By Nathan Barton
In the last two weeks, we have seen a new tone set in the usual post-murder political screaming in the Fifty States.
Of particular interest is the “sudden” conversion of so many major companies, now supposedly bowing to public pressure. They are ending relationships with the NRA, enacting their own versions of gun control (raising ages for purchasing weapons, refusing to sell “assault rifles,” etc.), and coughing up “donations” to help this rapidly-forming coalition of teenage hoplophobes-turned-hoploclasts (gun-fearers becoming gun-loathing anti-gun activists). And the media screams and waves the bloody red rag as do “converted” politicians and others. The ramping up of ever more vicious attacks on liberty and gun-owners, their organizations, political actions, and more seems to be spinning out of control.
Now, honestly, this all seems just a bit too coincidental, to me. Rather, it seems to be the result of collusion, the carrying out of a planned series of actions.
We are talking some big outfits, too. WalMart, for one. (Dick’s Sporting Goods is just playing stupid PR games: they caved years ago – all but one small division.) But please consider just one set of companies that have jumped on the bandwagon: car rental companies. In the lead is Enterprise Rent-A-Car. (My family and I have been long time customers of Enterprise overseas and stateside.) Enterprise has served us well, as recently as just a few weeks ago. It is a bit of a surprise that Enterprise would do this. One of Enterprise’s major business partners is USAA: the United Services Automobile Association, a member-owned company providing insurance and other financial products to military personnel and their families. (A group with fairly large numbers in the NRA and similar organizations, and strong 2nd Amendment supporters.)
(The fact that Enterprise was joined by Alamo and National Rental in this rejection of NRA ties (and members) is NOT a surprise. All three chains of car rental agencies are owned by the same privately-held Enterprise Holdings, Inc., headquartered outside St. Louis, MO.)
So why is Enterprise dissing a big part of its customer base with this attack on the NRA? I am NOT a member of the NRA, but Enterprise’s efforts to separate and distance itself from the NRA is of great concern. Regardless of who is calling the shots. If Enterprise is doing this to the NRA, in the face of a big segment of its customer base, I am concerned that they will extend this action and attack other organizations, including military, veteran, and patriotic organizations. And any other entity that does not subscribe to some politically-correct Tranzi “principles.”
It may be that Enterprise’s owners figure that they can get away with joining this fad because their customers who are NRA also often have access to other discount and incentive programs, so that they will not lose customers. And of course, it could be that they have such a large share of the rental car market that many customers will have no choice but to continue to use them.
Now maybe they just don’t care – at least in the short term. Maybe they are putting principles before profits. Or someone is bankrolling them, like they are these “grassroots” hoploclastic organizations. Or they have a puppetmaster.
Supposedly, our military personnel have taken oaths to preserve and protect the Constitution. (Hey, we used to do that!) That of course includes the rights clearly stated as protected in the Constitution. (NOT given to us by the Constitution, I hasten to add.) So why should any organization, or for that matter, any government agency, be affiliated in any way with any organization, commercial or otherwise, which has publicly stated that it is opposed to the rights clearly stated in the Constitution.
Because they – the powers that be that pull the strings on the Pentagon, the rest of the FedGov bureaucratic parasite-kleptocracy, and the multinationals and other big business types don’t want people to be free. Don’t want liberty, at least not as long as they are top dogs. They want to weaken and divide those who do want freedom.
I don’t know if this is going to sink in to most people, even active, reserve, and retired military. But I suspect that some will get it. Recent news stories report that there is already blowback against many of the companies.
Nasty as things are right now, they are going to get a lot nastier as the reaction to the more and more blatant demand for gun-stealing by government revs up.
Which leads me to conclude that this increasing polarization and fractionalization, fragmentation, and hardening of positions is exactly what the powers-that-be want.
It will be interesting to see just how long this fad will continue. Clearly, even if not planned in advance by the hoplophobes in the Fifty States, they are orchestrating the spin right now. And certainly will continue to do so. Maybe they have fond hopes of reversing the tide against gun control of the past two decades. But if that does NOT happen, don’t think it will really bother their decision makers. It just feeds the destruction of society – or rather, the further destruction, so that they can attain additional power. (And wealth.)
What can we do? What should we do? Respond and fight against the enemies of freedom, both those who KNOW what they are doing and their unthinking, naïve dupes. But do not hate them, just their actions. Do not allow the bitterness and anger to control our actions, and do NOT go on the offensive. That is exactly what they want. Remember, we must not enslave ourselves, we must not let our enemies turn us into copies of them: aggressive thugs and governors-of-others. Use the power of voting with OUR dollars and OUR feet and OUR words to defend liberty against them.