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Friday, December 02, 2005

Wal-Mart and Politics over Principles

It seems that, like most positions on the issues by the "progressives", politics is more important than principles. At least, that's what I gather from this post by the Twinkiemeister Oliver Willis:

Wal-Mart
by Oliver Willis | December 1st, 2005 | 11:31 pm

This will probably once again cause folks to wonder if the Heritage Foundation got to me (we’ve had a lot of that lately - torture, death penalty, parental notification), but I think the gist of what Ed Kilgore says rings true.
The point is this: in the southern small-town, rural and exurban communities I know best, and among the low-to-moderate income “working family” voters Democrats most need to re-attract, Wal-Mart is considered pretty damn near sancrosanct. And if Democrats decide to tell these voters they can’t be good progressives and shop at Wal-Mart, we will lose these people for a long, long time.

Last week when I was in Atlanta with my aunt, grandmother and cousins we went to one of those gigantic mega Wal-Marts. As I walked in, I realized… you could live there. Literally. You could get enough food to feed an army, grab a dvd player and a plasma tv, get a tent, an airbed, and several days worth of clothing — in one damn building.

Wal-Mart is guilty of some horrible labor practices and has shown a capacity to be an economic pariah, but you aren’t going to get very far if you try to make people ashamed to shop there.

Wal-Mart provides a wide variety of merchandise at low prices. There is much pressure that needs to be brought to bear against them, but much like Microsoft — they have become a part of America. It’s messy, and not always fair and honest with room for much improvement, but it isn’t going away.

Why do I have the feeling that Ollie hasn't been to a Wal-Mart in quite some time? Surely the "you could live in a Wal-Mart" statement could apply to their stores for several years now... I can picture Ollie, trying to explain to his grandmother, aunt, and cousins that they're destroying America by shopping there... I'm sure that went over like a lead balloon.

And I love how Oliver recognizes that to a Leftist, Wal-Mart is the embodiement of evil (despite their low-low prices which make them attractive to the poor that the Left proclaims to champion)... and then he promptly recognizes that for political expediency, the Left will have to stay mum about their disdain for Wal-Mart. Like most positions of the Left, it's always time to lock their principles in the closet when elections start to approach.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (2)
Anonymous said...

I think his point was that there are full grocery stores in the Super Walmarts now. It's probably his first trip to a Super Walmart.

Otherwise, your exactly right.

St Wendeler said...

Well, Super Wal-Marts aren't exactly a new concept... I just thought it was interesting that he opposes WalMart, but because "the common folk" like shopping there, he recommends that the Left should bite their tongue so they don't get hurt politically....