What happened yesterday, at a Wal-Mart store in Nassau County, New York, embodies everything this writer despises about the Christmas season as it is celebrated in America.
As we mentioned yesterday, this is where the doors opened at five in the morning, and a stampede of some two thousand shoppers trampled an employee by the name of Jdimytai Damour to death. Whatever those consumers may feel about the tragic events of yesterday, they may rest secure in the knowledge that a man died, so that they could be fortunate enough to purchase "a Samsung 50-inch Plasma HDTV for $798, a Bissel Compact Upright Vacuum for $28, a Samsung 10.2 megapixel digital camera for $69, and DVDs such as 'The Incredible Hulk' for $9."
They say that our economy is in trouble. They say that the "bread and butter" issues are more critical to the Nation's future than trifling matters like the protection of human life from abortion and so on. The pundits have assured us that our moral compass can wait while we restore our capitalist system to its former good health. Perhaps this is all the proof we need, that the Nation's economy is the least of our worries.
Those who believe otherwise, can be the ones to explain it to Jdimytai Damour's family. May he rest in peace.