Sharp Sticks in Leftist Eyes

Time for the Right to learn how to bring real financial hurt on its enemies.

We recently published a piece putting forth the controversial suggestion that perhaps Republicans should not be so eager to abandon their allies merely because the ever-lying, bigoted news media claims, on no evidence presented, that they've behaved in a sleazy fashion.  The Left, as we all know, defends the most monstrous of behavior by their allies; while we don't want to go full psychopath, at the very least we should strictly enforce the American principle of "innocent until proven guilty" when it comes to politicians who vote the right way.

Yet it's long been observed how Republicans, like sharks, are even more eager to fall upon a wounded erstwhile ally than they are to take the fight to the actual enemy.

Indeed, when it comes to inflicting damage on the enemy, Republicans tend to be more followers of Mother Teresa, reveling in turning the other cheek even while taking it in the backside.  This may be an effective way to get to heaven, but is not useful if the goal is saving one's country.

Of course, in order to do damage to your enemy, you must first recognize who the enemy is, and even at this fundamental level Republicans hardly reach first base.  For instance, taxpayer-funded public sector labor unions have donated nearly exclusively to Democrats for several lifetimes, and yet it's only been in recent years, through the action of lawsuits - by conservative groups rather than by politicians - that any attempt has been made to shut off the pipeline of taxpayer cash directly into Democrat election funds via public-sector unions.

In the Janus v. AFSCME decision, the Court found that it was unconstitutional to require people to contribute to union political donations as part of government employment and also illegal to automatically take money from their paychecks without their explicit permission and approval.  This, by itself, took more money out of Democrat pockets and returned it to ordinary wage-earning workers than just about any law ever passed by Republicans.

Businesses know that offending Republicans and Republican voters comes with nearly no cost.  We could write a long list of conservative boycotts through the years, from decades-long Christian attempts to boycott Disney for their Gay Days, to similar attempts to boycott Target for inviting mentally ill individuals suffering from gender dysphoria to freely use the wrong restrooms and changing rooms.  These accomplished nothing - the offensive policies remained in place, any temporary drop in profits long since restored.  Indeed, far from cancelling the homosexual revelry, Disney instead cancelled Christian church services and concerts.

Yet when the Left flexes its muscles, corporations snap to attention without any regard to consistency or principle.  Nike and the NBA have no problem working with slave-labor camps in China, but when it comes to slanderously and falsely accusing America of racist genocide, they're all in.  Similarly, Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola have taken it upon thsemselves to condemn Georgia's new law requiring a government ID in order to vote - apparently having forgotten that Delta, at least, requires a government ID in order to board one of their planes.

Will Republicans finally find the inner strength to deliver vengeance upon their enemies?  Georgia's lower house passed a bill stripping a special tax break from Delta, but it's just posturing - the session is over, so the Senate will not take it up, and by next year's session the flap will doubtless have been long since shoved down the memory hole.

Whither Strategy?

Sen. Marco Rubio (R, FL) at least gets credit for trying something different: to everyone's surprise, he's recently come out in favor of efforts to unionize Amazon distribution warehouses.

Here's my standard: When the conflict is between working Americans and a company whose leadership has decided to wage culture war against working-class values, the choice is easy - I support the workers. And that's why I stand with those at Amazon's Bessemer warehouse today.

On the face of it, Mr. Rubio certainly has a point: if there's a plutocrat who's come down foursquare on the side of leftist tyranny and cancellation of conservatives, it's Jeff Bezos.  His Amazon Web Services knocked Parler off the Internet because it refused to censor conservative thought; his Washington Post has long been rabidly pro-socialism and pro-Democrat; and Amazon itself, the world's largest bookseller, has now started purging its virtual shelves of books that argue against prevailing liberal shibboleths.  Why should Mr. Bezos have billions that could instead be spent increasing the wages of hardworking Americans?

The trouble is, how much of the money will actually go to hardworking Americans, versus (say) illegal immigrants or union bosses via forcibly-extracted dues?  Yes, taking a stripe off of Amazon is all to the good, but what difference will it make if the proceeds merely benefit a different leftist group with the same corrosive goals?

