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  •  When I was in Deadwood, South Dakota (4+ / 0-)
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    right before the election there was a shop catering to tourists right on one of their main casino streets.  There was a Romney/Ryan sign over the door.  I wrote in a diary here that I couldn't believe that a shop owner was purposefully provoking and insulting approximately half his (assuming it's a he, considering the ratio of support) potential customers before they even get through the door.  Sure he's got a right to do whatever he wants with his store, but I hope he doesn't whine when people boycott his store because of his views.  

    There's probably enough turnover in visitors that if he's taken it down now people probably won't know the nature of the owner.

    •  It's just mind blowing to me... (0+ / 0-)

      like hanging a sign on the door of your business that says "my goal is to alienate half of you before you even step inside!"

      And to what purpose---it's not like anyone's going to change their mind because of a sign on the door.  No, it's that tribal thing that says "We're Romney people, and we're proud of it!" Which is fine in your front yard, but insanely stupid on the door of your business.

      "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

      by StellaRay on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 02:28:20 PM PST

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      •  Well, those same "business savvy" (0+ / 0-)

        republicans thought it would be smart to alienate half the country going into the election.  

        Maybe they believe the Fox News conventional wisdom that all democrats are on welfare and therefore could never be customers anyway.  

        •  For 30+ yrs, I've refused business from worst 50% (0+ / 0-)

          of potential corporate customers -- I've been happy to alienate the oil companies, coal companies, nuclear companies, chemical companies, and many others who are destroying our ecosystem.

          I've walked away from, or alienated in advance, those who would use my technology services to do damage to the planet.

          More generally, my business is not just mixed with politics -- the reason I do business is to fund and implement my activism.

          #3: ensure network neutrality; #2: ensure electoral integrity; #1: ensure ecosystemic sustainability.

          by ivote2004 on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 12:59:21 AM PST

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          •  We should explore the difference (0+ / 0-)

            You refuse to do work for those you see doing harm. You turn them away.

            These guys want our money (?), but want to abuse us at the same time.

            •  Yes, we should explore that difference! (0+ / 0-)

              And a big difference it is indeed.

              While there are many wonderful points made in this diary and in the comments, the title is just, well, sucks: "What the freak ever happened to the common wisdom that you don't mix business with politics?!?!?!?!"

              The conversation really ought to be about what kinds of business, what kinds of politics, and what kinds of mixing we want to oppose -- and what kinds we want to support, or even engage in.

              (Feel free to msg me if this is an important area for you, as it indeed is for me.)

              #3: ensure network neutrality; #2: ensure electoral integrity; #1: ensure ecosystemic sustainability.

              by ivote2004 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 02:34:44 AM PST

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