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Black Friday: A Shameful Orgy Of Materialism For A Morally Bankrupt Nation

Black Friday It has been called "America's most disturbing holiday".  Black Friday is the day when millions of average Americans wait outside retail stores in the middle of the night in the freezing cold to spend more money that they do not have for more cheap Chinese-made products that they do not need.  It is a day when the rest of the world makes fun of Americans for behaving like "rabid animals" and "zombies" as we indulge in a tsunami of greed.  It truly is a shameful orgy of materialism for a morally bankrupt nation.  It is being projected that approximately 140 million Americans will participate in this disgusting national ritual this year.  Sadly, most of them have absolutely no idea that they are actively participating in the destruction of the economic infrastructure of the United States.  If you don't understand why this is true, please be sure to read this entire article all the way to the end.

The amount of merchandise that is purchased on Black Friday is absolutely staggering.  For example, just consider how much stuff is sold at Wal-Mart alone...

Wal-Mart said it recorded more than 10 million register transactions between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday in its stores and nearly 400 million page views that day on walmart.com. It sold 2.8 million towels, 2 million televisions, 1.4 million tablets, 300,000 bicycles and 1.9 million dolls. Big-ticket electronics like big-screen TVs and new videogame consoles were among the top sellers.

But each and every year, Black Friday also seems to bring out the worst in many people, and this year was certainly no exception.  The following are just a few of the national headlines about the rioting and the violence that we witnessed...

-"Holiday shopping season kicks off with fights, arrests"

-"Violence flares as shoppers slug it out for best Black Friday deals"

-"Watch Screaming Mobs Fight Over Televisions At Wal-Mart"

-"Two Arrested After Stabbing Over Parking Space At Wal-Mart"

-"Rialto Walmart Thanksgiving brawl sends one police officer to hospital"

-"Walmart Ejects Customer For Filming Violent ‘Black Thursday’ Mobs"

-"Cops: Shoplifting suspect shot after dragging officer"

And sometimes the violence extends out into the parking lots and into the surrounding neighborhoods.  In Las Vegas, a man that was carrying a big-screen television home from Target was shot in the leg...

According to police, a man purchased a big-screen television from the Target store near Flamingo Rd. and Maryland Pkwy. While he was walking to a nearby apartment complex, a man approached and fired a warning shot, causing the victim to drop the television, police said.

Officers tell 8 News NOW the gunman then took the television to a nearby car that was waiting, where a second man helped the gunman load the TV into the car.

The victim approached the two men and tried to get the television back. That prompted the gunman to fire several more rounds, shooting the victim in the leg.

Every year I go over to YouTube to check out the madness that breaks out on Black Friday night all over the nation.  Posted below is the best compilation video from Black Friday that I could find.  In particular, I love how this video compares American shoppers to zombies...

And there is one more video that I wanted to share with you.  In this video, activist Mark Dice dresses up like Santa Claus and mocks Black Friday shoppers for being "parasites" and for ruining Thanksgiving...

Meanwhile, as retail stores all over America actively encourage this zombie-like behavior, police are actually cracking down on other groups of Americans that are actively trying to make this country a better place.  For example, a Christian group in Lake Worth, Florida was kicked out of a public park for trying to feed the homeless on Thanksgiving.  Of course this kind of thing happens all the time.  In fact, dozens of major cities all over the country have now passed laws that make it illegal to feed the homeless.  For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled "One Lawmaker Is Literally Smashing The Belongings Of The Homeless With A Sledgehammer".

At the beginning of this article, I stated that those who go shopping on Black Friday "are actively participating in the destruction of the economic infrastructure of the United States".

How could that possibly be?

Aren't they helping the economy by spending their money?

Actually, it isn't that simple.

Just think about it for a moment.  Where are most of the "advertised specials" that people go crazy over on Black Friday actually made?

If you guessed "China", you would be correct.  In fact, it is very difficult to find any "Black Friday specials" that are actually made in the United States.

When you buy stuff made in China, you support workers and businesses in China.  As I mentioned in a recent article, the U.S. economy loses approximately 9,000 jobs for every 1 billion dollars of goods that are imported from overseas.

Overall, the U.S. has run a total trade deficit with the rest of the world of more than 8 trillion dollars since 1975.

