Glenn Garvin: Boycotts? Well, OK, then
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#1 Aug 30, 2009
"...And then there were the Dixie Chicks, who outraged country music fans in 2003 when a member of the group cracked to a London audience that they were ashamed to be from the same state as President Bush. When fans began boycotting Dixie Chick concerts and trashing their CDs â in turn leading some radio stations to drop them from play lists â liberals called it jack-booted censorship. "A chilling message to people that they ought to shut up," fretted California's Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. Added Bruce Springsteen: "For them to be banished wholesale from radio stations, and even entire radio networks, for speaking out, is un-American."
"Actually, using economic pressure to crack a political whip is as American as apple pie. One survey showed 78 percent of us have, at one time or another, boycotted a product for political reasons. And more often than not, the boycotts have been launched from the left. American progressives have been applying economic screws to political enemies at least since the late 18th century, when abolitionists urged consumers not to buy sugar in an attempt to break up the slave trade....
"Now liberals are at it again. Fine by me. But anybody who stops buying Puffins at Whole Foods over John Mackey's theories on Obamacare has no right to criticize Cuban-Americans for burning the singer Juanes' CDs over his affection for Fidel Castro. And if you want Fox News to kick Glenn Beck off the air, you can't complain about Clear Channel doing the same to the Dixie Chicks. That shut-up-and-sing stuff goes both ways."
Amen. Boycott whomever you want to. And shed a pitying tear for Boxer, Springsteen, and all the liberals who abhor a level playing field.
#2 Aug 31, 2009
You're right, sport. That "shut-up-and-sing stuff" does go both ways. Hell, it can go three ways. But then Glenn Beck would know more about that than we do.
#3 Aug 31, 2009
Whole Foods' sales receipts are headed for an upward spike:
"On Aug. 24, I reported here at Digital Journal on the boycotts of FOX conservative pundit Glenn Beck and Whole Foods CEO John Mackey by Obama supporters, driven by organizations like Color For Change and UFCW, the food workers' union.
"Those boycotts have led to backlashes by supporters of Glenn Beck and John Mackey, which have since resulted in significant losses of customers for GEICO Insurance and Sargento Foods. Both companies withdrew from advertising on the Glenn Beck show at the behest of Color For Change, an African-American advocacy group with close ties to the White House.
"Now from Gateway Pundit comes the news that the National Tea Party Coalition is throwing its weight behind a "buycott" for Whole Foods scheduled for Tuesday, September 1st, encouraging all its members and the public to shop Whole Foods in moral and financial support of its embattled CEO, John Mackey..."
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