The city of Austin, Texas has decided to boycott the state of Arizona over its controvesial illegial immigration law.
Wait, there's something wrong with that sentence. Let me try again.
The city of Austin, Texas has chosen to engage in economic warfare with the state of Arizona in an effort to get that state to rescind a law it desperately needed; Austin's city council did so because the Leftists on their city council are more concerned with pandering to the Hispanic/Latino vote than they are with the massive costs of illegal aliens on states like Arizona and their own state of Texas.
There, that's better.
In case you didn't know, RedState will be hosting its second RedState Gathering convention in September in that very city. While some might be quick to suggest we pull out and boycott the city, I suggest a different strategy: Kill them with kindness.
While I realize that boycotts can sometimes be an effective means of changing behavior, this type of political boycott is usually counter-productive. Boycotting a city or state based upon political ideology usually ends up hurting the wrong people. We're not talking about GEICO or Citgo. GEICO is an individual corporation that supports policies we oppose. Citgo is owned by a government that is violently opposed to American policy. These are companies we can oppose, and yes, boycott in an effort to effect change.
Some here have already suggested we may want to boycott Austin and move the RedState Gathering elsewhere. Boycotting the city of Austin, however, doesn't do anything to change policies. The hotel chain didn't boycott Arizona. The restaurateurs in Austin and their employees (whom we are certain to patron) didn't boycott Arizona. The city council is the group we oppose, not the citizenry. If we don't go, the politicians still get paid. The same can't be said for the waitstaff, bartenders, hotel employees, cab drives and all the other people who won't be earning wages and tips if we're not there.
Pulling RedState out of Austin won't hurt the city council. Sure, the city will lose a few thousand dollars on sales tax and hotel fees if we don't go, but that won't break the bank. In the end, even with hundreds of attendees, RedState is only one of hundreds of conventions and meetings held in that city each year. Plus, it's simply impractical to pull out now. The arrangements already made by attendees, speakers and RedState itself make changing venues impossible. Canceling and/or changing venues simply isn't a realistic option.
So the strategy I suggest is to do the opposite of a boycott: Let's show the people of Austin how wonderful we think their city is. Because really, it's a beautiful town with friendly people, tremendous history, fantastic entertainment and great restaurants. We have a chance to show the people of Austin that we're not like those liberal politicians they elected. We're not petty; we're kind, generous and caring people.
While we're there we can hold news conferences and interviews with local and national media talking about Austin's boycott and the false information being spread about Arizona's law. We can show our support for Arizona and its people. We can make it clear that we see a difference between the people of Austin and the politicians. We can make it clear that we see a world of difference between a "legal resident" and an "illegal alien".
Some of us may choose not to go to the RedState Gathering, and that is disappointing because I'm looking forward to meeting so many of you that couldn't make it last year or for whom there wasn't enough time to get to know you. I understand your anger and I don't hold it against you. I may disagree with your position, but I can't fault you for being upset at the stupidity of Austin's city council and taking what you see as a moral stand.
Just consider that, while Austin won't miss you...