If Red States Don’t Hang Together Against Woke Corporatism, They…

by akoloy

Isolation Is Weakness; Strength Is in Numbers 

Legend has it that again in 1776, on the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Ben Franklin quipped to his fellow revolutionaries, “We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.” That is, if the patriots didn’t keep collectively and battle for independence as a gaggle, the British would win after which dangle all of them, one after the other.

Fortunately, there’s energy in unity. George Washington saved the military of the 13 colonies intact, and so, after 5 arduous years of combating, he gained a decisive victory at Yorktown. To this present day, the success of the American Revolution stands as an inspiring saga of purposeful teamwork; the Americans hung collectively—and weren’t hanged.

Yet in fact, there’s no such factor as a ultimate victory; something that people have accomplished could be undone, and something—together with independence and sovereignty—could be misplaced.

Now at the moment, defenders of American state sovereignty are vulnerable to dropping the federal rights that had been enshrined within the Constitution and in subsequent legal guidelines. So, this text is a dialogue of what to do about it.

In this 1754 political cartoon, Benjamin Franklin emphasised the necessity for unity among the many colonies in the event that they had been to achieve success in attaining independence from Great Britain. (Wikimedia Commons)

The Campaign to Squash the Peach

Every Breitbart News reader is aware of about what’s been occurring in Georgia, as Democrats have recruited allies—together with Big Media, Big Culture, and, most apparently, Big Business—to affix them in an try and bludgeon the Peach State into altering its just-changed voting legal guidelines.

Democrats have purpose to hope that their effort to beat down Georgia will succeed; in spite of everything, 4 years in the past, an analogous beat-down effort succeeded in North Carolina. Back in March 2016, the Tarheel State enacted the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, the so-called “bathroom bill,” which sought to implement uniform state requirements for restrooms. But then got here a storm of criticism, led by the Democratic president, Barack Obama, adopted by threats of pullouts and boycotts. Later that 12 months, the Republican governor who signed the invoice, Pat McCrory, was defeated, and the 12 months after that, the “bathroom bill” was repealed. (Breitbart News covered the story extensively.)  

So now at the moment, Democrats are orchestrating the identical form of criticism in opposition to Georgia. Once once more, a Democratic president is taking the lead, and the identical playbook—threats, pullouts, boycotts—is being performed. Already, we’ve seen Major League Baseball pull the All-Star Game from Atlanta, and actor Will Smith introduced that he was pulling a film manufacturing from Georgia; many different punishments are deliberate. Breitbart News has lined this story extensively; sample headline, simply from April 14: “Hundreds of Corporations, Including Starbucks, Netflix, Sign Letter Opposing Election Integrity Laws.” That is, election integrity legal guidelines in all places.

A fan seems by way of the locked gates of Truist Park, residence of the Atlanta Braves, in Atlanta, Georgia. Major League Baseball determined to maneuver the All-Star Game from Atlanta in protest of the Georgia’s election reform laws. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Democrats want to make Georgia right into a second North Carolina, after which make Texas right into a third North Carolina, then perhaps Arkansas a fourth, and on and on, until nothing is left standing.  

That’s the plan: defeat every state, one after the other. We can add that the navy phrase for an operation through which remoted foes are crushed like that is “defeated in detail.” Or, as Franklin may need put it, hanged individually.

And the woke company signers of that letter included Bank of America, Amazon, Estée Lauder, Eventbrite, General Motors, Netflix, Starbucks, Synchrony, Nordstrom, PayPal, Peloton, Pinterest, United Airlines, Twitter, Under Armour, and extra.

And within the meantime, there’s extra energy massing. On April 12, CBS News reported on a rare conclave:

First-of-its-kind name between greater than 100 prime company leaders on Saturday targeted on how to reply to proposed adjustments in state voting legal guidelines. Participants included prime leaders of airways, media, regulation, funding.

The piece quoted one participant as saying, “The gathering was an enthusiastic voluntary statement of defiance against threats of reprisals for exercising their patriotic voices.” So far no less than, we don’t know what plan of action, if any, was determined upon, however no matter comes, it’s not going that almost all Republicans will prefer it.

Then, on April 13, the New York Times reported that some 60 regulation corporations have banded collectively, in affiliation with the left-wing Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, to battle GOP-instigated voting-law adjustments in court docket.

In the face of all this monetary and authorized firepower, there’s solely factor for the best to do: arrange.

