Saturday, November 17, 2012

Didn't Take Long For Republican Cry Babies To Befoul The Waters

By Manifesto Joe

Old Scout, the handle of a frequent commenter on my home blog, remarked about one of my recent post-election posts that I was being far, far too polite with right-wingers after Obama's re-election. Now I have to concede his point. There are just some people with whom you can't make nice.

I thought I would sincerely try to do that, to make nice at least up to a point, because I was taken aback after witnessing some of the obnoxious gloating that "conservatives" did after the highly questionable 2004 presidential election. But it was wasted effort, I must concede.

It didn't take the right wing any time at all to start talking about impeaching Obama, with robocalls to "save America." And, one "libertarian" Republican blogger told his readers that it's time for all like-minded people to tell every Democrat they know to "fuck off and die." When elections go their way, the U.S. is painted as an example for the world. When they don't, you start hearing about the U.S. electoral system being a corrupt joke, and suggestions of "revolution" (to wit, Donald Trump).

Restaurant chains weigh in

Boycotting restaurants because of their political/religious proselytizing is a bit difficult, because so many are right-wing. Most of the major hamburger chains are Republican-leaning and donate money to that party, so it's hard to get a burger and fries anywhere without being complicit. Even on the more healthful side, I used to get big salads for lunch at a mom-and-pop joint near my workplace in the early '90s -- until I saw a poster they put up near the men's room, depicting a movie poster of the Clinton administration, with Barney Frank cast as "the Rear Admiral." Haw, haw.

Now we have assorted chains announcing that they will cut hours, raise prices and even fire people to cut costs they associate with "Obamacare."

It's not hard to avoid Papa John's, because I never liked their pizza much, anyway. Pizza is one of those foods that's very hard to screw up, although it can be done and Papa John's almost succeeds. The most offensive part of this is that "Papa John" his own self, John Schnatter, is worth $350 million and held secret fundraisers for Romney on his mansion grounds. Can you say greed?

Domino's pizza is very little better than Papa John's, and I found out, years after I drove for that chain in a desperate period of my youth, that the head honcho is a reactionary psycho-Catholic.

It's not hard to avoid Chick-fil-A either, because their chicken sandwiches taste like cardboard enhanced with salt and grease. Their pronouncements about gay marriage came as no surprise to me, anyway. I won't miss Red Lobster, either, as I have allergies to some types of shellfish and their food usually sucks anyway.

It may be harder to completely boycott Applebee's. Although it's a franchise place with food quality varying widely, I know of one local place that makes a great top sirloin plate with steamed broccoli, and their spinach-and-artichoke dip is a winner, too. I'll miss them. Same goes for Olive Garden -- one local place makes wonderful eggplant parmigiana.

The main thing Denny's has going for it is affordability. When I was working my way through grad school and living largely on dry cereal and canned goods, the Grand Slam Breakfast was like a cheap staple, and about the only time I ever ate eggs (they were once thought to be bad for you). Now, some Denny's eateries plan to add a 5% "Obamacare" surcharge. I'll never eat at one of those places.

Pearls before swine

The point is that good manners and being gracious in victory are virtues that are absolutely wasted on some people.

Time has come for Obama to get his veto pen out, and stop making nice. His enemies clearly aren't going to change. Even Scumney is being a sore loser, blaming his defeat at the polls on Obama's "gifts" to women, minorities, and young people. It had to be government bribery, not differing ideology.

Time has come for all Democrats to start telling Orange Julius, Mitch for the Rich and all their supporters to "fuck off and die."

Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writer Living In Texas.


Old Scout said...

Thank you Joe!
Let's look at the chain eatery involved:
Darden Group - Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn, Capitol Grill & Outback.
Ex-wife was classmate of Schnatter and President of Darden's was at U of L at the same time. She told me his name, but that was about 20 years ago and I don't remember the name.
Thanks for the good work and putting my emotions to readable rhetoric.
Until the republi-can'ts are replaced by real Republicans, there's no reason to talk or negotiate with these reactionaries.
New names, new faces, new policies - but until then ... the old names, old faces and the old policies will prevail.

Manifesto Joe said...

So Outback is in this too, eh? Well, they were generally too expensive for me. Haven't been to one in years.

The blogger Mycue23 of Random Thoughts also told me something like this, that you just can't expect irrational people to start behaving rationally.

My impulse about right-wingers is to be "not like them," but it seems a waste of decorum. It looks as though they will have to spend some time in the wasteland before they will begin to "get it."

Anonymous said...

I don't know if you're in NY, but I'm sure not all your readers are...

[quote]Zane Tankel, CEO of large New York Applebee's Franchisee

I want to be really clear on this one, because there seems to be a big misunderstanding about whether it is Applebee's overall or just a large Applebee's franchisee, and the answer is the latter.

Zane Tankel is the CEO of a very large Applebee's franchisee in New York, and you can watch him in the video above explaining how he will jack the rules in order to avoid providing health insurance to his employeees.

This one is particularly odious to me, because I am aware of other Applebee's franchisees in other areas who do offer health insurance to their employees, and Tankel's remarks were interpreted by many to apply to all Applebee's franchisees, which is not the case. [/quote]

Door County Tightwad said...

One thing to consider is the Denny's asshat is just a franchise owner, not the company founder. I believe Denny's corporate has come out and said, "Hey, this guy doesn't represent all Denny's."

Manifesto Joe said...

I'd read that these were particular franchisees who were doing much of this jackassing, so that's actually good news. It won't be hard to avoid some of these places, but I'd grown rather fond of the local Applebee's. I don't recall the last time I ate at a Denny's and no longer go out of my way for them, but if I'm ever in one again, I'm going to ask outfront about the "Obamacare" surcharge.

Anonymous said...

My husband was an executive with Sizzler years ago, and he says that if any franchisee would have made comments that were detrimental to the entire corporate brand such as publicly taking controversial political stands, they would have IMMMEDIATELY pulled the franchisee's signs....Let's see if Applebee's, Denny's, et al have the same commitment to diffusing this sort of stupidity. Until they do take this sort of dramatic, punitive action, I consider them guilty as well.

Manifesto Joe said...

Yes, franchisees do have to answer to the parent company for many things. I don't mean to paint them all with the same brush, so to speak, but if the parent companies object to this sort of thing, they have some prerogatives regarding the franchises.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Denny' s get sued and pay a big settlement for racial discrimination a few years ago? I stopped going there then.

Manifesto Joe said...

I have a vague memory of that. Anyway, I haven't been to a Denny's in years and years, so it won't be hard for me to avoid them.

Eric said...

Why would anyone eat at these places anyway? Life is too short to eat at chain restaurants!

Manifesto Joe said...

It's a working-class thing, I guess. Sometimes one chooses that which is cheap. But I'm not much of a fan of grease, so I haven't been frequenting most of them, anyway.

Jack Jodell said...

Well stated, Manifesto Joe. These spoiled crybabies have been dealt with far too mildly by far too many for far too long. To hell with all of them!