Saturday, July 21, 2012

Liberalism's Great Crusade

Plastic bag bans. No holds barred.
Abby Goldberg, a 12-year-old from the midwestern village of Grayslakes, Illinois, has become a bit of an online icon for progressive activists desperately seeking anything to remove focus from the consequences that are resulting from their nationwide bag ban pursuits.

Goldberg has centered her activism on petitioning Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to veto legislation that would end the ability of local governments to ban those in the private sector from using plastic bags in their respective stores. Largely due to her youth, she has capitulated into the media spotlight and her petition has amassed north of 150,000 signatures.

The language of the petition is especially harsh, accusing the oil and chemical industries of “using the politicians they bought” to secure passage of the bill, and subsequently stating that, somehow, banning private sector entrepreneurs from using materials of their choosing is “giving hope to people around the world that they can stand up for their own rights.”

However, with the increased attention has come the truth of the matter. A recent interview with Goldberg shed light on the fact that she, in fact, was hardly involved in the process.


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