In our increasingly polarized country, I understand why some of my fellow progressives want to see corporations get behind our favorite causes. (See http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77002.html). However, I look down the road and I worry about a time when progressives and conservatives will have, in addition to their own favorite news networks, their own favorite retailers. If conservatives are made to feel unwelcome at Target, and progressives unwelcome at Wal-Mart, won’t that just increase the isolation? And won’t that make progressives and conservatives even less likely to understand each other?
Personally, I enjoy the fact that I can see friends of different political stripes at Bridgewater IGA — excuse me, Bridgewater Foods Supermarket — and politics will not enter our conversation. Baseball, yes; the weather, yes; chicken barbecue, yes; but no politics.