From Craig Newmark at Newmark's Door:
ChoosetheBlue "tells you what corporations donated to political parties."
"If each American who voted for John Kerry spends $100 in 2005 on a Blue company instead of a Red company, we can move $5 Billion away from Republican companies and add $5 Billion to the income of companies who donate to Democrats."
After checking out Choosetheblue and reading about the lists of companies that they say donated to which party, I am amazed. Choosetheblue is recommending to The Blue Staters that they declare economic war on companies that contributed to Republicans.
What a bizarre case of projection. I mean, sure, Red Staters and Conservatives have pushed for boycotts and the like too (heck, I am right now with Target, Best Buy and Circuity City for their PC ban of the Salvation Army Kettles, see Target, not on target) and that isn't really what I don't get. Here's the rub, when a Conservative gets fired up it's usually about a moral issue. When a Liberal gets fired up it's about politics, sex or money.
So what choosetheblue is saying is, "because you don't share my political views, I want to hurt your business". Now businesses who give an overwhelming majority of their donations to one party or the other has already made a choice. Knowing that there could be financial implications to their donations, the businesses that gave large percentages to Republicans are willing to stand on principle and take that risk. Their moral compass is intact and reading very clearly, thank you.
Blue Staters thinking that if they "hurt them in the wallet" badly enough, then maybe they'll have a change of heart and stop giving to Republican causes/campaigns are projecting their priorities onto these Conservative businesses. It won't work. They don't share the Blue Staters values. These companies give to conservatives because they believe it is the RIGHT thing to do. Morally, ethically, in your gut you know it's the right thing to do. Not because they think it will bring in more customers or make them more money. By boycotting Republican leaning companies for their political contributions with no regard for the quality of their products or service is perverse. All it will do is hurt the business, perhaps throwing hard working folks out of jobs (quite possibly a lot of Blue Staters!) and lowering tax revenues for those precious social programs the Blue Staters are so fond of.
I shouldn't be surprised, but I am. Not so long ago when I was serving as the Military Aide to a certain liberal Congressman from New England who shall remain nameless, the VERY liberal office staff was talking about this new phone service they were all signing up for. I asked what the big deal was and why they would go through all the hassle of using a small and cumbersome provider. Because a portion of the revenues was going to be given to "Liberal Causes". I learned very quickly that while their views and beliefs were not in line with mine, they held them very deeply and took action to back their convictions. I respect that. I think they were completely and utterly WRONG in their world view, but they were definitely passionate about it.
Call me a hypocrite if you like, but I think the difference is crystal clear. Conservatives call on like minded folks to boycott certain things/companies/events or promote supporting those entities that share their values based on MORALS. Liberals call for the destruction of any person, business, group, or organization that does not agree with them. There's a world of difference in that, nothing subtle or nuanced. It's I choose not to support you because you don't share my morals and values versus I want to destroy you because you don't agree with me.
All that said, thanks to choosetheblue for giving us Red Staters a list of Companies that share our Conservative Values and identifying those who don't (I'm really disappointed by Arby's, I love their roast beef sandwiches - that's gonna hurt!). So let's take a page out of their playbook and use this great list (Like Craig Newmark says, I can't vouch for the authenticity of this list, so do research and use your best judgement) so that we can patronize companies that, if nothing else, support the same political idealogy we do.