For Inspiration, Look to U.S. History

As we’ve seen, the founding of the United States is a lesson within the significance of rallying collectively. So now at the moment, for individuals who care in regards to the rights of the states, the identical rallying is required. Republicans and conservatives ought to see that the battle in Georgia isn’t just Georgia’s battle; it’s the right battle of each American who cares about poll integrity and trustworthy elections. And so it’s time to revive the spirit of Ben Franklin: We should all dangle collectively.

Happily, U.S. historical past, treasure trove that it’s, can present us with additional inspiration as to the worth of banding collectively. Indeed, we will even level to a second in our previous when states banded collectively to push again on company financial encroachment.    

That historic pushback got here across the flip of the final century. In these days, two extreme financial crises—the Panic of 1893 and the Panic of 1907—satisfied most observers that the U.S. wanted a contemporary nationwide, or central, financial institution. After all, because the U.S. was now a significant industrial energy, it wanted a classy banking system that would backstop its financial system. In the phrases of financial historian Allan Meltzer:

Recessions in 1893-94, 1895-97, 1899-1900, 1902-04, 1907-08, and 1910-12 averaged nineteen months … In all, there have been 113 months of recession from January 1893 to January 1912—55 % of the time.

Without a doubt, that was a sorry financial report. And because the central banks of different industrialized nations had been serving to to easy out their enterprise cycles, leaders in America thought Uncle Sam wanted the identical form of software. 

Yet whereas there was a broad consensus that the U.S. wanted a brand new nationwide banking establishment, the small print of the proposal had been debated by varied factions.

John D. Rockefeller, circa 1911. (Library of Congress)

The main faction was led by Sen. Nelson Aldrich (R-RI), brother-in-law to uber-tycoon John D. Rockefeller. Aldrich championed a central financial institution that was actually centralized; that’s, it will be run out of New York City. Indeed, Aldrich and his allies wished this financial institution to be publicly established, however privately owned—the last word in crony capitalism.

However, not everybody agreed with Aldrich. Other factions feared {that a} central financial institution run out of New York could be run for the advantage of New York bankers, and never for the assistance of the nation as an entire.

In reality, the character of the brand new financial institution was a sizzling subject within the 1912 presidential election. Democrat Woodrow Wilson campaigned in opposition to the Aldrich faction, sounding robust populist notes in his social gathering’s platform: 

Banks exist for the lodging of the general public, and never for the management of enterprise. All laws as regards to banking and forex ought to have for its function the securing of those lodging on phrases of absolute safety to the general public and of full safety from the misuse of the facility that wealth offers to those that possess it.

In this 1906 Puck cartoon captioned “Killed in committee,” Sen. Nelson Aldrich was lambasted for blocking reform laws disliked by huge companies like Standard Oil. (Wikimedia Commons)

Campaigning on this plank of “complete protection from the misuse of the power,” Wilson gained the 1912 election. And once he was within the White House, the twenty eighth president joined with two like-minded figures on the opposite finish of Pennsylvania Avenue, Rep. Carter Glass (D-VA) and Sen. Robert Owen (D-OK), every of whom chairing the banking committee of their respective chambers.

Wilson, Glass, and Owen agreed on the necessity for a nationwide financial institution, however they didn’t just like the central a part of it. Instead, they wished a federal nationwide financial institution—that’s, a financial institution that had nationwide energy, however with that energy distributed throughout the nation, such that every regional financial institution was protected by a authorized firewall, and thus was free to tailor insurance policies particular to its area.

In his memoir, Owen recalled his pondering; in opposition to Aldrich and his cronies, he favored public accountability and decentralization:

There was very resolute opposition in Congress towards turning over your entire management of the credit score system of the United States to non-public palms … probably the most severe objections had been … The whole banking powers of the United States had been to be concentrated within the government officers (non-public individuals), who could be situated in New York City, and this energy could be ample to coerce each member financial institution and huge enterprise in America. 

So we will see: True to his Great Plains origins, Owen didn’t need a central financial institution in faraway New York City wielding the facility to “coerce” people in locations resembling Oklahoma. Continuing, he added:

It was fascinating, quite the opposite, that the management of the system ought to be … distributed and never concentrated in anybody metropolis the place a small clique might management the system.

Determined to put in writing the precept of “distributed” energy into guiding regulation, Owen teamed up with Glass to put in writing the Federal Reserve Act, establishing 12 regional banks throughout the nation. President Wilson signed the invoice into regulation on December 23, 1913.  

Robert Owen (L) circa 1910, and Carter Glass (R) circa 1919. (Library of Congress/The World’s Work)

To put it mildly, the Federal Reserve System had, and has, loads of critics, and but in its 108-year historical past, no person has provide you with a greater substitute mannequin.  

