and then there’s Charlie

I get emails from a guy named Charlie, who shares my views of the Bush administration. Charlie stumbled on one of my more vehement posts and figured he found a kindred spirit. He did.
Charlie tuned me in to
Buy Blue

What is all about?
Mission Statement: supports businesses that share our progressive values and ideals. uses our power as consumers to vote with our wallets, supporting businesses that abide by sustainability, workers’ rights, environmental standards, and corporate transparency. At the same time, focuses sharply on businesses that violate the essential values of a sustainable, fair and profitable society through their policies and the politicians they support.

Why was started?
On the morning after the 2004 election, half of the country woke up in disbelief and disgust. Shortly afterwards it turned to anger and bitterness and many were entertaining moving to another country. It didn’t take long for all of us to collectively realize that we had lost our country to the other side and we wanted, no needed to do something about it. It was at that moment that the original idea for was born.

1. We believe that most politicians no longer serve the public’s interest and instead pander to influential corporations and special interests.
2. We believe that America can be great and united again, but first we must embrace progressive ideals that work in the interests of all of our citizens, not simply those in the majority or those who are privileged.
3. We believe that the best way to encourage our political leaders and corporations to enforce progressive ideals is to vote for those ideals the only way those groups understand; with our collective buying power.
4. We believe that as a community we can, will, and must make a difference.

If you go to their site you’ll find a constantly updated list of businesses rated from “blue” to “red.” I was pleased to find out that Hess, where I buy gas, is a “blue.” So are Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Barnes & Noble, and — of all things — Fredericks of Hollywood. Hallmark Cards and Home Depot are as “red” as Wal-Mart, Molson Coors Brewing, and the McDonald’s Corporation. is interested in identifying as many business as possible that are “blue.” You can send your suggestions to
Spread the word.

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