| When Tea Party activists first
started their campaigns, getting much national attention, they were successful
because their messages were clear. With their new campaign for a general
national boycott set for January 20, 2009, not only is the message not clear
but they are now defending the fog they created around the event.
Boycott Watch published a
why the one-day Tea Party boycott of everything is a failure, namely because if
someone does not buy gasoline on a Monday, they will buy it on Sunday or
Tuesday instead. Just the same, everyone has to eat so adherents to any on-day
boycott will just go grocery shopping another day. The fact is it is impossible
for anyone living in the U.S. to boycott the U.S. economy, which the Tea Party
activists are stating they are going with this boycott, because they too are
part of the economy they want to boycott. It just does not make sense.
Boycott Watch has observed response comments by Tea
Party activists to articles Boycott Watch has been quoted in regarding their
proposed one-day boycott, one of which was reposted on the
Nation website, in which some people complained Boycott Watch was wrong in
our analysis when we explained why one-day boycotts are inherent failures. This
criticism speaks more about the Tea Party activists than Boycott Watch.
Boycott Watch criticized the same one-day boycott
blunder with La Razza Mexican illegal immigrant one-day boycott, also stating
it was a failure. In their case, they created an annoyance while completely
failing to accomplish their goals of shutting down the United States economy
for a day like they hoped for. The same applies for the Tea Party activists
where their one-day boycott will inherently fail.
fact, the one-day La Raza boycott was such a failure, despite the media
attention they received, that the La Raza movement essentually collapsed
because they proved to be no longer affective. While there is La Raza website
http://www.nclr.org, the organization has rendered itself irrelevant. The same
thing happened to every one-day gas boycott group, the proof of which is their
current insignificance. The fact is, no one-day boycott has ever worked and if
history is any indication, the proposed one-day Tea Party boycott will result
in dismay amongst Tea Party activists leading to the ultimate diminishing of
the organizations clout.
Fred Taub, President of
Boycott Watch said "The problem with one-day boycotts is that people put a
considerable amount of time, energy and hope into these events, only to end up
with zero results. When that happens, people lose hope in the organization and
then they naturally don't want to dedicate the time and energy again. At that
point, it's all over, and it happens with every one-day boycott because these
types of boycotts just can't work. One-day boycotts are acts of desperation,
not plans for success."
The Tea Party activists are
most closely resembles a group of activists than the "party" they claim to be.
Boycott Watch sees their new boycott plan as their way to regain their lost
media attention, but it will backfire. They are putting all their eggs in one
basked and this basket can't hold water. The boycott and ultimately the
organization will fail unless they get some serious national leadership in
place quickly. Otherwise, this will be the last anyone hears from the Tea