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Conservatives better wake up to anti-conservative boycott movements

Conservatives better wake up to anti-conservative boycott movements

You all know about the secondary boycott of Rush Limbaugh advertisers. Media Matters threw its full weight into the boycott, continues to work on it, and so-called “independent” groups continue to tweet away and call mostly local advertisers.

The boycott intimidation tactics failed to remove Limbaugh from radio, but not for lack of trying.

The Limbaugh boycott, in many ways, was not even the most important of the anti-conservative efforts.

The group Color of Change just intimidated Coca-Cola into dropping its corporate sponsorship of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group which helps draft model state laws on a variety of conservative issues.

There has been a determined effort by left-wing groups in the past couple of years to demonize ALEC, and Color of Change seized on the issue of voter identification laws.

Here’s how it works.  An issue which is neutral, such as voter i.d. laws, is portrayed as racist and hostile to minorities.  The advertiser then is confronted with a flood of social media contracts threatening, sometimes implicitly and sometimes explicitly, with a boycott for supporting “racist” laws.

There are few corporations, not even ones as large as Coca-Cola, which can risk being labeled “racist” or as “supporting racism” regardless of how inaccurate and outlandish the accusations.  It is toxic, and groups like Media Matters and Color of Change know it.

Faced with the accusation and thousands or tens of thousands of people who are willing to spread the lie, the corporation caves in to the pressure and withdraws the advertising or sponsorship.

This is exactly what happened when Color of Change a organized a massive social media campaign against Coca Cola on April 4:

Today, ColorOfChange members are making calls to Coca-Cola to demand that the company stop funding the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC has pushed voter ID laws that disenfranchise large numbers of Black voters. Along with the NRA, ALEC also pushed a bill based on Florida’s “Shoot First” law – which has shielded Trayvon Martin’s killer from justice – into two dozen states across the country.

Click here to make a phone call to Coca-Cola and tell them to stop funding ALEC’s dangerous agenda.

Here’s the email we started sending to ColorOfChange members this morning:

Today, ColorOfChange members are making calls to Coca-Cola to demand that the company stop funding the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC has pushed voter ID laws that disenfranchise large numbers of Black voters. Along with the NRA, ALEC also pushed a bill based on Florida’s “Shoot First” law – which has shielded Trayvon Martin’s killer from justice – into two dozen states across the country.

Click here to make a phone call to Coca-Cola and tell them to stop funding ALEC’s dangerous agenda.

Here’s the email we started sending to ColorOfChange members this morning:

Why is Coke suppressing your vote?

Coca-Cola funds a group that is trying to disenfranchise millions

Tell Coca-Cola to stop funding voter suppression.

Notice how the Trayvon Martin shooting was worked into the message, and how claims of racism were the theme.

Coca-Cola caved in immediately as described in The Washington Examiner:

Democratic officials Wednesday launched a two-pronged attack on states with new laws requiring identification before voting, the highlight being a call to boycott Coke, Walmart and others that back a leading organization pushing for voter ID laws.

Coke was quick to react to the political boycott threat, pulling support from the targeted group just five hours after it was called. Walmart said that support for a group does not mean it backs every decision by those groups.

At issue: Liberal claims that some states are trying to keep minority voters from the polls via voter ID laws, a suggestion conservatives call silly.

Conservatives better wake up to these boycott movements, which have perfected the use of the race card and other accusations which advertisers are loathe to get in the middle of.

It is a tactic used only against conservatives and conservative groups, and the truth of the accusation doesn’t matter.

Update:  Newsbusters notes that Color of Change is Soros-funded.  It’s worth remembering that Media Matters is as well.

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ALEC is also a big hate target by the OWS Revolting Eloi.

Compounding this, of course, is decades of Collectivist indoctrination in leading business schools, teaching the dogma of “socially responsible corporate citizens” who must be concerned with “stakeholders’ rights”.

When people trained in that crap get pressure from the Left, they reflexively break over like shotguns.

The race card being played on Voter I.D. needs to be turned back on these jerks. What about the new law in N.Y. that requires students to show i.d. in order to be able to take the S.A.T.? Doesn’t that disenfranchise the poor and minorities?
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/education/after-cheating-scandal-sat-and-act-will-tighten-security.html?hp
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/04/04/SAT-Photo-ID-Voter-Fraud

What about the poor and minorities being disenfranchised by having to show i.d. to buy sinus medicine? ship a package via UPS? enter the building to see their democrat representative in Washington D.C.?

