Pete's Prep: Monday, April 2, 2018

The Boycott Economy is going to suck

The American Left has a few "go to" tactics on which they rely in their war against institutions, ideas, and people who do not offer endorsements of progressive dogma.

Folks in North Carolina know these tactics well, as we have seen them here since 2012.

These tactics include:

  • Frequent marches to garner sympathetic and fawning "earned media" coverage. In NC, these were the Moral Monday demonstrations.
  • The use of children to voice attacks against political opponents in order to insulate the progressives from counter-arguments. In NC, we were inundated with stories about a 12-year old girl who demanded a face-to-face meeting with the Republican governor.
  • Economic warfare aimed at harming innocent people in order to force adoption of progressive ideology. In NC, our own Attorney General (now Governor) Roy Cooper - along with his fellow Democratic lawmakers - solicited and celebrated a boycott against the Tar Heel State over the transgender bathroom bill HB2.

All of these tactics are being used to advance Second Amendment infringements.

It all looks the same as "student-led" marches for gun control are organized and funded by the usual assortment of Democrat progressive organizations. Any criticism of the what the students say is met with Two Minutes Hate bleating that one should not "attack these children."

A teenager who has spent a month calling Republicans and gun owners very vile things got his feelings hurt by FOX News host Laura Ingraham, when she teased him for getting rejected by four colleges.

His response was to partner with the usual assortment of Democrat progressive organizations in launching a boycott of her advertisers. 

This is the same kind of pressure campaign launched against corporations that don't toe the progressive line.

And while it helps the progressives when companies cave, it might not be so good for the companies.

Case in point: Dick's Sporting Goods:

Dick’s Sporting Goods has suffered a surprisingly steep downturn in sales since promising to sell fewer guns, but the problem isn’t the gun sales, Fortune says.

Stock tumbled to the lowest in four months after the sports store banned assault-style weapons from its Field & Stream stores and raised the minimum age for a customer to buy a firearm from 18 to 21.


“There’s going to be some pushback and we expected that,” said CEO Edward Stack, in an earnings call with Wall Street analysts, according to CNN. “There are going to be the people who don’t shop us anymore for anything.”

The decision is “not going to be positive from a traffic standpoint and a sales standpoint,” Stack predicted.

The company’s shares fell 7.3 percent after going up 13 percent this year. Sales failed to hit the projected $2.74 billion, tapering off at $2.66 billion for this quarter.


And then this happened...

On Sunday, Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv pointed out that CNN contributor Joan Walsh had been attacking him via her Twitter “likes,” liking a serious of tweets that targeted him personally

Time for a boycott, right?


Yet, here we are.

And Ben Shapiro at the Daily Wire says it's time for a proportional response.

two can play at this game. And if advertisers, who merely want to reach viewers, are boycotted every time someone says anything remotely controversial – even after an apology – then advertisers will stop supporting networks including CNN.

But the Left is too ensconced in its own vision of its supposed moral rectitude to acknowledge this obvious fact. That’s particularly true when they think they can use children as a club against the right. 

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