And now a word from the Irony Department:
The co-founder and chief executive of Whole Foods Market, a 280-store chain with immense popularity among the hummus and tofu set, touched off a social media shitstorm last week with a Wall Street Journal op-ed detailing his personal opposition to the current array of health care reform alternatives.
CEO John Mackey argued instead for health savings accounts and, according to a Washington Post article, “declared that health care is not an intrinsic right– ideas with a conservative bent, which made Whole Foods’ liberal customer base go ballistic.”
And wherever you find a ballistic liberal, some kind of protest is sure to follow. Here come the pickets, the boycotts, the sit-ins and strikes. Fifty years from now someone, somewhere, will demand reparations. But in the meantime, all of those miffed-off vegans are going to need to eat somewhere.
“Maybe some will have to rethink shopping at Wal-Mart,” the Washington Post continued. “Unions once attacked the retailer’s labor and benefits policies, but Wal-Mart has become the nation’s largest purveyor of organic products and recently espoused a position on health-care reform that is widely considered progressive.”
But here’s what we don’t understand: When did liberals become so insecure and intolerant that they feel the need to boycott a business over a CEO’s personal beliefs?
In the Democratic Party we remember, diversity of opinion was encouraged, not punished.