—-Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, explaining to FOX Business Network host Maria Bartiromo why the retail chain was pulling all Confederate flag-themed merchandise. In another interview, with CNN Money, McMillon said that “We just don’t want to sell products that make anyone uncomfortable.” The Walmart announcement tarted a stampede of many large retailers to dump the flags and items with the flag design.
And thus did the CEO of a major U.S. corporation wholeheartedly endorse the speech- and thought-suppressing ideology of political correctness bullies, “hate speech” censors, and progressive fascists.
This widespread capitulation to a wildly irrational reaction to a single tragedy authored by a single individual is, for Democrats and race-baiters, a masterpiece of cognitive dissonance manipulation, one that should be a terrific case study in future psychology classes.
Because Dylann Roof was photographed with a Confederate flag, and because his racist church massacre occurred in a state that has obnoxiously and irresponsibly insisted on flying that flag despite its legitimately offensive connotations to many of its citizens, the flag was linked to the murders so viscerally that to defend its display was regarded by the news media, pundits, bloggers and, consequently, public opinion, as tantamount to supporting the killer. Naturally, politicians and businesses ran for cover, and whatever their previous stances on the issue, instantly flip-flopped to declare the Confederate flags the equivalent of Nazi swastikas.
Well-played, speech police. I am in awe.
McMillan made himself King of the Political Correctness Weenies, however, with his dangerous declaration. Walmart doesn’t want to sell any merchandise that anyone finds offensive, Doug? You do know that a lot of people find Walmart itself offensive, right? Your selling anything under your business model makes them “uncomfortable.” Meanwhile, you sell guns. Psssst! Guns had a whole lot more to do with the deaths of those nine prayer-meeting attendees than the Confederate flag. WalMart rents the “American Sniper” video, as well as lots of other movies, some of which I find offensive. Do you want my list so you can pull them, too? WalMart also sells “Zodaca Hot Sexy Women’s Sexy Lingerie Lace Dress Underwear Sleepwear Elegant One Piece.” I am reasonable sure a lot of people find that offensive, while those non-energy-saving light bulbs you sell make the blood of environmentalists boil.
MacMillon’s statement would just be stupid if it weren’t for the fact that there are an increasing number of anti-freedom, anti-First Amendment, censors and petty tyrants in this country who really advocate the speech veto of the offended. If one person in an audience of 500 is offended by a comic’s joke, he better grovel an apology, or a boycott will follow. If gays hundreds of miles away take offense at a pizza joint’s owner’s off-the-cuff remark about opposing gay marriage, then that pizza place should be run out of business. Nothing can be allowed to offend anyone, not a speech, not a joke, not a design, not a flag, not a product, not a statement of objective fact.
Thank you, Doug McMillon, for helping to bring us closer to that anti-American, fearful, censorious, dissent-free and individuality-crushing hell that is being pushed on this nation with increasing aggressiveness and success.
You are an irresponsible and cowardly fool.