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If Conservatives Want To Change America, We Need To Embrace Boycotts

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Liberals have already co-opted Hollywood and our education system; so it’s no secret that the deck is stacked against conservatives in America. However, liberals have also started to pull corporate America to the Left as well. The world’s most powerful corporations are standing against mom and pop Christian bakeries that don’t want to participate in gay weddings and threatening states that don’t want grown men using the bathroom with little girls. While corporations tend to favor whichever politician is in power, they are much more likely to give money to overtly liberal groups than conservative ones. Even ESPN, the all sports network, has a liberal bent. Politically, you can say anything if it’s to the left of center, but Curt Schilling was fired for having a conservative point of view.


This may seem puzzling to a lot of people. After all, don’t corporations want lower tax rates, less regulations and business- friendly politicians in charge of the country? They do, but you have to keep in mind that Republicans are cheap dates. We don’t stop trying to cut the corporate tax rate or pushing to get rid of ridiculous regulations even in cycles when businesses give heavily to Democrats. So in essence, many corporations undoubtedly believe giving money to Democrats is a win/win. The Democrats may slam corporations at every opportunity, but they can be bought off while the Republicans will stay friendly no matter what the corporations do. All this leads to most corporations being very mercenary about which politicians they fund.

However, the incentives are different once you get outside of overt political giving because corporations are very sensitive to anything that may tarnish their reputation or hurt their sales.

So, who’s easily offended by things corporations do? Liberals.

Who’s going to protest if they don’t like a group a corporation is giving money? Liberals.

Who’s going to boycott if a corporation does something they don’t like? Liberals.

Meanwhile, you can make fun of Christ and Christians will laugh it off. Conservatives will tolerate the most vicious smears from newspapers and TV shows. Republicans don’t particularly like it when Hollywood portrays them as stupid, evil and cruel, but other than an odd complaint here or there, for the most part we aren’t willing to do anything about it.


That’s why corporations bend over backwards to make liberals happy while they’re indifferent to offending Christians. The squeaky wheel gets the grease while those who suffer in silence are ignored.

Do you want to know how big of a difference a small group of people can make? Well, Rush Limbaugh was hit by a boycott and although Rush has done fine overall, I’ve been told by friends in the industry that talk radio overall took a big hit in the quality of its advertisers. According to Rush, there were actually very few people involved.

Only 10 Twitter users account for almost 70% of all StopRush tweets to advertisers, amplified by illicit software. In addition, almost every communication from a StopRush activist originates from outside the State of the advertiser. Thus, these activists are not and never would have been customers… their only role is to harass small businesses in an attempt to interfere with their operations, as long as they are advertising with Rush.

“A small number of politically motivated out-of-state activists are distributing target lists indiscriminately, and annoying small businesses until they give up the advertising deals that help them grow, or risk being unable to conduct business at all. It’s not even activism… it’s blackmail,” according to Brian Glicklich, Rush Limbaugh Show spokesperson.

How does this small group of people make themselves look so much bigger than they actually are? Stop Rush has deployed custom automated tweeting software, in violation of Twitter’s rules, that lets its activists send tweets at a rate far faster than any unassisted person could do manually. They send barrages of thousands of messages through this software until advertisers are bullied and harassed into cancellation.


When conservatives make lame excuses for ceding the field to people like this, we’re doing our part to help liberals turn corporate America to the Left. As Edward Burke supposedly said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

Is it smart for conservatives to continue to do nothing? Should we be sorry that a successful conservative boycott of A&E got the Duck Dynasty stars back on the air after they were fired for being too overtly Christian? Should we be upset that Target’s stock has gone down after the American Family Association managed to convince a million people to pledge to boycott the company over its policy of allowing men to use the bathroom with little girls? I’m not sorry it did; in fact I’ll publicly pledge not to ever shop at Target again unless it changes its bathroom policy right now. After Apple went after states that tried to protect Christians who refused to participate in gay weddings, I retaliated by getting conservatives together to publicly demand that the company pull out of countries that torture their gay citizens -- like Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Iran. Did it change Apple’s policy? No, but it did at least get some bad publicity out of it.

More than 30 years ago, the conservative Moral Majority was able to mount successful boycotts. Today, liberals are following in its shoes while too many conservatives offer up nothing but excuses for why they won’t do the same. W.B. Yeats was not wrong when he said that,
“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” That will be written on our nation’s tombstone unless conservatives stop waiting for a politician on a white horse to save us and start collectively changing our culture via tools like boycotts

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