Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The First Rule of Blogging - Do Not Poli-Blog!
I just broke the first rule of Hendo-Blogging. Do not bring politics into the blog place. Whoopsie. Here we go...
Over the past few weeks, there's been increased chatter about boycotting BP. For obvious reasons. I don't need to get into all that here, right? Everyone's up to speed on the atrocity taking place in the Gulf.
So, here's the thing. I'm not a big boycotter of things. In the 90s I heard something about Coors not liking gay people. So I did stop drinking it. But really, nobody should be drinking Coors anyway. It's not even real beer. @DenaTauriello will back me up on that.
The point of this blog, though, is BP. And the arguments I'm hearing from people against boycotting it. That's right. Not boycotting BP.
I know most of us are sickened by what's taking place in the Gulf. It's downright terrifying how we are destroying our planet, quite frankly, and BP is hardly the only guilty party. That being said, BP has certainly fast forwarded themselves to the top of the list of the planet's worst offenders. All in agreement say "aye". (insert your aye in the comment section if you're with me on that.)
So, some people are boycotting BP.
I understand that sentiment. I've read some passionate blog posts and even some extremely succinct tweets and Facebook profile updates from people who feel very strongly that we should boycott BP. In almost every instance, someone else posts a response against boycotting BP. Some of the arguments against the boycott I will post here for you to read. This first one is from Sharon Begley. I airlifted it from her piece over at Newsweek.com:
-"Drive right on by the BP station and pull up to the pumps from Exxon, the company responsible for the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989 and, more recently, one of the biggest corporate funders of the movement to tar the science of climate change. Exxon also managed to reduce the $5 billion in punitive damages awarded by an Anchorage jury for the Valdez disaster to $507.5 million; the Valdezfishermen and other victims have still not been made whole."
This next opinion was airlifted off someone's Facebook page. I'm not naming names, so just chill (there's going to be a mad rush to de-friend me on Facebook tonight).
-"The only thing that your boycott will accomplish is hurting the local franchisee. They barely make enough to get by and you are going to boycott them?"
Here's one last airlift against a boycott that I found on Facebook. Again, no names. Get your panties out of that bunch.
-"Not everyone realizes that gas stations are usually individually owned and operated by the people who work there (and their families). They're just a small business licensed to sell a specific brand of gas. Gas companies stopped owning gas stations a long ass time ago."
I have also noticed that many people against the boycott tend to bring up Obama, and how we should vote him and incumbents in general out of office. The argument is that pitching these politicians out of their comfy offices will send a much clearer message that accepting special interest money isn't flying with the peeps. Putting mom and pop BP station owners out of work won't teach corrupt politicians that we think what they do sucks.
Quite frankly, I do find the idea of voting incumbents out of office an attractive one. I think we should do it every election cycle. Just toss whoever's in, OUT. You had your term, you brought your fresh ideas, by the end of your term you got tainted by corporate special interests, and now we need some fresh thinking in your office. Toot-a-loo, Jimmy. You're outta here. At the very least, we'll keep the corporate special interest people extremely busy because they'll have to re-bribe and taint the brain of whoever just got voted into office. Or does that scheme only sound fun to me?
Anyway, here's my point. I can hear all of you begging me to make it already.
I have great sympathy for the moms and pops that could go out of business as a result of a boycott against BP. Sure. But I feel even worse for all the people in the Gulf region who've been put out of work for BPs totally egregious behavior. I also feel badly for the animals who are suffering and dying because of this unfathomable leak that continues dumping oil into the ocean. Most of all, I feel badly for our babies who were born into a world where humans treat each other and the planet worse than a garbage dump.
So, I'm wondering. What the fuck do we do about all this? People talk about how we need a change. But nothing ever changes. It just comes back at us in some unexpected way ten times worse than our brains can even comprehend.
I do have friends who are boycotting BP. They have a website, and if you're interested in learning more, you can check it out and form your own opinion. http://www.weboycottbp.com
I lean toward boycotting them, yes. But I feel like I'm doing it with hopelessness in my heart. I'm doing it because, really, I just can't in good conscience intentionally hand money over to a corporation that is so blatantly and wrecklessly destroying the planet. And, in my opinion, not showing any real convincing remorse for the mess they've amassed on the world.
I feel let down by our President. I think he's well spoken, and probably at some point was well intentioned. And I'm sure he's a good dad who loves his kids. But what happened four miles under the ocean is the result of corruption that's been handed down from President to President. Democrats. Republicans. Everyone's hands are dirty. He may not have been the one to make whatever crooked deal on top of crooked deal on top of crooked deal got us into this mess, but I guarantee you he'll be sure to strike another crooked deal to be sure we don't find out about any of the crooked deals that came before it.
I don't think driving past a BP or an Arco is going to make a damn bit of difference for the families that are suffering in the Gulf region tonight. It's not going to save the animals who are drowning in oil as I blog on and on. And it's not going to help me explain to my kids why I insisted they be born into this ticking time bomb of a world.
But it's going to make me feel like I'm doing something.
And I'm voting all idiots out of office. I plan to figure out who they are, one by one, and I'm voting their asses out. If you know who some of the idiots are for sure, post them here. They need to be outed in a public forum. And this blog might one day become that.
Seriously. What are you guys doing? I want some more ideas.
Oil should not be the only thing spewing right now. Post your thoughts.