Editorial: “A grassroots effort to boycott Aruba began after all other attempts to find justice or even truth had failed”
The boycott of Aruba is often a misunderstood one by Arubans and Aruba officials. Whether the powers that be in Aruba and their spin machine do this intentionally is up to ones own interpretation. Yes, a boycott of Aruba had been called for by AL Governor Bob Riley and backed by the governors of Georgia and Arkansas. As Aruba the Truth conveniently points out, the boycott was not supported by Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. However, what many do not understand is a boycott is not coerced; one does it as a personal choice. No one is doing it because a politician asks them to. They support it or do not support a boycott of Aruba on their own accord.
Take the following editorial from The Meridian Star and states better than most any other article what drives a “grass roots” movement and the support for the Holloway & Twitty family.
At this point, it is no longer about our individual sense of fun on foreign shores or our individual rights to travel unrestricted. It is simply about being there for someone who needs us. It is about standing up and being on the team.
A grassroots effort to boycott the island was launched after all other attempts to find justice or even truth had failed. The family (and we supporters) are asking all Americans to show Aruba, and by extension the world, that we are what they refuse to be. We really are a nation governed by the people, for the people.
This editorial puts together the ideas in a well thought manner of those who support a boycott of Aruba. It also is a persuasive editorial for those that are on the fence. It is about “team work” and standing behind that what one knows is right.
Natalee is an American citizen, and she absolutely deserves us, her fellow U.S. citizens, standing strongly behind her parents on her now silenced behalf.
It is amazing that Aruban officials do not comprehend the scope of such a boycott, especially since Aruba has Americans like Steve Cohen consulting them. This is what America is about. We do not need politicians to tell us what to do or not to do in order to figure out right from wrong. Americans certainly do not need to hear Arubans telling them not to boycott because a particular politician was against it for whatever the reason may be.
Aruban officials have all but jeered at the limited scope the boycott has acquired thus far based on the mere few state representatives who have voiced their support. Americans are so much more; we have individual rights, and we definitely know how to stand up and claim them.