For decades, Wal-Mart has epitomized everything the regressive-left hates about corporate America. While they make multi-millionaires out of their executives, their store employees have consistently been among the lowest paid workers in the country. The Waltons themselves have ensured that their family will remain billionaires for generations to come, by reaping the rewards of a publicly traded company, while maintaining ownership of 51% of the company’s shares. That majority ownership allows them to maintain control over all decision-making as if it were still nothing more than the family business. These things, along with being the world’s largest retailer, have made them the number one corporate target of the left.
All that hate however, hasn’t stopped Wal-Mart from finding little ways to win the left over to their side. When they saw the coming onslaught against intelligence, known as “Global Warming”, they got ahead of it, by making small, low-cost changes, to create the appearance of an “environmentally friendly” company. Wal-Mart knew, that if they could make it seem like they were really trying, they could get the heat off of themselves, and directed elsewhere. And while they were at it, they could get some environmentalist wackos shopping in their stores.
Earlier this year, when they decided to raise the minimum wage company-wide, to $10 dollars per hour, it was because they knew in doing so, they would quiet down the talks for a national minimum wage hike. You know, ‘lets raise it to $10, before we’re forced to raise it to $15′. They came out looking like the good guys, despite the fact that it didn’t improve their employees’ living conditions significantly enough to even mention. It was pure propaganda.
Now, with their more recent alliance with the homosexual political movement, in its war on normality, Wal-Mart seems to be extending olive branches to the left, anytime it’s financially convenient to do so. Heck, they even took it upon themselves to help the Democrat Party whitewash its own racist history, by deciding to stop selling the Democrat battle flag. And as much as I hate to see Wal-Mart doing these things, it’s all actually so brilliant from a business perspective. Think about it: they won’t lose a significant amount of their historical customer base for two reasons: first, most of us are uninformed about the leftist positions they are taking, and second, most of us are not wealthy enough to shop anywhere else. Wal-Mart is well aware of these two facts. So, in addition to maintaining their historical customer base, they are adding pro-union leftists to their customer base, all-the-while still not unionizing, which is why the left hated them in the first place. They are profiting by using both sides’ ignorance against them. Pander to the right with image and low prices; pander to the left with subtle, behind the scenes activism, that most who disagree, won’t hear about.
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. They’re not the world’s largest retailer for nothing.