In his article “Walmart announces store opening date,” reporter Ian Thompson uses the phrase, “It must be the luck of the Irish” to bring a bit of levity and good cheer to his article.
This phrase is often misused and misunderstood. The phrase “the luck of the Irish” means to have no luck at all. We are talking about a people who have been colonized, subject to ethnic cleansing, survived famine and were forced to emigrate from their homeland.
Walmart is a company whose business puts mom-and-pop stores out of business, underpays and underemploys its associates, forcing them to apply for public assistance and drain the public’s hard-earned tax dollars, while the Walton heirs “earn” billions. Perhaps it was fitting that Thompson used “the luck of the Irish” to describe the new Walmart opening.
Decent, hard-working Americans can’t catch a break.