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  •  Never give up on boycotting these Right Wing (3+ / 0-)
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    stores. I will throw Home Depot into the mix since it provides an excellent Segway into another  area  of right wing financial resources that is seldom mentioned. Home Depot made billionaires out of its original founders who have been huge contributors to right wing "conservative" foundations and other Republican political campaigns. Bernard (Bernie) Marcus, Arthur Blank, Ron Brill and Pat Farrah were the founders of Home Depot. Ken Langone, an investment banker helped Marcus and Blank secure the necessary capital to start the company back in 1978. Langone's involvement with Home Depot has also made him a billionaire. Langone was instrumental in Herman Cain's introduction to the elite in the billionaire right wing cabal (Koch Brothers, etc.) which led to his run for the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

    Arthur Blank is most well known as the owner and sideline "coach" of the Atlanta Falcons football team. When we consider boycotts the subject of sports as a boycott target seldom if ever comes up, but every ticket to enter those packed stadiums certainly puts tons of money in the pockets of right wing team owners; who in turn use that money to finance their favorite right wing foundation or political cause such as ALEC.

    I wonder just how many basketball fans who support civil rights were aware when they were cheering for Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic basketball team, that they were also supporting the team's owner billionaire Richard DeVos.  Among DeVos' favorite funding projects are Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, and the Traditional Values Coalition.

    Another right wing billionaire of note is Ed Snider who owns two sports teams: the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) and the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA). Snider used his position as owner of the Flyers to try boost the McCain/Palin ticket by inviting Palin as America's number 1 "hockey mom" to drop the puck during pre-game ceremonies for the Flyers opening game in Philadelphia back during the 2008 presidential election. Snider's PR ploy failed as Palin was roundly booed by the fans when she was initially introduced and stepped out onto the ice. There are too many other right wing sports team owners to mention here, but that does not mean that we should just shrug our shoulders and ignore the anti-democracy agendas espoused by these sports team owners. Likewise we must remain ever aware that these owners are using the proceeds from their team franchises (which are financed by the team's fan base) to fund right wing foundations and causes dedicated to suppressing democracy as we know it in America.  

    I recognize boycotting sports teams will be hard for many Americans, particularly with the huge growing interest in "fantasy Leagues" and "fantasy players", but as a note of encouragement I leave you with the words of Kivie Kaplan, the well known president of the NAACP for many years. Kivie had a favorite saying that he used often for inspiration when speaking at fund raising banquets, which went like this, "Bucks (dollars) are the Bullets in the battle for equal rights and democracy!"  

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