South Dakota and You
Pack your bags. We're going to South Dakota.
Since attempting to implement pseudo-Christian sharia in South Dakota, there has been much talk of a tourism boycott:
Tourism is South Dakota's second-largest industry, behind agriculture, with visitors to the state spending $809 million in 2005, according to the Tourism Department. Mount Rushmore received 2.75 million visitors in 2005.We are going about this all wrong, as usual.
Among those calling for a boycott is the Women's Medical Fund, an abortion rights organization based in Madison, Wis. "Our message is that if they are going to treat women in this inhumane way, they can expect to pay a price," said Anne Gaylor, the group's director.
State Tourism Director Billie Jo Waara said that her office has been getting a dozen or so calls a day from people on both sides of the issue. Some say they will not vacation in South Dakota, but very few of those who had already made travel plans have canceled, she said.
Let's say that, like most people in America, you weren't planning to vacation in South Dakota. Withholding tourism dollars you never had any intention of spending is not an act of rebellion.
Instead of staying away, I have a different strategy for indignant leftists: Make South Dakota a destination. For every dollar you spend on gas and corn nuts, do not leave there without costing them two dollars. How? Not My Problem. Just use your imagination and make sure no one gets hurt.
Post Script: And just for the record, lest this post be the one that brings a knock at the door, let me say very clearly I am not proposing violence. Further, to spell it out for the Officially Thick, what I am saying is that our failure as citizens is one of imagination. If you still have one, take it out for a walk every now and then.