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A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Why I won't boycott Citgo.

I'm always ambivalent about boycotts. Here is a good reason why.

I agree with the author that making a futile gesture is pointless. Our best interests in this case would be served by becoming energy independent, a topic I've expounded on in other posts.

There are some boycotts I'll go for. Presently I won't buy anything from France due to their almost rabid anti-Americanism. I also don't patronize Caribou Coffee due to their Muslim connections. But how effective are these acts really? IMHO, not very. These twits never heard of yours truly and will probably live long, happy lives no matter what I do. When I boycott someone it isn't for any effect on them, it's for my own peace of mind. If a gazillion other consumers agree with me and we have an impact, great. But it's never anything I look for. Good thing, I'd be sorely disappointed.

It goes back to a line from Hamlet, "To thine own self be true. And it follows, as night does the day, that thou canst not be false to any other". Might have mangled it a bit, I don't go to work with a copy of Shakespeare in my hands. But you get the idea, it's about my own peace of mind and nothing else.

If you want to be effective find out what will work before you jump on the bandwagon. Maybe it will be a letter writing campaign, maybe a public demonstration, maybe a push to alter a present national policy. Whatever it is, it'll take time.

To sum it up; Boycotts are as effective as trying to raise the level of the tide by pissing into the ocean.


Old Gary said...

I suppose you are right in comparing it to pissing in the ocean but it does give me a little satisfaction when I drive past a Citgo. I refuse to encourage them in any way.

To do otherwise, in my opinion, is to give tacit approval...just as the priest who gives communion to Pelosi.

Subvet said...

Yep, I can see your point.

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