This week, based on entire lies, large corporations entered a political war with the state of Georgia. The lies at issue revolved around Georgia’s new electoral law, characterized by both Stacey Abrams and President Joe Biden as a new form of Jim Crow. What are these vile new electoral restrictions doing? They need an identification number to receive a postal ballot, with language identical to that of federal law; they ban elections within 150 feet of a polling station or 25 feet from voters online, including the distribution of food or water for partisan purposes; they increase the number of mandatory early voting days on weekends; they keep drop boxes that did not exist before the pandemic; they need additional voting machines and election workers in crowded constituencies; they are increasing the voting hours in the next elections for the vast majority of counties.
These provisions are similar to the laws of a large majority of states. That hasn’t stopped Democrats and the media from simply lying about Georgia’s voting law. While some in the media have pointed out that Biden lied about the alleged crackdown on the Voting Hours Act, no one in the media treated his “Jim Crow” claims with the contemptuous contempt they deserved. so widely. Instead, they simply took the line that Republicans were engaged in a widespread voter suppression, another lie – a lie far more unfounded than Republican concerns about voter fraud and irregularity.
But the media and Democrats went even further: they pushed businesses to take a stand on Georgia’s election law. CBS News ran a headline that circled simple activism: “3 Ways Businesses Can Help Fight Against Restrictive New Georgia Voting Law.” And the companies have complied. Coca-Cola, in line with its new Woka-Cola branding, released a statement lamenting an election law the company did not bother to lobby before it was passed. Delta also released a statement, with CEO Ed Bastian explaining, “I must clarify that the final invoice is unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values.” Major League Baseball took Biden’s advice and pulled the All-Star Game out of the state.
So what should the Conservatives do?
Many conservatives – including myself – deplore the boycott policy. We are not interested in company attendance on the sole basis of political differentiation. But if the left prepares to hijack America’s most powerful institutions and then arm them against Red State voters, the Conservatives will have little choice but to exert back pressure.
The only alternative is the formation of alternative companies in each industry. If Coca-Cola is to respond to the wake-up call, the Conservatives will have to build a competitor. The Conservatives do not have the first-mover advantage in these spaces. But that does not alleviate the responsibility of finding a different path than funding those who cut them to the knees.
The left has politicized everything. The right has avoided this tactic because it is ugly and divisive. But it is too late to put the genie back in the bottle. It is time for mutually assured destruction. There is only one thing worse than having nuclear weapons: unilateral disarmament. Better now to establish mutually assured destruction and warn American business that by entering the middle of a tense political debate, it risks a return from the right as well as the left.