Amazon & eBay say they will no longer sell Confederate flag items. How about stop selling Che Guevara t-shirts!

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Political correctness on steroids. Is the Confederate flag offensive to many, yes. Heck, I find it offensive.. Is it something I would buy, no. Does that mean businesses should stop selling the Confederate flag and items for which it is emblazoned? That is up to each business. But more importantly is as to why a business would take the Confederate flag off the shelves – on a website or in their stores.

This past week, Sears, KMart, Wal-Mart, Amazon, eBay and others have publicly declared they will no longer have the Confederate flag or items containing the Confederate flag available for sale. This is on the heels of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announcing she will work to move the flying Confederate flag off government property. This, due to the white killer of 9 churchgoers being photographed with the Confederate flag and announcing he killed those 9 people because they were black.

Wal-Mart spokesman Brian Nick said, “We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer. We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the confederate flag from our assortment — whether in our stores or on our website. We have a process in place to help lead us to the right decisions when it comes to the merchandise we sell. Still, at times, items make their way into our assortment improperly — this is one of those instances.”

Johnna Hoff, an eBay spokesperson, said that the Confederate flag has “become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism.” It is banning the sale of Confederate flags and “many items containing this image,”

But who are they kidding? I can still buy Bill O’Reilly’s books on their sites! Ok, just joking – kinda’. But seriously, wiping your shelves clean of “offensive” items, while a noble effort, is just plain impractical as every day someone will come up with something that is more offensive than the next.

For example, a long list of items with Che Guevara’s image is still available on Walmart and Amazon’s websites which is highly offensive. His image is not the only thing offensive found on these websites or in these stores; however, I am using Guevara simply as an example. Should a group of people organize to ban that from the shelves?

Many people  mistakenly view Guevara as a freedom fighter; however, he was anything but. He, along with Fidel Castro, advocated for the jailing of blacks and gays just because of what they were. Their “revolution” quickly turned into a police state and resulted in thousands being killed simply because they were employed by the previous government or didn’t agree with Guevara & Castro’s plans. Shortly after the “revolution” a law was put in place to criminalize homosexuality which was supported by Guevara. Why are products with his image kept on the shelves and the Confederate flag removed? Guevara banned Rock & Roll music and put gay people in concentration camps along with Catholics and other political dissidents. There is a long list of problems with Che Guevara and one thing is clear — he was no hero and was no freedom fighter. If you have the time, I direct you to watch/listen to this prior posting on Guevara.

The bottom line is, even though I find Che Guevara propaganda products offensive, I support one’s right to wear the shirt and a business to sell Guevara merchandise. The same should hold true with the Confederate flag. It is up to each individual what to wear and what to buy. It is also up to each business on what they wish to sell. But do not stop selling the Confederate flag stating that you “never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer.” That is being disingenuous at best and at worst, a clear lie to the American people.

Amazon & eBay say they will no longer sell Confederate flag items. How about stop selling Che Guevara t-shirts!

che-poster-e1291300824171confederate-flag

Political correctness on steroids. Is the Confederate flag offensive to many, yes. Heck, I find it offensive.. Is it something I would buy, no. Does that mean businesses should stop selling the Confederate flag and items for which it is emblazoned? That is up to each business. But more importantly is as to why a business would take the Confederate flag off the shelves – on a website or in their stores.

This past week, Sears, KMart, Wal-Mart, Amazon, eBay and others have publicly declared they will no longer have the Confederate flag or items containing the Confederate flag available for sale. This is on the heels of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announcing she will work to move the flying Confederate flag off government property. This, due to the white killer of 9 churchgoers being photographed with the Confederate flag and announcing he killed those 9 people because they were black.

Wal-Mart spokesman Brian Nick said, “We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer. We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the confederate flag from our assortment — whether in our stores or on our website. We have a process in place to help lead us to the right decisions when it comes to the merchandise we sell. Still, at times, items make their way into our assortment improperly — this is one of those instances.”

