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BP Boycotts Will Punish Service Station Workers, Not BP Itself

There are some boycotts and calls for boycotts of British Petroleum across the country for the now infamous and historically important oil spill in the gulf of Mexico. We all appreciate a good recognition of incompetence and BP has to own up to their large share of mistakes and negligence, but to call for an outright boycott of BP puts service station workers and managers who are low on the totem poll at risk of losing their job, at which case this outrage over the BP oil spill would have been for not, and would have solved nothing in holding the oil giant responsible for their lack of adherence to precaution.

This is yet another reason why boycotts are a bad idea. They don’t hurt the targeted person or persons, they usually (not surprising) hurt the people working below the executives, Vice Presidents’, and Presidents’ of different corporations. The annual call for a boycott of Wal Mart for example, the boycott wouldn’t put a dent in the wallet of the Wal Mart big wigs, but it would most definitely put thousands of low level store, customer service, store managers, and distribution center jobs at risk.

In a capitalist, well what’s left of a capitalist society anyway we must embrace the invisible hand of the free market. BP will pay but it shouldn’t be held in the court of government. Of all places in fact, the federal body cannot teach nor lecture British Petroleum on the topic of morals and responsibility. The federal government lacks moral roots to even be aware of the damage they are causing with debt percentage to equal that of our Gross Domestic Product. Furthermore, the federal body lacks the responsible heart to recognize its own misdeeds and usurpation of liberty and constitutional boundary. So, perhaps this is a case of the guilty persecuting the guilt ridden. Call it the court of flawed men who sit on high chairs of misplaced righteousness and misguided moral arrogance.

The word is out and BP will pay a hefty price both symbolically and of course literally because they owe a lot of people millions of dollars in damages. But perhaps maybe the biggest and most essential lesson  learned is that maybe we should rely less on foreign oil and more on our own domestic supply. We should also refrain from the idea that accidents never happen. The oil spill itself was an accident, the response was BP’s fault, as well as the government. There will be another oil spill in some part of the world if not right here at home in America. Long after BP gets this mess cleaned up, long after Barack Obama decides to lead instead of engaging in political trash talk like he’s on the basketball court somewhere in Chicago, there is still going to be an oil spill. The question is how bad, and how fast will the response be?