There’s an idiom courting again to 600 B.C and used usually starting in 16th Century English that “Moscow” Mitch McConnell possible by no means heard. “Don’t chew the hand that feeds you” is sensible counsel to an individual who assaults, harms, reveals ingratitude towards, or in any other case turns towards somebody who helps them.
The idiom applies to McConnell for his risk towards main firms that assist him and Republicans with large marketing campaign contributions for the only goal of influencing politics to learn themselves. After all it’s flagrant hypocrisy, on McConnell’s half, however it’s also silly for him to concern toothless threats towards your main donors warning them to “keep out of politics.”
McConnell could be very indignant as a result of some massive firms assist democracy and oppose the current neo-Jim Crow laws blatantly suppressing the votes of primarily individuals of coloration. On Monday previous McConnell stated:
“Our personal sector should cease taking cues from the Outrage-Industrial Advanced. Individuals don’t want or need huge enterprise to amplify disinformation or react to each manufactured controversy with frantic left-wing signaling. Companies should not use financial blackmail to unfold disinformation and push dangerous concepts that residents reject on the poll field.
From election legislation to environmentalism to radical social agendas to the Second Modification, elements of the personal sector hold dabbling in behaving like a woke parallel authorities. Companies will invite severe penalties in the event that they develop into a automobile for far-left mobs to hijack our nation from outdoors the constitutional order.“
Overlook that McConnell allowed Trump to function far outdoors the constitutional order, and ignore the bafflingly silly comment that far-left mobs are forcing firms to do something; it is likely one of the stupidest issues McConnell’s warning to firms contained. However McConnell’s hypocrisy is past gorgeous and can’t be ignored. It’s, in any case, McConnell who has completed greater than anybody in politics to reward firms with not simply tax cuts, however an open door coverage permitting them to affect social agendas and Washington politics. As famous final yr within the New Yorker:
“No one has completed greater than [McConnell] has to engineer the present campaign-finance system, through which billionaires and firms have just about no spending limits, and self-dealing and influence-peddling are commonplace.
McConnell, like nearly all of Republicans, has no drawback when firms train their freedom of speech by donating cash to enact insurance policies close to and expensive to Republicans and their nasty voting blocs. However after they converse out towards blatant racist and anti-democratic atrocities, their free speech turns into insupportable; so McConnell threatens them with severe penalties for making an attempt to affect insurance policies that are inherently racist and opposite to fascist Republican insurance policies.
McConnell was a driving power behind the Residents United case that gave firms and particular curiosity (spiritual) teams their outsized voice to affect Republican insurance policies that pander to gun fanatics, spiritual fanatics’ assaults on ladies’s rights, and the fossil fuel industrie’s assaults on the atmosphere. According to McConnell, their political affect on behalf of favourite conservative points is okay and dandy as a result of firms are individuals with free speech rights. Nonetheless, when firms use their free speech rights to converse out in assist of democracy and towards racist insurance policies, they get threatened with severe penalties.
It isn’t actually clear what sort of severe penalties McConnell was speaking about or what sort of energy he thinks he wields towards the individuals holding him and most Republicans in workplace. However regardless, it was a silly comment and reeks of biting the hand that feeds you.
Severely, will McConnell punish firms and massive companies with a large company tax hike? Or will he assist laws overturning Residents United and put an finish to darkish cash in politics? Or will he vote for environmental insurance policies the fossil gas trade hates? He received’t do any of these issues and firms and massive enterprise are effectively conscious that he received’t.
McConnell’s threats are as hole as they’re hypocritical and monumentally silly, however they reveal one thing that definitely caught the eye of the identical firms he sometimes loves extra than the rest on Earth. Even the companies that revenue handsomely from their funding in Republicans perceive that McConnell’s flagrant opposition to democracy defines his un-American embrace of the fascism Trump influenced the Republican motion to undertake as its defining attribute.
It’s probably that McConnell believed he might bully firms like he bullies his dirt-stupid constituents by worry mongering about “far left radicals” forcing “dangerous concepts” like equal voting rights, environmental protections, and sane gun rules on Individuals. However firms and massive companies aren’t run by dirt-stupid individuals who assist fascism, destroying the atmosphere, and common mass killings.
Certainly, they’re run by extremely educated Individuals who perceive that almost all of the American individuals assist all the things that McConnell and fascist Republicans oppose. Companies could also be grasping, however they aren’t silly, and they aren’t going to be bullied by the likes of McConnell. They’re possible not afraid to cease handing out tens of millions to Republicans either as a result of Democrats know huge enterprise in mandatory for a wholesome economic system or as a result of they aren’t silly sufficient to assist insurance policies opposite to the need of the individuals.
McConnell, alternatively, demonstrated that he isn’t only a raging hypocrite and an un-American fascist, he simply confirmed the nation and the companies that assist him that he’s truly fairly silly and never as clever as a canine that is aware of it’s by no means good to chew the hand that feeds you.
Audio engineer and teacher for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of ladies, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of faith and notably, 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.