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    Conservatives – good at buycotts, bad at boycotts

    Conservatives – good at buycotts, bad at boycotts

    Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day has proven something I’ve noticed before.

    Conservatives are very good at buycotts, but very bad at boycotts.

    There have been attempts by some conservative and religious groups to boycott various businesses over political issues. But I can’t think of one, at least not recently, that has caught on.

    Or that has been as nasty, vicious and sustained as the boycotts and intimidation of businesses run by Color of Change, The “Human Rights Campaign,” Media Matters, the anti-Israel BDS movement, and other left wing groups.

    I’m not saying there haven’t been conservatives who have tried to run nasty and vicious boycotts, but doing so on a regular and sustained basis is the province of the left.  And the left does it so much better.

    Today proves, however, that conservatives can do buycotts quite well.

    I think the buycott-boycott divide reflects the personalities of the conservative and liberal movements in the age of Obama.

    The threat to free speech represented by the actions of the liberal political leaderships in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia should be the ultimate wake up call.

    If given the chance, the liberal boycott movement will cross the line, and there will be many politicians willing to help them do it.

    Which is why it is so important to fight the boycotts — don’t let them get near the line.

    Update:  h/t HotAir


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    Alan K. Henderson | August 2, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Hm, conservatives are good at buycotts, good at being uplifting and supportive. The Left is good at boycotts, good at going negative, tearing things down.

    went to Chik Fil-A this evening after class; approximately 1945 local. The line to the counter inside was at the door and the drive through line snaked all the way around the building and into the parking lot of the major pharmacy/convenience store next door. The Chik Fil-A parking lot was filled to capacity and the parking lot for the pharmacy/convenience store had only those spaces next to the building unoccupied. There were people of various colors, nationalities and religions inside. I say religions because I saw a family dressed in traditional Indian garb; the woman had a bindi, the man a tilak. (That’s a dot on the forehead for those of you who are more tolerant and politically correct but who do not know what those terms mean.)

    I didn’t see anyone getting stoned, accosting women (or children), ‘mic checking’, crapping on the police car parked in the lot next door, yelling the phrase of the day or spouting the latest SCUM or administration talking points, getting in others face(s), generally acting rude and obnoxious, wearing clothes with rude or demeaning slogans or images, or otherwise behaving like some imbecilic, knee jerk liberal telling everyone else how ignorant and racist they were for buying ‘hate chikin’.

    And tomorrow, when the gay rights activists and their associated and allied political groups make their meager and ineffective counter action, no elected political leader will deem them to be apostates or kaffirs and call for them to be beheaded or stoned. There will be no ‘honor killing’ of girls or boys who counter protest. Sure there may be idiots like the Westboro Church who speak their mind and protest but they rank right in there with the Chicago mayor, the alderman and other ass hat clowns who are so mentally, fiscally and socially detached from typical society they feel like they are somehow superior to the Hoi-Polloi; the people who vote for them and give their office its legitimacy.

    Churches and their congregations do not have to subscribe to political correctness and have their beliefs judged or sanctioned by the state…yet. That’s a practice employed by the politically correct. A practice of socialists, fascists, communists, dictatorships and tribes in Africa, South America, and Indonesia. But after all, isn’t the beauty of America that you can say what you want, believe what you want, buy what you want or don’t buy what you don’t want (except health insurance), live where you want, pray how you want and to who you want, and even whine and complain when you cant afford to do the things you want but can turn around and castigate others because they don’t give you enough of their money to do those things.

    Isn’t it ironic that the ‘elite’, the most ‘enlightened’, the ‘politically correct’ disparage the exercise of religious freedom, protect those who would limit or eliminate religious freedom, and generally behave in the most sycophantic and hypocritical manner?

    Americans are the most tolerant, forgiving, caring people in the WORLD.

    I know this because I have been to a lot of other countries in the world and seen how they live. Only in America can you be considered poor and have running water, electricity, a TV and a cellphone. If you think we are some kind of degenerate or unjust nation I strongly encourage you to go live in another country; like oh, I dont know, say in the middle east. Under a different political system; like say…Communism in North Korea. Then revealuate your condition after a year and report back with defense of your previous assertion.

    Americans have shed more of our own blood and spent more of our own money and invested more of our own efforts for other countries in the name of democracy and freedom than any other civilization in the history of the world and done so in less than 250 years. And what do we get for our sacrifice? Just a lot of bitching and whining and vile invective from them in addition that crap from our own politicians and ‘stars’ and the ‘other 99%’…usually in the same breath that tell us we need to spend more or pay more taxes to support them.

    If this is the national equivalent of a middle finger response from America’s hoi-polloi, it’s plebes, it’s ‘uneducated’ or ‘unsophisticated’ or otherwise politically incorrect masses, I can only wait with baited breath for the bitch slap that is coming in November.

    God bless America!

    I stopped buying from Amazon and switched to Target. Now Target has been supporting liberal causes. Staples was on my “no buy” radar for years when they came out for gun control, so I switched to Quill, until Quill bought Staples. This is becoming too confusing, I want to support businesses that support conservative values, but the liberals are buying up all of the businesses. Where can I spend the money that Obama and the liberals enable me to earn and let me keep after paying higher taxes and fees?

      SDN in reply to Towson Lawyer. | August 2, 2012 at 7:29 am

      Towson, most of them aren’t “supporting liberal causes”, they’re paying protection money. Remember how Occupy didn’t want the rape victims to call the cops because it would hurt “the movement”? They know that lefty outrage is easily bought off. And none of them want to be the next “Gibson Guitars” where bureaucrats are arbitrarily targeting them.

      Rosalie in reply to Towson Lawyer. | August 2, 2012 at 8:23 am

      I look at it this way: I’m helping those employees who work for them. They have a job and are not on welfare, and that’s a good thing. I bet many of those employees disagree with what they’re doing too.

      gasper in reply to Towson Lawyer. | August 2, 2012 at 9:58 am

      If you think about where most of the people managing these companies received their education, you can understand why they think the way they do.

    redsweater | August 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I think conservatives CAN boycott, when something gets them really offended. I heard a lot of folks dropped HBO.

    That said, your point is on the money. Honestly, the default position of most corporations may not necessarily be fiscally liberal, but they are certainly socially liberal. I can’t keep track of what companies whose politics I don’t like; the list would be far too long. But I can’t blame them too much. That’s the way the culture and political correctness is going. It’s bad to stand out and shout a viewpoint that’s contrary to the prevailing winds.

    But then there are the companies that intentionally push things further left. I can probably remember a dozen or two of the most egregious offenders, but the rest? In the end, being able to provide good products and services to my family at good prices is more important. Maybe that’s short-sighted, but I’m only human.

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