens of thousands of unemployed workers who would gladly take them!


  1. Part of a generation of spoiled brats.

    Thanksgiving of '73 was the first for my wife and I. I was a young PFC, recently married, living in Germany. Anyway, I had Post Guard on Thanksgiving that year. A month later it was our first Christmas together and I had NATO Site guard in a small town 25 miles away. On New Year's Eve... Yep, CQ Runner. No "comp time", of course. Those weren't the only holidays that I spend "pulling duty" while I was in the Army, but somehow I survived it.

    I know that a lot of others went through similar situations and worse. All without (much) complaint.

    Don't ya just feel sorry for these poor mistreated kids these days? :)

  2. Don't ya just feel sorry for these poor mistreated kids these days? :)

    Just terrible.:)

    You story reminds me of.....:)

    TET '69, Special Services Depot, Saigon
    As my luck would have it, I drew guard duty on the first night of TET '69 just a year after the bad one. Only one person was on duty each night, and no one seemed concerned that something bad might happen again. I made the best of it and got all the ammo I could for my rifle plus a few VC grenades that had been captured the year before. I definitely wasn't too thrilled as night came on, but absolutely nothing happened.

    No one who ever pulled guard duty there did anything other than stay in the main office, but we had a gung ho new man who decided when he got it, that he was actually going to patrol the perimeter.

    There seemed to be a lot of inventory that was never accounted for, and we found out why that night. As he went around, he spied two men in black pajamas and shot and killed one. The next morning, Sunday, the Vietnamese supervisor showed up in a defensive, angry mood asking about the incident. (Which he obviously knew about since he was evidently involved in the grand scheme!) He just couldn't understand why the man had been killed. Nothing could be proven about him, but that was the end of the shortages!

    A few other men there were, Perez, another Puerto Rican, Dunlevy, a dedicated girl chaser, and Swindler, who supposedly got sent there after he decided he had enough of the infantry and rode a buffalo out of the field! A good story, anyway. All hopeless pot heads.