Some charities and other groups have canceled annual events scheduled for Mar a Lago, a Florida resort owned by President Donald Trump.
Among those groups are the American Cancer Society and The Cleveland Clinic.
I’m not surprised because for the last three presidential cycles, leftist groups have placed pressure on both for-profit and not-for-profit entities to conform to a political ideology or suffer the consequences of a boycott.
Sometimes the right does the same, as was the case with Target when former president Barack Obama and his political allies created a furor over bathroom policy for transgenders.
I don’t like boycotts. They interrupt commerce, and in the end, if a boycott is successful, it harms the people who are employed there, both skilled and unskilled labor. The day the Target boycott was announced after Target agreed to accommodate Obama’s policy, I went to the store and spent money. I did the same thing with the Chick-Fil-A boycott. Starbucks is an exception, but that’s because I don’t do designer coffee drinks and I can’t abide their regular coffee.
I prefer ‘Buycotts.’ I prefer not to mix my politics with commerce regardless of the issue. Even if I disagree with a position.
Personally, I think corporations do best to leave politics out of commerce, but that is because a boycott doesn’t just harm the business targeted by ‘activists’. It harms every employee, supplier, and vendor doing business with that company.
This is the case with the Mar-a-Lago affair.
Hundreds of workers, both American and guest workers, are harmed anytime a business suffers a downturn or reduced revenue.
Both political parties claim to be for the “little man” or for regular Americans.
Fact is, if you conduct or engage in a boycott, you make a lie of that claim for advocacy. Those workers pay the price for your assault on commerce.
As an aside, when it comes to charities, I have a policy of donating to local groups. That way I know the money isn’t going to sustain a bureaucracy led by a six-figure-salary CEO.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/8-21-17)