Indeed, we will say that one inarguable energy of the Fed is that it’s decentralized. Another title, in fact, for decentralization is federalism. And there’s Madisonian genius there: to make American establishments consultant of, and accountable to, all of America, together with its areas and states.

Yet any good concept, together with federalism, must be tweaked on occasion. And that’s the case at the moment, as sadly, the best energy on the Fed has been allowed to cluster in simply one in every of its dozen districts, New York. Why is that? Because New York is the place the cash is. For occasion, Manhattan is residence to BlackRock, the $9 trillion funding behemoth.

As Breitbart News’ John Carney has detailed, BlackRock’s CEO, Larry Fink, epitomizes “woke capitalism”—that’s, the hegemonic want to make use of monetary energy to dictate left-wing objectives to everybody else. Indeed, BlackRock is so enormous that it may possibly affect nearly each firm, wherever it is perhaps headquartered—together with, in fact, Atlanta. And whereas BlackRock is perhaps the most important woke outfit, it’s hardly alone on this strain marketing campaign.

Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO of BlackRock Inc., speaks on the annual assembly of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

In the meantime in Georgia itself, left-wing activists are cheering on the nationwide strain. Here, as an illustration, is Stacey Abrams telling the New York Times that woke corporations ought to sustain the strain: “Companies don’t exist in a vacuum. It’s going to take a national response by corporations to stop what happened in Georgia from happening in other states.”

We would possibly pause over that telling phrase from Abrams: “national response.” For certain, the left is relying on BlackRock & Co. to maintain pressuring Georgia till it caves.

Interestingly, Abrams appears to have since concluded that she herself is in danger, politically, if Georgians blame her for that  “national response.” Eyeing her personal doubtless second bid for the governorship of Georgia, Abrams is now saying that corporations mustn’t boycott, however reasonably, “stay and fight.”  In different phrases, Abrams needs to have it each methods: She has summoned that “national response,” and she or he needs to keep away from blame for damaging her state’s financial system.

So what, within the meantime, ought to Republicans do? Here’s one reply: Pass a brand new regulation or no less than replace an outdated regulation. That is, replace the Federal Reserve Act such that applies to Twenty first-century considerations about geographic range, simply as a lot because it utilized to the Twentieth-century considerations of Glass and Owen. We can recall that the regulation was written again in 1913 to ensure geographic decentralization—to cease, say, New York City from dictating to the remainder of the nation. That was a good suggestion then, and it’s a good suggestion now.

Moreover, the Act was written to assist stabilize the monetary system, defending it from wild swings. In their day, Owen and Glass had been pondering largely about insulating the nation from financial panics, and but we will see that their knowledge—be certain that energy is distributed—additionally offers a possible insulation in opposition to woke ethical panics. If the wokesters are in search of to dictate from New York City (together with, in fact, corporate media), then it’s finest to compartmentalize, insulating the remainder of the nation from hysterical lefty monetary strain.

And so now at the moment, if that insulation has worn skinny, then perhaps we’d like a revised regulation to rebuild the insulating safeguards.

Rallying the Red States

Fortunately, Republicans at the moment are pushing again arduous in opposition to the wokesters. It’s not shocking that Georgia Republicans, resembling Rep. Buddy Carter, have taken a robust stand in opposition to the boycotters. Nor is it a shock that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is out entrance. However, it was an eyebrow-raiser when, on April 5, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell issued an extraordinary statement denouncing company wokeism:

Our non-public sector should cease taking cues from the Outrage-Industrial Complex. From election regulation to environmentalism to radical social agendas to the Second Amendment, elements of the non-public sector hold dabbling in behaving like a woke parallel authorities.

With these sharp phrases, McConnell–at all times even-keeled and normally pro-business–was placing the woke corporatists on warning.

So what particular actions might the highly effective Kentuckian ask the Senate to take to restrain woke capitalism? For one factor, he would possibly look to the Federal Reserve, which has huge sway over the operations of banks and monetary establishments. If BlackRock’s Fink, as an illustration, knew that Federal Reserve officers had been scrutinizing his actions—that’s, if regulators had been conscious of their mandate to guard the integrity and autonomy of every of the dozen Fed areas—he could be much less desperate to subject calls for from atop his Manhattan high-rise.

Unfortunately, McConnell isn’t in an excellent place, proper now, to use such strain on the Fed—not to mention to enact new laws. Why? Because Democrats gained final 12 months, and earlier this 12 months as properly, when too many conservatives didn’t trouble to vote.  

Yet if Americans develop indignant on the tried rule by the woken–and a new poll verifies that anger–then GOP fortunes might change in 2022 and 2024. And if that’s the case, then Republicans might write in new protections for the states if they’re threatened by hegemonic woke capital. 

