By Jim Hightower, cross-posted from OtherWords
No one likes a smart aleck — or a stupid one, for that matter.
ALEC's operatives take these cookie-cutter bills from state capitol
to state capitol, getting Republican governors and key legislators to
introduce them. Then the organization helps organize astroturf campaigns
to ram such ugliness into law.
Gov. Scott Walker's repressive agenda in Wisconsin is an ALEC
product. So is Arizona's war on Latinos, as is Florida's murderous
"stand your ground" shoot-em-up law. However, all this success led ALEC
to get stupid. Its leaders got to thinking they were bulletproof, that
they could shove this stuff down people's throats all across the country
— and the people would just accept it.
That was wrong. In fact, it was stupidly arrogant. Not only have
people rebelled, they've also organized and mobilized. Groups like the
Center for Media and Democracy, Color of Change, Common Cause, Occupy
Wall Street, and People For the American Way have rallied grassroots
people to hit ALEC where it really hurts: its pocketbook. Suddenly key
corporate sponsors of this extremist organization were hearing from
outraged citizens (and customers) — and now company after company is
withdrawing its sponsorship.
Among those recently declaring that ALEC just "doesn't fit our
business needs" are Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, Mars, McDonalds, PepsiCo,
To connect with these various efforts, go to www.AlecExposed.org