I used the above examples when writing in support of Voter I.D. in Penn, where is was just signed into law. We need to find a way to fight back just as aggressively as we did with their attempted boycott of Rush’s advertisers.

Maybe this will be a good lesson in why corporations should focus on making money instead of giving it away. If the right were as militant as the left that would surely be the end result and we would all be better off for it.

“Hands On Originals” has faced a barrage of attacks since the accusations were made public. More than 2,000 people have joined a boycott movement on Facebook. Another group is trying to buy the company’s mortgage so they can be evicted.

The Fayette County public school system placed a temporary hold on buying t-shirts from the company until the issue is resolved. The University of Kentucky is also reviewing its future business with the t-shirt maker.

Even Lexington’s openly gay mayor has condemned the privately-owned t-shirt company, telling the Lexington Herald-Leader “People don’t have patience for this sort of attitude today.”

“I’m against discrimination, period,” Gray said in a statement released to television station WKYT. “It’s bad for business and bad for the city. I support the Human Rights Commission in a full and thorough investigation.”

Another tale of freedom, repression, hate and coercion…

http://www.qando.net/?p=12791

I posted this on the Coca Cola Facebook page:

After seeing Coke giving into liberal threats….. Hello Pepsi.

When threatened by political boycotts, you people would be much better off giving an innocuous statement about principles rather than reacting to a threat that will never happen. Some day businesses will understand that. All you have done is give power to the threat.

    Pasturized in reply to RickCaird. | April 5, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Isn’t that a little like saying that your Republican Congressman did something too liberal for your tastes and now you’re going to back the Green Party candidate instead?

Those who support voter ID laws should email Coke and Walmart and express our disappointment that they are reducing the integrity of the vote for ALL Americans by caving to the pressure of these groups. It’s time to start employing the tactics of the Left in order to defeat them. I for one emailed all those who boycotted Rush Limbaugh and informed them that I would no longer be doing business with them. If economic pressure is what it takes then it’s time to play ball.

    Ragspierre in reply to damocles. | April 5, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I find it more effective with WalMart to find my local store manager, and tell him (in my case) what I have to say.

    Though there is no bar to both the local and email routes.

    logos in reply to damocles. | April 5, 2012 at 10:31 am

    At the height of the Rush witch-hunt, I joined Rush 24/7. One year cost about $60 and two years costs $100.00.

    I livestream him in the den on our desktop and livestream him upstairs on our laptop, so I don’t miss a word when moving from one floor to the other.

    If every conservative did so, Rush would not need sponsors.

    Membership includes The Limbaugh Letter every month and a Rush t shirt.

The line below is the header on ALEC’s website. What more need be said?

Limited Government · Free Markets · Federalism

http://www.alec.org/

Send money you would otherwise spend on Coke – or, at the very least, match the money spent on Coca Cola to ALEC!

Donate on-line or by check:

American Legislative Exchange Council
1101 Vermont Ave. N.W., 11th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

https://netforum.avectra.com/eweb/FND/DonateFund.aspx?Site=ALEC&WebCode=DonateNow&Action=Add&prd_key=5afb9f80-ed1c-4bcb-8ebc-591380e91441&fun_key=2ab57b46-f53e-49d9-a04c-af9e9bb3f911&Name=ONLINE%20DONATION

This reminds me when those of us who are race fans discovered in 2003 that NASCAR was paying money to Jesse Jackson’s RainbowPUSH coalition that claimed NASCAR was racist because there were not enough black drivers in the sport and we expressed our extreme displeasure to put an end to it. Coca Cola and NASCAR are similar in that they are both as American as apple pie and I suspect that the folks at Coke will soon learn that the only good left turns are the ones made by the drivers on racetracks.

Progressive Corruption.

With the government spending in excess of $1 trillion annually for welfare programs, there is no legitimate reason why any American citizen does not have access to documentary evidence to establish their eligibility.

Speaking of ALEC and the NRA…

H.RES.612 — Honoring the life of 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin, urging the State of Florida and others to repeal the Stand Your Ground law, and admonishing involved parties to pursue full investigations…
(via black-and-right.com)

Whereas an attempted expansion of the Stand Your Ground laws doctrine has resulted in the collaboration of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which promotes conservative public policy by affecting change in State legislatures

The conspiracy is afoot.

