That’s Right Nate

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Shopping Keeps Us Free

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The terrorists did not win.  Despite attacks on Americans in India by terrorists, Black Friday sales were up 3% over last year.  When I heard that news I couldn’t help but start chanting “USA! USA!” at the television.   When the terrorists attacked us 9/11 Bush told us the best way we could fight back was by shopping and we have taken that advice to heart.  When we buy Chinese made televisions and clothes we not only defy the terrorists, we give the Chinese much needed cash that they can then loan to us to get us out of this current economic crisis.  If we use a credit card we even help the banks out.

However, some people have had to sacrifice all for this freedom we enjoy.  People have put their lives on the line, put up with unbearable conditions that most of us would crack under, spent holidays away from their families, and even paid the ultimate price to protect our way of life and to these big box retail employees our grateful nation can never repay the debt.

Whether it be clearing a store after a shooting like at the Toys R Us in Palm Desert, California or ringing up sales as a coworker lays dying like at the Walmart in Long Island the heroism exhibited this Black Friday was truly daunting.  While some people would be tempted to reward these brave Americans with a living wage or health care that’s not what they do it for.  When you’re in the trenches the only thing that really matters is your buddy working the cash register next to you and you both doing your job and getting home alive.

In Communist countries they showed how backwards they were by standing in line for bread.  In America we’ll only stand for electronics.  We are a country built on the faith that whatever is missing from our lives is as close as that next purchase and that is the spirit that keeps us free.  To those martyrs who sacrificed themselves so that we might shop know that your struggle was not in vain.  I dream of a world where someday there will be so many Walmarts that standing in line will forever be unnecessary.

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Written by thatsrightnate

November 30, 2008 at 3:55 pm

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  1. Yeah. I was waiting in line for hours during Black Friday last year in Detroit, and all I can say is that this is really an exclusively American experience. Very, very weird. I hope that no more Americans have to die in their line of duty.

    Lola

    November 30, 2008 at 8:49 pm

  2. People like you disgust me. I doubt I will ever hear anything more vapid and ingnorant as long as I live, and if I do, I will more than likely put a bullet in my head because I can be absolutely certain that all is lost.

    Grace McGrath

    December 7, 2008 at 1:13 pm

  3. Well at least I know you support gun rights.

    thatsrightnate

    December 7, 2008 at 2:28 pm

  4. I cannot believe that anyone could write such a heinous thing. People who work at Wal mart are not soldiers. They did not sign up to die. Heroic it is not. Disgusting that Black Friday will still exist after incident it is. People who work at Wal mart work there only because they need a job, and withthtat job they can earn the money to help support themselves or others. I hope that this person and any sad others like him or (most likely) her, will realize that there are people in America who stand in line for food, who would rather recieve a minumum wage job than a stupid 60″ TV. There are people who would rather you give them something that is a basic need because they don’t have it than a stupid gameboy, or ipod. One last thing before I go onto things that might confuse the writer if they ever read this. One of the last , and I mean last things that America needs, is to borrow more money from any country. Our national debt rises unchecked, at over 10,000,000,000,000 (that’s trillion) dollars. America has independent people who are dependant on other countries. At the moment all I see in our future is the need to stop consumerism, and start building our own companies and hire people in America. The only reason we do things in China is because the cost is less by a huge amount than paying Americans, because we have a minumum wage requirement and other laws that don’t exactly apply the same way in other countries. Anyone who has a mind of their own should do some research before writing an inane story like the one above.

    g1529

    December 7, 2008 at 2:33 pm

  5. “At the moment all I see in our future is the need to stop consumerism, and start building our own companies and hire people in America. The only reason we do things in China is because the cost is less by a huge amount than paying Americans, because we have a minumum wage requirement and other laws that don’t exactly apply the same way in other countries.”

