Conservatives Must Stand with ALEC
Conservatives lost a great battle to the Left last week. While they patted themselves on the back for a short-term win against Hilary Rosen and co-opting the Democrats’ “War on Women,” they were too distracted running victory laps to defend one of their strongest and most effective weapons in the war to preserve liberty and promote the free market.
The debacle started when conservative non-profit the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) became inexplicably roped into the Trayvon Martin narrative.
ALEC, which works to promote the principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty, drafted model legislation in 2005 for the “Stand your Ground” law (also know as the “Castle Doctrine”) that was passed in Florida. The legislation was intended to help victims defend themselves from attackers.
However, George Zimmerman, Martin’s killer, invoked “Stand Your Ground” in his defense–even though the vast majority of legal experts aren’t sure if or how it would apply.
Cue liberal outrage.
The Left and Mainstream Media (MSM) attacked ALEC relentlessly over their role in the creation of the law, leading many of the organization’s major donors to estrange themselves.
Van Jones, hinted to MSNBC’s Ed Schultz that his group, Color of Change, had manufactured an astroturf campaign against the ALEC for supporting the “Stand Your Ground Law” in Florida. Guess what? It worked.
The most recent departures from ALEC include Kraft, Intuit (TurboTax), Wendy’s, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Liberal groups are even pressuring drug manufacturers and insurance companies to cut ties as well.
The worst part of the ordeal wasn’t the caving of major corporations to progressive elites, but rather that many conservative opinion leaders stood by and did nothing. Michelle Malkin, Bill O’Reilly and Laura Ingraham, among others proudly stood up for their conservative principles, but there was no central rallying cry or call to action by the conservative movement.
The Right became enamored by their media victory over Rosen, and chose not to spoil the party by engaging the Left in the real war on conservatives.
It’s episodes like these that concern us about the future of the movement. If we want to effectively bring change to the direction of our country, we have to protect the conservative vehicles of change. The Left has always been better at organizing boycotts and staging protests. And they keep using those tactics because they work.
It’s time for conservatives to put our money where our mouths are. Stop patronizing corporations that buckle to the incessant whining of liberals and start making a conscious effort to shop with companies that support the same principles you do.
Start shopping at places owned ran by conservatives, such as Whole Foods – yes, the same Whole Foods your liberal friends brag about. CEO John Mackey supports free markets and opposes Obamacare (which of course lead the educated Left to despise the popular grocery store). Although the food is often more expensive at Whole Foods, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing your money is going toward a good cause, and you’ll be eating healthier.
At the end of the day, we need to make it clear to businesses that allow the Left to pressure them to drop their support for conservative organizations that they will lose our support entirely. Those that support us will be rewarded.
Below is a list of companies and organizations that have left ALEC. Don’t spend money on their products or services. Period.
Arizona Public Service
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
American Traffic Solutions