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Really busy so a quick repost today. But a significant one at that.
Today I republish a post titled Boycott Leftism that appeared at the American Thinker website. (see here) The subject matter is something that I wholeheartedly agree with. Actually, it is something along the lines of and very compatible with, what is becoming known as the Benedict Option. (see HERE and here)
So I am republishing it For The Record until I can put up a post to provide my thoughts on this subject. But in the mean time, I will allow myself to define the 5th Principle of the LEX ARMATICUS, namely:
Stop giving these leftists money!
FOR THE RECORD:
By Bruce Walker
The Achilles heel of leftism is its dependence upon conservatives and other normal people using the institutions of society that leftism has invested, and so providing the audience and income needed for the left to use against us. These institutions conspire against the normal operations of the marketplace by declining to ever compete by offering an alternative to leftism.
What this means in practice is that the networks, at least until Fox News, never, ever exposed the bias and the lies of competing networks when those biases and lies were part of an ideological message. What this means is that no academic institution exposes the totalitarian leftism of notionally “competing” institutions. What this means is that the insidious infiltration by the left into institutions of public life once truly neutral over time transforms these institutions into more robotic soldiers of the left.
Football is an excellent example of how this works. College athletic departments, which once did not care a hoot about political correctness, now have either cadres of the left as their spokesmen or have utterly cowed and terrified administrators who dare not say a word against the messages of the left.
The college football players who enter the NFL find the same insinuation of leftist cant into every crevice of professional football. Although the dopey former San Francisco 49ers’ insulting behavior during the National Anthem is a conspicuous example of leftist venom, the cringing fear of offending the left seems to terrify everyone in football.
Well, let football be terrified instead of offending those Americans who watch football on television and pay for tickets to football games and buy sporting equipment endorsed by football players. There is evidence that this is happening. As Rick Moran noted in American Thinker on October 5, Monday Night Football ratings have dropped 19% this year. The same day, Rasmussen reported that a whopping 32% of Americans said they are less likely to watch NFL games because of the offensive Black Lives Matter glop.
What conservatives and other normal people have done to punish the NFL, they have done as well to punish those corporations that beg for their business but then reflexively follow political correctness in slapping down conservatives in other areas.
Cracker Barrel learned in just a few hours how deeply its customers were offended by corporate condemnation of Duck Dynasty and quickly issued a mea culpa before the losses in sales got too high or the perception that Cracker Barrel corporate bureaucrats really looked down on its customers got too focused.
Walmart, another business that would quickly go belly-up if conservatives stopped shopping there, also moved fast to change a decision not to bake a cake for a paying customer with “Blue Lives Matter” because that was deemed “racist.”
If corporate offices learned that offending conservatives, Christians, patriotic Americans, and other groups seen as fair game today produced a permanent loss of consumer goodwill and sales, then corporate employees from CEOs down to store managers would be trained not to offend those who buy the stuff that pays their salaries.
What if conservative groups united to organize boycotts of all corporations who outrageously offend their values or use corporate funds to advance a radical agenda? Competitors would see the market advantage in not offending conservatives, which would begin to change corporate behavior.
The more pervasive this insistence to treat conservatives and their values fairly, the weaker the left would become. This ought to extend to every part of public life, including those areas of government activity that rely upon consumers.
What if college enrollment at state universities dropped 15% in one year, with those conservatives who have been paying the tuition announcing that this would continue until intolerant and bullying leftism was purged from academia? What if, at the same time, conservative groups at the state government level demanded a reduction in spending for higher education until state schools undertook an affirmative action program to bring conservatives into tenured positions and created protections for conservative students in classrooms?
If conservatives boycotted leftism whenever it appeared as an intolerant and thuggish presence in public life, then conservatives, a majority of Americans and by far the largest ideological group in the country, would begin to win the battles that really matter – the battles that the left, through its guerrilla forces, has been quietly and slowly winning for decades.
This is a war that can be waged by conservatives in a thousand little battles every day against the leftist establishment, imperialist occupiers of our land, and it is a war that can be surely and decisively won.