WALMART: AMERICA’S TOWN SQUARE…

Senator Ben Sasse's (R-Neb.)---whose name sounds strangely like Benghazi---Facebook Manifesto/Anti-Trump rant isn't all that interesting. The reaction of the headline writer at The Guardian, however, caught my eye: In Nebraska's key Walmart parking lot, voters dissatisfied with election choice. What possibly could be key about a Walmart parking lot? I read through David Steen Martin's piece and found nothing. Ditto with Sasse's manifesto. The only possible connection I found (and this is a really weak link) is that the store in question is located about 250 miles northeast of the geographic center of the contiguous United States. (The geographic center of all 50 states---Hawaii and Alaska really shift the point---is more than twice that distant to Fremont's northwest.) Maybe I'll get a response from someone at The Guardian, but in the meantime, here's what I find fascinating. I've written before that media fascination with crime at Walmart is misplaced. For the most part Walmart is not responsible for the crimes committed in the parking lots. Criminals go to where the money (or merchandise) is, and thanks in no small part to Walmart's turning community center into ghost towns, that is going to be the closest Walmart parking lot. Because the soul of free speech is the individual standing on the village green speaking their mind, I can see the sense of Sasse talking to constituents there as well. Walmart was once famous for allowing RVers to park overnight in the vast empty parking lots; perhaps the Bentonvile Behemoth might declare one corner in each location as America's Speaker's Corner. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.Walmart, Wal-Mart, Speaker's Corner, Free Speech, Village Green, Ben Sasse

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