Is Hyper-Consumerism Destroying American Families?


In just one week, it will once again be Black Friday where American’s mob retail stores in a riot-type fashion in order to save money on cheap goods produced by slave labor. Several stores are now opening on Thanksgiving to accommodate the crowds.

While shopping and consumerism are part of American culture, I think we’ve come to a point of great unbalance. Consumerism has superseded many people’s desires or even right to spend Thanksgiving with their families. With today’s economy being so harsh, many individuals have taken jobs wherever they can find them and those that have jobs will likely do whatever they can do keep them – even if it means working during holidays.

We seem to be a nation that works & strives for consumer products and not a nation that works & strives for quality time with our families. Is it really worth more camping outside a store for two weeks to get a deal on TV than it is spending two weeks with your parents, siblings or friends?

When we reflect about the “good times” we tend to think about the people we were with. Do you know anyone who reflects up on the “good times” and mentions the deals on consumer products they got?

The Christmas & Holiday season is supposed to remind us to appreciate those in our lives whom we hold dearest to our hearts. Gifts and products are great but, they cannot compare to our families, siblings & friends.

I think holiday hyper-consumerism has had a substantially negative impact on the American family. However, while you may be too late to get a great deal on a TV or too late to use that coupon, it’s never too late for anyone to call someone and tell them how much they mean to you.

There isn’t a consumer product in the world that can make a person feel as good as another person reminding them how much they are loved & appreciated.

6 comments to Is Hyper-Consumerism Destroying American Families?

  • Gallows Judge

    How refreshing. My wife has always said that Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday because it was not clouded by gifts and family was front and center. Unfortunately the hyper-consumerism you correctly mourn continues to encroach like a cancer on this blessed holiday. I enjoy doing a reading for the family from the Pilgrims of 1620-1621. As for me and my house, no consumerism on Thanksgiving!

  • Quit wasting your time.
    What we need is the second coming of the American Revolution.
    Back to the Constitution.
    Nothing less.

  • Paul T

    Irrelavant, I hope you don’t mind, but I copied and pasted this on my Facebook page because I thought it was such an awesome piece that I wanted to share your message with others.

  • Ryan Brooks

    Nothing is going to change until the poor people that have been trained to consume get back to reality… good stuff Irrelevant. Another reason why “fighting to restore the republic” is not going to work, this is what people are fighting to keep?

  • AnonPatriot

    Just a thought: People are buying a lot of cheap crap from China, right? Basically, supporting multinationals that shipped our jobs overseas. THERE’S A SOLUTION FOR THAT. Read on.

    Question: Are you part of the collectivist problem, or part of the SOLUTION?

    SOLUTIONS (to the collectivist problems):

    1) Invest in precious metals, primarily SILVER (& gold, platinum) bullion.
    2) BUY USED – at Thrift, Consignment, or Second-hand stores – it keeps your $$, in the LOCAL economy. If you buy online, use, it keeps your $$ in USA.
    3) BUY MADE IN USA – when buying NEW items. It keeps more AMERICANS employed,
    at a time, when MORE AMERICANS than EVER, are UNEMPLOYED, and need work. It is called “consumer demand” – it may be all “they” understand – and, it may drive manufacturing jobs BACK to the USA!
    4) Buy ORGANIC food! Support your local Organic food store or Co-op! Whole,
    organically-grown foods are best. LOCALLY-sourced, is ideal. Support local.
    5) Take a high-quality daily multi-vitamin (here are just a couple examples):
    7) Get out, and/or stay out, of DEBT!
    8) USE CASH AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. Avoid using credit & debit cards.
    9) Bank at a local credit union! Why bank at a TBTF (“Too-Big-To-Fail”) Bank, such as those that received a CRONY BANKER BAILOUT (from the “Fed”) in late 2008, which Obama authorized with his signature?
    10) VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLARS! (What do you support, with your time, money, attention, & energy?)
    11) Contact your “Representatives” on critical issues: such as “END THE FED!”
    12) Re-read the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It isn’t about hunting! It’s about government tyranny, and protecting yourself from it.
    13) THINK for yourself. Turn off the TV. READ. Exercise the brain muscle.
    14) QUESTION all ‘authority’ (Big Business + Big Government, Big Religion, Big Media, Big Pharma, etc.)
    15) Pray or meditate – reduce your stress! (Stress weakens the auto-immune system, opening up the body to free radical attack).
    16) Listen to soothing classical, jazz, ambient or other music you thoroughly enjoy!
    17) Next Spring – start your own garden using NON-GMO, non-hybrid seeds!
    18) BOYCOTT – learn this concept well, and EMPLOY IT – against those 1) enslaving, or 2) poisoning you!
    19) PEACE IS the way. Don’t be cannon-fodder for the Bankers’ N.W.O.
    20) Quit your “TBTF” Corporate job, and do something more fulfilling.

    There – now you have an additional 20 SOLUTIONS, most of which you can start using today! For even more SOLUTIONS to our “collectivist” problems, go here:

    Let’s Stop Fooling Ourselves: Americans Can’t Afford the Future

    • AnonPatriot

      Oh, yeah – and DON’T BUY WHAT YOU DON’T NEED, and remember, that MADE IN USA still means QUALITY. You may pay slightly more, but, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing, that you are supporting a fellow AMERICAN, and helping him/her keep his or her job. When you DO buy something you need, make it last as long as possible.
      I’m telling you – there is a SOLUTION to every collectivist problem – but, you have to be able to THINK CRITICALLY, and determine 1) what the problem is, and 2)how to counter it. It’s that simple. STOP GIVING YOUR TIME, $$, ATTENTION, AND ENERGY to a paradigm, that is pre-programmed to FAIL. Read this:

      Bankers Destroy Global Economy by Design to Consolidate Power

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