The news this week that CocaCola dropped their membership in ALEC after Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC) and Color of Change issued a battle cry against ALEC members, specifically regarding Voter I.D., was discouraging and frankly to me, enraging. Such an important issue for such an iconic company to care not about. Kraft Foods has followed suit and Pepsi dropped ALEC earlier this year. The strategy: know your enemy (yes ACORN still exists as little ACORNS littered everywhere).
The spin on ALEC and their support of laws such as Stand Your Ground (Florida: think Zimmerman and Martin) and Voter I.D. is mind-boggling. ALEC seems be the bullseye on the Democrat target, never mind that they have their equivalents and work to influence legislation, just as ALEC does. UPDATE: When I posted this last night, I failed to make it clear that Van Jones’ Color of Change, with the support of the Black Congressional Caucus that is behind the boycott. Please read commentary from Green Mountain Scribes and Horace Cooper, Project 21 spokesman here.
In this particular case, we have companies unwilling to stand in support of ‘one person for one legally registered voter.’ Can there be a more principled stand to take? All major corporations donate to the political party in power, and most offer a stipend to the minority party. Corporations support all manner of legislative and social issues that I disapprove of. I take note of it, but again we cannot personally boycott three-fourths of America’s products.
This time, when the announcement came that CocaCola dropped ALEC due to their support for Voter I.D. it became a different ballgame.
CocaCola’s reasoning for leaving ALEC:
Our involvement with ALEC was focused on efforts to oppose discriminatory food and beverage taxes, not on issues that have no direct bearing on our business. We have a long-standing policy of only taking positions on issues that impact our Company and industry.”
Clearly Coke believes ‘one vote for one legally registered voter, is not important. It doesn’t affect their business. Democrat voters do. Conservative voters do not. That’s the lesson.
CocaCola didn’t get where they are today by having an unsavory business climate, like maybe, Venezuela. Or by allowing their company to be cheated, or by letting their Board of Directors be hijacked, or…by not understanding that ‘one vote for one registered voter’ is THE critical thread in the American fabric.
Only America has offered the business environment that allowed a soft drink company so many years ago, to become who they are today. To specifically not stand for ‘one vote for one registered voter,’ is a slap in the face to every honest voter in the country.
No need to go through the many places where we MUST produce I.D. We all know them. We all know the issue is a fraud. We all know it’s about cheating and not about disenfranchising voters. It’s a Liberal thing, and they hit below the belt. Ethics are alien. Just as a major news source purposefully altered a 911 operator’s conversation in the Zimmerman-Martin case, and turned it into racism, Voter I.D. is all about race and Democrat voters. Racism is about Democrat voters.
ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) is a group of legislators and corporations. Among the members of ALEC (unknown whether present or former) are current Governors Jan Brewer (AZ), John Kasich (OH), Bob McDonnell (VA), Scott Walker (WI). There are many international ALEC partners. Among high-profile ALEC award recipients are Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Governor Bobby Jindal. Many in Congress, both past and present are alumni, Democrat Congressmen Joe Manchin (WV) and Dan Boren (OK) among them.
Obviously, ALEC is a conservative organization. Their main function is crafting legislation for States.
The ALEC website says they “serve as the state legislators think tank.” They have 200 members and say they are the nation’s largest nonpartisan association. More:
ALEC Model Legislation: The centerpiece of Task Force projects is ALEC model legislation. ALEC is the only state legislative organization that adopts policies and creates model legislation for its members to use in their states. To date, ALEC has nearly 1,000 pieces of model legislation .
ALEC’s nine National Task Forces serve as public policy laboratories where legislators develop politics to use across the country. Task Forces also commission research, publish issue papers, convene workshops and issue briefings, and serve as clearinghouses of information on free-market policies in the states. Unique to ALEC Task Forces is their public private partnership, a synergistic alliance that identifies issues and then responds with common sense, results-oriented policies.
Legislators welcome their private sector counterparts to the tables as equals, working in unison to solve the challenges facing the nation.
We can be fairly certain that ALEC had nothing to do with ObamaCare. We can be absolutely certain that the Occupy movement is targeting ALEC members in a big way.
On the Left, John Podesta’s Center for American Progress Think Tank was formed specifically to combat ALEC, and perhaps other conservative groups. There are hundred of such groups, most of which, but not all, are conservative. A simple online search will reveal dozens and dozens of Liberal think tanks. Most have been busy, busy touting the constitutionality of ObamaCare. That’s the way it goes.
WalMart is a member of ALEC and Color of Change is boycotting them. WalMart’s response is that they do not agree with the positions of every organization they belong to. That’s today’s answer. We are not Democrats. We thankfully have no James Clyburn’s in the GOP, so we will lose this one, but at least you know who these people are what is important to them.
UPDATE 4-7-12: Legal Insurrection:
Conservatives better wake up to these boycott movements, which have perfected the use of the race card and other accusations which advertisers are loathe to get in the middle of.
It is a tactic used only against conservatives and conservative groups, and the truth of the accusation doesn’t matter.
This is the time to put our passions behind working toward Voter I.D. in our states. So as you think about what you can do to support the important issue of Voter I.D. and ‘one vote for one legally registered voter,’ you will have to be innovative. The most productive way to make a difference is to volunteer with the GOP and serve as poll minders if they are needed, to ensure that the vote if free and fair. You can donate directly to Conservative candidates, and keep in touch with your legislators. If you live in a Liberal state, join a Tea-Party-type organization, and if you don’t want to drink Coke or Pepsi or put Kraft Mac and Cheese on the table, put the money you saved enjoy a tall cool iced tea into a piggy bank and send it directly to a candidate. We are not Democrats, but we can know our enemies. We can be aware. And we MUST vote. My original rant is here. Thanks to Laura Alcorn at Conservative2Conservative on Facebook here and follow them on Twitter here.