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Oct 01 2012

AFA Rails Against Evil Liberal Boycotts

Is there anything more endlessly absurd and idiotic than watching right wing ideologues rail against the evils of engaging on boycotts while engaging in their own boycotts? The AFA’s Sandy Rios had James Simpson of the right-wing Capital Research Center on her show to call liberal boycotts “economic terrorism.”

Rios: This is the other striking thing Jim, because Chick-fil-A has been in the news so much lately and I haven’t had a chance to even explain to my audience the conclusion of all that but let me just say that they did come out and their policy is that they will not give to any organizations that are working on marriage amendments or marriage initiatives but they will support marriage. OK my point is organizations, foundations are scared to death to give to the FRC’s, the American Family Association’s, the CWA’s, but they’re not scared to give to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the list on here is amazing to me.

Simpson: It is economic warfare against their political enemies, that’s the only way to describe it, it is literally economic warfare against their political enemies; it is nothing more than that, nothing less than that. The left is almost universally unscrupulous, they are amoral—that’s part of their philosophy—so they feel free to attack anybody and anything that they don’t like and they have legions of lawyers willing to go into court and sue and sue and sue again. They’re organized base is willing to uniformly engage in economic boycotts of companies so it’s a highly organized, almost a military type of organization, very monolithic that gets behind the leaders on any issue and they attack people, and they attack people and terrify people. We don’t have anything like that we are not inclined to do that because we are not that immoral, we just don’t do those kinds of things unless we are attacked first.

Ah, of course. So when the AFA promotes boycotts against Home Depot and JC Penney for supporting equal rights for gay people, that’s okay because they were “attacked first.” But when liberals promote boycotts against companies for supporting discrimination against gay people, that’s economic terrorism designed to terrify people. Bryan Fischer must be beaming with pride.

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  1. 1
    wscott

    It makes perfect sense if you believe the ends justify the means.

  2. 2
    naturalcynic

    They seem to be blind to the fact that boycotts are simply a form of capitalism. Denying a market to your competitor is part of the a way to promote your brand.
    And the boycott of Chick-Fil-a was soooo successful that CFA couldn’t have had a better promotion.

  3. 3
    Gregory in Seattle

    Textbook example of blackwhite:

    … this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as doublethink.

  4. 4
    Larry

    They’re pissed only because liberal boycotts actually work and RW fundie boycotts are simply laughed at.

  5. 5
    richardelguru

    But is that any different than screaming about ‘voter fraud’ whilst committing it?

  6. 6
    Gvlgeologist, FCD

    It makes perfect sense if you’re a hypocrite.

    It makes perfect sense if you don’t really care about the truth but only about power.

    It makes perfect sense if you believe in IOKIYAConservative

  7. 7
    Gvlgeologist, FCD

    Damn! I started typing that when there was only one comment!

  8. 8
    tbp1

    It’s always projection.

  9. 9
    Nepenthe

    Huh… there’s something on the tip of my tongue, something Bibbly, something about a plank and a mote… ah well, probably not relevant.

  10. 10
    jnorris

    Sandy, really, how does my telling you not to eat at Chick-Fil-A terrorize you or anyone else? Does my not being in the drive-thru line at CFA terrorize you? Well I am not in the drive0thru line right now, are you cowering under your bed? Good!

    BTW, I will not be there again on Nov 6 so stay under the day that day.

  11. 11
    Randomfactor

    It makes perfect sense if you believe the ends justify the means.

    And if you believe there’s no one REALLY keeping score “up there.”

  12. 12
    greg1466

    The level of projection is simply breathtaking.

  13. 13
    Abby Normal

    Here’s a fun game you can play at home. I call it Spot The Terrorist. Here’s how to play. Type BoycottTheHomeDepot.com into your browser’s navigation area. Press enter. You win when you correctly identify the terroristic organization running the site.

    Hint:
    (ǝƃɐd ǝɥʇ ɟo doʇ ǝɥʇ ssoɹɔɐ ɹǝuuɐq ǝɥʇ ʇɐ ʞool)

  14. 14
    leonardschneider

    Like tragedy vs. comedy*, “Terrorist” vs. “Freedom Fighter” is entirely a matter of perspective. It’s a lesson learned very painfully during Reagan’s second term by the citizens of Nicaragua…. Remember, when we were selling weapons to Iran and giving the money to las Contras, who the Administration considered “Freedom Fighters”?

    As far as the Chick-Fil-A boycott goes, where I live there may as well have been a boycott called on White Castle: I’ve never even seen a Chick-Fil-A, and even if I did I wouldn’t be tempted to stop and eat at one. I’ve asked friends and they say the food is mediocre at best; friends from back east say the same about White Castle.

    *As an example, Rick Santorum slipping on a used condom and falling face first into the gutter would be tragedy for him, but hilarious for me. See? Perspective.

  15. 15
    Modusoperandi

    Pah! Typical liberals! Always falling back to your relative morality! Black is white! Up is down!
    If you were a good conservative you’d know that everything conservatives do is good and everything liberals do is bad. That is absolute morality!

  16. 16
    Michael Heath

    I thought the liberal criticisms of Chick-fil-A was successful, in spite of conservative blowback. There’s some linked reports at Wikipedia suggesting this is the result; that they won’t be as prone to support bigoted groups and will better attempt to treat all people equally. Whether they actually follow through remains an open question.

  17. 17
    tommykey

    It’s easy Ed, we’re supposed to be a Christian nation, so any boycott of a god-fearin’ company like Chik-fil-A is an assault on Christian supremacy. Boycotts against JC Penny are simply an attempt to maintain that supremacy. At least that’s how I think the wingnuts view it.