Johnna Hoff, an eBay spokesperson, said that the Confederate flag has “become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism.” It is banning the sale of Confederate flags and “many items containing this image,”

But who are they kidding? I can still buy Bill O’Reilly’s books on their sites! Ok, just joking – kinda’. But seriously, wiping your shelves clean of “offensive” items, while a noble effort, is just plain impractical as every day someone will come up with something that is more offensive than the next.

For example, a long list of items with Che Guevara’s image is still available on Walmart and Amazon’s websites which is highly offensive. His image is not the only thing offensive found on these websites or in these stores; however, I am using Guevara simply as an example. Should a group of people organize to ban that from the shelves?

Many people  mistakenly view Guevara as a freedom fighter; however, he was anything but. He, along with Fidel Castro, advocated for the jailing of blacks and gays just because of what they were. Their “revolution” quickly turned into a police state and resulted in thousands being killed simply because they were employed by the previous government or didn’t agree with Guevara & Castro’s plans. Shortly after the “revolution” a law was put in place to criminalize homosexuality which was supported by Guevara. Why are products with his image kept on the shelves and the Confederate flag removed? Guevara banned Rock & Roll music and put gay people in concentration camps along with Catholics and other political dissidents. There is a long list of problems with Che Guevara and one thing is clear — he was no hero and was no freedom fighter. If you have the time, I direct you to watch/listen to this prior posting on Guevara.

The bottom line is, even though I find Che Guevara propaganda products offensive, I support one’s right to wear the shirt and a business to sell Guevara merchandise. The same should hold true with the Confederate flag. It is up to each individual what to wear and what to buy. It is also up to each business on what they wish to sell. But do not stop selling the Confederate flag stating that you “never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer.” That is being disingenuous at best and at worst, a clear lie to the American people.

Gay Community Should Join the Libertarian Party

I shouldn’t be amazed, however I am, by people choosing to join an organization or support an individual for public office which is not in line with their own value system.

For example, the overwhelming majority of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered individuals went to the voting booth in 2008 electing an individual that was not on the same page as their own. President Obama is not for lifting or changing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which has clearly made our country less safe. President Obama is not in support of same sex marriage. President Obama is not supportive of respecting state’s rights. It’s only been 100 days, more divergence is to come.

Marriage licensing has a long history of discrimination in this country and the Libertarian Party feels we should not be going to the government to ask permission just to marry the one we love. This is a private matter between two people and perhaps their place of worship. GLBT individuals should join the Libertarian Party in their efforts to abolish state-sanctioned marriage if they are seeking true equality.

Support of mis-aligned political candidates is not isolated to GLBT individuals, it permeates through America like a cancer. Republicans continued to support former President Bush even though he deviated greatly from what they  believed in. Many people who consider themselves fiscally conservative continued to support Bush even though he was clearly fiscally liberal. Second Amendment advocates continue to support national organizations who are clearly for gun control. I could go on and on however I think you see my point.

Far too long Americans have followed like sheep politicians, political action committees, political parties, and unions that truly do not share their core values. It is only a charade to gain their vote, their dollars, or their name on a petition. I cannot tell you how many times I supported financially and with my sweat, candidates who did the complete opposite of what they promised during their campaign.

Which of the two major political parties is most in line with GLBT values? I would say neither. The only political party that can and does stand proud in their support is the Libertarian Party.

The following is taken directly from the Libertarian Party’s Platform:

1.3    Personal Relationships

Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the rights of individuals by government, such as in current marriage, child custody, adoption, immigration or military service laws. Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships. Government does not have the authority to define, license or restrict personal relationships.

Neither the Republicans or the Democrats can compete with this ideal. Instead they feed you lip service and frankly are no friend of anyone considering themselves for individual and equal rights.

If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered than may I suggest you find a political party that is most in line with your values. I think you will find a home within the Libertarian Party.