Rule XIX, which prohibits any senator, in words or actions, from impugning a fellow senator. McConnell didn’t do this when Senator Ted Cruz called him a liar. In fact, the last time Rule XIX was invoked was 1979, but even then, no vote was cast to silence the violator.
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” In response to McConnell’s words and actions, women across the country responded angrily, and though we may have purchased t-shirts and mugs supporting causes contrary to McConnell’s conservative platform, I kept thinking that there must be something more we can do. McConnell doesn’t seem to pay much attention to what the women of this country think or say.
in 2014 Catalyst reported that women control or influence more than 70% of household spending – more than 11 trillion dollars in 2013. In addition, Catalyst projects that by 2020, women will own/control 50% of high-net wealth. We have already seen the tremendous impact of consumer preference. Boycotts are effective, but there are popular merchants that are hard to give up completely. Perhaps short-term demonstrations can be equally effective.
These companies are Mitch McConnell’s top 100 donors. April 15, Income Tax Day, is the most tangible reminder that we pay Mitch McConnell’s salary. April could also be a good time to tell his donors – those that we can – that we’re neither happy with his attitude nor his agenda. If we’re unwilling/unable to forego their products or services, perhaps a letter to the CEO is appropriate.
It must be a coordinated effort. They’ll only notice if there is a critical mass – and remember, it’s only a week. Let’s start with products/services we may use several times a week:
April 1-7 – Amazon
April 8-14 – Walgreens
April 15-21 – Fedex and UPS
April 22-30 – Home Depot
Are you willing to persist?