April 7, 2021
What happened to baseball (or any sport for that matter) being a fun escape, a light distraction from our everyday lives?
America’s national pastime is now embroiled in partisan nastiness, thanks to a woke company and a chorus of media propagandists…
Major League Baseball (MLB) announced last Friday that it would move the All-Star Game from its planned location in Atlanta this summer. The league is doing this to punish the state of Georgia for the passage of “The Election Integrity Act of 2021.”
That’s right, one of the biggest professional sports leagues in America is punishing an entire state for passing a constitutional, utterly reasonable bill that clarifies some voting procedures. Many of the SB 202 adjustments have been welcomed by local election officials who were overwhelmed by the last election’s record turnout and an unprecedented shift toward mail-in voting.
A state law that codifies many additional access provisions and is almost certain to increase voting across the board – while also making fraud more difficult – is being described as “restrictive” and “racist.”
The usual activists and chattering classes are hailing MLB’s actions as a victory for voting rights and social justice. They’re treating the mobilization of MLB and other mega-corporations like Delta and Coca-Cola against the Georgia GOP as though it’s all part of a great moral crusade to “protect our democracy” and “stop voter suppression.”
Unfortunately, that’s a fanciful narrative that relies on the misrepresentation of what the Georgia law actually does. But the lies come from the very top on this one…
While the media pretends Joe Biden is a straight shooter, the Georgia voting bill is an excellent case study in what a lying fraud the 46th president really is.
Biden’s comments on the Georgia law aren’t just unfair… they’re reckless. He has accused Republicans in the state of enacting “Jim Crow in the 21st century.” Come on, not even Biden can be this dumb… He’s misrepresenting the facts of the law, and purposefully so. Here’s an example of the president’s malarkey on Georgia’s “voter integrity act” from last week:
It’s an atrocity, the idea, you want any indication that… it has nothing to do with fairness, nothing to do with decency, they pass a law saying you can’t provide water for people standing in line while they’re waiting to vote… you don’t need anything else to know that… this is nothing but punitive, designed to keep people from voting… you can’t provide water for people about to vote, give me a break.
An “atrocity?” First of all, the notion that providing food and drink to people waiting in line to vote is some sacred Democratic norm is absurd. Nobody is dying of thirst or hunger at the polling booth because they had to wait a bit to vote. It’s Georgia, not the Sahara desert.
But more to the point, what Biden is claiming isn’t even accurate. SB 202 specifically allows for polling places to provide self-service water to people waiting to vote. It also states that any organization or individual may provide food and drink to voters as long as they are 150 feet from the polling place.
The law isn’t trying to stop Americans from having a snack… It’s just meant to prevent active electioneering in voting lines by people who are offering a cheeseburger while giving a nod and a wink to “vote for the right candidate.”
This point, a minor and wholly appropriate limitation on the provision of snacks in voting lines, is supposedly among the most egregious offenses in SB 202. What a joke. Senator Chuck Schumer, among other dishonest Democrats, has been hammering the talking points on this for weeks anyway.
And national media outlets have been covering the Georgia law with breathless moral indignation without ever telling their audience the truth… The law is actually fine, fair, and will make elections in Georgia function better.
So in response to the drumbeat of all this propaganda, MLB decided to pull an All-Star Game from a Democrat-controlled city in a state where Democrats just won two Senate seats and voted for Biden. It’s estimated this could cost the Atlanta area $100 million in lost revenues.
Adding to the ridiculousness of this whole situation is the fact that the All-Star Game has been moved from Atlanta to Denver in protest of Georgia’s new voting laws, yet Colorado has similar stringent voting rules.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp was also scratching his head on this…
Georgia has 17 days of in-person early voting including two optional Sundays, Colorado has 15… So what I’m being told, they also have a photo ID requirement. So it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.
In order to get some favorable press from the New York Times and CNN, MLB has punished thousands of people struggling through the pandemic to make a living who had nothing to with this law but were looking forward to making some money for their labor.
But wokeness means never having to apologize for hurting restaurant owners and workers, hoteliers, stadium employees, and the vendors selling t-shirts with players’ names on them. The guy walking around selling popcorn for just above minimum wage will lose out, but MLB grandees like Commissioner Robert Manfred get to virtue signal… and that’s what matters most to the woke mafia.
The hypocrisy is pretty thick on this one… If Manfred believes relocating the All-Star Game demonstrates MLB’s “opposition to U.S. voter restrictions,” why just pull one baseball game from Georgia? What about the Atlanta Falcons seasons or all the Braves games?
Senator Marco Rubio is also calling bullsh**… Rubio sent a letter to Manfred asking if he would be relinquishing his personal membership to the Augusta National Golf Club since the club was also located in Georgia. (I think we all know the answer to that one.)
The bigger question now is what will be done in response to this absurd MLB overreach. In the era of cancel culture, corporate political pressure only seems to go one way: against Republicans. It’s long past time for half the country to recognize that boycotts can’t be a weapon that only one side uses.
That means people who believe in the right for states to set their own election laws and combat fraud should think twice before buying Yankees tickets or switching on the Marlins game. Otherwise, this odious trend of woke, inc. will only get worse.
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Executive Editor, American Consequences
With Editorial Staff
April 7, 2021