The contrived Lowes' 'All American Muslim' controversy

In America we have free speech not forced speech.  Lowes had every right to advertise or refuse to advertise on “All American Muslim”. Photo: AP Photo

CHICAGO, December 14, 2011-  Progressive heads are exploding all over the nation.  They are fomenting their anger at Lowes, one of the big box stores, for making a business decision to pull their advertising on the TLC program “All American Muslim”.   

Allegedly Lowes pulled the advertising due to complaints from some marginal so-called family values group in Florida.  A group of conservative fear mongering exploding heads.   

Lowes pulled their ad based on what Lowes thought was good for Lowes.  That is all that counts.  The free market will determine whether they were right or wrong. 

Lowes mistake?  They apologized, or tried to.  They owed no one an explanation for making business decisions.  The apology gave the perception that Lowes did something wrong.  Throwing gasoline on the fire of contrived controversy. 

Business advertising has one purpose.  To sell.  If a company does not think advertising in a particular venue will sell products or services they have no obligation to waste their money.  

It is their money.  Something the exploding heads do not understand. 

Marginal political agenda groups think they should decide how other people’s money is spent.  Groups, like the Florida Family Association and create phony controversies to support their narrow minded agendas.  They are assisted by marginal politicians like California Congressman Ted Lieu.   

Congressman Lieu seems to believe there is some criminal or civil wrong that must be remedied by legislation.  Evidently he has never heard of free speech.  Maybe he should read the Constitution he swore to uphold and protect. 

Groups like Florida Family Association, and politicians like California Congressman Ted Lieu do not understand one important concept.  In America we have free speech not forced speech.  We have free markets not forced markets. 

This is just one big scam and the media is eating it up.  Groups create a fake controversy, they stoke interest and anger, they get more supporters, and more importantly, donations.  It is all about the money.  It always is. 

Advertisers have no social or moral responsibility to support anything unless that program will sell something or get people in the door.  They have no moral or social responsibility to pull ads, unless those ads will not sell.  Business is business, period.    

The cranial deficient professional whiners- on both sides of the political spectrum- believe there is some social and moral responsibility in business activity.  Business must bow down to their marginal agendas or suffer unknown consequences. 

Lowes owes no one an apology.  They did not violate any laws, civilly, criminally, socially or morally.  They made a business decision based on what is good for Lowes.   

Lowes is in business.  The object of the game is to make money not salve tender sensitivities or marginal moral imperatives. 

The progressives and the Florida Family Association are in the business of selling agendas.  No one is allowed to force them to stop their extremism.  They should not force others to bend to extremist positions.  This is still a free country. 

This totally fabricated controversy is one of the reasons American business will not fully recover and why our economy is in the toilet.  Businesses have to constantly guard against the fabricated tender sensitivities of extremist groups and marginal politicians.   

There are calls for a “legislative remedy” for this phony issue.  If ever there was uncertainty in the business world this just exacerbates it.   

Business has no responsibility to support anything.  Business has no obligation to cow-tow to any group, politician, marginal agenda.  They have no responsibility to support any religious, political, or moral perspectives.   Business only has one purpose, to earn profits.   

Their advertising choices must be made on that and that alone. 

Maybe Ted Lieu should advertise on “All American Muslim” instead of proposing investigations or legislative remedies. should advertise there too.  They should put their money where their mouth is.  Instead, they and Florida Family Association, want to dictate what others should do. 

We are now living in the new age of McCarthyism, where small groups of extremists see bogeymen under every bed and demand action.  They want to control speech, expression, and impose their religious beliefs.  They all want to control how other people’s money is spent.   

Lowes had every right to advertise or refuse to advertise on “All American Muslim”.  They have every right to advertise or not advertise anyplace they choose.  TLC has every right to produce and promote a program about whatever they want.  All businesses have every right to advertise- spend their money- where ever and how ever they want, or not to. 

We have every right to view what we want or shop where we want. 

That is freedom.     

The producers of TLC and Lowes are in business.  There is no fair.  There are just profits and losses, winners and losers.  That is the way it should be.   

TLC, Lowes, or consumers should not be forced, coerced, conned, or convinced to do anything just because some exploding heads with no intelligence claim non-existent harm or controversy.


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Peter Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance writer, freelance photographer, and consultant.  He is a passionate cook and eater.  He likes to be the sharp stick that pokes, annoys, and provokes.  His opinions are his and his alone.  









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