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Good Nut of the Day: Target Protesters

Todays Good Nut of the Day award goes to the group of protestors in Minnesota who are holding Target accountable for its donations to a political group backing candidate Tom Emmer (R).  The $150,000 donation was made to MN Forward which has been supporting Emmer.  Emmer has publicly come out as a strong opponent of gay marriage as well as taking a tough stance on immigration issues.

A Facebook page supporting a boycott of Target has already gathered 54,000 fans.  Target’s donation comes on the heals of a recent Supreme Court decision that allows  companies to make political donations.  Target has apologized and said they will re-examine their donation policies. 

What is the lesson here, perhaps companies should keep business and politics separate if they do not want to alienate large segments of their customer base.  With all of the campaign finance issues that arise when business interests appear to try to curry favor through donations maybe the smartest companies will decide to focus on their customers instead of politics.

So to those concerned citizens who organized, spoke up and held one of our large corporations accountable for their actions, a good nut to you.

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Cancell the 14th amendment?

The latest and greatest idea coming out of Washington, do away with article one of the 14th amendment.  That would be the part that says if you are born in the USA you are a citizen.  Everyone on both sides of the aisle agrees that there are problems with our borders and immigration.  But in usual hyperbole, some of our esteemed Senators and Representatives are now blaming the desire to have an “anchor baby” as the newest cause of our economic downfall and calling for a Constitutional change.

“We should change our Constitution and say if you come here illegally, and you have a child, that child is automatically not a citizen.”  That gem comes from Sen Lindsey Grahm R-SC as does “We can’t just have people swimming across the river having children here”.  It seems that the rest of the Republican party is lining right up besides him calling for a Constitutional overhaul. 

So the new approach to solving problems in Washington is to remove any part of the constitution that supports an issue you disagree with.  Very nice.  Nothing to squirrelly about that.  By that reasoning if enough people want to do away with gun ownership we can just drop off the 2nd amendment.  Don’t like drinking, abstain from the 21st amendment.  Where do we draw the line?  Have we really resorted to becoming a society that instead of debating our problems and making tough compromises to improve situations, we jump to extremist solutions.  Aren’t we fighting a couple of wars against extremist ideals?  Then again if we don’t like that the President is the Commander-in-Chief of our armed forces we can just remove that little detail from the Constitution as well.

To our duly elected officials who are wasting their and our time and resources on this ridiculous issue, you are our bad nut of the day.

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