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    Tuesday, Feb. 04, 2014
    11:50 a.m. E.S.T.

    Some Conservatives Need
    To Stop Bashing Coke Ad

    Some conservatives are having a fit over this Coke ad featuring "America The Beautiful" sung in different languages.

    Do you know what burns my bacon? Some conservatives are having a hissy fit over a Super Bowl Coke ad featuring a multi-language version of “America The Beautiful.”

    Some, such as Todd Starnes the host of FOX News & Commentary, had this to tweet about:

    And as many of you know, I’m not a fan of illegal immigrants.

    Normally I don’t write on topics like this, simply because in my mind it falls under the category of “entertainment,” which is white noise that we don’t need. But when nationally syndicated liberal talk show host Leslie Marshall tweeted about this on Monday night and I replied to her about my thoughts, she wanted me to call in. Sadly I couldn’t, but she gave me the final push that got my bacon burning enough to write something.

    Now anyone accusing me of being 100-percent bleeding-heart liberal will have an uphill battle (or accusing me of being a die-hard conservative for that matter, even though I do lean right on some issues). But to the conservatives (and even my dear friends) who are moaning about a Coca-Cola ad that had different nationalities singing “America The Beautiful” in their own tongues, please stop.

    Conservatives, there are bigger issues facing this country right now than a soda company’s multilingual ad. We have problems with many losing their insurance coverage because of Obamacare, the debt ceiling, not getting a 100-percent clear picture from the administration of what went on in Benghazi and the list goes on and on.

    Thankfully the 2016 presidential election is a long time from now and this little temper tantrum will be forgotten by many liberals and their political leaders. But at this moment all you’re doing is giving them ammo to make you look ridiculous. So take a cue from other conservatives who know when to pick their battles.

    Because right now things aren’t looking good for you guys. Many conservatives believe that taking things to the extreme is the best approach in the next election. For example, talk radio host Sean Hannity said last week that in order for Republicans to win the White House in 2016 they need to be far right to balance out Hillary Clinton, who at this moment is expected to be the Democratic presidential candidate. Of course, many thought the same thing back in 2008, but then-Sen. Barack Obama showed up.

    Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that if the battle plan is to go to extremes on the issues and not cater to the moderate voters, as some conservatives have voiced, then you need to learn which fights to back.

    Because like it or not, getting upset over a soda commercial where the whole theme is to show how America is the great melting pot will not just make yourself look foolish, but you are segregating yourself from a lot of people. And not caring about moderate voters is a bad idea.

    Simply put, attacking Coke’s commercial that shows America’s unity is like calling Superman a commie sympathizer.

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