Time for Orange County liberals to shop an alternative to Whole Foods for natural and organic produce and products!
Fortunately, our county is home to only two Whole Foods market, in Laguna Beach and in Tustin at the corner of Jamboree and Barranca Parkway, so few conscientious shoppers will be affected by a boycott.
Here’s the deal: in a Wall Street Journal op-ed penned this week by CEO/founder John Mackey, self-servingly titled The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare, this newly-revealed conservative libertarian declared:
“… the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system.”
If that’s not enough, this pseudo-constitutional scholar goes on to pontificate:
“While all of us empathize with those who are sick, how can we say that all people have more of an intrinsic right to health care than they have to food or shelter?
“… A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That’s because there isn’t any. This ‘right’ has never existed in America.”
I wonder: does Mr. Mackey realize that the bulk of Whole Foods customers are liberals who actively support both buying organic and earth-friendly products and health care reform?
I also wonder: what does Mr. Mackey think our country’s founders meant when they wrote that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Does Mackey honestly believe that access to the minimums needed to not die don’t constitute “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness?” Or does he just not give a damn about his ailing, uninsured neighbor?
We have plenty of amply-stocked Whole Foods alternatives here in Orange County, including Trader Joe’s (18 stores throughout the county) and Irvine-based Henry’s Farmers Market, with stores in Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Laguna Beach, Mission Viejo and Yorba LInda.
Boycott Whole Foods!