Republicans are brazenly demonstrating that massive enterprise’ free speech and free enterprise rights are contingent on accepting fascism of their newest try to punish companies that help democracy.
Early this week a quintet of brazenly fascist Republicans in the USA Senate proposed laws to punish Main League Baseball for relocated the annual All-Star recreation to protest Georgia’s anti-democracy regulation focusing on folks of colour. It’s unclear how lengthy it is going to take for the anti-democracy fascists to focus on companies for his or her protest in opposition to voter suppression legal guidelines, however it’s definitely inside the realm of chance.
Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Mike Lee (R-UT) launched laws aimed toward stripping Main League Baseball’s anti-trust exemption that’s been in place since 1922. The punitive measure, and that’s all it’s, is as a result of Republicans clearly solely help enterprise’ free speech and free enterprise as long as they help Republicans’ lurch in the direction of fascism. Republicans are livid at companies and sports activities leagues as a result of they dare to help causes equivalent to defending all People’ proper to vote.
When MLB relocated the so-called “Midsummer Basic” from Belief Park, dwelling of the the Atlanta Braves in Georgia, to Coors Subject in Denver because of the Georgia Republicans’ harsh voter suppression legal guidelines, all Hell broke free within the fascist GOP.
Republicans religiously defend the free speech rights of companies, and the appropriate of enterprise to conduct their operations as they please, however provided that they help Republican insurance policies – or higher but, simply maintain their opinions to themselves and toe the celebration line when referred to as upon.
Ted Cruz, the man former Speaker of the Home John Boehner mentioned “go f*ck your self,” mentioned MLB is “performing to favor one celebration in opposition to the opposite. Cruz mentioned:
“This previous month now we have seen the rise of the woke company. Now we have seen the rise of massive enterprise implementing a woke normal.”
For the uninformed, “woke” means to be “conscious of social injustice” or a “staunch advocate for social justice.” It has nothing to do with favoring one political celebration over the opposite and solely Republicans are utilizing it as a derogatory time period. Nonetheless, the GOP’s utilization as a slight is telling concerning the state of the Trump Republican motion.
The place one political celebration is deeply involved about securing social justice for all People, Republicans ardently oppose the fundamental premise of “social justice” in all its kinds; together with actively opposing voting rights for folks of colour and refusing to behave when police shoot unarmed African People.
This newest mud up comes on the heels of Senate Minority Chief “Moscow” Mitch McConnell’s warning to another massive companies that they face “severe penalties” for exercising their proper of free speech. McConnell, like His fascist cohort, is furious at companies for talking out in opposition to the Georgia fascists’ anti-democracy laws focusing on folks of colour.
McConnell’s menace is sheer hypocrisy and little else. He was, in actual fact, a driving power behind the Residents United ruling that principally declared “companies are folks” and revel in free speech rights like each American citizen who’s white, radically spiritual, Republican, racist, and a card-carrying member of the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation. Individuals of colour, ladies, members of the LGBTQ neighborhood, and the non-religious sod off. Now massive enterprise understands how fickle, hypocritical, and vindictive Republicans are as a matter after all and the way they quickly demonize anybody that disagrees with their insurance policies.
Cruz accused MLB of “performing to favor one celebration in opposition to the opposite.” As former Home Speaker John Boehner mentioned, Ted Cruz is “Lucifer within the flesh,” a Trump-supporting punk, and a hypocrite of the primary order (the final half is the creator’s opinion). For many years massive enterprise has sometimes favored Republicans over Democrats within the type of large marketing campaign donations and Cruz has benefitted drastically.
Cruz, like all Republicans, claims that enterprise, and MLB is nothing if not an enormous enterprise, can’t be regulated by the federal authorities underneath any circumstance. Republicans embrace the laissez faire mindset relating to massive companies and fanatical evangelicals. And, they declare that with the Residents United ruling massive companies and church buildings are “folks” with the appropriate of free speech to have an effect on the course of presidency; besides once they help social justice or voting rights for folks of colour.
If Cruz, Hawley, Rubio, Blackburn or Lee have an issue with MLB’s 98-year previous anti-trust exemption, they’ve had a number of years to suggest laws stripping that exemption away – however they didn’t. They had been positive with MLB’s exemption till that specific massive enterprise did not toe the fascist line and help Georgia’s 2021 iteration of Jim Crow.
It’s doubtless that the Republicans’ threats focusing on “woke” companies and large companies are simply that – meaningless threats. Nonetheless, they’ve uncovered their true nature as hypocrites that solely help silent massive companies; besides to staunchly help all Republican efforts to disclaim folks of colour their proper to vote when referred to as upon. That Republicans are lobbing threats at giant companies and America’s pastime in help of voter suppression legal guidelines reveals that they’re simply as silly as they’re evil.
Audio engineer and teacher for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of girls, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of faith and significantly, freedom of NO faith.
Born within the South, raised within the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.