Just before Election Day, the Washington Post’s website featured a photo of President Bush landing in Bentonville, Arkansas, for a campaign stop. Why Bush thought going to Bentonville would help pachyderm prospects, we are not given to know, but we do know that Bush and the town’s most notorious corporate resident, Wal-Mart, are helping another group: homosexuals.
Americans recently witnessed the depressing and revolting photograph of Secretary of State Condi Rice swearing in the plutocracy’s new global AIDS chieftain, Mark Dybul. He is “openly gay,” as the patois puts it, and his “partner” held the Bible for him. “As first lady Laura Bush looked on,” USA Today reported, “Rice singled out his partner, Jason Claire, and Claire’s mother. Rice referred to her as Dybul’s ‘mother-in-law.’” This is why the GOP is known in some quarters as the “Gay Old Party.” In addition to defrocked Rep. Mark Foley of Florida, Republican poofters abound, not least of whom, the professional outers say, are top Republican officials.
This is bad enough. But let’s not forget Bentonville’s big banana, Wal-Mart, the planet’s largest purveyor of Chinese-made junk. As I recently reported in these pages (Cultural Revolutions, November), Wal-Mart’s fans and haters love it and loathe it for the same reason: low wages, high profits. Wal-Mart provides other reasons to complain about its corporate policies, not least of which is its subversion of American sovereignty by subsidizing leftist organizations that promote illegal immigration. And now, we learn, Wal-Mart wants to undermine the American family and culture by supporting buggery.
In August, as widely reported, Wal-Mart ponied up $25,000 to join an outfit you’ve probably never heard of: the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. (You can imagine what this “chamber of commerce” does.) One of Wal-Mart’s vice presidents will be an advisor to the chamber, according to SaveWalMart.com, and the company will sponsor some of the chamber’s programs. So firm is Wal-Mart’s embrace of homosexuals that it has fostered the same symbiotic relationship with Washington, D.C.’s Community Center for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender People as it has with Christian organizations. Five percent of Wal-Mart’s sales made through the group’s website go to the gays, lesbians, switch-hitters, and its. It’s a small sum, but what matters is the principle behind the link. On another front in the war against the family, Wal-Mart is selling the “Plan B” abortion pill.
Groups such as SaveWalMart.com (affiliated with Operation Rescue/Operation Save America), the American Family Association, the Culture and Family Institute, and the Family Research Council have taken note of Wal-Mart’s pro-homosexual hijinks, and the first two called for boycotting the store on the busiest shopping days of the year, the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. The AFA pulled out of the boycott at the last minute after Wal-Mart claimed that it “does not have a position on same sex marriage and we do not give preference to gay or lesbian suppliers.” Wal-Mart also announced that it will “not make corporate contributions to support or oppose highly controversial issues unless they directly relate to our ability to serve our customers.” Who knows where this leaves the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
Not surprisingly, some Wal-Mart employees have quit over the company’s burgeoning infatuation with the Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name. But at least they’re walking out the automatic double doors on their own volition. Some of America’s largest corporations fire employees who buck the pro-sodomite line. In the sodomy business, that’s called “gay friendly.” In the corporate human-resources business, it’s called “supporting diversity.”
As WorldNetDaily.com has reported, Kodak canned an employee of 23 years because he objected to the company touting the Human Rights Campaign’s “Coming Out Day.” The Human Rights Campaign, for the blissfully ignorant, is a homosexual lobby group. One of the ten best places for lesbians to work, according to the sapphic magazine Girlfriends, Kodak sent a memo to 1,000 employees containing a ten-point compendium of advice on “respecting” sodomite coworkers. The 23-year company veteran replied to the memo, asking not to be sent any more such e-mails, because “I find it disgusting and offensive.” Kodak fired him.
The insurance giant Allstate (“the good-hands people”), a donor to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, fired an employee, the employee alleges, for writing “offensive” opinions on websites: He committed the sin of denouncing same-sex “marriage.”
Corporate America has a passion for perverts. The list of “gay-friendlies” includes such titans of capitalism as Aetna, American Airlines, AT&T, Citigroup, Dell, IBM, Motorola, PepsiCo, Sprint Nextel, Volkswagen, Whirlpool, and Xerox. Anheuser-Busch sponsored the “Gay Rodeo,” which raises the question of whether it will begin brewing “Brokeback Beer”—but, in any event, the whole gay-friendly gaggle can be Googled at gay-friendly Google in five seconds. All these companies earned perfect-100 scores on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.
None of this, of course, bothers the hard-core capitalist, the libertarian or conservative who thinks Wal-Mart is the zenith of American commerce and culture. When Chronicles took note of Wal-Mart’s open-borders philanthropy, one top libertarian replied that Wal-Mart “is guilty of nothing other than making a profit by selling stuff that people want at prices that people can afford.” And besides, he wrote, “Wal-Mart’s giving is all over the political map.”
Translation? Profits rule. “Always low prices” is all that matters. To hell with the border. To hell with America. Consumers of the World, Unite!
It’s hardly a leap to conclude that this same individual, who thinks the government should permit homosexuals to adopt children and that mothers “own . . . parenting rights” (which they can sell), may think likewise of Wal-Mart’s funding of sodomy and perversion: “It is guilty of nothing other than making a profit by selling stuff that people want at prices that people can afford.” Those opposing Wal-Mart’s anti-American, anti-family shenanigans, in his view, are “nationalists” and “socialists.” How subtle.
Given this ad hominem attack, one might well ask what you should call someone who approves Wal-Mart’s bankrolling La Raza and celebration of anal rutting and coprophilia. Those who defend Wal-Mart, regardless of its policies, are precisely what is wrong with America, in general, and the American right, in particular.
For the deracinated Wal-Mart libertarian, anything goes when it comes to private property and business. If Wal-Mart subsidizes illegal immigration, well, it needs workers and customers. If Wal-Mart subsidizes homosexuals, well, it needs workers and customers. If a company fires a hundred American citizens to hire a hundred illegal immigrants, or fires another hundred who don’t want a farrago of fairy propaganda e-mailed to their desks, well, the bottom line is what counts. Private-property rights are inviolable. Period.
Intelligent conservatives know precisely where this theory, ultimately rooted in the profoundly evil, anti-Christian ideology of “self-ownership,” winds up. In the abortuary down the street. In the porn shop on your corner. In the “gay” bathhouse next to your bank.
Yet the libertarians’ own theory of “nonaggression”—that one man may never initiate violence against another—trumps Wal-Mart’s “property right” to subsidize illegal immigration because it wants to, or because its philanthropy “is all over the political map.” Illegal immigrants do violence to American sovereignty and to citizens by border jumping, fraudulent voting, welfare theft, and violent crime. And Wal-Mart doesn’t have the right to proselytize buggery, which does spiritual violence to marriage and family—at least not without provoking the vitriolic criticism it richly deserves. No one has the “right” to support sedition and sin. If the law and libertarians say Wal-Mart has a legal right to its policies, so be it. The rest of us have the moral duty to stop it.
But back to Bush. Consider the story of David Kuo, ex-deputy chief of the ballyhooed Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives, which tithes religious groups with tax money. The author of Tempting Faith, the tale of his time in that job, Kuo nailed the problem with Bush and the Gay Old Party. The Bush Bund, he avers, put the bow to the evangelical violin. When the evangelicals weren’t looking, however, the Bush crew rolled their eyes and called them “nuts” and “goofy.” That’s what most Americans would say about companies that deify deviance. Of course, Bush is the one who is “nuts” and “goofy.” So he’s right at home in Bentonville.