So when you look around and see lots of unemployed people, it should not be a surprise to you.

Right now, the labor force participation rate is at a 35-year-low and more than 102 million working age Americans do not have a job.  That number has increased by 27 million just since the year 2000.

Because the American people are not supporting American businesses, our formerly great manufacturing cities are being transformed into rotting, festering hellholes.  Just take a look at Detroit.  At one time Detroit had the highest per capita income in the entire nation, but now it is a dying, bankrupt ghost town.

And of course this is happening to manufacturing cities all over the nation.  Since 2001, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. have permanently shut down and we have lost millions upon millions of good paying manufacturing jobs.

Back in the 1980s, more than 20 percent of the jobs in the United States were manufacturing jobs.  Today, only about 9 percent of the jobs in the United States are manufacturing jobs.

Good job America.  And the following are some more facts from one of my previous articles about how our massively bloated trade deficit is absolutely killing our economy...

-There are less Americans working in manufacturing today than there was in 1950 even though the population of the country has more than doubled since then.

-Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs.  Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

-When NAFTA was pushed through Congress in 1993, the United States had a trade surplus with Mexico of 1.6 billion dollars.  By 2010, we had a trade deficit with Mexico of 61.6 billion dollars.

-Back in 1985, our trade deficit with China was approximately 6 million dollars (million with a little "m") for the entire year.  In 2012, our trade deficit with China was 315 billion dollars.  That was the largest trade deficit that one nation has had with another nation in the history of the world.

-According to the Economic Policy Institute, America is losing half a million jobs to China every single year.

-According to Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University, 40 million more U.S. jobs could be sent offshore over the next two decades if current trends continue.

Unfortunately, most Americans never stop to think about what happens when we buy stuff from China.

When we buy stuff from them, our money goes over there.

At this point, they are sitting on trillions of our dollars and they have purchased more than a trillion dollars of our debt.

Up until now, Chinese demand for our dollars has helped keep the value of the U.S. dollar artificially high.  This is one of the reasons why Wal-Mart can sell you those Chinese imports so inexpensively.

And up until now, Chinese demand for our debt has helped keep long-term interest rates artificially low.  So the U.S. government has been able to borrow money at ridiculously low interest rates and U.S. home buyers have been able to get mortgage rates that are well below the real rate of inflation.

But no irrational state of affairs ever lasts indefinitely, and the Chinese recently announced that they are going to quit stockpiling U.S. dollars.  Many analysts believe that this means that the Chinese will soon stop stockpiling U.S. debt as well.

So enjoy those super cheap "Black Friday specials" while they last.  That era is rapidly coming to an end.

Now that the Chinese have stolen tens of thousands of our businesses, millions of our jobs and trillions of our dollars, perhaps they feel that there is not much more looting to be done.  Our economic infrastructure has been essentially gutted at this point.  Moving forward, China can afford to let the value of the U.S. dollar fall and the value of their own currency rise because even Barack Obama admits that "those jobs are never coming back".

And every single American that went shopping on Black Friday and bought Chinese-made goods actively participated in the ongoing destruction of the U.S. economy.

Good job America.  You are a nation that is utterly consumed by materialism and greed, and you don't even realize that you are destroying yourself with your own foolishness.

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  • Dimitrios Kirkos

    I am from Europe and don’t understand “Black Friday”, so I have to ask: Can’t all those people buy the stuff they want online during “Cyber Monday”? Or what really matters is not the discounted products themselves, but the thrill of participating in the act of fighting with other people over a discounted product? Like a sport?

    • DiscouragedOne

      Good question.

  • Karen

    And for more violence add in the knock-out games where people are being punched randomly a 76 year old women in NY was punched in the back of her head. Now maybe you can see why FEMA along with many other organizations purchased massive amounts of ammo, and why the government has civilian patrols. When a disaster strikes you can image how millions of soulless and mindless humans will act no where in the world will you find such zombies as here such selfish cold hearted creatures.

    • Eric Quintero

      Random Acts of Violence are a clear indication something is terribly, terribly wrong here. Its likely due to our over exposure to violence. Violence has always been a form of entertainment, true. But never have we received so much of it on a daily basis!

