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One of my goals for this weekend is to brainstorm little ways that I can stop providing any revenue to the Left…by just being smarter about what I choose to do for fun or what my boyfriend Justin and I spend money on. I’m taking a little notebook with me and will keep track of any time that Justin or I spend any money…and we’ll write down what we spent and where. Then I’ll take a look at this when we’ve had a few weeks’ of data and start to analyze how we can reduce as much as possible the money we’re spending on any products that are owned by companies that fund the institutional Left.
I already do a lot of things to mitigate how much we feed into the Democrats’ revenue stream, but I’ve never bothered to be this particular about what we spend and where. I just think it will be an interesting personal experiment…and the mere act of doing this will already alter the way I think, because before I spend anything I am going to be considering whether we really need to buy this or that….especially if I don’t know if the owners of the manufacturing company, restaurant, or other service-provider are committed Leftists (or those who just decide funding the Left is a fun thing to do).
I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite ways to limit the amount of our money that goes to the Left is to avoid seeing movies in theaters….since the movie chains themselves aren’t making money off those films, but the ticket prices are going straight to Hollywood…which in turn gives 50% of their profits to Democrats in one way or the other. In case you didn’t know, movie theaters actually make no money off newly released films and instead are in business to sell the concessions snacks, drinks, and candy.
If you are a big movie fan and just can’t live without seeing things on the big screen, I’d love you to try something as an experiment today…because it could possibly change your life.
There is a great website called www.TheMovieSpoiler.com that posts “spoilers” of all the newest movies that have been released. They already have the site updated for today, with the latest movies that have just come out for May 31st, 2013. After Earth and Now You See Me appear to be the two big new releases this Friday. All of the other films in the current Top Twenty films at the box office have spoilers posted on TheMovieSpoiler alongside these two newest releases.
I have no desire at all to see the nepotism-fest that is After Earth (as it’s a movie where Will Smith shouts “AW HELL NAW!” for two hours as he desperately tries to make his son, Jaden, into a movie star…when the boy’s about as wooden as Pinocchio), but I am intrigued by Now You See Me…which is a movie about a group of magicians who rob banks during their act. I LOVE heist movies like Ocean’s Eleven, The Italian Job, Flawless, etc. so this is the sort of movie that would entice me to visit a theater.
I have to admit I am tempted, especially since I will be downtown later tomorrow working on “The Case of the Stripping School Teacher” investigation and visiting the State Board of Education again (as today someone has promised to make time to speak with me about my ongoing expose in this matter). I’m most tempted to see a movie in theaters if I’m already downtown…and if I’m inclined to see a film like Now You See Me anyway, this is when I’m most vulnerable to cracking and giving Hollywood that $15 I don’t want to give them.
You’d be amazed at how well reading the spoiler to a movie changes your desire to see it in theaters. Once I read a spoiler, I know what happens in the film and I realize I can wait three months to see the movie when it comes out on Amazon Instant Video (if I really want to see it)…or wait about a year and it will be for free on Netflix streaming. By reading the spoilers before I see the movies, I actually feel like I’m reading a book and then later see the film adaptation.
Only, the “adaptations” in this case are EXACTLY like the film because what I read was a detailed summary of the movie. It’s fun to use my imagination to picture what the film will be like…and then when I finally see it on Amazon or wherever I may know what happens but I still enjoy watching because the spoilers didn’t capture all the jokes, the great visuals, or whatever else is most appealing about that particular film.
I think reading the spoilers and then waiting until the movie is on Amazon for $2.99 really gives me the best of all worlds…and I feel like I am part of pop culture because I know what is happening in the current movies, but I didn’t contribute a single dime to the Hollywood studios (which are essentially just an ATM for Democrats). Sure, Hollywood makes money off the Amazon rental when I eventually do that…but it’s about $1.99 that they make from me at that point (the $2.99 minus Amazon’s cut in the transaction). This is much less than handing Hollywood $11, $12, or even as much as $15 for a ticket (and double all this if I am going to the theater with Justin instead of movie-watching solo).
Just imagine if every conservative American started living this way…and drastically cutting off the flow of family funds to Hollywood. Could the movie studios survive and continue pushing the Left’s agenda if all of a sudden conservative-minded people made a few simple changes to how they did things and eliminated going to the movies on a national scale?
This would be a game-changer.
So much of politics involves these tiny things that people can do in their own homes that aren’t noticeable until millions of people are all doing it and there’s a big culture shift. The more you encourage your friends and family to stop watching movies in theaters, the better. Even if you cut back to just seeing the big 3D cartoon your kids are dying to watch or some other “event” movie you absolutely need to watch as soon as possible…the mere fact that you reduced your theater-going from several films a year to just one or two is a great start.
Maybe you could check out some local live theater where you live…especially at a college or high school near you, where they often put on all kinds of shows with very talented performers…and a lot of these are even FREE to attend.
Just something to think about as you head into the weekend in case you have free time and are wondering what you might get up to.
QUESTIONS FOR COMMENTS: What other ways can you start to reduce the revenue stream your family might provide to the institutional left? Do you know any good lists of companies to support as much as possible because they are pro-American and strictly avoid contributing to Democrats?
I’ve found that focusing on companies to SUPPORT is so much more fun and easier than trying to avoid/boycott bad companies. For some reason, if I see a list of products to never buy I suddenly want all of them. Or start seeing them everywhere when I never noticed them before. But if I know that such-and-such company does a lot of good in the world then I will actively seek out their brands and will try to incorporate them into my spending.
What else is on your mind as we enter this weekend here on May 31st, 2013?
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