Targeting Target: Move On Gets Insane
A controversy I’ve followed somewhat on the fringes involves the Minnesota Governor’s race. Usually, I’m not so up on local races that are out of my area, but this particular issue is beginning to move nationwide.
Seems that Target department stores have taken advantage of the recent Supreme Court ruling on corporations making donations to campaign groups. As a refresher, it states that corporations may, in their own name, make campaign donations. Just as with individual citizens, direct contributions to candidates are limited, and to outside groups it is unlimited.
Target made a $150,000 contribution to a group known as MN Forward, which is a business-advocacy organization that pushes for lower taxes and improving the business environment. MN Forward is also running ads in favor of gubernatorial candidate Republican Tom Emmer, who is running on the platform of lowering taxes.
Sounds like a business that is looking to protect its business interests. No problem, right?
Seems, however, that some liberal idiots are taking offense. Another of Emmer’s stances is the idea of protecting “traditional” marriage, which of course must mean that he just hates all the gays and wants to keep them in chains or let them be treated as second class people, or something. Therefore, since Target is supporting a group that supports Mr. Emmer, then Target, of course, must be a hate corporation.
MoveOn.Org and several other groups have organized protests at various Target locations. Target, shortly after the controversy began, issued a statement that could be seen as a sort of apology and said they would be more careful before cutting a check in the future.
Today, I see the news story that MoveOn has upped the ante: They want paid off. Gee, go figure.
The company is in talks with the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights organization that wants Target and electronics retailer Best Buy Co., which gave $100,000 to the same group backing Emmer, to match their donations with equal amounts to help gay-friendly candidates.
“The repair has to be consistent with the harm that was done,” Sainz said.
This is the same old game with new tactics; find some kind of grievance to file against a large corporation or business, shriek and scream about the injustice, and demand money to make it all better. Gee, where has that trick been done before…? Oh yeah…
As I said, it would appear that Target made the donation not as an anti-gay statement, but as a low-tax, pro-business statement. MoveOn and Company is simply trying to make connections that do not exist to further themselves.
And, for what its worth, so what if Target supports traditional marriage instead of so-called “gay rights?” It’s their money, it’s their opinion, and they legally have the right to express it. Now, in the interest of not offending their customers, they would be smart to avoid certain things, but should that be a law? Some people are going to look at this website you are reading and think I’m some hateful bigoted homophobic racist. Whatever. I’m not serving customers here and frankly do not care what you think any more.
If this continues, where does it end? If you make a donation to Candidate X, who seems to support your political views, will some group on the other side gather in your front yard to demand you give an equal amount to Candidate Z, because “the repair has to be consistent with the harm that was done?” Or if you put a bumper sticker on your car saying “Vote Yes On Prop Y” will the same opponents demand a “Vote No On Y” be placed next to it, because everyone has to be fair? Is that the system we want?
Target, Best Buy, and anyone else who gets confronted by these moonbats needs to stand their ground. If MoveOn and the other rock-for-brains groups out there get away with it here, in the opening salvo, it will go on and on, getting more outrageous every time.
MoveOn and anyone else is free to express their opinions, including Target, myself, and you. You are not entitled to extortion payments from those you disagree with.