The internet has been alive with the chatter of “Jade Helm.” A military exercise taking place in the American southwest that many conspiracy theorists have speculated is a “dress rehearsal” for martial law. There is a reason I have steered clear of writing about this and that is because I simply don’t know what’s going on. Given the current state of global affairs, it doesn’t seem that martial law preparation would be too farfetched of an assumption. There certainly is no shortage of writers that are willing to stoke the flames of fear by giving their opinions. I always love it when people claim to have an inside source. Consider what the government’s reaction was to Edward Snowden a moment. If these writers truly had an inside source feeding them intel, they wouldn’t be on the inside for too long if you catch my drift. The truth is Jade Helm likely is some kind of conditioning exercise designed to get the public used to a military presence in their neighborhoods. Let’s not forget that the National Defense Authorization bill of 2011 called for treating the continental United States like its part of the “war on terror” battlefield. With our government’s insistence that radical Islam poses no threat, and conservative constitutionalists are terrorists, it is very easy to let our imaginations run wild. Jade Helm is definitely something we need to keep our eye on.
This article isn’t just about Jade Helm; rather it’s about the Wal-Mart closings and the speculation that they are connected to Jade Helm in some way. Clyde Lewis, from the Ground Zero radio program discussed his opinions on this the other night. He was seeking to debunk the idea that the closed Wal-Mart facilities would be used as Fema camps, as so many conspiracy theorists have concluded. Mainly, he discussed the fact that many of the stores that closed were also the same ones where employees were seeking to unionize, and protesting for higher wages. I am not writing this to show any support for unions, my personal opinion is if you don’t like working at Wal-Mart, go do what everybody else does and find a better paying job. With this being said, certain employees have come forward and suggested that the store closings were done in retaliation against the protests and attempts to unionize. This theory has some real validity to it as these stories appear to be fact. Let’s face it, Wal-Mart isn’t known for being an America friendly company. I am no fans of unions; however, I am also no fan of a corporate conglomerate that earns 446 billion a year while its employees still have to seek out government assistance in order to make ends meet. Wal-Mart’s relationship with the Chinese and its practice of selling cheap Chinese made goods has put many Americans out of work, and only serves to boost the Chinese economy, not ours.
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