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Demagoguing Wal Mart Sets a Bad Example

John on November 26, 2006 at 6:45 pm

As the most successful retailer in the US, Wal Mart is the bete noir of liberals and anti-capitalists everywhere. It has become routine for left-wing politicians to campaign against Wal Mart. Joe Biden did it. John Edwards did too. As this story notes, it became a wedge issue for Democrats and Republicans.

The campaign against Wal-Mart at points took on the air of a proxy battle between the Democrats and Republicans, with local and state Democratic candidates turning out to cheer Mr. Edwards, while an operative from the company-backed group “Working Families for Wal-Mart” circulated a news release headlined “Political Candidates in Pittsburgh Sign On To Failed Union Leader Campaign.”

An umbrella group of liberal interests called Wal Mart Watch is the lead dog on this hunt. The first group listed in the “About Us” page is the Service Employees International Union. Common Cause and the Sierra Club are also listed. In short, this is a liberal effort.
It seems clear their effort is beginning to bear some ugly fruit…

Saturday, two 15 year old boys set off “acid bombs” in a crowded Wal Mart in Skowhegan, Maine. The AP story doesn’t suggest a motive, but I think it’s likely they were trying to make some sort of statement about commercialism…or something. The whole thing is irrational and that’s the point. Liberals have made Wal Mart a capitalist boogeyman and kids looking for a cause are acting on it. Consider the following:

  • Bomb threat at Branson, MO Wal Mart.
  • Bomb threat at Mansfield, OH Wal Mart.
  • Bomb threat at Eden, NC Wal Mart.
  • Bomb threat at Morganton, NC Wal Mart.
  • Bomb threat at Paris, TN Wal Mart.
  • Bomb threat at Hobart, IN Wal Mart.
  • Bomb threat at Casper, Wyoming Wal Mart.
  • A bomb threat closed the Carlisle, PA Wal Mart on the same day as one in Hillsborough, NC.
  • Bomb threat at the Neosho, MO Wal Mart on 10/27 [No link as it requires paid subscription. Google it.]
  • Bomb threat at the St.-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec Wal Mart.
  • Here is a report of three more Quebec area Wal Marts which all received bomb threats in just two days.
  • Bomb threat at a Waynesboro, VA Wal Mart that turned out to be a Halloween prank.
  • Bomb threat at a Tuscaloosa, FL Wal Mart.
  • Bomb threat at a Cocoa, FL Wal Mart
  • Bomb threat at a Carbondale, IL Wal Mart.
  • Bomb threat at a Christiansburg, VA Wal Mart earlier in 2006 (This is my old college stomping grounds, just 10 minutes from VA Tech).
  • Bomb threat at the Gallup, NM Wal Mart in Oct. 2005.
  • Here’s one about a Wal Mart employee accused of making bomb threats against 7 other stores. The police suspect he had help.
  • Finally, this page on the Portland Independent Media Center where someone has collected 14 other incidents going back as far as 2001.

Most of these incidents took place in the last month. Admittedly, most of them appear to be pranks. Several of them may have been timed to Halloween. But even if most of these incidents are pranks, it still begs the question: When did bomb threats become high school hi-jinks? And more importantly: Why is Wal Mart the target?

The more politicians portray Wal Mart as a villain, the more young people will assume it’s okay to think of them as the bad guys. The bottom line is that Democrats need to stop demagoguing Wal-Mart before we have more real incidents like the one in Maine.

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