We can assuredly agree on one thing: the left in America is furious, angry that they did not get their way in the 2016 election and are hell-bent on making this nation pay a dear price.We can assuredly agree on one thing: the left in America is furious, angry that they did not get their way in the 2016 election and are hell-bent on making this nation pay a dear price. Click To Tweet
They are purposefully stymying efforts to protect and secure our borders. The projections of one million illegal immigrants entering our country this year is staggering . . . joining the tens of millions already here.
But, what disturbs me the most about the progressive socialist left here in America, is their relentless pursuit of using threats, coercion, intimidation, mandates, and violence to achieve their goals. The fact that they are willing to undermine our constitutional rights and supplant them with their ideological rights in pursuance of a philosophy of governance that has never been successful, often resulting in the deaths of millions.
And so I read this latest story from the Washington Post not with shock, because I know who these people are…but with reinforced anger . . . and firm resolve.
As reported by the Washington Post:
“On its website, Salesforce.com touts retailer Camping World as a leading customer of its business software, highlighting its use of products to help sales staff move product. A Camping World executive is even quoted calling Salesforce’s software “magic.” But behind the scenes in recent weeks, the Silicon Valley tech giant has delivered a different message to gun-selling retailers such as Camping World: Stop selling military-style rifles, or stop using our software. The pressure Salesforce is exerting on those retailers — barring them from using its technology to market products, manage customer service operations and fulfill orders — puts them in a difficult position. Camping World, for example, spends more than $1 million a year on Salesforce’s e-commerce software, according to one analyst estimate. Switching to another provider now could cost the company double that to migrate data, reconfigure systems and retrain employees.
The change in Salesforce’s acceptable-use policy shows how a technology giant that is mostly unknown to the public is trying to influence what retailers in America sell and alter the dynamics of a charged social issue. While Salesforce is hardly a household name, it is a dominant provider of software and services that help businesses manage their customers. With roughly 40,000 employees and a market value of nearly $120 billion, it has become a behemoth in San Francisco. Its branded skyscraper also towers over the city as the tallest building and a major landmark. But its decision to force its position on guns on retailers did not sit well with some industry advocates. These types of rules are “corporate-policy virtue signaling” and discriminate against gun owners, whose rights are protected by the Second Amendment, said Mark Oliva, public affairs director of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms trade group.
“It is a very chilling effect when a company as large as Salesforce puts out a policy like this,” Oliva said. “A policy like this is not surprising from a company based in that part of the country.”
Salesforce’s new policy bars customers that sell a range of firearms — including automatic and semiautomatic — from using its e-commerce technology. The policy also precludes customers from selling some firearm parts, such as “magazines capable of accepting more than 10 rounds” and “multi-burst trigger devices.”
The change affects “a small number of existing customers when their current contracts expire,” as well as all new customers, Salesforce spokeswoman Gina Sheibley said.
She declined to name specific customers, but Camping World’s Gander Outdoor unit sells a variety of semiautomatic firearms and high-capacity magazines. Camping World executives didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment. Gun sales have become a political flashpoint for retailers in the aftermath of shootings such as the one this month in Colorado.
This year, Dick’s Sporting Goods said it would pull guns and ammunition off the shelves of 125 of its 720 stores, a move that the company acknowledged in a March securities filing led to “an accelerated decline” in its hunting business. Walmart ended the sales of military-style firearms in 2015, and last year it raised the minimum age for purchasing firearms and ammunition from 18 to 21.”
Anyone that comprehends the part of the Second Amendment that states, “shall not be infringed” needs to realize that what these companies are doing is in violation of an individual constitutional right, enshrined in our Bill of Rights.
I do not give a damn what these progressive socialist leftists like, they do not have any right to demand that their personal ideological beliefs be forced upon others. If this company, Salesforce, wants to pick and choose who they supply their software to, so be it, that is part of the free market. But to hell with these jackasses that are making certain contingents upon businesses to use their product. If anything this is an example of politicized blackmail, and I deem it to be criminal.
I find it exceptionally hypocritical that the left will always run and use the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause to advocate for their ideological agenda, such as same-sex marriage. But, what about the Second Amendment? Why is it that law-abiding, legal, gun owners in America do not have the same vigorous outpouring of support for these constitutional protections? Simple, because these tyrants want one doggone thing: for us to be disarmed so we can be converted into subjects, and run down like the people in Venezuela by state forces that they control.
Well, message to these control freaks: it ain’t happening.
This is why I am so pissed off at the internal foolishness going on at the NRA. We need to be fighting these people, exposing them, taking them to court, not wasting membership resources on doggone dumb internal legal squabbles! We have a serious fight happening in America, and I do not like being strategically outmaneuvered by a bunch s Silicon Valley chuckleheads who think that the weapons I own look “mean.”
I want the leadership at Salesforce to tell me what I have done to warrant them seeking to deny my constitutional Second Amendment right? If they do not want to shoot semi-automatic firearms, then do not, but, damn you for trying to restrict me from legally doing so, along with the industry that supports my desire to shoot firearms for recreation, and skill. But, we all know the real reason behind this chicanery by the progressive socialist left.
Who are these people to tell an 18-year-old that serves this nation that they cannot have their chosen firearm until they are 21? Let me explain something: these are the young men and women who take an oath to support and defend our Constitution, and leftist idiots are telling them they do not have their constitutional Second Amendment right? I am sick of this “military style” weapon excuse. You leftists said nothing when HMMWVs (Hummers) went on the market. I guess we should not have Colt revolvers. After all, those were the weapon of choice in the military. Does this mean I am not allowed to have my Sig Sauer p320 handgun? After all, that is the new military M17 handgun.
Where does this foolishness end? Yes, it ends with our being disarmed, and basically turning our weapons into clubs and hammers. Or as Rep. Eric Swalwell openly admits, we will just take them away from you and use nukes if you resist.
How about this, folks: we freedom- and liberty-loving Americans develop our own software. We start our own financial institutions. We spend our money at retailers who respect the US Constitution and keep their political proclivities and ideologies to themselves. We stop wearing Levi’s blue jeans. We send this message: if you do not support our Constitution, and our individual rights, we will not support your business. And that includes the denying of free speech by some of these leftists media platforms. It is time we tell these tyrants, we will not be silenced, subjugated, and denied our pursuit of happiness. We will not be controlled and become subjects to the will of these socialists…communists. Yes, I said it, just like I did back in 2012. I was assailed and even disparaged by my own Republican party, but look at where we are.If you do not support our Constitution, and our individual rights, we will not support your business. Click To Tweet
It was Vladimir Lenin — not me — who said, “the goal of socialism is communism.” The economic model of socialism which is based upon wealth redistribution, government control of economic production, welfare nanny-state creation leads to a societal model based upon social egalitarianism and secular humanism or mandated equality. But, none of this is possible if the people have the right, and ability, to say no, and that is why we have a Second Amendment, the individuals right, and ability, to defend themselves, and say no to the tyranny of government . . . or the crony capitalists who will use their position to force ideological compliance.
Thanks to the National Shooting Sports Foundation for responding to this egregious, and nefarious, behavior by Salesforce.
Let me close by clearly saying this: none of you wussy little punks in Silicon Valley are going to keep Americans from being able to defend themselves. Keep trying, you are just gonna tire yourselves out.
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During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.