McCarthy was right, but he didn’t go far enough. Unfortunately, his efforts would have always been insufficient. While it would have been impossible to duplicate a Bolshevik revolution in America, it is entirely possible to pursue subversion from within. America’s open society is ripe for the picking and it was promises of instant gratification through redistributive and retributive change which has empowered left-wing individuals and cooperatives.

In any case, I find it telling that the target of intimidation are American interests. The people participating in these boycotts are not American. Their loyalties lies elsewhere. Probably with their financiers.

Oh, in case anyone does not know that material wealth, including food and water, does not grow on trees, and is not a product of a magical incantation, the big, bad oil company, Exxon, is now number two in the world after a Chinese operated company. Fulfillment of dreams of instant gratification, including over $1 trillion in welfare and non-contributory transfer payments, is by no means a given. Let’s enjoy the fruits of our parents’ labor while it lasts, right? I suppose as we normalize the elective abortion of our children, it really doesn’t matter anyway.

    n.n in reply to n.n. | April 5, 2012 at 10:45 am

    re: House Resolution 612, sponsored by Rep Cleaver, Emanuel; cosponsored by Rep Brown, Corrine, Rep Hastings, Alcee L., Rep Wilson, Frederica.

    This is purely politically motivated. They reveal their prejudice and selfish interests with their selective indignation, and specific targets of retribution.

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to n.n. | April 5, 2012 at 10:51 am

      I’ll be very interested to see how the voting unfolds on this. Of course, I expect the cpwardly ‘pubs to just fold and go along with it, the excuse being, “Well, it’s just a resolution.”

    logos in reply to n.n. | April 5, 2012 at 10:47 am

    n.n.

    Sounds like a forward-looking History of Devolution.

      n.n in reply to logos. | April 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      Voluntary, at that. At least we cannot say it was a surprise.

      The resolution to devolution is to embrace the natural (or God’s) and enlightened (i.e. consciousness and dignity) orders. We need to respect individual dignity and value human life (even in its most early developmental stages). We need to reject dreams of instant gratification (e.g. physical, material, and ego) and the corruption they sponsor. We need to establish a normal which is compatible with the two known orders and marginalize outlier behaviors.

      Well, there’s more, but they are details.

A very important matter, and I’m glad the Professor is spearheading the fight against the progressive’s efforts to co-opt corporate America.

However, true to the Cloward and Piven model of “overwhelming the system”, the tentacles of the progressives are many, and run deep in every corner of American society.

She’s back-

Today the Masters golf tournament kicks off, and Martha Burk has a renewed sense urgency to destroy Augusta, the PGA, and IBM, the chief sponsor of this year’s Masters.

Did I say she’s back? Clearly, she never left. This article on Worldgolf.com will shock you.

Burk’s “Women on Wall Street Project” targets companies that have CEOs and other executives who are Augusta National members. The organization has filed class-action gender-discrimination suits on behalf of female employees of those companies….

And they’ve won nearly $80 million thus far in settlements. Last year, the Women on Wall Street Project reached a $46 million settlement with Morgan Stanley on behalf of eight female employees. Recently, they reached a $33 million settlement with Smith Barney.

Martha Burk’s fight against Augusta National’s all-male policy gaining momentum, she says

http://www.worldgolf.com/features/martha-burk-fight-against-augusta-national-all-male-policy-6700.htm

Everything identified as “good” and “American” is marked for destruction by the progressives. They infiltrate under the guise of “inclusion”, co-opt it, then destroy it.

The Boy Scouts fought back, and were summarily kicked out of schools, parks, and other public venues for staying true to their founding mission, and not allowing gay Scout Leaders.

The Girls Scouts opted for a more “inclusive” approach, and the co-opting of the feminists and Planned Parenthood is nearly complete.

Yes, they simply want to be included. Next thing you know, a cross is removed from a door of a chapel at a fire base in Afghanistan as to not upset the their muslim hosts…

And the American flag that flies over that base is taken down, and replaced with this:

http://www.queerty.com/photo-rainbow-flag-flies-proudly-over-u-s-military-base-in-afghanistan-20120326/

JackRussellTerrierist | April 5, 2012 at 10:48 am

If enough people with a prominent voice would speak/continue to speak against false cries of racism and shine a light on anti-white racism, anti-white violence and the failures of affirmative action, race-based quota programs and ghetto culture, the accusatory “Racist!” term would completely lose its power.

