Today, I publicly announce that I am breaking up with Wegmans. And Yankee Candle. I am crushed – as I have been such a vocal supporter – tweeting, talking, Foursquareing, and Facebooking, about their fabulous products.
Wegmans salad bar is fantastic (though they keep changing the layout of the store around which is frustrating – and there is one really cranky guy at the deli and if he is working, I will bypass the deli as I can’t stand the dirty look he gives me if I ask for my ham to be sliced very thin).
And Yankee Candle – well, I love that they continually invent fantastic scents.
But, sadly, I can’t give my money to companies who support the demise of health care... that unemployment of minorities hovers in the 14% range and continues to climb – that energy prices sky rocket even as tax payers monies continue to be wasted on failed crony driven programs (23 so far - including Solyndra, A123 Systems, Beacon Power) while thousands remain deprived of a job in the oil/coal industry due to over-regulation.
I am breaking up with companies (both small and large – both local and corporate) that villainize job creators and seek to punish success. How ironic that the guy at the Doylestown Farmers market selling bread has an Obama sticker on his car – and yet charges 7.00 for a loaf of bread. So, the message I take away; the bread guy wants to make money and is willing to charge hefty for it yet, he is anti-capitalism and seeks to punish job creators?
The re-election of President Obama sends a message of support for high unemployment, poor health care, an intrusive government, and that character and hard work are no longer important – living on the government plantation is an acceptable way of life.
There is one piece of advice that has resonated with me after reading all the follow up articles after the election - that is "Defense is static. Offense is dynamic."
I’m on the offense now. And when I decided not do business with freedom destroyers, I discovered I am not the only one. I received emails from friends who fired cleaning ladies, nannies, contractors, a guitar teacher, and a physical therapist. When I sent out a tweet about our No Liberal Businesses – Starve The Liberal Beast – I received many tweets from across the country – freedom ninjas have already made the movement to support freedom, to empower those who work hard to exceed and raise the level of safety and security for themselves and their families. A few examples:
@liberalSMASH Nov 10, 1:41pm via Echofon: we started that in VA too. dropped our Chiropractor-Fink Family Wellness,won't use our DT Leesburg Photog, #noLIBbiz!
@karaschardt Nov 10, 8:30pm via Twitter for iPad: Asked a contractor I interviewed today who he voted for: had he said Obama, he was out of consideration
@Discoveringme40 10:17am via Twitter for iPad: let go my first BO supporter Nothing big, house maintenance. But it felt good.
@Discoveringme40 10:32am via Twitter for iPad: #StarveLiberalBeasts No more Starbucks for this family 261 work days x $4 = $1,044 I'll put in fam pocket vs democrats
@ThorsHammer651 10:17am via Echofon: I'm starving the beast!! Keeping it all local. No chain stores. One way to start the revolution!
As a person who has lived from paycheck to paycheck– I’ve had to work for bosses that treat employees horribly because I’ve depended on them for a check. As my bank account improved, so to did my position in life – I no longer had to work for horrible bosses. If I was treated poorly, I could quit. I learned quickly that the more money you have, the more control you have over your life. If you are dependent on the government – you give them all the power and they take away your voice and independence. "Don't bite the hand that feeds you." - Bottom line, the more prosperous the people, the more freedom, the safer the community (look at Chicago, Philly, Detroit, Baltimore – highest rates of poverty, highest rates of violence – run for years by Democrats).
What better way to play offense - than to exchange our hard earned money with the people who support personal freedom and the Constitution! I’ll be keeping and updating a list of anti freedom and pro freedom businesses on my website.
We’ll defeat the propagandizing, ignorant, malicious, pandering, selfish freedom destroyers – and starving the beast is one of our strategies. It’s not just happening here – it’s a movement that is quietly happening across America. People are tweeting, there are Facebook pages, and emails are being exchanged rapidly.
Starve The Liberal Beast - Feed the people who strive to empower!
Freedom Will Prevail!
***Wegmans and Yankee Candle CEO's donate to Democratic Candidates.