You Can’t Shop There! The Politics of Shopping
This week’s hubbub surrounding the notion that Chik-Fil-A as a company is prejudiced against same-sex marriage has created a firestorm of reactions from people.
Boycotts and “kiss-ins” are being planned to try and send some kind of message to the company that is known for their tasty chicken sandwiches and waffle-woven fries, friendly service and being one of the few companies that actually honors the Sabbath.
The Muppets and Hollywood has-beens and never-weres are weighing in too – Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan, Mia Farrow, Roseanne Barr and the omnipresent Kim Kardashian are using their “influence” to affect people’s shopping habits.
Well, it’s still a semi-free country and you can chose where you wish to shop. To give you some help, here are some companies you might want to consider either patronizing or boycotting with your dollars.
Mitt Romney is the assumptive Republican nominee for president. He has some big backers in some very large companies. Likewise, he worked at Bain Capital decades ago, which has assisted in the growth of some of our country’s biggest companies. Here are those companies:
Sidenote: according to Open Secrets, as of July 26, 2012, out of the $53 million in the coffers for Restore Our Future, $21 million was spent against Rick Santorum and $18 million was spent against Newt Gingrich. Thus far, only $7.4 million has been spent in the race against President Barak Obama. See other donors here, including individuals from Goldman-Sachs.
Marijo Tinlin is the Editor in Chief of Family First, one of the oldest family-oriented websites on the internet. She writes for Eagle Publishing’s Family Events, is the Managing Editor of www.myColoradoview.com and she runs a small business with her husband. She is also the author of a book about patriotism and teaching our children to love this country called “How to Raise an American Patriot, Making it Okay for Our Kids to Be Proud to Be American.” It features 13 interviews with patriotic Americans including Ed Meese, Erick Erickson and Jackie Gingrich Cushman. It’s available at www.raisinganamericanpatriot.com.