Boycott Corporate Progressive Appeasers

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Let’s stipulate: Activists on the left are free to exercise their rights of speech and assembly to boycott businesses whose politics they oppose. Conversely, activists on the right are free to exercise the power of their pocketbooks and refrain from supporting businesses that shun their values.

So, what are you waiting for, conservatives? There are coordinated shakedowns taking place right now that involve some of America’s most prominent companies who’ve chosen to surrender to progressive bullying and race-card opportunism. Silence is complicity.

On Tuesday, McDonald’s told liberal magazine Mother Jones that the company had “decided to cut ties with ALEC, the corporate-backed group that drafts pro-free-market legislation for state lawmakers around the country.” The fast-food conglomerate follows in the feckless footsteps of Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Intuit (maker of Quick and Quicken Books software) and Kraft Foods — which have all withdrawn support for ALEC after drum-banging from Color of Change.

That’s the minority community activist outfit founded by former Obama green jobs czar and radical Occupy Wall Street supporter Van Jones. Since leaving the White House, Jones has been occupied with railing against capitalism while cashing in on book sales from corporate media appearances.

But I digress.

For years, progressives have sought to take down the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a four-decade-old association of state legislators who believe in “the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty.” ALEC’s veteran policy experts have successfully teamed with public officials and the private sector on crafting model state bills covering everything from education reform and health care to pensions, public safety and civil justice.

Among the group’s greatest heresies in the eyes of the left: support for voter ID laws to protect election integrity, immigration enforcement measures and self-defense legislation to strengthen Second Amendment rights.

The idea that private businesses and public servants could work together voluntarily on public policy is too much for Big Labor and Big Government racketeers. Last fall, leftists from People for the American Way, the Center for Media and Democracy, the Arizona AFL-CIO, AFSCME, the American Federation of Teachers, the Arizona Education Association and Progress Now (a militant group backed by billionaire George Soros) ambushed an ALEC meeting in Arizona to intimidate legislators and corporate backers.

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  • kongMing

    Boycotts and protest movements really are not effective. The majority of the electorate, even those who support their causes, turns against them. It’s far more effective to work in the system and perform specialized work at institutions or groups of private enthusiasts which promote your interests.

    But here goes:

    McDonald’s, Arby’s : Haven’t eaten there in decades.

    Pepsi, Coca-Cola: Nope. Green tea and Coors.

    Intuit: Do use turbotax

    Kraft: Hard to say because of their brands, but do hate Patriots with a vengence.

    Walgreens: Nope.

    • jcp

      Sad, but you are correct. I will be more mindful though when I do make a purchase. ; – )

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  • Amused

    FAT CHANCE Michelle , ALEC got exposed , and now that it's workings and lobbying bribes are in the public domain , those Corporations are leaving in droves . And well they should lest THEY get boycotted , for suipporting an organization that is destructive to Democracy , in fact destructive to the people themselves .

    Good Luck with your boycott Michelle .

  • No Quarter

    Boycotts rarely work, no matter who calls for them. Most Americans are 100% oblivious to current events. But it doesn't hurt to make people aware of this. I don't patronize any of those companies except, very occasionally, Coca-Cola. And I like RC Cola better anyway. So I won't have any trouble avoiding the cowardly companies listed in the article. It won't have any impact on their bottom line, but my money is a finite resource, and I would prefer not to waste it.

    • Amused

      Tell that to Michelle . And yes Americans WERE oblivious to ALEC , it's workings , aims , and mechanisms , until someone dragged it out under the light .
      Enjoy your RC Cola .

  • Amused

    Well add AT&T , Kraft , Mars , McDonalds ,Wendys , Coca Cola , Pepsi and the list is growing by the day . Soon the funding for ALEC's political bribery and lobbying will dry up . Frankly I'm amazed at the so-called patriots who so willingly support an organizarion that literally BUYS favorable legislation for their benefit only , as your own rights get sold down the river . Is this some sort of weird "Stockholm Syndrome " …lol…licking the hand that whips you , and circumvents the deocratic process ,. Well soon , now that ALEC has been exposed to the light of day , it will need your money , so by all means give it up . Kinda like providing he rope by which you will be hung .

  • Flowerknife_us

    Fearing boycots by activists that have no money? For products that those with money will not stop buying.

  • Amused

    Appearence is everything to big corporations …truth is , as well as ALEC getting outed for being the Lobbying/Bribing / political machine that it is , so too its participants and contributors …..yea and they are doing what's natural to them running like rats off a sinking ship . A cabal where buisiness interest come before the interests of the American people , INDEED circumventing the democratic procees through what cant be called ANYTHING BUT BRIBING ELECTED OFFICIALS …..

    So really Michelle , WHAT is it you're calling for a boycott for …and WHY ? This is just another example of conservatives "licking the boot that kicks them [ and the rest of us ] …shame on you Malkin . Some American you are huh ?

  • Anamah

    I would never spend one more penny at those coward companies… I love America!

  • Amused

    Yea but you would bend over for those who would put your rights up for sale ……keep your money , I dont think anyone would want to touch it anyway ….the stupid may wear off on them .