    You sound just like those people who want to bail out the car industry. This is a situation where everybody wins. If we run short on cash, we’ll just borrow more like we do with our credit cards. Its totally win win.

    thatsrightnate

    December 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm

  6. Have you heard of Enron’s model of Black Box spending? Your mentality matches perfectly. By the way, are you just completely sarcastic with everything you say? Are you a comedian? Is this a parody?

    Grace McGrath

    December 7, 2008 at 3:03 pm

  7. I am not familiar with the Enron model, but they were a great company for awhile and I’d be curious to learn about it.

    thatsrightnate

    December 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm

  8. I don’t think that we should spend money on failing businesses unless their failure causes the entire stock market to fail. I feel that when we create new companies we should first look to build in America so that we can give jobs to those in our country who have need of the money instead of giving our bussiness to a country that we already owe. There is a need for jobs in the US and if large corporations would stop taking the cheap way out and hire here paying people 6-8 dollars an hour instead of 1 or less, maybe we could not be at a 6.7% unemployment, the lowest since 1974. You have purposefully mistaken my comment. I never think that paying with a credit card when you do not have the money to back it is right. Purchasing along with many other things in life should all be done in moderation. This includes replying to your insidious comments. I have said all I wish to say and despite the fact that you may pathetically attempt to discredit me with obvious misquotation. I will no longer hold even a commentary conversation with someone who uses such blatant sarcasm. Constant sarcasm shows a weakness of vocabulary and imagination. I hope you do more research on the world and other cultures before you post anything this seriously distorted again.

    g1529

    December 7, 2008 at 3:17 pm

  9. I would recommend reading “The Smartest Guys in the Room” or watching the documentary by the same name.

    Grace McGrath

    December 7, 2008 at 3:19 pm

  10. “You have purposefully mistaken my comment. I never think that paying with a credit card when you do not have the money to back it is right.”

    HELLO!! We all might as well just pay cash then.

    “I would recommend reading “The Smartest Guys in the Room” or watching the documentary by the same name.”

    I will check out the movie. I do not believe in reading.

    thatsrightnate

    December 7, 2008 at 3:30 pm

  11. Wow. Im 13 and I know that if you screw yourself over with money you don’t have then you’re setting yourself up for blatant disaster. Can you spend money that isn’t there?! Well, you can try….but again, your screwing up BIG TIME! And, the fact that you don’t believe in reading shows a lack of judgment, and stunted knowledge.

    13 going on 14~

    December 7, 2008 at 3:54 pm

  12. That’s what my daughter says too. I figure when you’re adults you’ll understand how credit works better.

    thatsrightnate

    December 7, 2008 at 4:37 pm

  13. That’s my Nate, always winning the hearts and minds of his fellow Americans… especially the ones who have a slight difficulty in understanding parody.
    I don’t believe in credit cards either. In fact, I don’t believe in spending money. But what do I know? I’m the one who uses socialist transportation (i.e., buses).

    Lola

    December 7, 2008 at 4:55 pm

  14. Look Lola, I asked the guy if parody was his intent. Nothing would surprise me. The things he says sounds just like my father in law, minus the promotion of China. I was honestly too appalled and apprehensive of further readings if this is the norm or these opinions are to be followed. scary.

    Grace McGrath

    December 7, 2008 at 5:58 pm

  15. I love the Chinese. The only problem is after I buy a Chinese made product, a couple days later I want to buy another one. Fortunately, there’s Walmart.

    thatsrightnate

    December 7, 2008 at 6:33 pm

  16. you are a funny guy. Im glad I accidentally found your website during the course of research.

    Grace McGrath

    December 7, 2008 at 7:55 pm

  17. you are a funny guy. Im glad I accidentally found your website during the course of research.

    Grace McGrath

    December 7, 2008 at 7:56 pm

  18. PS I have not set foot in Wal Mart for two years. I made that decision when I was 19.

    Grace McGrath

    December 7, 2008 at 7:58 pm

  19. Ginny Hamano

    August 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm


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