If we want to play that game, we'd be better off establishing a super-minimum wage: let's say, $25/hour for any corporation with more than $100 billion in cumulative revenue.  At least that way the money would have to go into the pockets of the workers without being diverted through infinitely sticky union fingers.

Of course that would lead to all manner of strange structural effects, like "Amazon" reforming into 100 separate "smaller" companies all still owned and run by the same guy.  But we do have decades of experience dealing with this: in the early years, Sam Walton's Wal-Mart was structured exactly this way, with each individual store technically its own corporation, precisely for the purpose of avoiding minimum wage laws.

Is this the best solution?  Hardly.  But it's a start - and, like the worthy legislators of Georgia, now that corporations have openly declared themselves our enemies, it's time to stop defending them.  A little strategic temporary alliance from time to time with others who hate those same corporations - yes, maybe even with others who hate us too - could reap useful benefits.

What's more, we have a brilliant opportunity to turn the evil leftist tactics of Saul Alinsky against his modern acolytes, specifically his advice to "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."  The first part has already been done: the CEOs of Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola, Ed Bastian and James Quincey respectively, have picked themselves as the targets.

By publicly issuing and supporting statements about Georgia's new voting-rights law that are demonstrably and provably false, as even the Washington Post admits, these CEOs have violated their fiduciary duty to their shareholders, proven themselves unfit for high office in publicly-traded companies, and should resign forthwith.  It can even be a crime for executives to knowingly make false public statements that will affect their companies' shares, and at the very least they did so with gross negligence, having not even read the bill they were inveighing against.  Don't you think some enterprising lawyer should look into this?

As a result of their political cupidity, they've directly taken hundreds of millions of dollars from their fellow Georgia businesses.  Do we suppose the now-poorer residents of Atlanta, the world's wealthiest black city, will feel kindly towards these white malefactors of great wealth?  Anyone who holds Delta or Coke stock while Ed Bastian and James Quincey are still employed there is a fool who will soon be parted from his money one way or another - and it's our job to make sure that comes true, with blame properly placed squarely upon the personal heads of Mr. Bastian and Mr. Quincey.

Does this somehow feel wrong?  Why?  What gives rich people, or giant corporations, the right to tell leftist lies without paying any penalty?  Is there something in conservative doctrine that requires us to continue to give money to our sworn enemies?  Even Lenin himself observed that capitalists will sell communists the rope he'd use to hang them, over a century ago - must we continue with the same stupidity?

After all, if the Heritage Foundation could offer their lecture hall to radical lesbian feminists who oppose the transgender agenda because nobody else would let them speak, what temporary alliance of convenience or profound change in tactics is truly impossible if it results in pain being felt in the right places?

Petrarch is a contributing editor for Scragged.  Read other articles by Petrarch or other articles on Partisanship.
Reader Comments

The article poses good questions regarding the tactics, or lack thereof, republicans and conservatives might employ to counter the left. Thanks Petrarch. I agree. Republicans must do something, ANYTHING, besides the usual capitulation they most often do but only after some fiery rhetoric from Lindsay Graham or Mitch McConnell or Rubio, etc... that never amounts to anything and is solely done for show. As the article states, it wasn't Republican politician who fought the big unions to get Janus passed, it was we the people in the guise of conservative groups that fought and won. But it's my understanding that the unions and leftist state governments like my own here in New Jersey have created law as that are in direct conflict with the Janus ruling and no one does anything. And that's the problem. The people we elected to govern seem to have a pact whereby the "laws and governing" only applies to us and NEVER to them or their families. That's why the pandering CEO's do what they do....who's going to stop them? That's right, no one. Look at Joe Manchins daughter with the epi pen price gouge issue.... no consequences. Same with Hunter Biden, zero consequences for what is clearly criminal behavior. Same with McConnell wife who is in bed with China. Then there's Swalwell who is literally in bed with China. Diane Feinstein's driver for 20+ years was a Chinese spy. Hillary Clinton, Bill - no consequences. Paul Ryan who sold us out and plots against us, no consequences. The list of politicians and their loser families who are exempt from the laws we get beat over the head with is endless.

