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Quote Of The Day

It is from Radley Balko, via Coyote Blog on the Whole Foods boycott by “progressives” because CEO John Mackey dared to speak out against the government plan:

You see, he shared his ideas on health care reform, thinking that you, being so famously open-minded and all, might take to a few of them, or that it at least might start a conversation. I guess he felt he’d built up some cache with you, and wanted to introduce you to some new ideas. His mistake wasn’t in intentionally offending his customers. He’s a businessman who has built a huge company up from the ground. I’m sure he knows you don’t deliberately offend your customers. His mistake was assuming you all were open-minded enough consider these ideas without taking offense—that you wouldn’t throw a tantrum merely because he suggested some reforms that didn’t fall in direct line with those endorsed by your exalted Democratic leaders in Washington. In retrospect? Yeah, it was a bad move. Turns out that many of you weren’t nearly mature enough to handle it.

As a bonus quote, here’s one my favorite coyote found on a “progressive” site:

I agree with CEO John Mackey that it’s okay to make money by making your green business big. But Mackey crossed the line with an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal this weekend, whose very publication put him in the company of the lunatic right-wing fringe who edit the paper’s opinion section.

The op-ed reads like a page from the Republican playbook, touting individual responsibility for one’s health. What a load of unorganic crap!

You just can’t make this stuff up.

~McQ

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23 Responses to Quote Of The Day

  • The op-ed reads like a page from the Republican playbook, touting individual responsibility for one’s health. What a load of unorganic crap!

    Seems a hopeless situation…junkies!

    • Thus does the raw face of control come peeking out from behind the mask. The person writing this believes intuitively in the elites’ duty to tell the rest of us what to do, what to think, and how to live our lives.

      There is no arguing with such people. Their worldview is too far into collectivist la-la land to find common ground on any of their hot-button issues.

      As John Mackey found out.

    • The “Republican Playbook” charge floors me! Aside from tort reform — a perennial suggestion for health care reform — has the GOP proposed anything as thorough and game changing as Mackey’s editorial? It seems to me that, yet again, all the good ideas are coming from the libertarians.

      And BTW, I went to the Venice, CA Whole Foods last Friday night. It was packed. This “boycott” is all bark.

  • I agree with CEO John Mackey that it’s okay to make money by making your green business big. But Mackey crossed the line with an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal this weekend, whose very publication put him in the company of the lunatic right-wing fringe who edit the paper’s opinion section.

    Wow. What an egregious display of entitlement mentality. This commenter is acting like Mackey has a duty to sell him the goods he wants to buy that are made of 100% pure virtue, and to share in his delusion that buying such goods and having certain political opinions results in righteousness.

    perfectly happy to tolerate Mackey getting his hands on what is perceived as filthy lucre, so long as he’s selling stuff that’s 100% pure virtue.

  • “The op-ed reads like a page from the Republican playbook, touting individual responsibility for one’s health. What a load of unorganic crap!”

    Egads. I’m with Billy. There is NO HOPE of getting through to someone like that. That is so beyond my ethos that it just doesn’t compute.

  • His real sin, according to several lefty commenters at any rate, is that he started the discussion with the Thatcher quote. Seriously, they really are saying that.

  • Yes, because in Lefty land Thatcher is one of the minor demons who was a deputy to the great Satan Ronald Reagan. Whom everyone knows, reversed forty years of sweet, enlightened progressivism and introduced such evils into the world as lower taxes, low tariffs, a strong economy, individual responsibility, and a strong middle class. All horrible things.

  • I plan on calling the company HQ in TX (seriously, the fact that the company has it’s American HQ in Texas should have prevented the hippies from ever patronizing it) and informing them of my love for Mackey, and my intention – the moment one is opened in my town or I move to a city that has one – to only buy my food-stuffs from his company.

    A man so filled with decency (he pays his employees well and provides an insurance package that appears very, very attractive) and common sense should be greatly rewarded. I hope many who never before considered shopping in his stores reconsider, and his business actually increases as a result of the left’s anger.

  • My favorite quote about the Whole Foods op-ed fallout comes from Cafe Hayek econ-blogger Don Boudreaux:

    How hypocritical of these “Progressives.” Seeking to further reduce the role of markets in the provision of health care, they proudly vote in markets with their dollars to avoid patronizing a store run by a chief executive whose opinion they dislike. Yet the very opinion that they so ardently oppose is one that, were it heeded, would enhance the ability of health-care consumers to vote with their dollars.

    • Indeed. I’ve seen lots of lefty comments along the lines of “Who are you to tell us what to do with our money?” Leftists are completely immune to irony.

  • If “Kumbaya” can get me banned from a “progressive” site, none of this surprises me.

    There is intolerance, Lord, Come by here, Oh Lord, Come by here.

  • I wonder how the employees of Whole Foods feel about this little tiff, considering that it is their jobs and their excellent health care plan that are being threatened by Obamacare. Are they really supposed to give a damn that their local leftwing loon isn’t going to shop at their store anymore?

  • I wonder how long their little snit will last when they discover they can’t get their Royal Bee Jelly, or whatever other unusual, organic, niche high end market product they want at the local grocery store.

    These, by the way, are certainly a subset of the people who HATE Wal-Mart because “it destroys small businesses!”, and will rail about how evil the mega corporation is.
    They can afford to shop at Whole (Paycheck) Foods and by God no one should be able to shop at Wal-Mart because it’s just evil.
    Now THIS! What’s a broad minded Progressive to do!

  • Where they gonna shop now?

    Wal-Mart?

    BWAH HAW HAW

  • Crikey! Why is everyone so riled up? There’s foaming-at-the-mouth lunatics at both ends of the political spectrum, and they’re prone to posting their intolerance on blogs and such.

    Pay them no attention.

    The purported boycott really won’t have a bite because smart people, who are the majority of people on both sides, will recognize it as the hyperbolic overreaction that it is.

    Chill, and get back to the issues.

    • It’s funny how these supposed champions of the Enlightenment can’t grasp that people can disagree with them for honest reasons. Instead, we simply must be Limbaugh’s automatons, which is to say racist, fascist thugs.

      This, right here, sums up part of the “issues”. It’s fairly accurate, and it’s been part of the issue for (at least) the last 8 years.

      I get fairly tired of questions that are the logical equivalent of “have you stopped beating your wife yet?” when I disagree with someone.

  • Frankly, I’m amazed that so many of the discussions revolving around the Democrat government in DC and their minions seem to end up with something like this from Jonah Goldberg …

    It’s funny how these supposed champions of the Enlightenment can’t grasp that people can disagree with them for honest reasons. Instead, we simply must be Limbaugh’s automatons, which is to say racist, fascist thugs.

    Sometime I wonder if it’s Freudian.

  • The responses from the left over Mackey’s op-ed are textbook examples of their “tolerance” and “open-mindedness”. As can plainly be seen, those terms have either an oxymoronic definition or no meaning at all.

  • The op-ed reads like a page from the Republican playbook, touting individual responsibility for one’s health.

    That’s positively … scerbworthy.

  • So do these progressive weenies expect to be taken care of by the government for the rest of their miserable little lives?

  • So do these progressive weenies expect to be taken care of by the government for the rest of their miserable little lives?

    I think they would voluntarily sign up for the “Jim Jones” brand of “Kool-Aid” , just tell them you will give them an A… an A+.

  • If there is a “nub” of the mentality of the “Left”: a denial of personal responsibility is it.

    So long as someone from the government is there to wipe their backsides, there is no need for the Left to stop wearing their government-issue diapers.