We have seen the left use this same tactic over and over via Alinsky. They select a target and then undermine its power completely through multi-pronged attacks, the most important being economic/financial. The number one weapon in their arsenal is the deceitful accusation of racism. Take that weapon from them and they’re out of business.

    “We have seen the left use this same tactic over and over via Alinsky”

    The left will continue to do so, because the Democrat-Media Complex is a co-conspirator in promoting leftist radical agendas! No matter how many prominent people speak out, “cbsabcnbc” will allocate airtime to spinning the story and “cut and splice” the words of those who denounce the claims of a race hustler – just as NBC edited out sections of Zimmerman’s 911 audio call.

    That is how it is done.

    Looks like “he who controls the media, controls the narrative”.

    The only hope is that the 51% producers don’t buy what cbsabcnbc is selling.

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to logos. | April 5, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      If enough voices, strong voices, learn their facts and keep hammering them, they will undermine the credibility of the slimestream media more than it already has and, over time, will put them out of business.

      We’ve let ourselves be extorted and abused by these people for forty years. We aren’t going to undo it in one year or one election cycle and probably not even one decade. But let’s look at where we are now compared to ten years ago. How many more people are awake now who weren’t awake then? How many more people get their news and info from sites like this now instead of ABCNBCCBSCNN/WAPO/NYT? How much more do people know than what they did just four short years ago when obama was running against Hillary?

      By attrition, the slimesteam media is being replaced by voices sharing truth and facts. Look at how the Rodney King case was never tamped down. The black narrative enjoyed full reign in running roughshod over the public. That was twenty years ago. Not this time. This case is being nipped in the bud by people who are unwilling to take this crap anymore. They tried it in the Duke lacrosse case. Outstanding lawyering and the blogosphere pushed them back and shot the narrative to hell. That was five years ago.

      The truth alone will not win the day. It has to be spat back through snarling teeth and used as a bludgeon, not a shepherd’s staff.

As you know, the Masters golf tournament is upon us.

As is Martha Burk.

Apparently, she never left. Who knew?

Because while some felt that Burk’s protest was a one-time publicity grab, they missed the big picture, she says. And they underestimated her tenaciousness. Burk’s “Women on Wall Street Project” targets companies that have CEOs and other executives who are Augusta National members. The organization has filed class-action gender-discrimination suits on behalf of female employees of those companies.

And they’ve won nearly $80 million thus far in settlements. Last year, the Women on Wall Street Project reached a $46 million settlement with Morgan Stanley on behalf of eight female employees. Recently, they reached a $33 million settlement with Smith Barney.

Read the whole, shocking article:

http://www.worldgolf.com/features/martha-burk-fight-against-augusta-national-all-male-policy-6700.htm

This year she is targeting IBM, one of the sponsors for this year’s tournament.

*My previous lengthy, well researched, well written post disappeared into cyberspace upon “submit”

ugh.

DINORightMarie | April 5, 2012 at 10:59 am

When will the power of playing the race card FINALLY be exposed as a vile, leftist radical attack tactic – and eliminated?

Unless and until it is, no one – no individual, company, organization – will be truly free. Cowering in fear is NOT freedom!

This is a new form of Spanish Inquisition: self-proclaimed “inquisitors” who make public, usually made-up or baseless accusations, without any accountability or consequence; power-brokers using their un-checked fear-mongering to drive “enemies” into pathetic, neutered, quavering, submissive slaves; and, of course! – no defense: guilty until ALLOWED to be proclaimed innocent by the “Race Grand Inquisitors” (e.g. Sharpton, Jackson, CBC….).

I can’t remember where I saw/read this, but I have to agree: it is almost like the Democrat radicals have re-invented the KKK – but now it’s “anyone-not-black by OUR definition” who is the target.

Frightening times, people. Frightening.

    “When will the power of playing the race card FINALLY be exposed as a vile, leftist radical attack tactic – and eliminated?”

    Maybe, never. The State-Run Media controls what is “news”.

    Fox News used to balance state-run propaganda, but they have been intimidated by the Communists lobbying to shut them down.

