This week, on the basis of whole-cloth lies, major corporations went to political war with the state of Georgia. The lies at issue revolved around Georgia’s new voter law, characterized by both Stacey Abrams and President Joe Biden as a new form of Jim Crow. What do these dastardly new voter restrictions do? They require an ID number to receive an absentee ballot, with language identical to that of federal law; they bar electioneering within 150 feet of a polling place or 25 feet of voters in line, including handing out food or water for partisan purposes; they increase the number of mandatory days of weekend early voting; they preserve some drop boxes that did not exist before the pandemic; they require additional voting machines and election personnel in crowded precincts; they increase voting hours in future elections for the vast majority of counties.

These provisions are similar to the laws in a vast majority of states. That didn’t stop Democrats and the media from simply lying about the Georgia voting law. While some in the media did point out that Biden had lied about the law’s supposed crackdown on voting hours, nobody in the media treated his “Jim Crow” contentions with the sneering disrespect they so richly deserved. Instead, they simply parroted the line that Republicans were engaged in widespread voter suppression, another lie — a lie far more unsubstantiated than Republican concerns about voter fraud and irregularity.

But the media and Democrats went even further: They bullied corporations into taking positions on the Georgia election law. CBS News put out a headline that trafficked in simple activism: “3 ways companies can help fight Georgia’s restrictive new voting law.” And companies complied. Coca-Cola, in line with its new Woka-Cola branding, issued a statement deploring an election law the corporation hadn’t bothered to lobby against before its passage. Delta issued a statement, too, with CEO Ed Bastian explaining, “I need to make it clear that the final bill is unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values.” Major League Baseball followed Biden’s advice and pulled the All-Star Game out of the state.

So, what should conservatives do?

Many conservatives — myself included — deplore the politics of boycotts. We’re not interested in patronizing companies based on political differentiation alone. But if the left is going to hijack the most powerful institutions in America and then weaponize them against voters in red states, conservatives will be left with little choice but to exert counter-pressure.

The only alternative is the formation of alternative companies in every industry. If Coca-Cola wishes to cater to the woke, conservatives will need to build a competitor. Conservatives don’t have first-mover advantage in these spaces. But that doesn’t alleviate the responsibility to find a different path than funding those who would cut them off at the knees.

The left has politicized everything. The right has avoided that tactic, because it’s ugly and divisive. But it’s too late to put the genie back in the bottle. It’s time for mutually assured destruction. There’s only one thing worse than having nuclear weapons: unilateral disarmament. Better to establish mutually assured destruction now and put corporate America on notice that, by stepping into the middle of fraught political debate, it risks just as much blowback from the right as from the left.

Ben Shapiro is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show” and editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps,” “The Right Side of History” and “Bullies.” To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

 

(13) comments

E pluribus

Ben, maybe could write your next column exploring the big lie that continues to drive all these voter laws. Your ex-President still says the election was stolen and half of your fellow Trump-supporters still believe this lie.

You may remember that Trump fired his top election security official, Christopher Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Why?

He was canned after he and a coalition of federal and state officials concluded there was no evidence that votes were compromised or altered in the Nov. 3 election.

They determined the vote was “the most secure in American history.”

So to the common sense of the majority of Americans is “why are the Republicans enacting all these laws?”

Chicken Little

Horrors❗️Who knew corporations got involved in politics? The Sky is Falling‼️ The Sky is Falling‼️

TruthFairy605

Maybe instead of building an alternate corporate universe, Republicans would be better employed crafting a party that isn't so dependent on the shrinking demographic of aggrieved old white folks fearful of the future.

Jolly Roger

Time for Trumpsters to wake up and smell the coffee, Benny boy. Corporations used to be solidly behind Republicans.

But then they looked at the demographics and saw who their future customers will be.

And it’s not aging white people. Looks like free enterprise is starting to bite you folks in the butt.

CeeGee71

At least it isn't Arizona being boycotted this time!

OffTheFence

“The only alternative is the formation of alternative companies in every industry.” Really, Mr. Shapiro?