      “Grand Theft Auto” is likely to be contributing massively to this rapid degeneration of morals. The game’s graphics are so real and life-like now, I would bet my life that its having notable effects on the mind. Its simple. If you play a game about killing, and the creators make it super fun, you’re likely going to enjoy it.

      This can be a problem.

      Now your mind will make the connection and THINK, “Killing is fun” whether or not this actually holds any water in a real world situation. This thought (not a feeling) will be implanted. The more reinforcement it receives, the more the THOUGHT grows. Eventually the make believe THOUGHT overcomes the internal FEELINGS in a real world event. This is the deception. This is how mind programming works.
      Sometimes this is necessary. I admit, I was programmed in Boot Camp. The programming is a necessary tool for the job. Mission accomplishment.

      HOWEVER, This is what they’re doing to children. GTA is simply a mind control program if you think about it. Its programming children to become murderers and thieves.

      Call of Duty has a few very questionable scenes as well throughout the campaign. One required the user to open fire with a light machine gun into a crowd of people at the airport, thus simulating a terrorist attack. Not good.

      Halo generally does a good job of conveying a Hero role and upholds moral standards while killing. However, this is easier to do when all you’re doing is killing aliens.

      I urge everyone to really pay close attention to the content your children are exposed to. Its getting worse and worse by the day.

  • sonofseawolf

    Hi micheal and ec bloggers,
    All kneel at the alter of your new religon, consumerism and corporatism. I have really no problem with somebody buying towels and bikes
    Happy holidays.
    Protect yourself at all times 14/5

  • sanity in rochester

    maybe you would want to remove the “black friday spcials” ad next to your article on the evils of black friday.

  • Fr. John+

    When I read that Target and some other retailers in our area of the Midwest were going to open on the HOLIDAY of Thanksgiving, I wondered if anyone else realized the SACRELIGIOUS nature of the Materialist beast. But, short of the recent encyclical of the Pope that was merely Marxism thinly veiled, none of the Christian writers/blogs/news sources I usually check, dared to call this what it is- a COUNTERFEIT, COMPETING RELIGION- except your article. Thank you. People who seek their joy in garbage ‘things’ are devoid of the spirit of Christ- that’s for sure!

    • TtT Engine

      You are correct Fr. John. The Catholic Church has been flirting with communism since the death of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in the 70′s. Papal apologists are sending out the damage control team often after our first Jesuit Pope rides the fence of orthodoxy and modernity. Benedict XVI lamented over the failed communism in Cuba. I think I would have fallen off my chair had the Holy Father quoted from 2 Thessalonians 3:10. “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” 11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive.” The large majority of poverty and starvation in the world is due to vastly corrupt governments. We could feed the world on what is thrown away/wasted in the U.S. I’m sick and tired of the lefties hit job on capitalism. HELLO CATHOLICS, many of you Judas catholics, communism is incompatible with Catholicism. The modern church, under the guise of social justice, turns its back on the unborn under the often evil umbrella of social justice.Perhaps the Holy Father needs to fire up some of the old Archbishop Sheen videos explaining this and the evils of communism. Been there done that. The early colonial settlements in Massachusetts tried communism. They got very hungry very fast. Christi Fidelis !

  • Richard

    Thank you for this. I am truly stunned that nobody else seems to want/be able to see this, including Michael. Americans are just a nasty, brutish, venal people that should be avoided at all costs. Probably the most dangerous country ever to grace the face of the earth. Very worrying for the international community, frankly.

  • krinks

    Why should Friday be any different than Thursday, which long ago has descended into an orgy of food and football? Very few thank the Lord for anything today.

  • David Fuhriman

    I am really embarrassed for the United States. Our country has fallen to new lows. I’m really not enthusiastic at all about returning to the USA. The USA is a morally bankrupt nation-similar to other morally bankrupt nations around the world. I’m afraid, however, that the USA has not reached rock bottom yet. Now that’s a scary thought!

  • wandakate

    Disgusting… Am I supposed to be proud to be an American when they ask like this? GREED is such a sin. It was Thanksgiving and it was a day to spend time with family and friends and be thankful for what we have. Looks like most people were only thankful that they got to shop, spend their paychecks or charge what they couldn’t afford.
    We should be storing up our treasures in Heaven not on this earth that is about to fall on its face. We die and don’t take it with us anyway. Such a shame that we have lowered ourselves to the nation of “materialism and greed”.

