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Quick hits: Target continues to suffer, Texas Nationalist Movement gains unprecedented ground May 13, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, paganism, persecution, Revolution, scandals, sexual depravity, Society.
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Two quick news items of interest via Brietbart – in the first, in spite of Target’s CEO going on a PR offensive to justify his decision to open restrooms and dressing rooms to people of both sexes, ending centuries of custom and practice in favor of a perverse agenda benefiting a minuscule number of people, the company’s stock and value continues to tank as the boycott movement grows:

The CEO of retail giant Target is zig-zagging between the many customers who are angered by his decision to open single-sex bathrooms to the other sex, the gender-identity progressives who pushed for the disastrous transgender policy, and the Wall Street stock-pickers who have chopped roughly $4.5 billion off the company’s value…..

…….That tough feedback includes a consumer boycott that now has 1.2 million supporters, much damage to the company’s brand, and a massive sell-off on Wall Street that has chopped the company’s share price from almost $84 on April 19 to $75.70 on May 11.

That’s a loss of $8.30 per share, or 10 percent, or almost $5 billion since April 19. Of course, some part of that loss is due to President Barack Obama’s weak economy — but no company is helped by many management decisions that anger so many customers.

Indeed.  We can see how powerful a motive virtue-signalling is to the progressive elite through acts like this.  Completely nonsensical from a business perspective (wading into highly contentious cultural battles is a no-win proposition for a consumer-driven business), the desire to project membership in the progressive vanguard caused this CEO to alienate millions for the sake of the approval of a few thousand.  Virtue-signalling and tribal allure are powerful stuff.  And it’s not just the Left that falls into it, though so much of their current ascendance IS driven by those two factors, wanting to appear to hold the “correct” beliefs and being possessed of an unassailable moral superiority.

Moving on, secondly, the Texas Nationalist Movement, which seeks to make Texas an independent nation again, has had a significant success at the Texas Republican Party Convention in Dallas this week, gaining approval  to have the full convention vote on a proposed non-binding ballot referendum on whether Texas should exit the Union:

The Lone Star State has taken one more step towards Texas Independence. A resolution has passed a platform committee at the Texas GOP Convention and is now expected to go to a vote before all of the delegates.

Texas pachyderms are in Dallas, Texas, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. They will be there through Saturday, May 14 attending the state Republican Convention.

Two-thirds of the Texas GOP platform committee voted to place a call for a voter referendum on Texas Independence before the full-body of the delegates. There was robust debate on the issue, and a motion to strike the resolution that failed, but now the measure is headed to the permanent platform committee. It is expected to get out of that committee and to the delegates without any problem.

Texas Nationalist Movement (TNM) President Dan Miller told Breitbart Texas that supporters of Texas Independence “scored a major victory” in getting the issue to the delegates at the convention. He said members of the movement who are delegates have been working to get the support. He said, “We are farther than we have ever been before.”

Although there are a few more steps in the process, the resolution is expected to get to the delegates for a vote.

You can see more at the link, but while I think it is true such a measure – even a non-binding one – has never gotten this far before, I’m not so certain it’s a sure thing that it will make it to a floor vote.  Also, this measure, being non-binding, is entirely symbolic, but does indicate a growing mood that the federal government is not only out of control and increasingly unjust, but also beyond fixing.

I’ve said before, while I’m not a fervent supporter of Texas independence, I’m certainly not opposed.  I’m just not certain it’s the panacea it is often presented as being, as Texans, while somewhat more conservative than most other state populations, are unfortunately just as imbued with all the moral failings and disordered notions as just about everyone else in this country.  But, I think, notionally, the concept of an independent Texas is an attractive one, at least so far as leaving the sinking federal ship.  We’re still many miles away from that, and there is the unanswerable question of how the feds and the other 49 states would react.

Comments

1. Angelic Doctor Games - May 13, 2016

Heh. And some said independence couldn’t happen. As a steadfast member of the TNM some years now, this is a fine moment indeed.

Tantumblogo - May 13, 2016

So have you been involved in the convention at all, ADG?

Angelic Doctor Games - May 13, 2016

Not directly. I do support the TNM financially and as an active volunteer primarily as IT support.

2. Peter - May 13, 2016

Once secessionist action begins, where does it end, in that what assures that the new Texas Republic itself stays intact and does not further disintegrate into, say, a north Texas republic, a coastal republic, etc?

Angelic Doctor Games - May 13, 2016

As my old TI in the USAF used to say, ‘What if squirrels had guns? They’d have all the darned acorns they’d want!’ Paso a pasito. Step by step. We will deal with the consequences as they arise and many of which the TNM has already considered. Independence first. That is the goal in order to separate Texians from the tyranny of the federal government. Following that there will remain many things that will have to be addressed, for instance, exactly what kind of government will Texians wish to have? Shall we continue as a Republic as the TNM proffers or will the people of Texas want something else? Certainly these and other questions will need addressing but none will be even possible to approach if independence is not achieved. For answers to many questions concerning this topic, please visit the FAQ section of http://www.thetnm.org/

3. A. Christian - May 13, 2016

I am looking to relocate my family. If Texas were to continue down this path and to continue to make gains I will move it to the top of the list. Just this one report has made Texas jump a few rungs. I am encouraged.

4. Tim - May 13, 2016
5. c matt - May 13, 2016

Regarding Target stock, tough to tell at this point. First quarter earnings ended at April 30, which probably is not enough time to tell if there has been an effect. Walmart stock has also dropped, so not so sure it is not just general malaise. Data like yoy same store sales would be interesting at the close of quarter 2 (ending July 31) and then compare to competitors. The difficulty of boycotts is that they are like blockades – they take a while to have their intended effect, and the intensity needs to remain over a long haul.

6. c matt - May 13, 2016

Although, to some extent, merely asserting the connection between the two (dropping stock price and bathroom policy) has its own way of fulfilling itself – the more the link is pushed, the more the market buys into the link (or at least suspects it), the more the price is affected. Most of stock value is based on projection and conjecture about future events and their anticipated impact.

7. Shafterian - May 17, 2016

Catholics who understand the authentic social teaching of the Church have one very clear reason for supporting a move for Texas independence.

Subsidiarity.

Better to have the crooked diabolical narcissists closer to home.


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