Sunday, August 23, 2009

Eyes Rolling

John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods writes an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal titled "The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare" and liberals get their panties all in a bunch. Probably didn't help that he quoted Margaret Thatcher saying, "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."

Now they are boycotting.

Eyes rolling.

Here is how Mr Mackey finishes his article...

Health-care reform is very important. Whatever reforms are enacted it is essential that they be financially responsible, and that we have the freedom to choose doctors and the health-care services that best suit our own unique set of lifestyle choices. We are all responsible for our own lives and our own health. We should take that responsibility very seriously and use our freedom to make wise lifestyle choices that will protect our health. Doing so will enrich our lives and will help create a vibrant and sustainable American society.

I don't see anything in there that is boycott material. It is a guy expressing his opinion. Of course, I am a guy that happens to agree with what he said. What are we going to accomplish boycotting him for expressing his opinion? Whole Foods employs over 50,000 people, you are going to punish them for his opinion?

His company is ranked twenty second in Fortune's 100 best companies to work for. ...And they are one of the 15 companies on that list that pay 100% of their employees health care premiums. He sounds like a horrible guy! [sarcasm]

Andrew Breitbart says:
The success of Whole Foods is largely built on Mr. Mackey's understanding of the liberal mind. It wants the good life - but with instant absolution for the sin of conspicuous consumption. Whole Foods is marketing at its best. Iconography and slogans throughout the store - not unlike those Barack Obama used to win the presidency - tell the shopper they are saving the planet in large and small ways.

The product is so good even conservatives and skeptics are willing to play along.

But Mr. Mackey missed the key ingredient of modern liberalism: intolerance to the ideas of nonliberals. And this miscalculation may prove to be devastating to his multibillion-dollar business.

[highlight by me]

There you go, intolerance to the ideas of nonliberals. Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Heck, disagree with ObamaCare and the Speaker of the House labels you as "Un-American".
In the meantime, as members of Congress spend time at home during August, they are talking with their constituents about reform. The dialogue between elected representatives and constituents is at the heart of our democracy and plays an integral role in assuring that the legislation we write reflects the genuine needs and concerns of the people we represent.

However, it is now evident that an ugly campaign is underway not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue. These tactics have included hanging in effigy one Democratic member of Congress in Maryland and protesters holding a sign displaying a tombstone with the name of another congressman in Texas, where protesters also shouted "Just say no!" drowning out those who wanted to hold a substantive discussion.

Let the facts be heard

These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.

Oh, I'm sorry, "drowning out" opposing views is un-American. Funny, but that is just what the liberals seem to be trying to do. That and demonizing those who happen to disagree.

Some will say, "yeah but, that is what the conservatives Bushitler Fascists did..." So now it is the right thing to do? Some say, "but the others have no ideas to fix health care". BS, there are plenty out there. You just won't listen.


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