  • RomanAlex

    The freaky part of all this is that everything has been obvious for 20 years! “Walmartification” has been openly discussed for many, many years, yet the vicious cycle continues. Here’s why Chinese-made products are cheaper: they are destroying their own environment all the while breaching labor, trade, human rights and intellectual property agreements. Life expectancy in China is dropping. A purchase of Chinese-made products is literally a purchase of death and destruction for both nations.

    • DiscouragedOne

      Thank you, between their environmental slacking which hurts the whole planet, their exploiting their workers, etc, I don’t respect or want to do business with China. IF they ever get anything like Japan it would be better, but doubtful for a long, long time to come, I am NOT holding my breath.

  • Sam

    What about the Chinese population? They need jobs as well otherwise they’ll be the ones in poverty and their economy will suffer. America is not the centre of the universe and Americans are certainly not more important than Chinese people. This is the one thing that annoys me about this site. This is a global problem and we are all equal.

    • DiscouragedOne

      The Chinese wouldn’t want us making all the stuff they buy/use (in fact their trade policies prevent it), but we are supposed to be fine with them making all the stuff we buy/use? Hell no, we should buy stuff made in our own country too, but we can’t because our government cow towed to corporations and exported our manufacturing/jobs. No, I don’t feel sorry for them, let them sell to their own first and foremost, not suck the USA dry.

      In Japan, the people get paid decently and buy the merchandise they make too, they also make a lot of the stuff they sell here in America, all the Japanese manufacturers have car plants in the USA, and give Americans jobs.

  • Jackie Milton

    One light at the end of the tunnel is the statement you quoted by obummer. That sum biotch has never told the truth and we can hope this is just another one of his lies.

  • nekksys

    My step daughter was pulled away from her task by her hair and stepped on by “Black Friday” shoppers. No attempt was made by the perp to apologize or make amends. She works at Walmart in a small midwestern town.

    This kind of insanity must stop. Unfortunately, it will stop only when everyone is flat broke and squabbling over whatever morsels they can find to eat. In that day, I’ll be glad she is home with her mother and I so she can enjoy a household of plenty.

  • Mondobeyondo

    You can’t tell me Americans can’t make quality products, or don’t know how to make quality products. For nearly a century, we had (HAD!) manufactured the best quality products on earth. Americans invented the assembly line. We were the first to fly an airplane, at Kitty Hawk. We had home-grown geniuses like Thomas Edison who invented the light bulb and phonograph(Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, but he was Scottish. Oh well, you can’t win ‘em all!)
    We’ve simply become the victim of others first stealing our ideas and technology, and then improving on it (in some cases) or mass-marketing it in other cases. Japan used to make garbage products before WWII. Then they decided to copy our electronics and automobiles, and before long, Americans were buying Toyotas, Datsuns (now Nissans), Mitsubishis, Nintendos, and Sony. The same thing happened with China, BUT they focused on smaller items (ie. toys, tools, cookware, clothes, vacuum cleaners) that they knew Americans needed and would buy, but (here’s the clincher) – AT A LOWER PRICE – irregardless of quality. And buy we have. Let the “big players” handle the cars and iDevices, China’s got the everyday Joe and Jane Sixpack market! Not everyone needs a Toyota, but everyone needs tools and clothes.
    You know what’s really sad? They continue to use American brand names for Chinese crap! Remember Craftsman tools? Sears used to sell them. Used to be American made. Lifetime guarantee. Top quality product. Craftsman tools are made in China now, It has the same American name brand, but the quality is gone. Don’t be surprised if your Craftsman wrench snaps in half while you’re using it!
    Is it totally our fault? Weeellll… can’t speak for the rest of the world, but we Americans tend to love saving money, and buying the cheaper priced item. Would you buy an American made vacuum cleaner for $400, or the Chinese made vacuum at Walmart for $150? The American made vacuum may last 20 years – the Chinese model, maybe 20 days. But hey, it’s cheaper…

    • DiscouragedOne

      Have to disagree on the cars from Japan, when Japanese cars first came here…they were like lawn mowers with wheels, they came from the Kunisue design of the early 1900′s and forward (in Japan) not what we were driving here.