The fact is that expecting a Republican politician to actually do something and stand up for us, laws, the Constitution, etc... is ludicrous. It has never and will never happen. Accepting that as the realty all owns one to see the real mechanics of DC. Yes, it's only us that doesn't get it. The left, the msm and the rest of dc, including the 1000's of government contractors, all understand the quid pro quo swamp that is the US Government. Their goal used to be keeping some kind of equilibrium where they took away enough to annoy us but not enough that we would rise up in open revolt. Now, they no longer care what we say or do in response to their tyrannical actions. They have the military and if things keep going the ay they are, we will only have sticks n stones to fight back with.
It's the states I am looking at to draw the line against the takeover and Tennessee has recently stepped up and passed an open carry and conceal carry eliminating any need for a permit if you are over 21. Anyone breaking the law or violating someone's rights in public in Tennessee should probably think twice knowing all the law abiding people around them might all be carrying and ready to protect themselves.

I think the article further illustrates and provides additional evidence that we should stop expecting anything but what we've always gotten from DC politicians, more of the same. They, both Dems and republicans, are united against us. And they don't even bother to repackage the same tired rhetoric or change the wrapping paper anymore. It's like the old land shark skit on snl (which I haven't watched since BelushI OD'd) great white shark knocks at door saying "pizza man". Guy opens door, shark eats guy. The shark knocks on the door over and over and the naive, gullible, stupid guy always opens the door and always gets eaten by the shark. They are the shark. We are the stupid guy.

I challenge anyone to convince me I'm wrong. We are alone in this fight and we always have been. Yes, there may be a few Republican politicians that agree with us and might try to stand up, but for all intents and purposes, we are on our own. The question is, is there some limit where huge swaths of people will draw the line and stand up or will we all, me included, adapt, and while whimpering occasionally, get in and stay in line.

April 12, 2021 11:18 AM

Also.... raising the minimum wage, which hits the business owner as an increased cost, will be pushed down to us, the consumer, and will have zero affect on the Bezos's or Coke's of the world. While it may appear wages go up, costs go up correspondingly. And coke and bezos continue to make the same profit margins as always. Same as the laws don't apply to them, rising costs are paid for and absorbed by us. Yes, we can't win. The system is set up to ensure we can't win. Ever. Doesn't matter what the "cause" is, the "effect" will always and only affect us, never them. That's one of the perks of being in their club.

April 12, 2021 11:35 AM

From an article today on American Thinker

Paints the picture and provides a solution to our current reality...

" The ruling elites in their headfirst dash to transform the culture have aligned themselves with the radical left whose sole objective is to centralize all governmental and economic power in a hybrid socialist federal government with themselves, and not the current ruling class, in permanent control. "

"It is imperative that the American people become more involved in the nation's governance by actively participating in a patriotic resistance against the tyranny of a central government dominated by the left. In a multi-ethnic nation of 330 million that spans a continent, the primary solution to this descent into potential anarchy lies in forcing an awakening by and a transformation of the elites and related institutions, thus recapturing the culture. As that is the key to permanently defeating the militant left. "

April 12, 2021 12:00 PM

The thing Nike, Delta, Coca Cola and the NBA have in common is their desire to profit from the 1.3 billion people market in China.

Republicans, at the very least, should begin to use and popularize the phrase "kowtow" in social media and other public outlets.

kowtow verb
intransitive verb

1: to show obsequious deference : FAWN
kowtows to the boss
2: to kneel and touch the forehead to the ground in token of homage, worship, or deep respect

April 12, 2021 12:14 PM

Republicans should stop all new sports stadiums financed with tax free bonds. Pro sports are all woke, so these stadiums are a partisan issue. At the federal level, Republicans should change federal tax law so that future sports stadium bonds no longer qualify for tax free status.

MLB has a problem with fans voting multiple times for starting lineups for the All Star game, which makes Commissioner "Mighty" Manfred look silly when he denounces Georgia election law. Republicans should point this out by endorsing a slate of players for starting the All Star game, and urging Republicans to vote early and often for the Republican slate. Republicans can claim at least as much knowledge of baseball as the Commissioner has of election law, so turn about is fair play. Republicans should then urge people not to watch the game.

April 12, 2021 5:02 PM
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