Below is an actual letter emailed to Senator Richard Shelby and the Alabama Chamber of Commerce stating that I am now boycotting the State of Alabama because he voted no to support our American automobile companies. I am strongly urging all of my readers to do the same and you can send your letters to the email addresses provided below.
Our American automobile industry must come first and the union workers who work in them.
From: Mary [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, December 13, 2008 12:29 AM
Subject: Since you voted no to the bridge loan, Americans should boycott Alabama
To Senator Richard C. Shelby,
You do not know me, but I am a non-paid Internet writer who writes for several web sites and a site came to my attention called, BoycottAlabamaNow.com and featured on it was an Fox News interview with Joe Babiasz who worked for General Motors for 34 years and is calling for people to boycott the state of Alabama because of your backing of foreign automakers and their non-union employees. While I have nothing against these employees, I anger when a United States senator will back a foreign automaker over an American company or in this case companies. Mr. Babiasz is calling for this boycott because you did not vote in support of the $14 billion dollar bridge-loan to General Motors and Chrysler. These good American companies have been the very back bone of this country.
In reaction to this bridge-loan being defeated by senators like you, Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan asked people to purchase stock in one of the three major American automakers for people as Christmas gifts which I thought to be a great idea. She also asked people if and when they can afford it, to purchase automobiles made by one of the Big-Three and to truly support America. Hopefully these automobile companies can make it that long.
Which leads me to say this to you, Senator Shelby, I support the Boycott Alabama move in totality. Yes, this is protectionism since we have seen job after job, company after company leave this country and the time for that to end is now. We have our own people to worry about and we have our own companies to care about so that those profits stay here in the United States instead of going to foreign companies and governments.
As a writer, I will be posting this letter to you on my blog asking my readers not to purchase any item produced in your state, to visit your state or do business in any form with your state. Your one single vote against this bridge-loan could be the very vote that ends three million American jobs and it is about time that people at a grass roots level stand up for American workers and yes unions. Unions have been there at every step of the way protecting the rights of the American worker and it is time for we the people to stand up and support these union members. To even ask them to give up any of their rightful benefits when you in the senate receive so many benefits is unconscionable and mean spirited.
Let it be known, I stand in solidarity with General Motors, Chrysler, Ford and the United Auto Workers Union.