VIDEO: Thanks to the efforts of activists, organizers and allied organizations, we stopped GA Republican legislators from passing key parts of their voter suppression wish list. Now corporate leaders must use their clout to show they stand with voters. #gapol pic.twitter.com/A3b0McaI1s— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) April 1, 2021
Disappointed @MLB will move the All-Star Game, but proud of their stance on voting rights. GA GOP traded economic opportunity for suppression. On behalf of PoC targeted by #SB202 to lose votes + now wages, I urge events & productions to come & speak out or stay & fight. #gapol— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) April 2, 2021
I’m enjoying this dynamic.
Progressive activists who are 8% of the American population are forcing multinational corporations to take polarizing stands on social justice issues. They can’t do this without alienating populist and conservative voters and creating a backlash that pushes people in our direction.
“On March 11, Delta Air Lines dedicated a building at its Atlanta headquarters to Andrew Young, the civil rights leader and former mayor. At the ceremony, Mr. Young spoke of the restrictive voting rights bill that Republicans were rushing through the Georgia state legislature. Then, after the speeches, Mr. Young’s daughter, Andrea, a prominent activist herself, cornered Delta’s chief executive, Ed Bastian.
“I told him how important it was to oppose this law,” she said. …
That passive approach infuriated activists. In mid-March, protesters staged a “die in” at Coca-Cola’s museum. Bishop Reginald Jackson, an influential Atlanta pastor, took to the streets with a bullhorn and called for a boycott of Coca-Cola. Days later, activists massed at the Delta terminal at the Atlanta airport and called on Mr. Bastian to use his clout to “kill the bill.” Still, Mr. Bastian declined to say anything publicly. …
It was messy, but to many activists, it was progress. “Companies don’t exist in a vacuum,” said Stacey Abrams, who has worked for years to get out the Black vote in Georgia. “It’s going to take a national response by corporations to stop what happened in Georgia from happening in other states.” …”
Big Business always had a cozy relationship with the Republican Party. This is especially true here in the South where corporations like Delta have been subsidized by Southern state governments in an effort to promote economic development. The New South mania for development never ended.
We’re moving into a new era though. Big Business is now aligned with Democrats and progressive activists. Populist voters are being driven out of the Democratic Party and into the Republican Party. This has led to ideological confusion in the Republican Party which has traditionally been a conservative party but is evolving into a populist party. We’re watching the end of the liberal vs. conservative era in American politics and the electorate resorting into a populist vs. progressive alignment.
The Democratic Party in 2021 is being transformed into the Whig Party or the old Republican Party. It is the party of corrupt and haughty Eastern elites, technocrats, upper class professionals, Wall Street, Big Tech, Big Business and millenarian social justice reformers. It is the same constellation of forces which have traditionally conspired to step on the neck of the common man in this country.
Note: American politics used to be more interesting before mainstream conservatism.