Letter to a “Progressive” Entrepreneur

Dear Owner:

For years, I have enjoyed dining at your restaurant. Having been raised in Texas, I’ve always had a love of Mexican food. Granted, the Mexican food isn’t as good here on the East Coast as it is in the great nation of Texas. But your food is adequate, the atmosphere is good, and the service is excellent. So I have enjoyed dining here in general – and especially when I am in a rush and want to take advantage of your fast service.

As you can probably imagine, I was disappointed when I arrived at your establishment last Thursday and found that it was closed as part of a national protest known as the “Day Without Immigrants.” When I later found out that you decided to join this protest specifically in response to the immigration policies of Donald Trump I was much more than disappointed. I was quite irritated.

Let me state up front that I believe you have every right to shut down your own establishment in order to make a political statement. The constitution protects your speech just as it has protected bigoted, unintelligent, and childish political speech for years. In fact, unlike your fellow leftists, I also think you have a right to serve whomever you want whenever you want. If you choose to deny serving someone then you pay the price for your bigotry by losing business. But that is another topic for another day. Presently, I would just like to respond to your bad political speech with much better speech. Thankfully, that will not be difficult.

The very idea that you would protest Trump’s war on illegal aliens by showing us how valuable legal aliens like yourself are to the community is simply asinine. It takes hard work to come up with such an irrelevant commentary on social policy. It also takes a healthy dose of irrationality to be willing to forfeit a day’s worth of profit to subsidize such an inane political statement.

I thought about the idiocy of your silly protest after I left your establishment and drove to another Mexican restaurant about a mile away. When I got there, I walked in and ordered quickly. I was served in just a few minutes and the food was excellent. Before I left, I made sure to go back up to the register and leave a generous tip before leaving in a rush to make a scheduled meeting. (I was a few minutes late in case you were wondering).

Note also that before I left I made sure to thank the owner for remaining open and celebrating capitalism rather than shutting his doors in order to celebrate disdain for our laws by supporting those who engage in willful and criminal violation of our immigration policies.

So why am I telling you all of this in a long, typed-out note left on the table in place of my usual tip? Well, let’s just say that I wanted to remind you of a couple of things.

First, old conservative white guys like me who are in this country legally make pretty good money and are thus able to eat out frequently. Second, we are generally very good tippers.

But you won’t be seeing any more of my tips. That’s because you won’t be seeing me any more at all. I am taking my business to the other Mexican place that doesn’t inconvenience me by engaging in inane political protests that fly in the face of fundamental respect for law and order. My father, grandfather, and many great veterans who fought to protect this nation from invasion from hostile enemies taught that respect to me. That is why I must now say, “Adios, amigo.”

Your former customer,

Mike S. Adams.

Is Lifeway Books Pro Life?

Like many in the pro-life movement, I was excited to see my publisher (Regnery) release a timely book about the notorious serial killer/abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. Within a couple of days of its release I noticed that the book had shot up to #4 on Amazon. I immediately put it in my Amazon cart and prepared to “proceed to checkout.” However, when I glanced at the item in my cart it said, “usually ships in 1 to 2 months.” I knew I could not wait that long to read it. So I reluctantly headed down to Barnes and Noble to make the full price purchase.

When I got to Barnes and Noble I was quickly reminded of why I don’t like to shop there. The front table was overflowing with “new releases.” However, Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer was not among them. So I asked one of their employees why not. She explained that it was over in the “true crime” section.

There, in the far corner of the store, I found just one copy of Gosnell buried among a bunch of outdated true crime novels. The item wasn’t displayed and discounted like many of the other new releases. I was so irritated I decided to head to Lifeway, our town’s only Christian book store, to make the purchase there.

When I walked into Lifeway, I immediately saw their new release section directly in front of me. After looking through the small section and not finding Gosnell, I approached the woman working at the register and asked her to direct me to the pro-life section. I was disappointed when she told me Lifeway doesn’t have a pro-life book section. All they have is a section called “current issues.” She assured me that I could find the pro-life books there.

I took a look through the entire “current issues” section. There were a few books on homosexuality and a few dozen by authors telling us they were sure the world was about to end. But there was no Gosnell and only one book on the issue of abortion. It was on how to share the gospel with a woman after she had an abortion. It was only about 100 pages long. Just to the right of the book, I found a “finance” shelf with close to fifty different selections.

That pretty well sums up the state of the American church. For every Christian committed to defending the unborn, there are fifty “Christians” who are only committed to defending their 401k.

I wish Lifeway would make a statement by putting a pro-life apologetics section in all of their stores. But they are a just a business that serves and reflects the interests of churchgoers rather than proactively shaping the Christian culture.

Regardless, the book selection at Lifeway is a crude reminder of the indisputable fact that abortion only exists with the consent of the church.