Maybe that's a question we should put to a Native American Indian, if you could find one. Some say our ancestors murdered anywhere from 3-25 million Native Americans.
Who knows the real number, but it was definitely somewhere in the millions, a great start for 'America the Beautiful.'
..... but I'm getting off-track.
Whatever happened to the men and woman that helped turn this nation into an industrial powerhouse?
Like the multi-talented inventor Thomas Edison, who holds the world's records for inventions that were patented, 1093.
These days, Bill Gate$ of Micro$oft is lauded as a great American inventor, for which we have lavishly rewarded him with close to 60 BILLION DOLLARS.
And what is Mr. Gates contribution to society?
Selling software that is obsolete and prone to bugs, and easily hacked.
Or Henry Ford, who brought forth the affordable automobile, the Model T automobile, at the same time, paying high wages to his employees?
Now we have the 900 pound gorilla in the room, the greed heads at WalMart.
It's not enough that the Walton Gang grosses over 450 BILLION a year, they fatten their wallets and purses by selling mostly cheap junk, 80% of it made in China.
But one can't expect to get decent goods made by Bangladesh & Chinese slave labor, who earn around 20 cents an hour and are forced to work 18 hour days.
When you purchase a shirt in Walmart, do you ever imagine young women in Bangladesh forced to work from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days a week, paid just 9 cents to 20 cents an hour, who are denied health care and maternity leave; screamed at to work faster; with monitored bathroom visits; and who will be fired for daring to complain or ask for their rights?WalMart doesn't treat its American slaves much better, this I know from experience.
Several years ago, I worked at the local 'Wally World' for about three weeks, until I got tired of the verbal abuse from one boss and quit on the spot.
No matter how fast you worked, it wasn't fast enough for the slave drivers.
Here's a little anecdote about my time there.
On Friday afternoons, a tractor-trailer full of assorted goods would arrive from a local WalMart warehouse. The damn thing was packed tighter than a can of herrings, all the way to the ceiling.
It was a mixed combination of dry goods; some clothes; pet food; cleaning chemicals and electronics.
And it was all packed together TIGHTLY in a bizarre fashion. Sometimes the large TV's would be on the bottom of the pile, sometimes in the middle, sometimes on the very top, which I could barely reach by standing on my toes.
If a large-screen TV was at the very top, you didn't get any help to gently bring it down, that took too long. You were supposed to start removing packages in the middle until the whole damn wall collapsed and you were supposed to break the fall of the TV with your body or legs.
Sometimes that worked, other times not and the 42' wide screen TV container would go crashing to the trailer floor, and sold to some 'valued' customer.
Wal-Mart:The High Cost of Low Prices (Part 1 of 11)
Watch this documentary detailing the efforts of Wal-Mart, the worlds largest retailer to avoid taxes, export jobs, break unions and exploit local health care systems designed for the poor.
The Walton family's greed has turned them into paranoid maniacs, as this video shows.
Wal-Mart greedy Walton family exposed + underground bunker!
While the nation they helped destroy is collapsing around them, the Walton Gang can retire to their fortified bunker and count their gold coins.
WalMart is so 'patriotic,' they've teamed up with the nationwide terrorist outfit, the Department of Homeland Security to rid the world, or at least their shopping aisles, of 'evil-doers.'
Homeland Security & Walmart Team Up To Fight Terrorism In The Checkout LineNext time, think twice before shopping at this planet destroying outfit.
In a move that makes virtually no sense whatsoever, the Department of Homeland Security has announced a partnership with Walmart "to help the American public play an active role in ensuring the safety and security of our nation."