My friend Suzanne and I were talking about Target the other day – “Target” being our home-grown retail giant. “Target” being the Dayton Hudson offspring we loved without reservation until we learned it dumped a big chunk of money into an organization that funneled it into Tom Emmer’s political campaign.
That’s the day Suzanne and I stopped shopping Target. We were not alone, and it believe me, it wasn’t a snap decision. For starters, some of us have shopped Target since it opened its first store in Roseville in 1962. So, yes, as I keep reminding you, we are older than primal ooze. But now we’re disappointed in our corporate role-model-gone-missing. Deeply disappointed.
Some say Target’s trickle-down donation means that the company embraces Emmer’s clear opposition to gay rights. Maybe so. Others believe the Target funding illustrates the deplorable Supreme Court decision to allow humongous corporations to make political donations as though they were just plain folks.
Either way, Target came crosswise of a significant number of its previously loyal customers. And this time, we decided to walk the walk, as is said ad nauseum, even when the shoe fits.
Staying out of Target has been harder than staying on a diet. Read some more.
It’s been instructive to note how many times a week it occurs to me that I can just "run to Target" for that thing I really want/need. But for the past couple of months, I have not set foot in a Target store.
In my conversation with Suzanne, we pondered whether there was or should be an end time for a Target boycott. That is to say, are we committed to this for all eternity? What must Target do to atone for its distasteful pretense that it’s an individual rather than a corporation? How can I return to Target, knowing that some portion of the dollars I spend there are being routed to a candidate who is anathema to me (and to countless others)?
What would it take to get me back into a Target store?
Here’s my bottom line. When Tom Emmer loses the governor race, I will consider returning to Target. An Emmer loss is a big loss for Target -- the company that wants a big-business-biased Pawlenty-clone governing this state. But an Emmer loss is a big win for those of us who believe there is no place for run-amok political spending by corporations. Zero sum game.
And yeah, that run-amok corporate spending applies to funding both Republican and Democratic candidates. It’s just wrong.
So I might go back. But if I do, I'll keep close watch on my formerly favorite big box retailer. Fool me once.....well, you know.
Now here’s where you come in.
Get out and vote on November 2. Even if it’s raining! Sleeting! Snowing. Do not forget that a vote for Emmer means that ordinary people like us lose. If you don't care about that, then do it for me. Either way, we need to vote against giving away the store.