The Occupy Wall Street folks are planning to “occupy” publicly traded retailers in their efforts to protest American big business. They are calling for boycotts to stop corporate profits. In response, Tea Party folks are calling for everyone to go out on so-called Black Friday to buy lots of stuff, thereby supporting American business and helping the economy.
Anti-Occupy Wall Street” groups are taking on the protesters of “Occupy Black Friday” with “BUYcott Black Friday.”
Liberate Philadelphia/Liberate America, a Tea Party coalition of groups countering the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, are challenging the latest move by Occupy Wall Street protesters to occupy or boycott publicly traded retailers on Black Friday by instead encouraging consumers to shop on Black Friday to help the economy recover.
“At a time when our economy is most fragile and ratings agencies are talking about another downgrade of the U.S. credit rating, it’s completely irresponsible for Occupy Wall Street to attempt to bring the U.S. economy to a halt on the busiest shopping day of the year,” Liberate organizer and a spokesman for the Tea Party, John Sullivan, stated in a press release.
If any of you witness any Occupying when you go out for the pre-Christmas sales, please report it here.
My own sense is that any attempt on the part of Occupiers to camp out at Walmarts, Targets, and Best Buys and to interfere with people trying to buy Christmas presents will turn the actual 99% of Americans decisively against them. And that Democratic politicians, including the president, who came out in support of the Occupiers will rue the day.
Since part of what is holding our economy back is reportedly the lack of consumer spending, would it be a patriotic gesture to spend a lot this Christmas?