Brian Camenker, the President of
pro-family activist group MassResistance, is one of my best friends.
From my earlier days writing to the New England press, I learned
about his bold pro-life and pro-family activism at Ground Zero for the
destruction of marriage: Massachusetts. Only judicial tyranny could have forced
such a travesty on this country, and it all started in the Bay State.
Earlier this year, Brian paid a visit to the Los Angeles
area, to attend the funeral for a loved one. Who would have thought that
another movement, born from MassResistance, would break forth here in liberal
loony California, the Land of Fruits and Nuts (and very expensive eggs!)?
We talked about the growing need for confrontational
conservative activism. For too long, Republicans—elected or otherwise—have
avoided the fights, refusing to face off and push back against the destructive
illiberal agenda eating away at our nation’s values and individual liberties.
When I showed Brian a video of my activism with another
incredible group—We the People Rising—he was really impressed. “You guys do
And that’s what he has been seeking in his crusade against
the Big Gay Hate Machine.
After our brief meeting in January, I mulled the idea of
expanding the resistance here in California. After all, a majority of
Californians in a Presidential year voted to maintain the true definition of
marriage and amend the state constitution.
Lo and behold, I was not the first to seek the operations of
pro-family activism expand across the country. Today, Virginia has a
MassResistance affiliate, along with Maine. The pro-life, pro-family, and
pro-liberty communion in our country needed a fire under its feet, a light not
just to show the way, but to walk upon it.
For too long, conservatives have contented themselves with
their built-in echo chamber. They love going to holiday parties, election
forums, debates, blogs, websites. Lots of talk. Very little walk.
Barack Obama’s regressive political agenda has woken up
concerned partisans. The best way to defeat these demonic Saul Alinsky acolytes
is … to take the Rules for Radicals and turn them on the Enemy. We on the right
have the principles. It’s time to fight for them. We can win the argument. Now
we have to win the vote.
Before a grassroots fight, though, I supported the movement
against the militant homosexual agenda in other states. I started making phone
calls to Georgia and Mississippi to support individual liberty against the
militant homosexual agenda. When Nathan Deal caved to left-wing LGBT pressure,
I started asking other questions: “Why would a recently re-elected Republican
governor in a deep red state cave to an anti-Christian, anti-liberty bully?
Big Business, from Coca-Cola to the NFL, imposed on the
governor to reject protecting individual liberty. Brian and I discussed this
disturbing down-turn of events. “We need to start targeting the corporations,
the CEOs, not just individual lawmakers or governors.”
Disney was my first choice. They have increasingly turned up
their support for gay marriage and other homosexual issues without hesitation.
They even celebrate “gay days” at Disneyland! Isn’t it supposed to be a
family-oriented theme park? Outrageous.
One person not going to the Magic Kingdom is not going to
make a difference. More people refusing to attend Disney movies or visit the
theme parks could impact the culture. Camenker wondered if that could work,
though, since so many families on the East Coast plan on at least a Disney
World venture in their lifetimes.
Then Target made itself a target.
The second largest retailer in the United States was already
eroding the distinctions between male and female, first by opting out of a
boys and a girls section for toys or furniture.
Then the CEO rolled out a “Transgender bathroom” policy.
Shoppers could use bathrooms and fitting rooms according to their chosen gender
identity, regardless of their biological sex.
Unreal. The moral insanity of the Obama Administration and
the Regressive Left has flooded the retail industry. Transgenderism is not an
identity, but a disorder. This new distinction is not a civil right, but a
dysfunction to be resisted. Perverted men are already exploiting this
destructive policy, to the avoidable hurt of women and children.
I meditated in my heart for about three weeks on whether to
stage a protest at a Target store my home city of Torrance, CA. After seeking
advice and support from fellow conservatives and concerned residents in the
city, I set up an event page on Facebook (at least Zuckerberg has not been
targeting this conservative!).
A few of my friends joined me on May 14th, 2016.
For two hours, we held our signs “Boycott Target” along with
pictures of former transgender Walt Heyer and others. Three more Torrance
residents showed up to stand with us. Some shoppers approached us to find out
why we were protesting. One couple thanked us for being there, and declared
that they would not shop at a Target until the policy was rescinded.
The Target security personnel arrived a number of times to
prevent us from standing there. We refused to leave. An hour later, two
Torrance police officers arrived. Instead of trying to intimidate or remove us,
he affirmed our right to protest, then informed us that he would serve as a
liaison between us and the store.
A little later, another private security guard arrived to try
to get us to leave. We refused.