Whenever conservatives have joined together to protest and boycott a company because they feel insulted by something the organization said or did, the left immediately labels them as knee-jerk reactionaries, intolerant of different opinions, and worst of all, attempting to impose their way of thinking on someone else. God forbid these conservatives be Cuban exiles protesting a person or company coddling the vile Cuban regime, for they earn not only the labels listed above, but they get “hardliners,” “intransigents,” and “supporters of the US backed dictator Batista,” piled on top. Sort of like whipped cream and nuts on top of your hate sundae.
You get a whole different set of adjectives whenever liberal yahoos do it, however. Whenever the left takes on someone who offends their delicate sensibilities they are considered to be socially conscious and heroes of the voiceless victims of imperialist pigs. Personally, I believe everyone–liberal yahoos and conservatives alike–has a right to protest and boycott anyone they choose, but what do I know, I am just an intransigent hardliner.
Case in point is the brouhaha going on now with the national chain of organic grocery stores, Whole Foods. It seems that its CEO, John Mackey, has strayed off the liberal plantation and his loyal clientele wants blood. Mackey had the audacity (of hope?) to write an Op-Ed piece in the WSJ criticizing ObamaCare and this, of course, does not sit well with the typical Whole Foods shopper. So incensed are they by Mackey’s stance that they are organizing a boycott of the store to show him just how offended they are by his attack on the most holy of them all, our beloved leader, Obama.
In this particular situation I say to these yahoos go ahead and boycott Whole Foods. Never again even cast a shadow on the entry to the store. And for good measure, stay at least 5 miles away from any Whole Foods location. Not only would you be expressing your disgust over the blasphemy committed by Mackey, but you will liberate me from having to deal with you every time I go to the Whole Foods market in my neighborhood.
I actually like the store and go there quite often. Their produce is as farm fresh as you can get without having to drive down to Homestead, and their meat–yes, their red, bloody meat–is actually quite good. It would be great to cruise through the aisles of Whole Foods without having to experience the scent of “natural body oils,” which have not seen water or soap for days, that graces the bodies of many typical Whole Foods shoppers.
And while we are on this topic, what is the deal with liberal yahoos and driving? How difficult can it be to navigate a Prius or a VW Wagon in or out of a parking space? Every time I pull into the parking lot of Whole Foods it is an excruciating experience. You have to sit and wait for what feels like an eternity for one or several huarache sandaled beatniks to maneuver their fossil fuel burning cars out of your way. I am hopeful that once this boycott is in full swing, the parking experience at Whole Foods will cease to be a test of my patience.
I am looking forward to this boycott and I sincerely hope it begins soon and lasts for a very long time. If I never have to stand in line behind another scruffily dressed, dread-locked, protein deficient skinny hippie chick with hairy armpits and a distinctive odor, it would be too soon.