The Minnesota Governor’s race has formally kicked off. The Primary Election is over. However, even before the Primaries it’s been a pretty interesting race. It seems that the only people who were not running for Governor were me and Mitchell.
Some organizations like MoveOn.org (not exactly a bulwark of conservativism in case you were wondering) called for a boycott of Target because of the donation-apparently, they forgot all the solid leftie causes that Target also gives money to.
I don’t detect heavy sales losses at SuperTarget; when I shopped there yesterday the crowds were as they always are.
It works both ways, right? Focus on Family calls for boycotts regularly. Remember the campaign against Miller a few years ago? There have been calls for boycotts against Pepsi, Disney and other organizations by conservatives. Unions regularly call for boycotts of anti-union companies; tire companies are a longstanding union target. Arizona gets a lot of bad press these days too.
It’s hard to say if liberal boycotts are ultimately more effective than conservative boycotts or vice versa. Yet, it seems like the conservative boycotts don’t get as much press as the liberal ones do.
We should all be outraged when freedom of speech is applied more liberally (no pun intended) to some causes more than others. What, exactly, did Target do wrong? Didn’t they exercise their right to donate their money as they choose? Are they obligated to vet their donations to popular vote beforehand? Should they check with their employees to see what the employees want them to spend the money on?
Target has corporate practices supporting “diversity and inclusion.” In my experience, that phrase usually means support liberal and left wing causes, and support GLBTQ employee by openly accepting their lifestyle: read, don't go public in the office with your disagreement of unmarried people living together (whether same sex or not).
What about everyone else? What about those who support traditional families? If we are honest, isn’t the traditional family: Mom, Dad who are married raising a family of their kids they have had together. a minority group these days? When are corporate bylaws going to trumpet “We support traditional family units!”
A co-worker was upset that Target did what they did because they basically “slapped their own employees” Really? What and how do employees who think traditional expressions of the nuclear family are best for the culture and for child rearing feel? How do they feel in environments that praise “anything goes”?
|Tom Emmer (GOP), Mark Dayton (DFL)|
It’s going to be close. ◙