Seems like only an ivory tower pundit with little business experience - someone who never had to make a regular payroll - could toss off a cockamamie idea this one.

So this is the best that Trumpster punditry can muster in the face of its existential threat?

Ar223

All these comments seem to be by upper-middle class Democrates.If you people think things are fine in the country you are so in the dark. Explain why it is so wrong to have to show an ID of who you are when you vote? Why is so wrong to limit voter cohursion, by handing out snacks and drinks as potential voters stand in line? When corprate America gets in volved in our elections we have lost our country. Who owns most of the large companies in this country anymore? Foreigan business. Joe biden and his cronies of foreigan money buddies are way worse than Trump ever was. They already own us and if you think when a company is upset about our election laws shouldnt that be telling you something? Its a very sad state for our country when we put a company, sports person or whinny actor on a pedestal and start to beleive what they have say more than the general public of this great nation.

E pluribus

Actually, “the general public of this great nation” disagrees with you, Ar223. The For The People Act (H.R.1) would limit the influence of big money in politics by empowering small donors; make voting easier and more secure; end gerrymandering; and give the public more information about who is lobbying our government.

It’s supported by a majority of Republicans (56%), Independents (68%), and Democrats (77%).

You don’t have to be “upper middle class” to be informed. You just have to look a little outside the confines of FoxNews.

TruthFairy605

Ar223, do you have any sources for your declaration that “Joe biden and his cronies of foreign money buddies are way worse than Trump ever was.”?

In any case, we might revisit this later, since the truth will eventually be known now that the Supreme Court has allowed prosecutors to have Trump’s financial records, and they’re diligently “following the money.” Stay tuned, old friend...

Jolly Roger

How adorably naïve, Ar223. Your impassioned lament is, “When corporate America gets involved in our elections we have lost our country.”

Corporations have been involved in our elections since the beginning of the Republic. (Did you sleep through American History class?) It’s just that Republicans once could rely on their being predominantly supporters of the GOP.

As I said above, things are beginning to change as corporations look at who their future customers will be.

And it’s not aging white people. Looks like free enterprise is starting to bite you folks in the butt.

Kate70

AR223, it is entirely and completely futile to try to ask this group anything that requires an answer other than we must be listening to Fox news , that Trump is responsible for everything that has ever gone wrong in the US (along with all who disagree with anything they say), and that if you or your questions or statements are not in total alignment with theirs in even the slightest manner then you are ignorant and worthy only of ridicule. My advice is not to waste your time with them. I foolishly did so for the past nearly five years and I had only ONE of these people who was willing to discuss things without ugly accusations or insuations about the state of my mental health or my level of intelligence. So, perhaps they were correct about ME since I tried for so long before I realized it is fruitless. Dissenting opinions and facts are not welcome. Be a liberal or you are nothing but a complete idiot. Just sayin'...

E pluribus

Kate, there are so many issues in contention in the polarized public discourse. But I wonder... would you agree that the two most important things on America’s “to do” list right now are,

1)- Control the Pandemic,

2)- Fix the Economy

We’ve had respectful conversations before, and I’m curious what you think...

OffTheFence

Ar223, why not put your money where your mouth is?

Just cut and paste the following website into your browser and give as much money as you can to Donald J. Trump. He needs your dollars to fight - as he puts it - “the RINOs and fools.” (and, of course, to pay his legions of lawyers.) (https://secure.greatamericapac.com/donation1/?InitiativeKey=8A0BBO84U6VN&v=6)

I gave as much as I could to Joe Biden and Georgia’s Warnock and Ossoff, and look how well that turned out!

Please fund Trump and his GOP civil war.

Remember - Trump can’t win if he doesn’t defeat those nasty RINOS. Especially (as he so memorably put it) that “Dumb SOB” McConnell.)

PS I know you won’t know this unless you check other news feeds besides Fox, but don't forget to uncheck that box that says “keep giving through perpetuity or we’ll report you to Donald Trump.” (Unless you're independently wealthy.)

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.