by: the Common Constitutionalist
Last week I received an e-mail alert from my friends at MoveOn.org. More specifically from a subgroup called “MoveOn Civic Action”. Boy what a pithy name. It has the well-known “MoveOn” moniker, but has been spiced up with “Civic”, so we know they’re working for the collective – doing their civic duty. And it also has “Action”, because… well… Action is good.
Anyway, the alert read: “In retail, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are the only two holidays that workers traditionally receive. Now that many stores are choosing to open on Thanksgiving, that break is being taken away, denying retail workers the rare opportunity to spend a holiday with their families. A holiday should not be a luxury for the rich – all workers deserve time to spend with loved ones. We, as consumers, have the power to tell stores not to open on Thanksgiving by staying home. We hereby pledge not to shop on Thanksgiving day, to show the retail industry that everyone deserves a holiday.”
The e-mail plea ended by stating: “Want to support our work? MoveOn Civic Action is entirely funded by our 8 million members – no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs…”
Wow, that’s a compelling alert. It tugs at the heartstrings while still maintaining its communist feel. Karl Marx would be proud – using words like “workers” and “the rich”. I’m sure they would’ve liked to use the words proletariat and bourgeoisie, but no doubt 7.9 million of the alertees would not have understood it.
That aside, it seems MoveOn Civic Action has a lot of members. Being able to mobilize and being financially supported by 8 million members… Walmart should be worried! That’s the type of grassroots organization the Tea Party would envy… if it were the truth, which, not surprisingly, it is not. read more