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Yes, boycotts.  They tend to be important tools of protest.  Saying that we do not like what your company, your organization, your Government, is doing, so we will take away our business from you and limit our activity.  They are an extreme form of protest.

SB-1070 has been passed recently in Arizona, and with it, have been a slew of Protests and…yes…boycotts.  Boycotts by certain Cities of all economic activities in Arizona, Governors not coming, companies like Arizona Iced Tea….made in New York…are called on as being the tea of fascists.

Now boycotts can be perfectly legitimate forms of protest, and several of them have been pulled off successfully…and for good reason.  The most famous of these is the Montgomery Bus boycott that MLK and Rosa Parks did to combat the policy of a target company, and a specific policy.

Not through Government force, but normal people.

Now the hallmark of a good boycott is two-fold, you need to have a clear target, and a clear reason for going after the target.

That is just not happening here.  I mean sure, if you believe that the bill is a fascist bill then that is a pretty good reason to boycott something and to try to not spend any money in Arizona.

But lets consider that for a second.

The motivation is specific, but the target is not.

The boycotters are willing to protest anything, the Arizona Diamond Backs, any local business, and the tea of fascists.

When none of these people are to be held responsible.  Your quibble is with the Government of Arizona and not its citizenry, though many citizens do support this bill.    (70% in Arizona, and 60% nationally currently.)

But yet you are willing to economically strangle a state for not agreeing with your specific position.  You are willing to completely freeze, and isolate a state, for trying to solve an insane problem.

Gee, California, I hope that Arizona does not return the favor or you could get real thirsty…real fast.

How about instead of trying to coerce someone, through force, that you try to help them out?  Help us to come see the light and lets come to a reasonable solution together.  Boycotts should be the protest of last resort.

I have a friend, a good friend.  He does not agree with me on this issue, we do not quite see eye to eye on education and other issues.  But, he is a friend, I welcome his input and he has made some very good points about the bill.

I still support the bill, that has not wavered, but I do see his points and it is some of the most logical criticisms I have heard against the bill.  And I have problems with the bill, there is room for improvement.

Instead of trying to destroy us, work with us, that is all we beg of you.  That is all I beg of you.

Instead of saying, I will not drink the tea of fascists…from New York, make a commitment to help change, and then if we poor obstinate Arizonans do become a threat, and the bill is not good, then you can boycott all the things you want to boycott.

But there is another thing that I want to bring up to.

Could you imagine the wailing, the moaning, the caterwauling, and the ‘oh how dare they’ if people threatened to boycott the federal Government for the passage of a controversial bill that many have called fascist or Communist.

What if, you know, people started to…secede…over the passage of a simple bill.

What would the people who are boycotting us be saying now?

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4 Comments

  1. Good blog, and fine points. The situation is a result of frustration and displaced anger. It’s an attempt to strike at a law that has been seen as overzealous and dangerous.

    Though I question the numbers on supporters of this bill, the situation is complicated. You don’t just have your sane peaceful capitalist protesters, you also have the socialist che loving commies. The problem is that they are being lumped just as Legal immigrants feel lumped with Illegal Aliens (Primarily in the Hispanic community).

    It’s a mess.

    Boycotts are directed to pressure people into demanding change, I don’t see how this would help the thousands of immigrants who have tourist dependent jobs, and those who pack the tea…or pick the tea…or tend to the farms where the tea comes from…

    • good points 😉

  2. This always cracks me up anyway….it’s like you curse your hand for doing something the rest of your body didn’t like so you try and cut off your hand?? ACK!! 😮 There is no good outcome in this instance because like you said, the target is all wrong here. Instead work the system in order to express your opinions and incite change. Boycott the government. Take up your signage and picket the town hall in Arizona, email the senator etc. This boycott business (in this case) is the lazy man’s way of trying to get attention or change something and it is really doing more harm than good…so yeah lets stop hurting ourselves and go about it in the right way.

    • Its interesting though because it seems that the Boycotts themselves are Unconstitutional, One state ccannot boycott another state because you need to keep the commerce flowing and one state cannot ‘beat up on another’ state.


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