Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Whole Freedom

I thought about it for a minute when I read John Mackey's libertarian view of the current proposal to reform health care in America (if you haven't heard, he's not for it). But then I remembered I'd mostly given up Whole Foods for another's too pricey. If I'm going to spend $6 for a handful of tomatoes, I'd like to shake the hand of the person who grew them. Find your farmer's market. And lay off John Mackey. Who cares what he thinks anyway? I live in his town, and I can tell you he holds no particular sway here when it comes to what's law and what isn't. He's just a rich guy who everyone apparently assumed was a left-leaning liberal because his store is hip. We left-leaning liberals have learned to be wary of hip. Particularly if it's money-making hip. Because there's something about having lots of money that makes it easy to say things like:
A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That's because there isn't any. This "right" has never existed in America. -Mackey, Wall Street Journal
Which of course is true, unless you have a left-leaning liberal slant on: "promote the general welfare"...which is right there in the preamble to the Constitution. And there's always the left-leaning liberal take on this line from the Declaration of Independence:
...laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
We might as well get over John Mackey. He's certainly not going to change his politics because we decide we won't shop at his store. He doesn't have to. He's made his zillions. Besides, our energies would be better spent trying to discover what kinds of alternatives our elected representatives are heading back to Washington, DC with at the end of the August congressional recess. These are the people making adjustments to our foundations and principles. Write, call, or show up in their offices. Don't take waffley politician talk for an answer. Ask for specifics. Tell them John Mackey laid out a point-by-point plan...why can't they? Then promise to boycott them at the polls next election if they aren't thinking clearly. Then, if you're still in the mood for a boycott, the sponsors of Glenn Beck's FOX network show are a more powerful place to start. I'll hazard a wild guess that Beck's audience is much bigger than John Mackey's Wall Street Journal reading crowd. Make the most of your right to be part of our processes. Peace.


Mary said...

I only shopped at Whole Foods on random occasions, but I even stopped that a couple of years ago when I realized how anti-union Mackey, et al were. I'd rather shop at Boggy Creek Farm.

Mama de la Paz said...

For those of you living in/near Austin, you must visit Boggy Creek: