I am sure that the management of UPS is celebrating and waiting for congratulations to pour in praising their move to punish a bunch of kids in the name of political correctness. With great fanfare the company has announced that it is withdrawing its financial support for the Boy Scouts of America, an institution that for over 100 years has taught young men to be self reliant, patriotic, to help others, and to foster the virtues of honesty, selflessness, and morality. Now UPS has said how dare they?
The company is refusing to donate any more money to the scouts because the scouts are refusing to cave into the homosexual agenda in this country and allow gays and lesbians to serve as leaders in the organization. The Boy Scouts are making a stand for what they believe in and that is no longer allowed according to UPS executives. Welcome to Obama land where you are not allowed to maintain beliefs that are not in lock step with the official party line. If you dare to express your God given rights to freedom of speech and to associate with those who believe as you do, you will be punished.
So, “Damn the Constitution, it is full speed ahead” to bully the Boy Scouts into submitting to the political agenda of the far left, and UPS has decided to be a pawn in that effort. After all, in a nation where traditional values are under constant attack an organization that has its members swear an oath that states “On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” How archaic can you get?
For progressives it gets even worse when they look at the points of the Scout Law where the scouts pledge that: “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.” These laws incorporate the American values that the left hates and it wants to deprive our young people from even espousing them, much less putting into practice.
Unfortunately for the progressive community, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that the Boy Scouts has the right to free association, and to set its own membership requirements. Therefore, the left will rely on its lackeys in the private sector to enforce its will. UPS fell right in line and is attacking one of America’s most important groups. Now, it is time for these corporate executives to find that their actions are not without consequences.
I admit that this is personal for me. I am an Eagle Scout and a former Scoutmaster of a large Scout troop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. All four of my sons became Eagles. Of the 59 boys who obtained the rank of Eagle Scout in my troop while I was Scoutmaster, 12 served in the U.S. military. Of course, their patriotism and sacrifice for their country is of no consequence to the people who run UPS. I have used that company frequently to ship out copies of my books and usually select the UPS option when ordering products for my home or business. That ends now. I will never do business with the company again, and I encourage my readers to do the same.
The UPS Corporation has crossed the line. Of course, they can make donations to whoever they want; that is their choice, but when they choose to withdraw their donation and attack a group of fine young people in order to make political points and contribute to the destruction of that group I will respond accordingly.
When I was making speeches to groups prior to the election I also told them that if Obama was reelected that political correctness would run amok and be used to silence us. The action of UPS is just one of many that will be used to take away our rights and bully us into submission. It is time for the rest of us to draw a line in the sand.
-- Michael Connelly, retired constitutional lawyerCheck out Michael Connelly's new radio talk show that airs every Wednesday at 4:00 PM Eastern on America's Web Radio. Be sure to visit his non-profit organization Constitutional Law Alliance (CLA) where he has written a booklet on the U.S. Constitution that every patriotic American should own and distribute to friends and relatives.
Michael Connelly teaches constitutional law through Education to Go, an online company that provides courses to numerous universities. He is a retired attorney, the author of four books, publisher of a website, and U.S. Army veteran.