Bakery Boycotts BidenAugust 18th, 2012
During the whole Chick-Fil-A “buycott” fiasco it took everything in me not to write a scathing verbal rolling of my eyes at the idiocy of both sides of the controversy. The idea of screening your fast food for ideological agreement, especially on this issue, just seemed utterly ridiculous to me. But I recently came across a quaint little eatery in Radford, Virginia that took a political stand that makes me want to order some cookies.
When Joe Biden’s team approached Chris McMurray, owner of the Crumb & Get It Cookie Company, about hosting a campaign stop for the vice president Chris turned him down. They tried to wrangle him into it by promising him media coverage, but it appears he got more coverage by refusing. When asked why he refused he replied:
“Very simply, ‘you didn’t build that’ speaking of small businesses and entrepreneurs all across the country.”
Referring to a recent speech were President Obama said:
If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, ‘well, it must be because I was just so smart.’ There are a lot of smart people out there. ‘It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.’ Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
Which is just so colossally offensive every small business owner and entrepreneur out there it could only be said by someone who doesn’t actually know what hard work in the market place is like. Because frankly, trying to undermine one’s pride in honest hard work is anathema to that “unbelievable American system” he’s taking credit for, which was built through the hard work, and smart work, of small businesses and entrepreneurs like Chris McMurray.
I think the funniest thing about the news broadcast is the anchorwoman, who’s apparently shocked that someone would dare say “no” to the Vice President. As if he’s supposed to be able to stroll through America walking on rose petals and worshiped like royalty. She goes on to ask if Chris is worried about losing business, even after it was reported the Secret Service themselves went in to buy some cookies specifically to thank him for taking the stand. I’ll bet business boomed for him after the story broke. I think I’m going to email him right now and see if he’ll mail me a box of cookies in California.
There might be a hint of partisanship here. Chris says his decision was not political, and he was just exercising his right to refuse service because he was offended by the President’s comments. But I’ll celebrate any business that refuses service to any Sociocrat. If you want to send a clear message to Washington, stop cooking their meals, stop doing their dry-cleaning, and stop selling them stuff. Make them feel like the social pariahs they really are.
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