Citgo is Venezuela's state owned oil company and has had an agreement to supply 7-11's with gas for the last 20 years. The convenience store chain has now announced that it is ending that agreement and seeking a new supplier. The move comes a week after Hugo Chavez's United Nations speech in which he called George W. Bush the devil, and complained that the American President smells of sulfur.
For its part, 7-11 claims that it had decided to terminate the Citgo contract some time ago, and the decision has nothing to do with the Chavez speech. The company does admit, however, that it moved the announcement up because of last week's events at the U.N.
7-11's move also happens to come after a number of bloggers and conservative groups began to call for a boycott of 7-11 because of its dealings with Venezuela. Presumably that means that these groups are opposed to to the concept of free speech guaranteed by the first amendment of the United States Constitution. True, Chavez is not an American citizen, but he was on American soil when he delivered those words.
I, for one, am disappointed that 7-11 has made such a cowardly decision to surrender to these freedom haters. I therefore announce that I am hereby launching a boycott of 7-11, and I urge all other Americans who believe in our system of government to do the same.
Well, I mean AFTER I get one last big gulp cherry flavored slurpee.