  18. 18
    footface

    One of the best things about being vegan is I’m boycotting places left and right, without even knowing it! Love me and despair!

  19. 19
    Olav

    Only tangentially on topic, here is another fine example of Freedom Fighters in action:

    http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2012/10/01/private-security-force-arrests-supporters-of-striking-walmart-warehouse-workers/

    America, fuck yeah.

  20. 20
    Stacy

    The left is almost universally unscrupulous, they are amoral—that’s part of their philosophy….They’re organized base is willing to uniformly engage in economic boycotts of companies so it’s a highly organized, almost a military type of organization, very monolithic that gets behind the leaders on any issue and they attack people, and they attack people and terrify people.

    Riiight.

    Fucker.

  21. 21
    janeymack

    Because boycotts are absolutely terrifying! Not enough faces or enough palms in all the world…

  22. 22
    dingojack

    The AFA will be absolutely terrified to learn that over 6.7 Billion people (about 22 times the population of the whole of ‘merica) won’t be going into a Chick-Fill-A* any time soon. I’d suggest that the AFA cower in thier closets until the end of the next millenium – at least.

    Dingo
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    * an unfortunate name. It always makes me think of:
    GUEST: This chicken is delisous Elly-Mae, what did you stuff it with?
    ELLY-MAE: Stuff it with? Why it wasn’t even empty!!
    (Or perhaps that the slang term ‘chick’ refers to a young, sexually active woman – which makes Chick filler…?)

  23. 23
    sezme

    They’re [sic] organized base is … a highly organized, almost a military type of organization, very monolithic …

    If only …

  24. 24
    imthegenieicandoanything

    Gays, and Liberals generally, are as guilty of attacking any of the AFA’s “causes” as Poland was of invading Germany and the USSR at the same time.

    And fuck Godwin, this comparison isn’t even much of an exaggeration.

    People like this cannot even dream of attaining the humanity of a complete scumbag. Bill Sykes had more basic humanity within him.

  25. 25
    Deanna Joy Lyons - Mentioner of Patriarchy

    The straight up hypocrisy is breathtaking sometimes. The AFA is floundering more and more. I can’t wait until they are a completely irrelevant organization, as opposed to only a partially irrelevant one.

    @18: ZOMG, how could you do that to them! The AFA demands you start eating Chik-fil-a and stop attacking all those god fearing meat serving companies right this instant! :)

  26. 26
    Attila

    Perhaps they need to be attacked by Eddie Izzard’s transvestite brigade, airborne division.

    OK, perhaps not the most effective military organization, but their uniforms are fabulous.

  27. 27
    tbp1

    This reminds me of the faux outrage when Andrew Breitbart died and there was much pearl clutching about those nasty liberals daring to be less than flattering in their comments. Why, his children might read something negative about him—oh, the humanity!

    When people pointed out the truly vile things he said about Ted Kennedy within hours of his death, the response was basically, “That’s different, he deserved it.”

  28. 28
    Nepenthe

    @dingojack

    I also thought the name was incomprehensible until someone clued me in that it was a cutesy spelling of “chick(en) fillet”. We don’t have them here or anywhere where I lived; I’d only read about them.

  29. 29
    tommykey

    I’ve asked friends and they say the food is mediocre at best; friends from back east say the same about White Castle.

    Leonard, as an occasional eater of White Castle burgers, it’s basically something you get a craving for a couple of times a year and you hit like 6 of them in one sitting. And then you’re good for the next 6 months. I could never eat them on a weekly basis.

  30. 30
    democommie

    “And the boycott of Chick-Fil-a was soooo successful that CFA couldn’t have had a better promotion.”

    I await the newzflash with photos of Chick-Fil-A’s CEO being seen goin’ to the by-the-hour motel with his rentboy.

  31. 31
    tbp1

    @29: I’ve had White Castle twice in my life, both at the instigation of friends who were the kind of people you see in their commercials. Both times I spent a couple of days regretting it, so I’ve never gone back. As far as I know, they’re no worse politically than your average fast food place, though.

    Chick Fill A I had once, before I knew about the politics of it. It was OK, but that’s about all you could say about it. I probably wouldn’t have gone back one my own, but it’s the type of place I might go to with a friend if he/she really wanted to, but knowing what I know now, never again.

    On a similar topic, the first time I had a Domino’s pizza was the last, because it was crappy and there were better options around, and later I discovered other reasons to boycott them.

    Honestly I can’t say that I’ve had to make any actual sacrifices boycotting anything for political reasons, so far at least.

  32. 32
    democommie

    Chick-Fil-A, Denny’s, Cracker Barrel, Hobby Lobby.

    If you don’t buy shit product because it’s shit product is it still a boycott?

  33. 33
    Michael Heath

    Olav,

    Interesting story you linked to @ 10. T

    On a secondary note, too bad the article didn’t explain why private security did the arresting because the blockade took place in a Foreign Trade Zone. I’d have appreciated understanding who had jurisdiction there and why they didn’t make the arrests instead of a private force.

  34. 34
    democommie

    Michael Heath:

    I had the same thought. I’m wondering if they really had arrest powers or if they detained the protestors and then handed them over to REAL cops. Fucking mercs.

  1. 35
    Sears and JC Penney cave to the AFA and pull ads from SNL.

    [...] when people boycotted Chick-Fil-A, that was “economic terrorism designed to terrify people.”  But when the AFA leans on a company, [...]

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