  • Mondobeyondo

    A good anecdote to Black Friday is Small Business Saturday. Some cities have promoted it as a day to shop local, so that the money you spend stays in the community. Your hard earned dollars don’t get “Shanghai’ed”.

  • Eric Quintero

    You can defend video games all you want. You may not be consciously thinking about killing, but your subconscious mind does not operate within your control.

    This is why subliminal messages are so powerful. This is why we have an all volunteer military. This is why Marines are actually becoming very picky about their recruits – there are too many applicants! There are more than enough young people today that are ready to pick up a gun and go kill a generic person in some foreign land. Just because they want to.

    People join the Marines to kill people. Plain and simple. Why are there so many willing volunteers?

    Media is a powerful tool my friend. Please dont underestimate its effects on the subconscious mind.

    Btw, Ive been playing video games since I was 3. I even went to the National High School Game Academy for 6 weeks where we were taught game theory by some of the top firms in the country. I love game theory and love studying the mind. Unfortunately so do media companies. Unfortunately so does our military.

    Why do you think the game “America’s Army” exists? The Army made that game for a reason. They’re not stupid. Dont be naive, brother. Certain video games should not be defended. They are causing problems whether you choose to believe so or not.

  • Copperhead Joe

    This is why the terrorists haven’t done anything to the US in years. They know that all they have to do is stand back and watch at this point.

  • Consti

    I think it’s hilarious hypocrisy that you are complaining about people who want to buy things with money they don’t have advertisements all over your site for stuff people justifiably can’t afford. I can’t afford your book so make it free and put your money where you mouth is. Yes Black Friday is a joke but you are the typical big mouthed Christian hypocrite like fat many Alex Jone$.

  • DiscouragedOne

    They may make cheap TVs, but they don’t last as long, ditto for appliances. I don’t think they are so great, I think if they were made in America, they would last a lot longer as American made used to do. You are right that Japan learned how to make quality, but have you been to Japan…you can’t live without electric there, seriously, they HAD to get better at it. Even their toilets use electric.

  • DiscouragedOne

    Most people from India working here take a month off to go visit their homeland, annually.

  • Eric Quintero

    Right. Im not saying the video games are the sole reason. I do understand where you’re coming from. Placing all the blame on one singular entity in our society is foolish.

    But what I am saying is that video games have now reached an unprecedented level of lifelike realness, and coincidentally, game makers are using this to depict the most realistic violence ever. And this is all happening on top of a mental health / drug epidemic in our country.

    Im not saying video games are the reason. Far from that . The reasons for all of this violence have existed before they came along. But they certainly do act as catalysts. Very powerful catalysts.

  • Consti

    This would be a great read if it weren’t for the hypocrisy. Yes I get it, we are a nation of idiots who buy things we can’t afford and don’t need. But I would make the very same argument about this site. Mike you have adverts everywhere! You yourself are showing your greedy nature! You can’t have it both ways Mike. Post your book for free and walk with jesus who said give up everything to be with me.

  • CLW

    I asked friends and family not to purchase anything for me for the holidays, but instead to give me $5.00 each so I could add that to my contribution to the local humane society (I’m a cat lover). They told me I was “crazy.”

  • TtT Engine

    Yes, it is the “culture of death”. The Supreme Court gave the U.S. permission to kill the unborn and thus we have had 55 million [1,000+football stadiums worth] babies destroyed since the satanic decision of Roe v. Wade in 1973. The right to die/euthanasia is now here. We live in a morally depraved culture. Respect for human life is at an all time low. Look at the no regard our government had for our own in Benghazi and Navy Seal Team 6. You will see more and more violence and killing until if/when we regain a high regard for human life. Christi Fidelis !

  • DiscouragedOne

    I think the bigger reason is the drugs people are on. Have you noticed pretty much every single one of these mass shooters was on some kind of anti-depressant or other prescription drugs, this is even a more serious issue leading to violence in my opinion.

    http://listverse.com/2010/12/21/top-10-abused-prescription-drugs/

    I play Call of Duty but I don’t have an urges to go out and kill people, but I think these drugs can be the catalyst for that happening.

    Just MHO.

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