Boycotts usually bore me. They are almost universally ineffective, as most people, at least when it comes to consumer boycotts, vote with their purse, and their purse is usually reserved for personal benefit, not altruistic notions of fair play and/or the betterment of mankind. Sadly so.
But on the topic of “Betterment of Mankind”, here is a boycott that promises positive benefits for the country, while costing us nothing. Dana Milbank of the Washington Post has declared a Palin Free February.
I hereby pledge that, beginning on Feb 1, 2011, I will not mention Sarah Palin – in print, online or on television – for one month. Furthermore, I call on others in the news media to join me in this pledge of a Palin-free February. With enough support, I believe we may even be able to extend the moratorium beyond one month, but we are up against a powerful compulsion, and we must take this struggle day by day.
Wouldn’t it be nice if not only the commentariat of the country, but everybody, including the full “lamestream media”, simply ignored Sarah Palin, no matter what she did, as if she didn’t exist? I realize that if she rode a dinosaur naked across the White House lawn, the National Enquirer, and probably the World Nut Daily would probably cover the story (if she did that, I’d suspend the boycott temporarily just to see that). However, as long as she stays in character (and make no mistake, she is a character) and pretends to be relevant, then she should be ignored.
I pledge to not post anything in February about Sarah Palin (except possibly a picture of her riding a dinosaur naked across the White House lawn – but don’t hold your breath.)