August 30, 2006
Wal*Mart: As American as Apple Pie and The Gay Life
Your Business Blogger
in a central China
university amphitheater When Your Business Blogger was consulting in China, I visited a large university (redundant: there are no small Chinese universities) and had a conversation with a post-grad working on international contract law. His English was better than my Chinese.
In every Chinese town there is an "English Corner," just as every major American city has a "Chinatown." These corners in China are where the locals gather to practice speaking English.
The inverse parallel is, of course, that the Chinese speak English in both China and America, and the Americans speak English in both China and America.
Anyway, I asked the student what he wanted to do with his advanced degree. Without prompting, he says, "I want to work for Wal*Mart. It is big and powerful."
"Powerful?" I ask.
"Yes, more powerful than some countries."
Alert Readers will recall that Your Business Blogger
is was an enthusiastic cheerleader for the Bentonville World Dominator. The Penta-Posse et. al. consumed $4,328.37 in consumable goods in the 12 trailing months at Sam's Club.
The embrace of Unions and Communism are in China, of course. As a compromise to get sales. The embrace of Homosexuality is here in the U S of A as a compromise... to get more sales?
A source close to Wal*Mart who preferred to be off-the-record, emailed Your Business Blogger:
...the [homosexual] chamber that Wal-Mart has joined is simply that -- a chamber of commerce -- and organization of businesses. And, as I said, Wal-Mart is a member of dozens of them. Wal-Mart isn't trying to make a political statement by joining. And it's certainly not ascribing to any particular agenda.
But Wal*Mart/Sam's does fit a particular agenda because of the particular demographic. Wal*Mart shoppers have lots of kids, and those parents of lots of kids are conservatives: Liberals don't breed. Which gives us the Roe Effect. Allan Carlson, President of the Howard Center wrote in The Weekly Standard that,
IN THE INTERNAL POLITICS OF the Republican coalition, some members are consistently more equal than others. In particular, where the interests of the proverbial "Sam's Club Republicans" collide with the interests of the great banks, the Sam's Club set might as well pile into the family car and go home.
Go home, stay home. Indeed. Dr. Carlson reminds us that,
...when push comes to shove, social conservatives remain second class citizens under the Republican tent. During the 2004 Republican convention, they were virtually confined to the party's attic, kept off the main stage, treated like slightly lunatic children. Republican lobbyist Michael Scanlon's infamous candid comment--"The wackos get their information [from] the Christian right [and] Christian radio"--suggests a common opinion among the dominant "K Street" Republicans toward their coalition allies.
Conservatives are maligned from the right and the left.
Tony Perkins, the President of Family Research Council, says:
In an apparent concession to the heat from the radical left, Wal-Mart has entered into a new partnership with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).
... Recently, they described efforts to defend traditional marriage as an attempt to "write discrimination into the Constitution..."
The NGLCC also advocated attaching a pro-homosexual "hate crimes" amendment to legislation intended to protect children from violent sex offenders. Their advocacy delayed the legislation for several months.
What demographic is Wal*Mart pursuing? What new market segment? Do the boys in Bentonville really think boy-toys from the Tenderloin will truck to Sam's for the two-gallon jar of pickles?
"Dee Breazeale, vice president of divisional merchandise for SAM'S CLUB Jewelry will serve on the organization's [National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce] Corporate Advisory Council," reports 247gay.com.
As if. As if any homosexual would buy jewelry from Sam's.
Goodness, even I wouldn't buy the jewelry from SAM'S.
Oh no, I do have something in common with gay men!
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Full Disclosure: Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Communications at The Family Research Council and is the wife of Your Business Blogger. And I have a mail box on "K Street" in Washington, DC.
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From the Family Research Council,
WHY is Wal-Mart supporting homosexual activism?
On August 21, 2006, the "National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce" announced a "partnership" with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
This means . . .
Wal-Mart is now a "corporate member" of the "National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce."
A Wal-Mart vice president will now serve as an advisor to the "National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce."
Wal-Mart will now sponsor (pay for) some of the programs of the "National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce," including two conferences.
Wal-Mart will go out of its way to purchase products from businesses with "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered (LGBT)" owners.
Wal-Mart has never excluded homosexuals from being employees, customers, or suppliers. But why must they pander to radical homosexual activists? The "National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce," Wal-Mart’s new "domestic partner," favors abolishing the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. How can Wal-Mart keep its reputation as a "family-friendly" store and company if it continues to use consumer dollars to fund radical social activism?
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Thanks for the link. Great post!
Posted by: Lady Jane at August 31, 2006 10:34 AM