Alabamians control this state, not corporations and certainly not the media
Every time Alabama, or some other state deemed unacceptable, suggests that it might pass a bill that the media and their Democrats do not find acceptable, we hear the exact same argument: “If you pass this bill, your state will suffer economically.”
Immigration reform? Yep.
Transgender bathroom bill? Yep.
Elimination of marriage licenses? Yep.
Religious freedom? Yep.
Lies about voting integrity efforts? Yep.
I hate to break it to the media and their Democrats, but if you put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that enforced immigration, enshrined religious freedom, demanded voter integrity and kept biological men out of women’s bathrooms and sports, it would pass.
Yet, here we are, in Alabama, talking about it once again because legislators in this state have dared to follow the will of the people and say, “Maybe allowing people who are born biologically male to play female sports is a bad idea.”
How could they do such a thing? Don’t they know that members of the media are not happy about this? What about Coke? What about Pepsi? What about Diet Rite? What about the NCAA? What about hypothetical events and entities not even in the state?
Well, what about them?
Is this a representative republic, or a corporate oligarchy?
Do the people make the rules, or do corporations make the rules?
Should we send a list of proposed laws to a conglomeration of unelected rich white guys so they can make sure that people on social media outside of the state and the anchors on CNN will be OK with them?
Is this what people truly think the role of government is?
It’s amusing to watch these self-described moral leaders like Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin opine publicly that his city should suffer if the state dares pass a law keeping women’s sports free from biological males.
I strongly disagree with the governor’s decision to sign HB391 into law. This legislation discriminates against transgender youth. The State’s focus should be on expanding and protecting civil rights, and helping our economy recover. HB391 achieves neither.
— Randall Woodfin (@randallwoodfin) April 24, 2021
He doesn’t have the guts to say it outright, but that is the gist of his statement.
If the World Games does pull out, he will be happy. He will hurt his citizens, but he will get the attention he desires. He won’t be asked about his city and its spiraling violence. He will be asked about a guy playing girls’ sports, which is a big win for him.
See: Stacey Abrams
He shouldn’t be doing this.
Don’t blame the Alabama Political Reporter’s Josh Moon. He’s just the latest unoriginal Twitter personality to run the same loser play by writing a column entitled, “The anti-trans sports bill is hateful, and it’s about to get expensive.”
It’s not remotely hateful, but he doesn’t care.
His argument is that businesses should run the state, but only if he agrees with them.
Amazon? No, they need to be told they must have unions in Bessemer. They don’t get any choice in that issue.
Moon and his compatriots want corporations to demand that only liberal policies are enacted or they will leave your state for good.
They are making it clear that if those companies won’t fight for them, they will target them next.
They want you to just give in to the terrorism, and they will surely stop — knowing damn well they will not.
And the more corporations attempt to influence policy matters in the state through economic coercion, the less power they are going to have.
Voters elect leaders. Soft drink-makers, sports leagues, shoe manufacturers and irrelevant media outlets don’t get veto power over voters.
For politicians, voters and even corporations, the only way to win this game is by not playing.