The Silent Scream
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I’m not a huge fan of boycotts, well, I wasn’t until lately.
When I worked in television news boycotts seemed to be to be attempts to garner attention for a cause.
I don’t think that’s a bad thing it just wasn’t my thing.
If I’m gonna boycott something I’ll do it quietly without fanfare.
And then came COVID.
And then came BLM protests.
And on and on and on.
Here’s my view on what’s happening and feel free to disagree.
Culture stopped listening to other people.
You know, people who see life less regressive and find their political leanings closer to the middle not hanging so far left they’ve fallen into a dark hole.
Censorship is now the way one side gains control, keeps it and gets its way.
“The Others” are forced into silence with censorship and bullying.
The regressive types no longer appreciate those who bring other ideas to the table instead they crush not just the ideas but the people behind them.
So picture this large group of people in every big and little burg in this country.
I would say “small town” but it’s not just small towns but small town folks do smell BS a bit faster than those stuck in traffic.
For too long they’ve been forced to go along to get along.
They stand there with cultural gags in their mouths but their hands aren’t tied.
They can reach up and pull the gag out of their mouth but the risk is to be slaughtered by the regressive types who think their way is the highway, the only way, the right way. They actually believe they are doing us a favor because we are so stupid.
As companies begin to “woke” up, the gagged wake up.
A realization reminds us of the power of the purse.
People are all tough and mighty until the pocketbook is squeezed.
So, as companies and organizations begin pushing agenda’s not products the “gagged” discover a new voice.
A voice that cuts to the core and exposes the hypocrisy infecting these giant corporations.
You may not listen to our cries or frustrations on social media or the town square but when I go shopping and see your product on the shelves my voice is heard when I pass by Bud Light and choose a brand that leaves its politics at home.
When I’m looking for a drug store I can Target where I shop and where I don’t and yes, that is my voice and it’s being heard in the corporate board room as profits sink.
When a group attacks a country singer and a song that speaks a truth I understand even if culture doesn’t. When the CMT loses it’s sack and folds to the cries of the weak, my voice is my ability to turn them off and hit the like button on Jason Aldeans’ song over and over again.
You see, boycotts aren’t the best way to deal with differences.
But when you fail to listen and keep pushing your agenda, you must remind yourself arrogance got us here.
The gag fell out of our mouths.
We found the one power source corporate America will listen to.
And we aren’t afraid to use it.