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BOYCOTTS: THE UGLY SIDE

Boycotts have proven to be effective in getting the results certain groups … political and social … want to obtain.  The boycott targeting Great Britain in 1769 in opposition of “taxation without representation,” resulted … ultimately … in our American Independence.  This is an example of the good side of boycotts … from my point of view.)  There were those in out-raged opposition.  But … once resolved, life went on and Great Britain is now one, if not our closest … ally.

There are ongoing boycotts against certain corporations.  Target, is an example, by the American Life Association, because of Target’s stance on Mixed sex bathrooms and changing areas.

The end-results of the boycotts will appease some and anger others.  Either way … boycotts can ignite awareness, can preserve social culture … and can change social culture.

I am not a fan of what I call “total boycotts.”  What I mean by this is that I am not a fan of boycotting total entities for the indiscretions (in my view) of a few, within an organization.  (To be clear … I do despise “hate groups” and I will, without hesitation, participate in boycotting these groups … in their entirety.”)  And, I will call out anyone who does not respect our flag.

The NFL boycott is my example of an entity that I will not completely boycott.  And, this … brings me to … the ugly side of boycotts.  And, I will provide an example.

Boycotts can bring out the worst in people.  I have watched people evolve from a commitment to boycott a team, all teams, etc. … to a “let’s get ‘em” mentality in overdrive.

In the case of Jerry Jones, who listened to the demands of his fans and public, he is still being attacked by some of the same boycotters … although, he has made it clear his team will stand and respect the flag.  But, now, that is not enough.  It’s “too little, too late.” “It’s about money.” (It’s always about money.)  The boycott was successful …demands met … but still not enough.  Is this a boycott to preserve or make change … or to destroy?  Has it become a “blood sport?”

There is the “hypocritical” side of Boycotts.  People are proudly proclaiming they have turned off the football channels … having never watched football, in the first place.  That is not “boycotting.”  These people are not counted in rating or sales, anyway.

There are people in social media who will demand that everyone connected with them participate in the NFL boycott (the organization, the teams, all individuals … even those who have shown no disrespect) or they will chastise and demean the culprits, and call them names.  That is intimidation.  This is another ugly side of boycotts.  My example:

A realtor … let’s call him “Mike” … responded to a timeline post I made regarding the husband who lost his wife of 32 years in the Las Vegas shooting.  It was a tribute to him and others.  “Mike” chose this post to make a derogatory comment about the NFL which had nothing to do with the timeline.  I deleted it and responded to “Mike” to let him know why I took it down.  The next response was his “Disappointment” in me.  He had seen my “Gooooo Panther” … comments in Facebook, called me derogatory names and accused me of “caving.”  His comment was that 98% is not good enough … you must be all in … or … out.

To be clear … I have written blogs on the NFL and a response to Green Bay’s call for its fans to ‘link arms” … in which I expressed my disdain for the actions.  I have called the NFL, I have left tweets for the players who disrespect the flag.  And … I praise the players who have always stood and respected our Flag and Anthem.  I have never said I was completely boycotting the teams.  I will speak out against all who do not respect our flag.

The irony in this situation is that this realtor (broker?) is associated with one of the largest Real Estate companies in North Carolina … who has had a relationship with the Carolina Panthers for the last 11 years (according to K.M., their P.R. spokeswoman) and, have sponsored many of the Panthers events.  Most recently the “Prowl the Den Contest.”

The obvious question for “Mike” would be, if you so strongly hate the NFL and will go on other people’s profiles in social media to chastise and berate them … why are you still associated with a company who has an 11-year relationship with the Carolina Panthers, and … who shows (in my opinion) no signs of stopping?  I guess it’s just easier to intimidate people into doing what you think they should do.  (And, of course … it’s about the money.)

As I said earlier, boycotts can be a very good thing.  Boycotts can preserve culture and stop the decay of that culture.  Boycotts are a part of our American fiber.  I admire those who are committed to righting the wrongs they perceive.  And, usually … I agree with the purpose of the boycott.  And, I often get involved.

It’s the “blood-letting vendettas,” the hypocrisy, and the forceful intimidation of some that for me, at least … show the ugly side of boycotts.  I have no illusions that this will ever change.

I will leave you this to ponder.  I believe the players who choose to kneel and disrespect our flag, Anthem, country and soldiers should not be allowed to play … at all.  This is my personal belief.

I also believe that we are at a very dangerous point in our American society when people feel they must not comment or celebrate in social media, must lower their window shades, and turn the volume down, or lie about their current activity … because … God Forbid … they are watching a T.V. program of their choosing.

Now that … is ugly.

 

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Debbie Barth: 10/13/2017 at 5:01pm EST
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IF TRUMP HAD SAID “YES,” GUESS WHAT THE MEDIA WOULD HAVE DONE

Just like Anthony Weiner, Miley Cyrus, and Geraldo Rivera, the media is exposing itself, again … and “it’s not pretty.”

If you listened to the debate last night, you know exactly what I am talking about.

The media might as well hold up signs that say “Globalist and proud of it!  We’re opening borders, and closing down individual thinking, one lie at a time.”

All the Liberal and Republican news “entertainment” shows are talking about is that Donald J. Trump will not accept the election results.  Actually, he basically said, he would “wait and see.”  The only story here is that some people are offended by logic, and truth.

Chris Wallace saved the question for last, probably expecting this very answer from Trump.  He planned it well.

The thing is, Donald Trump, a few minutes earlier … had spent time referring to the Project Veritas Videos- Part 1 and 2 , addressing actual conversations, and proving the existence of rigged campaigning and the possibility of rigged voting booths.  Trump referred to the damaging Wiki-leaks emails confirming, in essence, the message of the videos.  Now, with that being said … I would then conclude that Trump would have been condemned, no matter what he said.  Whether it was, “let’s wait and see” … “no” … or, “why, yes … absolutely I will accept the results.”  There would have been an onslaught of attacks, today.  And, here is why.

If he had given the “hypocritical, standard,  “PC” reply”, then the media would be ripping him apart for saying that he would accept the results … just minutes after saying this campaign and more than likely, the voting system, itself, is rigged.  The media would have then down-played the recent videos and wiki-leaks, as simply … “of little importance,” since Trump had no problem, accepting the upcoming election results.

But, being the honest and logical (what a concept) leader that Donald J. Trump is … he said, “I will wait and see, and let you know.”  He didn’t pander, he didn’t waiver … he told the truth.  And, what he said makes all the sense in the world.

The media will not, now, be able to disavow the videos or wiki-leaks, using Trump as an example of why the videos and wiki-leaks emails are not relevant.

The media is also not reminding the American people that some of the Republican Candidates lied when they said they would support whoever the Candidate may be, during the primary.  They lied, and their actions prove it.

Only Fox (to my knowledge and as I write this) has mentioned that Clinton, herself, did not accept the results in 2002, nor did Bill Clinton.  And, Al Gore actually tried to bring legal action because he felt he had been robbed of votes.

Yes, the media, and its owners are Globalists.  They want open borders (Democrats, Republicans, and all who will profit, while the American Republic goes down in flames.)  They will do everything possible to take down Donald Trump.  And, yet this man is still standing, proud and strong, with a resounding message of love for this country, and our Republic.

And, the media … the media continues to expose itself to the American people, in desperation for attention and validation.  They have bared their soulless agenda.  And, again … like Anthony Wiener, Miley Cyrus, and Geraldo Rivera … “it is so not pretty.”

 

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Debbie Barth: 10/20/2016 at 2:41:01 pm EST
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