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Dear GlaxoSmithKline: Is Trayvon’s Death What You Wanted Your ALEC Money To Buy?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 27, 2012

Yeah, yeah, I know, you’re only in it for the deregulation and stuff. But when you sign up with the American Legislative Exchange Council — which was founded by raging Fundie Paul Weyrich and has the John-Birch-Society Kochs among its key backers — you’re not just supporting freedom from regulations every private citizen must heed and paying the taxes every private citizen must pay, you’re also backing things like ALEC’s Shoot First (aka “Castle Doctrine”) model bills that, when enacted into law, cause things like the murder of Trayvon Martin.

Worse, the political party whose legislators enact these laws for ALEC has as their base people who make comments like these left at the FOX News website about Trayvon Martin:

What a shame—a tragedy, really— because the dead lil’ gangsta could’ve used “‘A-FIRM-TIV AK-SHUN” to go to kollige an play footballz and make lotsa cash munny!”

[…]

Zimmerman felt threatened by Martin’s gang’s actions…this could have possibly lead to these terrible circumstances. Gang violence MUST BE STOPPED OBAMA!

[…]

Blacks can do no wrong, period! That is the DOJ’s excuse for becoming involved. 50+ years of being told they are special and entitled and the gov’t’s only focus is to make it so!!

[…]

In any event, it appears to be a case of one sc u m bag Cuban-type (Zimmerman) offing some scummy b l a ck kid (Trayyy-Vonnnn)…in some trash neighborhood….

but now, because the dead kid’s a kneegrow, we have:

the BIG BAD FBI on this “important” case…and

the usual BLACK-RADICAL-PROTESTERS who can’t mind their own business!

[…]

Gated communities exist because people are afraid….& negros thrive on crime…Look at our prisons.

[…]

Need that too….But Negr0s only have their welfare checks….and in any event can’t follow rules

[…]

What time do the riots start? Gotta get my popcorn and munchies ready for the “hood” burning!

As a horrified onlooker said:

Imagine you’re a black teenager reading this sludge. It’s one thing to see it on Storm Front or a KKK site, but this is one of the largest news networks in the world and it reflects the views of the supporting base of one of the two major political parties in this country.

So, GlaxoSmithKline, are the bennies you get from being an ALEC backer worth Trayvon Martin’s death?

Are they worth collaborating in the cultivation of race hatreds as a way to justify tax cuts (aka the longtime “Southern Strategy” alliance between big business and bigots)?

Well, are they?

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4 Responses to “Dear GlaxoSmithKline: Is Trayvon’s Death What You Wanted Your ALEC Money To Buy?”

  1. A Critic said

    “So, GlaxoSmithKline, are the bennies you get from being an ALEC backer worth Trayvon Martin’s death? ”

    I’m not sure I understand you. You are saying that a corporation that donated money to a lobbying outfit that lobbied a state legislature that passed a statute is somehow responsible for the actions of one individual who almost certainly wasn’t acting under that statute, and if he was acting under that statute, then he was defending himself from a criminal attack on his life?

    Is that correct or am I confused?

    • Charles II said

      The point is not whether Zimmerman was acting under the statute or not (more plausibly, Martin was acting under it since he was being stalked by a man with a gun and therefore clearly had reason to fear for his life).

      The point is that no real investigation was done because one officer assumed that Zimmerman had acted properly. The crime scene was not marked off. One witness has said that she was bullied by the police into making an incomplete statement. No investigation was made of the cell phone– not even to notify Martin’s parents that he was dead. Had such an investigation been done, they would have determined that Martin was on the phone with a friend just minutes before the shooting. That friend was not interviewed.

      Without a proper investigation, it’s impossible to know even what happened, much less who was entitled to self-defense under the statute. Without crime scene evidence, it may never be possible to know.

      This is not the first case that has led to an unjust outcome. A judge in Miami dismissed a case in which a man, Grayston Garcia, whose car radio was stolen chased down the thief and stabbed him to death. Garcia had felt threatened, so under the statute he could take any action, said the judge. Even stabbing a man to death for petty larceny.

      So, yes: GlaxoSmithKline gave money which paid for legislation to be written (by ALEC) that created a law that has caused considerable trouble in Florida: Grayston Garcia faced no punishment for taking a life. A proper investigation was not done and perhaps cannot be done in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

      GSK is guilty of having placed its business interests above the needs of the rest of us. Just because the wealthy and powerful have servants to do the dirty work does not absolve them for their actions. GSK has blood on their hands.

  2. Dog Gone said

    Well said. The world bank definition of corruption is the use of public office for private gain.

    Glaxo has signed on with a group that operates outside the public view, where legislation is written by corporations and other special interests, and is then passed by Republican legislators who receive direct and indirect benefits in exchange for passing that legislation on predominantly partisan lines, that benefits those special interests, not the public.

    I don’t know about other people, but I want legislation that is not drafted by special interest, in secret, for their benefit and I want legislation that is consistent with the needs and resources of my state, not one size fits all legislation from secretive people spending big money to get their way.

    The NRA doesn’t give a damn how many people die from gun violence in this country, or how many of their gun manufacturers guns and other equipment they make gets into the hands of bad guys. They just care about selling more guns and ammo. If it kills Americans, that’s ok with them, so long as their bottom line doesn’t suffer. If they kill a lot of people in Mexico with American guns, that’s ok, so long as their bottom line doesn’t suffer.

    Glaxo signed on with an inherently corrupt group, and there is no indication whatsoever that they have opposed anything except on the basis of their own special interest. For that participation in corruption, the author is correct – Glaxo shares responsibility for the deaths, they have blood on their hands, they are irresponsible and corrupt corporate citizens.

    Sounds a heckuva lot like corruption by that definition to me, and their stockholders should hold them accountable. Wish I’d thought of that before unloading my shares in disgust, but the problem is that the people who make these decisions tend NOT to be accountable to the stock holders. The newest JOBS bill that passed in our Congress also prevents the requirement that political donations be approved by the stockholders. Wow………..what a coincidence. I bet there is a trail of ALEC money behind that too, including the happy participation in corruption by Glaxo. WalMart. So many others.

    • Charles II said

      Sorry… this comment got caught by an over-zealous spam filter. I apologize for the delay in liberating it from spamjail.

      You make a good point about shareholders holding companies accountable. Just writing to a CEO or Board Member as a shareholder can be effective.

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