posted on Mar, 18 2013 @ 05:30 PM
Do you recall the movement to not shop on the day after Thanksgiving? One day a year, that's all. One day a year.
How much traction has that received? I got on board with that one back in the late sixties when it was first suggested and I have not shopped on that
day for over forty years. So what.
Do you remember the Union Seventy Six oil spill in the Santa Barbara Channel in what was it, 67? The word went out to boycott the big orange ball, and
I did.Let's punish them for their lack of safety procedures. I haven't bought gas from them in almost 50 years. And so what.
Do you remember the almond boycott of blue diamond almonds? NO body buy blue diamond and we can force them to adopt more humane practices for their
pickers. Or the great grape boycott to support the grape pickers which went on for years. I didn't eat a grape for a decade.
How about the big general strike of 34 in support of the west coast dockworkers. Before my time but not my grandfathers. He filled me with tales of
the power of the people when they stand united. Well may be back then, these tactics might have been successful had every one gotten on board, but
guess what. They didn't.
Do you remember the movement to only buy American? Now there was one of the everybody on board movements which could appeal to both liberals and
conservatives alike. Where did that get us??
These "if only everybody" actions are nice dreams. They would work except for just one thing. Everybody hasn't. So far.
I once believed a lot of that message. If everybody if everybody if everybody. It is an old mantra. Thing is though is that it is divisive. When it
doesn't work, the blame can be placed on those who didn't get on board or on oneself for not working hard enough to get the message out. If you are
like me, you do not like blaming other people which leaves the option of blaming yourself, and take my word for it, that is a guilt trip no one needs.