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and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

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"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Mitch Threatens Corporations

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says it’s a “big lie” to call the new voting law in Georgia racist and he warned big business to “stay out of politics” after major corporations and even Major League Baseball distanced themselves from the state amid vast public pressure.
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McConnell warned companies not to get involved in voting issues or other upcoming debates on environmental policy or gun violence heading to Congress.

And yes, he threatened them:

“Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order,” McConnell told a news conference in his home state of Kentucky.

Oooh, big words. What's McConnell going to do, take away their tax breaks?

Get real. That's not going to happen.

Worse is that McConnell knows full well that it is his party's long-standing positions that corporations have legal personhood and have the right of free speech. Giving unlimited amounts of money is speech, or so the Supremes held over ten years ago. If money is speech, then speech is speech. CEOs and companies have the right to take a stand on any issue that catches their fancy. Just as you do. If you don't like what a company is saying, buy someone else's products. Stop watching baseball and get interested in soccer.

So what McConnell is saying that companies can practice free speech so long as what they say pleases him. That's quite in keeping with the beliefs of the conservative crowd, which have been consisten in believing that the right to practice a religion only applies to those religions that they approve of.

The reality of the situation is that McConnell's threat is toothless and he knows it. If he tries to take action against companies that have displeased him, that'll probably fail once it gets to court.

7 comments:

DTWND said...

Lemee see if I understand. A company takes a position that the people don't care for. The people boycott that company. That's okay.

Some politicians take a position via the legislation they enact. A company doesn't care for that position and decides to "boycott" that area. That's not okay.

Seems like a You-will-live-your-life-the-way-we-want-you-to attitude. Thought America was all about freedom and liberty.

Dale

Stewart Dean said...

Mitch: 'Oh and keep bankrolling us! Oppressing people and sponsoring rapacious capitalism doesn't come cheap!'

Eck! said...

The other king wanna be, Moscow Mitch, heard from.

The general rule for those clowns is if it doesn't
serve them it's bad. They are fake.


Eck!

Tod Germanica said...

Left or right, boycotts don't work. But the Trumpite's health would sure improve if they just switched to coffee or tea, cut their huge diabetes and obesity problem. But that won't happen. All that Coke coccaine is probably addictive.

Ten Bears said...

They just Luv that Invisible Hand of the Market ... when it's at someone else's throat.

I think Tod's right, boycotts don't work. This is a little closer to home ~ I've been boycotting a number of things for a number of years: beer, football, Israel, ain't none of it made a bit of difference ~ other than the Home Depot, which is easy enough to avoid - in fact will not see any of my upcoming DYI stair-lift and wheel-chair ramp projects - there’s nobody in Georgia for me to boycott that I’m already not doing business with. I don’t “golf”, watch baseball, eat or drink shit, or fly somewhere I can’t get to in my old four by four, or the Smart car. There is literally nothing there that I can’t do and am already doing without.

What Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginias, the whole fucking south needs is a UN Peacekeeping Force and a UN supervised election. Third-world shit-holes need to be treated like third-world shit-holes. Put Jimmy Carter in charge.

bearsense said...

Must admit, I stole this:
BREAKING NEWS: The Republican National Committee announced today that the Republican Party is changing its emblem from an elephant to a condom. The committee Chairman explained that the condom more clearly reflects the party's stance today, because a condom accepts inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of dicks, and gives you a sense of security while you're actually getting screwed.

dinthebeast said...

I seem to remember McConnell vs FEC.

-Doug in Sugar Pine