Thursday, March 20, 2014

we should boycott Starbucks and drink a coffee at Toby Keith's new restaurant chain

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The second amendment to the US Constitution reads:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Despite all the legalistic wrangling and NRA propaganda, questions remain. How can a militia be well regulated if there is no "roll call," no list of members? What well regulated militia does not know which weapons are in who's hands? When has the well regulated militia made an acceptable appearance in US history? It wasn't Shay's Rebellion. Was it the KKK riots in this post-Civil War era? The Birmingham church bombings? Post-Katrina shootings in New Orleans? Where will the next militia action be? Will it be similar to the Crimea incursions? Will it be in Texas or Arizona's Maricopa County? Will the "well regulated" aspects be provided by county sheriffs?
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So the CEO of Starbucks "asks" patrons to leave their guns at home and gets pandering-pundit-patter about what a brave man he is. His workers are directed by company policy to serve the gun crowd politely. Screw him. Toby Keith, the United States Uber Alles Nashville-type country star bans guns in his restaurants, totally playing against type. God Bless him. Here's a link to the story.
My parents, conservative Reagan-loving Southern Baptists, would have called Starbucks "a rough place" and warned against going there because, in their world, decent eating and drinking establishments don't have guns or threatening feelings in the air.
This, to me, provides a parable, but parables must have endings that teach a lesson. And must not this parable end with the "good son" (prissy Starbucks) getting the short end of the stick while the "prodigal son" (Toby Keith) wins all the kudos?
Really, people. In every city I see a Starbucks I also see local coffee bars. You don't have to give up your lattes to take a stand! BOYCOTT STARBUCKS, specifically over the issue of guns. Send the message. Let Starbucks become havens for the type of person who wants more guns in our society, people who will sacrifice children for a poorly-conceived conception of the 1st Amendment's place in our Constitution.
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