That is, at the moment’s GOP might construct on the federalist imaginative and prescient of Owen and Glass–who, in spite of everything, represented areas that at the moment are solidly Republican–updating that imaginative and prescient for the Twenty first century. A brand new regulation–or a brand new and stricter interpretation of current regulation–might make it plain that the Fed seems askance at Big Money muscling companies to advance unique social objectives.

And that’s only a begin.

There are loads of different actions that the GOP might take, all of which might remind the Manhattan moguls that not each American sees issues the best way they do–and that each one Americans, and the states through which they reside, have rights that ought to be honored and safeguarded.

For occasion, to additional defend Georgia, extra Republicans might be part of Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, who has lengthy demanded that the federal authorities implement the Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890. That venerable regulation, which was the hammer that broke up Rockefeller’s Standard Oil in 1911, has been amended and up to date many occasions during the last 13 a long time, and but the precept level of the statute–restraint of commerce is illegitimate–is as true and legitimate as ever. And that’s precisely what the wokesters are doing: restraining commerce. Indeed, nearly day-after-day now, the elites are actively bragging about their actions, taking credit score with the MSM; therefore a typical headline: “Hundreds of Companies, CEOs Band Together on Voting Access.”  We would possibly pause over that wording: “band together.”  Does that counsel collusion?

On April 13, Sen. Hawley joined with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) to suggest laws that may undo Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption.  In addition, it’s price noting that it’s not simply the feds that may file antitrust fits; the states can, and so can non-public people.

Also, Republicans might demand that the feds implement legal guidelines in opposition to punitive boycotts, since boycotts are the weapon of selection for the wokesters. Anti-boycott legal guidelines are little recognized at the moment, however they’re nonetheless on the books and might be revived.

In addition, the GOP might look to the various federal legal guidelines requiring that company executives look first to their fiduciary duty to shareholders; that’s, executives are in violation of the regulation in the event that they purposefully do issues in dangerous religion that price shareholders cash. For starters, it’s apparent that cancelling the Atlanta All-Star Game on quick discover goes to be expensive for Major League Baseball; all these damaged contracts should be paid off, and new contracts for Denver to be written on quick discover. That proper there’s an an apparent abrogation of fiduciary obligation.

Yet in the meanwhile, states beneath assault must defend themselves with out assist from Washington; as we all know, the Biden administration is actively with the wokesters.  

So for now, the crimson states are going to be examined: Can they dangle collectively? As we’ve seen, Georgia, led by Gov. Brian Kemp, wants assist proper now. Fortunately, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas is already serving to; Breitbart News reported on April 5 that in response to baseball’s pulling the All-Star Game from Georgia, the Texas chief government is refusing to have something to do with Major League Baseball, together with throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for the Rangers’ residence opener in Dallas. And on April 6, Abbott said on Fox News that companies ought to “stay out of politics, especially when they have no clue what they’re talking about.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott holds a roundtable discussion with victims, family, and friends affected by the Santa Fe, Texas school shooting at the state capital on May 24, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Representatives from Sutherland Springs, Alpine, and Killeen were also invited and address the governor. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images). Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks at a news conference about the state's new Election Integrity Law that passed this week at AJ’s Famous Seafood and Poboys on April 10, 2021 in Marietta, Georgia. Major League Baseball announced it would move the All-Star Game out of Georgia in response to the election bill, which opponents claim will negatively affect the minority population's ability to vote. There is also a concern for the economic impact this will have on the state following the MLB's decision. The bill's passage follows the Governor's decision to lift many of the restrictions in place for protection from COVID-19. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (L) and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R). (Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images; Megan Varner/Getty Images)

Given that Texas has not only one, however two MLB groups, that’s a gutsy transfer by Abbott. And so Republicans and conservatives—in Texas and in all places else—ought to be applauding Abbott.

Hopefully, different Republican governors, together with these with major-league sports activities groups of their states, will take part to defend their brethren in Georgia and Texas. 

Indeed, maybe conservatives in all of the states ought to convene to map out a coordinated response to the relentless assaults of the woken.  That’s what’s wanted: A red-state bloc to demand the safety of decentralized federalist rules to test the woke energy flowing out of New York City, as properly as different blue dots.

If such a crimson bloc might be established, the shades of Robert Owen and Carter Glass would like it. In their time, they constructed their careers across the proposition that the complete nation issues, not simply its financialist elite. And so at the moment, such a red-state alliance—the threatened states hanging collectively—could be a righteous vindication of their federalist imaginative and prescient. 

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