MINOT, N.D. — When Donald Trump was president, his grossly misleading pronouncements and hyperboles were routinely challenged by skeptical journalists.
When President Joe Biden engages in similar fits of self-serving fabulism, it's accepted as gospel.
Biden has erroneously compared Georgia's recently passed voting reforms to "Jim Crow on steroids" and pressured Major League Baseball to pull this year's All-Star Game from its scheduled host city of Atlanta.
The impetus for Georgia's reforms has its roots in the phony-baloney claims that Trump lost the election due to voter fraud, and that's unfortunate. Still, Biden's comparison of the laws to Jim Crow is equally nonsensical.
No reasonable person, familiar with the policies Georgia has actually implemented instead of how they've been characterized by overwrought tweeters and ranting cable news hosts, not to mention the ugly realities of what Jim Crow laws really were, believes the comparison apt.
It's puerile propaganda.
This goes to show that, even for many of the same people who were incensed by Trump's incessant deceitfulness, lying is OK as long as it's for the right cause.
Major League Baseball has now caved to the pressure from Biden and left-wing activists and pulled the All-Star game from Atlanta.
“Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said, according to ESPN. “I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft.”
How should Major League Baseball have responded?
How about something like, "We respect the many viewpoints on these issues, but our business is baseball, not politics. The proper arena for settling differences over public policy is the political process."
Because that's how it's supposed to work, right?
If your elected officials implement policies you don't like, you can elect new people. Georgia, like many states, even allows for public officials to be subjected to a special recall election if the next regular balloting is too far away.
Instead, we have howling progressive mobs demanding that an entire state be wounded because they don't like the laws passed.
Every time these mobs get their way, and some CEO or Board of Directors of a major enterprise gets roped into playing ideological enforcer, we move closer to the very sort of corporate hegemony over our society that our liberal friends claim they don't want.
It's an odd dichotomy, though perhaps a fitting one for a political party that simultaneously postures itself as anti-corporate, rhetorically, even as they rake in piles of Wall Street cash.
America's dominant cultural institutions -- the news media, academia, and entertainment (including sports) -- are dominated by progressive points of view.
That dominance is now being used as a cudgel to beat down dissent from progressive orthodoxies.
When, in history, has that sort of social oppression ever had a happy ending?
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