Thursday, November 22, 2012


“Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it,
those learn it incorrectly are just doomed!”

I used to travel to Canada for Thanksgiving, or as they called it Thursday. I mentioned this to a friend who asked, “Don't they celebrate Thanksgiving?”

I replied, “Yes, but it's the second Monday of October.”

They asked, “Why's that?”

I said, “They use the metric system.”

Disregarding my smart-ass answer, there is a reason the two countries celebrate on different dates. The Canadian Thanksgiving comes from the traditional harvest festival, first celebrated in that country over 40 years before the pilgrims landed. The US celebration has a more sorted past.

The “Traditional” US thanksgiving was celebrated regionally since the pilgrims. At different dates throughout the country. It was during the Civil War that Lincoln needed to both boost the nations moral and remind both sides that we share a common heritage and Thanksgiving became a national holiday.

So the US Thanksgiving had its roots in the struggle to end slavery. The aftermath of the civil war (it took a while after for some states like Kentucky to get the message) meant that people couldn't be chased down by the law if they walked off their job.

Until now. Walmart called the cops and threatened to have one of their workers arrested for walking out.

Walmart is known for wanting the government to stay out of their labor relations. This shows that's not what they want. They want to use government resources to enforce their side of labor relations. It's not enough they get subsidized through food stamps to pay below poverty line wages. They move into rural areas with limited competition to set up operations that can't compete in the larger cities. And don't pay taxes. Now, they want the police to enforce their labor policies.

This Thanksgiving and Black Friday, be Thankful slavery is over and Boycott Walmart who is trying to bring it back.

By Darrell B. Nelson author of I KILLED THE MAN THAT WASN'T THERE

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