By Dan Calabrese
It’s called capitalism. It offers supply designed to satisfy demand, in exchange for money.
I’m not sure it’s going to work well in this case, but if Walmart wants to try it, there is no reason conservatives need to scream about it – and there is certainly no reason to organize boycotts.
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Of course, I’ve always believed “boycotts” are ineffective pretty much 100 percent of the time, and that would certainly be the case here. Millions of people shop at Walmart because it’s cheap. That’s what they care about. What percentage of those is going to go to the trouble of shopping elsewhere because of a political consideration? You don’t want to hear this, but that percentage is tiny. Almost non-existent.
Even over this:
The shirts, seemingly discovered by the chairman of the group Students for Trump, are one of a number of “Impeach 45” offerings, which range from sweatshirts to baby clothes from a wide variety of manufacturers. The company also sells a wide range of pro-Trump merchandise, including a substantial number of “Make America Great Again” hats.
News of the shirt prompted a #BoycottWalmart movement on Twitter and social media, with a large number of supporters jumping in.
The call for a Walmart boycott seemingly picked up steam as conservative media outlets spread the word about the shirts.
Walmart, not long ago, was in trouble with liberals as well for a shirt it soldthat read “Rope. Tree. Journalist. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED”
Facing protests, the company quickly pulled the shirt from its site, saying in a statement “As soon as we were alerted to this content promoting violence against journalists we removed the content, added this content to our automated scanning systems, and kicked off a human sweep of the site to find and remove any similar content.”
This is what the left does, and it’s repulsive. And no, our side does not need to “fight fire with fire”. The left attacks businesses who do anything they don’t like because the left has no respect for free-market capitalism. They don’t respect the profit motive, and they don’t accept the idea that all ideas can have a place in the discourse of the public – those you like as well as those you don’t like. The left wants to silence every idea it doesn’t agree with, even if that means invading the private sector in order to do so.
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Conservatives are supposed to respect free speech and free markets.
Some of you may not know that I first became associated with Herman when I became the syndicator of his newspaper column via my company North Star Writers Group. I had a roster of nearly 20 columnists there, and about half of them were liberal. That means I was providing left-wing drivel to newspaper editors and accepting money for it. Why was I doing that? Because I was running a business, not an ideological endeavor. Editors wanted both liberal and conservative columns, so I provided both. Did that make me a “traitor to conservatism,” or whatever?
Let’s put it this way: If you think so, I don’t care that you think so.
If people are stupid enough to spend their money on “Impeach 45” shirts, I can think of no reason Walmart should not collect that money. Demand seeks supply. That’s how capitalism works. Conservatives are supposed to understand that, and are supposed to respect that business owners are about the pursuit of profit, not about politics. The left doesn’t understand this and never will. I don’t want to be like them. Why do you?
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