Rush Limbaugh is into gimmicks and shticks. One of 'em is his obsession with the First Lady, Michelle Obama. (You know, how he's always always ripping her for no good reason.) He also likes to rail out and spew juicy conservative sound-bytes that turn into annoying headlines. Well, that all seems to have gotten stale for old Rush, because now, he's making a foray into the beverage industry.
Oh yes, today he announced that he'll be selling his own brand of bottled tea called "Two if by Tea," nodding to the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, "Paul Revere's Ride." Clearly, this is for people who cannot get enough Rush in their lives. They don't want to just listen to him spew his megalomaniac head off -- they'd like to drink from a bottle that has it emblazoned on it, too.
Limbaugh explained that it's only FAIR that he should sell the product online (okay), and what's more, a portion of the proceeds will go to the the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation. Alright, that's cool. I actually think this is a brilliant idea!
I know there are products that purport to give 10 percent of their proceeds to various charities or foundations, worthy causes that not too many people would balk at. But what if we were to have even MORE everyday products that would give part of their profits to causes that very clearly fall on one side of the aisle or the other? Hey, it would be a great, straightforward way to vote with your pocketbook, right?
Personally, I would love to buy a brand of condoms or lube that would donate a portion of the proceeds to Planned Parenthood. How 'bout office supplies that would fund teachers' unions? Smartphones with a Twitter app already installed -- and all the proceeds would go directly to Anthony Weiner's re-election campaign?! Okay, I digress. But you get my point.
The truth is that the manufacturers of the products we buy every day donate to politicians and political causes. (For instance, Urban Outfitters and other companies attempt to discreetly donate to anti-gay candidates and policies.) At least with his politically-charged product, Rush is selling his product with a hefty dose of in-your-face honesty. We could use a bit more of that in this country.
Would you buy products that were openly politically affiliated with conservative or liberal views?
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