| Previously, Boycott Watch reported how the
boycott of BP
cannot work. Our report was far reaching, especially considering how almost
every media outlet is now reporting how gas station boycotts do not work, and
only affect the local franchise owners. This is not the first time we have
reported that. Boycott Watch covered
that topic in 2002 with our reports about how boycotting any one gas brand
is completely ineffective.
With the current oil disaster, Boycott Watch is concerned
with how the rhetoric out of Washington, D.C. will affect people who have been
financial damaged will be affected in the long run. President Obama has been
making statements, including from the Oval Office where he has stated BP is
guilty and demanded money be set aside not just for cleanup, but for
compensation of losses as well.
This is what worries Boycott Watch, and consumers should be
worried as well. By judging and declaring punishment, President Obama and now
Congress have usurped the role of the judiciary by determining guilt, as well
as any potential jury by demanding specific damages. President Obama has
crossed the lines of the separation of powers in the United States
Constitution. The Executive Branch is not the Judiciary Branch, yet President
Obama is using his bully pulpit to make judiciary statements. There will surely
be lawsuits, and although people may win at first, the cases will most likely
be overturned on appeal, even as high as to the U.S. Supreme Court because
President Obama created a situation where BP will not be able to have equal
protection under the law.
BP will simply claim they could not get a fair trial after
the President of the United States already declared their guilt and punishment
to the American people on national television from the Oval Office. Boycott
Watch believes BP is being silent about this because it is in their best
interests. President Obama needs to concentrate on his legal responsibility as
mandated by law, which is cleanup. By going beyond his legal authority, he has
already hurt the litigants, meaning the American consumer. It may be years
before these cases go to trial, and Boycott Watch is the first to stand up for
the consumer by stating this.
Obamas comments taint potential lawsuits by poisoning the
mind of potential jurors. BP will make motions to dismiss cases against them
because they cannot get a fair trial. The President making disparaging comments
is not the same as a news commentator making the same remarks. The more BP can
prove they can't get a fair trial, the better off they are, especially since
they will undoubtedly first try and prove an accident caused the disaster, thus
relieving them of negligent responsibility.
BP will go out of its way to pay claims, and then use that
to say the claims are excessive.
BP is a wildly successful company, and the more money it
makes, the more it can pay people hurt by the oil spill.