18h55 UTC; WEDNESDAY, 26 NOVEMBER 2014: As if the image leading off today's post wasn't inspiring enough, one may want to consider whether the rural and small-town milieu of Thy Dear and Lovely Land revered and idealised by certain paleoconservative ideologues and prolefeeders could actually be under attack, wrack and ruin even, by these same specimens of Zealotry and True Belief in what they revere as "REAL AmeriKKKa".

One, sadly, dominated by the ranks of "poor whiteism" most depraved and moronic, easily manipulated to the crudest and basest extremes of jingoistic patriotism reinforced by a perverted Christianity to be regarded as Pious and Humble Christian Faith itself seen as a Tip of the Spear as will Save Thy Dear and Lovely Land from Itself. Especially when reinforced all the more by ons styl ekonomesie vryheid, and a healthy respect therefor, being seen as a Tool and Agent of National Unity and Identity of the AmeriKKKan People and Nation.

Which, sadly, relative to this "REAL AmeriKKKa" ideal, could be all the more under threat by "Tea Party" articles of faith insisting that small business is undeserving of further tax breaks at the expense of Walmart and suchlike bastions of ekonomesie vryheid entitled thus By Natural Right, yet unlikely to create stateside jobs that such articles of faith insist will occur within measurable distance. Which, in essence, amounts to doublethink in the Orwellian concept of holding--and accepting as correct--two simultaneous and conflicting arguments on an issue.

Case in point on this "REAL AmeriKKKa" under threat: Alco Stores, an Abilene, KS-based retailer as operates 198 small-scale discount stores in the Midwestern and Western states especially, almost exclusively in smaller communities with few or no other hometown retail options available (and made worse by a predominantly elderly population on fixed incomes and limited resources making shopping trips to larger cities close by rather expensive and prohibitive, especially absent a car and with the community lacking decent public transit options), has gone into Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and is now closing, liquidating even, all its stores. And at the heighth of the holiday-shopping season, to make things all the more galling!

And to make matters even more disturbing, you have to wonder how many of the major retail chains heretofore shunning "REAL AmeriKKKa" would consider buying many of the Alco locations once closed and recasting same based on the former Alco model; Shopko, an established Midwestern discounter, has launched Shopko Hometown to serve many of the same small markets otherwise deemed unlikely to support a Walmart, a Target, a Kohl's or some other discount chain along more conventional models, by offering a more limited selection of merchandise in Alco-stylee, with a pharmacy included in the bargain.

So much, then, for expecting ekonomesie vryheid to help "REAL AmeriKKKa" help itself, especially where a carefully-scripted and -manipulated model of Reddingsdaad comes unto play as ultimately calls to mind what King Leopold of the Belgians did in the Belgian Congo in the name of "socioeconomic independence", only to become all the more enslaved in the name of the White Man's Burden as excused colonialism; Heart of Darkness, anyone?

In any event, Your Correspondent now places this blog
in Thanksgiving hiatus; after all, even bloggers need a break every now and then, Thanksgiving among them. He hopes to be back after the interval, and in the meantime hopes the American readers as celebrate Thanksgiving on the morrow enjoy same responsibly and sanely.

So till next time, folks: "73"
(Which, incidentally, was railroad telegraphers' shorthand for "goodbye.")


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