McDonald's Caves Under Pressure, Stand Your Ground Is Fine

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I don't like the online activist group Color of Change. The namby-pamby, can't-we-all-just-get-along-as-long-you're-a-vegan, Obama-loving, Christian-hating, war-protesting, Democratic-donkey-defending, liberal members are all a bunch of imbeciles.

I know that's a pretty broad generalization. And I'm sure you're cursing me right now.

The members of COC have been pushing companies to terminate memberships with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The reason: ALEC supports and helps push "conservative policies" such as the Voter ID and the Stand Your Ground laws.

Oh, no! What are we to do?

Under pressure from the COCs, McDonald's has abandoned ALEC. So have Coca-Cola and Kraft Foods. Those firms have no backbone. They might as well register as Democrats and attend the next Rainbow Gathering.

Honestly, the "news" here is that McDonald's had defended its membership in February and then quickly yet dazzlingly backpedaled after the Martin/Zimmerman incident.

But I see a much broader picture that involves more than large companies only caving to activist groups after a potentially embarrassing fracas. I see dumb people.

Companies should be able to support whomever and whatever they like. You don't have to support them. For example, I don't eat at Chick-fil-A, shop at Target, or fill up at Texaco. You know why? Because I don't support businesses that donate money to or engage in beliefs/policies/ideologies that I believe to be morally reprehensible.

Isn't freedom one of the founding principles of this country? Who are we to force a company to stop donating money to a specific cause or issue for the sole reason that it does not jibe with our personal convictions?

When I found out that Target and Chik-fil-A both engaged in anti-gay activities, I didn't create an online petition page to make them stop. You know why? Because they have the freedom to do so. Just like I had the freedom to stop handing over my hard-earned money to companies that try to deny me basic civil rights (as much as it hurt me -- I really miss Target).

Two, the laws that the COCs are protesting are good. Take the Stand Your Ground law, for example. If someone attacks me, I want to be able to defend myself without fear of reprisal. If you try to mug me at knifepoint, I should be able to take a bat to your head without getting arrested or sued.

Aren't we sick of living in a country where burglars can sue us for damages if they get injured while robbing our homes? And yes, of course there are cases where such a law will be abused. That is what the police department and court system are for -- to determine if the law was used unjustly.

And the Voter ID law -- now that is a no-brainer. Yes, people should have to show proper identification in order to cast a vote. Why is anyone even contesting this? Oh, right, I know why. Because then we can't just round up all the poor who don't have proper identification and bus them to the polls to vote for Obama. And yes, I am basing that on fact. Anyone remember ACORN? Well, I do, and I also remember being at a precinct during the last presidential election when hordes of young, mostly African-American students were bussed in to vote -- for the first time ever. Lovely. Many of them did not have ID. Damn. Should have thought that one out just a tad bit more, huh?

If someone attacks you, you should be able to defend yourself. If you want to vote, you should have the proper identification to do so. And if McDonald's, Kraft Foods, and Coca-Cola want to be part of an organization that supports those laws, they should be able to do so without being bullied and harassed by a bunch of cocks. That wasn't a typo.

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Fuming Foodie fan
Fuming Foodie fan

I agree with you on all points. I hate censorship. I don't believe in giving a platform to what I don't like, but they can find their own. All these bullying tactics gaining ground from intimidating companies into silence is so Anti-American. Our great country retreats every day. Acorn was the biggest nightmare to ever hit elections here. 

Jorge E. Goyanes
Jorge E. Goyanes

Agreed especially the part about spending your money where it counts, I do the same, if I dont like a companys policy I just do not buy anything from them.

Sanchez
Sanchez

I'm guessing the reason you know what companies not to patronize is because some group made noise exposing what those companies did wrong?

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

I really think you miss the point here. It is not to silence COC. The group, like everyone else, has the right to speak out against laws or issues it finds unjust. It should not, however, bully and harass others to keep in line with its agenda.

I tell others about Target. Texaco, and Chick-fil-A, for example. I inform those who I know would actually give a damn and explain why I boycott those establishments. But I don't harass my friends or family to boycott them as well. It is THEIR choice.

The COC can and should present its side of the argument to anyone and everyone who will listen, via meetings, websites, et al. It should not 'demand' that companies adhere to its beliefs.

Sanchez
Sanchez

Right, you complain that an activist group pressuring companies to stop supporting a lobbying group slash tea party think-thank is "bullying and harassment" -solely because you happen to like those policies- and I'm the one missing the point? What do you think the lobbyists and pseudo-lobbyists at ALEC do? Chant together in a drum circle? Get a clue.

Charity Sapphire
Charity Sapphire

They ARE good laws! It hurt me to see Jon Stewart mock the Stand Your Ground law. Obviously if there is no proper way to account for both sides it needs to be more closely considered. And they haven't provided proof that Trayvon really did back George's head into the sidewalk, so in this instance the law's credibility was tarnished a lot. But it shouldn't mean that we shouldn't be allowed to defend ourselves. 

And I also agree about the corporations. If they can now LEGALLY identify themselves as PEOPLE, they should also have freedoms! LOL

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

No law is perfect. Regarding the Stand Your Ground Law, as I said in my post, of course there are people who will attack others and claim that they were acting in self-defense -- just as people have been claiming self-defense against muder and assualt charges for ages. There are two lines of defense against such abuse. First, the police -- they question witnesses, they investigate, and they determine whether or not the person was really responding to a perceived threat. Second, the courts -- to determine whether the police's findings were accurate. Just as with every single law known to man, sometimes guilty people will get away with breaking the law and sometimes innocent people will unfairly receive a jail sentence. These casualties are preferable to living in a lawless society.

Sanchez
Sanchez

So, logically, you defend a law that both the police and the courts have said it make their jobs finding those answers more difficult. That's very intelligent.

panola
panola

Boycott McDonalds for the alliance with the far-left Colorof Change organization and their support of Voter Fraud.  

 

Color ofChange was founded by the disgraced 'green jobs czar' that was forced to resignafter it was uncovered that he was a 'truther' and anadmitted communist.

 

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

Thank you for bringing up the voter fraud issue. Anyone who is against the Voter ID Law is directly or indirectly supporting voter fraud.

Jack Thom
Jack Thom

A bunch of facists... COC.. they only have 8500 members... how can they have that much influence?

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

Because they make a lot of noise. Plain and simple.

Sanchez
Sanchez

Another chapter of "I'm IIy Goyanes And I'm Better Than You"?

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

Another episode of "I hate Fuming Foodie yet still feel compelled to read it and then feel just as compelled to post an inane comment because I have nothing intelligent to say?" Thanks again, Sanchez. You're always good for a laugh.

Sanchez
Sanchez

I read you with gusto because your arrogant, misguided and misinformed rantings are entertaining and your pissed off answers even more so. 

Charity Sapphire
Charity Sapphire

Sanchez and Ily sitting in a tree...

Jk jk Ily is too good for that.

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