    Only a fragile Internet stands between total dominion of the state-run propaganda machine.

*Testing*

(My comments are not posting)

Am I in the dog house?

I think Consevatives need to boycott a company that supports groups that encourage criminal activity (people voting illegally). And we should do a letter-writing campaign demanding to know why Coca-cola decided that. Someone should ask at their stockholder meeting.

[…] perceived power and has adopted boycotting as the tool du jour: Intimidation as a censorship tool. William Jacobsen has a great write-up over at Legal Insurrection. This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. ← Who Is Next, Mr […]

1. Newsbusters notes that Color of Change is Soros-funded. It’s worth remembering that Media Matters is as well.

Warren Buffett’s company owns almost 9% of Coke and is the largest single shareholder.

2. Coca-Cola to the Alinsky Left: We’re being good, Mr. Crocodile. Please eat us last.

Not just Coca-Cola. Big Business is not necessarily interested in preserving free markets. On the contrary.

3. The capitalists will sell us the rope we will hang them with.

Lenin was wrong. They’re donating the rope.

Yesterday, Sean Hannity indicated that he will also be a target by Media Matters. He said he has received information from someone at the White House (yes, he has contacts on the inside).

He said he will divulge the information he has when he thinks the time is right. My thinking he may do a Twitter campaign just like Rush has done.

I smell Soros-funds behind Color-of-Change.

SmokeVanThorn | April 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Can someone post a list of Coca Cola businesses and products so I know what not to buy?

Right on cue-

Obama intervenes in Augusta golf dispute

http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/05/obama-intervenes-in-augusta-golf-dispute/

[…] » Conservatives better wake up to anti-conservative boycott movements […]

Hope Change | April 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm

There’s a candidate for president who understands all this; how extremely dire the situation is, and the lateness of the hour.

He has a plan for UNITING the American People to respond to it in a way that restores our Constitution, our engine of prosperity and tells the truth to the MSM.

He knows how to implement the plan, not just recite talking points.

That candidate is Newt, as many, and even most, here know. Newt can take on these issues, and, with the help of the American People, outsmart and out-work the Left.

Will the American People grasp this opportunity? We’ll find out soon.

May those of us who see this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, that Newt presents, continue to prepare for the national conversation we hope to have this summer. May we receive the help of Divine Providence as in the earliest days of our nation. As Power Line quotes Churchill: Let us arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.

When does this boycotting, smearing activity of Color of Change slide from free speech and freedom of association to violations of the RICO act?

[…] Insurrection:Conservatives better wake up to anti-conservative boycott movements: There has been a determined effort by left-wing groups in the past couple of years to demonize […]

myohmymanatee | April 5, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Why Soros is always in the middle of all mayhem? He could not find anymore babes to spend on?

JimMtnViewCaUSA | April 6, 2012 at 12:04 am

I see on the side bar that MMalkin is also covering this.
Arby’s blocks tweets from Conservatives after caving to Progs.
http://twitchy.com/2012/04/05/arbys-resorts-to-blocking-conservatives-on-twitter/

Color of Change used 285,000 people to get Glenn Beck removed from Fox TV. I’ve been awake on this issue for some time. We have nothing close to the army needed to fight this. The Republican Party barely exists today and those in charge of its corpse aren’t the slightest bit interested in helping us save this country. The left has patiently built their army over many years with a large political party and eager billionaires to back them. They have thousands of people on the phone every day. 4/6/11, “Oakland’s Color of Change was main force in Glenn Beck boycotts,” SFGate. Soros wouldn’t be what he is without decades of complicit, apathetic Republicans.

I’m just one person but I recently sent an e-mail to the Kohler Golf Resort (owned by Kohler plumbing fixtures, which decided to stop advertising on Rush over this phony Fluke controversy). I told them that I don’t listen to Rush (the truth) but their dumping their advertising was caving in to left wing censorship and infringing on Rush’s free speech rights. I told them that 8 of us (4 couples) would not go to Kohler this year for a golf junket as a result. We are the ones with money. They want our money. If we withhold our money, they will learn the lesson or die. It’s that simple. Vote with your wallet and let the buzzards know about it.

[…] the next chapter of the boycott wars, conservatives were warned to take heed, and not give in to the temptation to trivialize the boycott efforts of liberals. Not to be […]

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