Welcome to the sixth or seventh party system.
The Democrats have officially elected a Republican president.
“President Biden says he’d “strongly support” moving the Major League Baseball All-Star game out of Atlanta as a rebuke to strict new voting restrictions in the state. The president said on ESPN Wednesday night that the curbs are “just not right.”
“This is Jim Crow on steroids, what they are doing in Georgia and 40 other states,” he said. “What it’s all about — imagine passing a law saying you cant provide water or food for someone standing in a line to vote. Can’t do that. Come on? Or you close a polling place at 5 o’clock when working people just get off? …”
“One week after it was signed into law, Georgia’s Republican-led voting overhaul is facing backlash from a growing number of corporate voices, including several of the state’s most prominent companies and Major League Baseball.
Critics of the legislation say it will restrict voter access and disproportionately affects people of color, with President Biden slamming it as “Jim Crow in the 21st century.”
In a Wednesday interview with ESPN, Biden said he would support MLB moving its All-Star Game in July out of Atlanta. Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, first raised the idea last week, and it’s not without precedent — as ESPN noted, the NBA moved its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte after North Carolina enacted a bill limiting anti-discrimination protections.
“I think today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly,” Biden said. “I would strongly support them doing that. People look to them. They’re leaders. … This is Jim Crow on steroids, what they’re doing in Georgia and 40 other states. …”
“Georgia Republicans on Wednesday took a last-minute swipe at Delta Air Lines after the company’s chief executive criticized a massive measure overhauling voting rules in a state that narrowly voted for President Biden in 2020.
In the waning hours of the legislative session, the Georgia state House passed a bill to repeal a tax break on jet fuel, aimed squarely at one of the state’s largest companies and the largest operator of flights into and out of Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. …
The provision did not pass the state Senate, so Delta will keep its tax break. …”
Here you have on display a buffet of the new and the old:
- Woke capitalism
- Big Business explicitly on the side of the Democrats
- Big Business and Democrats trying to bully state legislatures
- Joe Biden virtue signaling about how Georgia’s new election reform law is “Jim Crow on steroids” which is hilarious. Have we gone back to the days of Tom Watson, Eugene Talmadge and Richard Russell?
- Big Business explicitly aligned with progressive activists
- Populist fury
- Republicans in the Georgia House passing a timid repeal of a tax break on jet fuel which was shot down by the Georgia Senate
- Georgia Republicans trying to punish Delta like they did a few years ago over the NRA
It has been building up to this for a few years now.
See also Big Tech imposing a woke progressive orthodoxy on social media.
See also the fallout from Kristi Noem’s vetoing the “trans women” in women’s sports bill in South Dakota while similar measures have been passed in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.
See also how Mississippi was bullied into getting rid of its state flag under corporate pressure in the media that followed the George Floyd riots.
See also how Nikki Haley and South Carolina Republicans moved to take down the Confederate Battle Flag that used to fly out in front of the South Carolina Statehouse after the Dylann Roof shooting.
See also corporate pressure and the religious freedom bills in Indiana, Arkansas and North Carolina.
And so on.
We’ve seen this alignment of forces before in American history: the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans, the Whigs and the Democrats and later the Republicans and the Democrats prior to the New Deal. It is the same Eastern-based establishment party that represents corrupt elites and which is aligned with Big Business, the upper class and upper middle class, professionals and social reformers. It might still be called the Democratic Party, but it has obviously become our old enemy the Republican Party.