Skip to comments.MLB All-Star Game Jerk From Georgia Proves There Will Be No Unity Without Freedom
Posted on 04/05/2021 6:28:54 AM PDT by Kaslin
Given the depth of the cultural and political divide, there is only one hope for healing our nation: A return to our foundational principles—for if there is no federalism, there will be no unity.
Last week’s decision by Major League Baseball to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to the passage of the Election Integrity Act, and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s defiant response, provides but the latest proof that our country is no longer the “United” States of America. Given the depth of the cultural and political divide, there is only one hope for healing our nation: A return to our foundational principles—for if there is no federalism, there will be no unity.
On Friday, Robert Manfred, the Major League Baseball commissioner, announced that the 2021 All-Star Game will be moved from Atlanta to retaliate against Georgia’s passage of a law aimed to better secure elections. The move followed condemnation—without specification—of the statute by several Georgia-based corporations, such as Delta and Coca-Cola.
Our commander-in-chief also encouraged the move, telling ESPN in a Wednesday interview that he believes “today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly” and that he “would strongly support them” pulling the All-Star Game out of Atlanta.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki later tried to walk back Biden’s pronouncement, saying the president “did not dictate that Major League Baseball move their game out of Georgia. He was conveying that if that was a decision that was made, that he would certainly support that.” Psaki’s spin fell flat, however, as Twitter commentators highlighted the inconsistency.
Psaki could also not explain why Biden was willing to put pressure on duly elected state lawmakers in Georgia over their prudential political choices, when he has not been willing to put pressure on Beijing in relation to the Olympics despite China’s use of concentration camps.
.@RealClearNews's @PhilipWegmann asks Jen Psaki if the Biden White House is so adamant about having MLB move its All-Star Game from Georgia because of the voting law, why aren't they calling for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing?!
Psaki did NOT like this question. pic.twitter.com/1GbTxRsmhC
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 2, 2021
Following Friday’s announcement, rather than cower or cave, Kemp defended his state’s recently passed Election Integrity Act. The law “expands access to the polls and ensures the integrity of the ballot box, Kemp said at a Saturday press conference. “Then, why did BLM move the All-Star game yesterday?” the Georgia governor rhetorically asked: “Because Joe Biden and Stacey Abrams have spent days lying to Georgians and the American people,” Kemp stressed.
“The truth is that Joe Biden hasn’t read the bill,” Kemp continued, adding that “Even The Washington Post has given President Biden four Pinocchios for his false attacks on our new law.”
Kemp then moved to offense, highlighting that both Delaware (Biden’s home state) and New York (the headquarters of MLB) restrict voting more than Georgia now does under the new law. Delaware does not allow “early voting and requires an excuse to vote absentee,” Kemp noted. Georgia offers “17 days for early voting versus New York’s 10 days,” while “New York requires an excuse for absentee voting while Georgia does not,” Kemp added.
These zingers exposed the problem MLB bought itself by reportedly caving to the company man: No matter the state selected to host the All-Star Game, there will be some objectionable election law provision.
Or, as I quipped after the announcement, MLB’s election lawyers have their work cut out for them
Of course, Biden and the other Democrats pushing falsehoods about Georgia’s election law will use Kemp’s response and the disparity in voting regulations among the states to push for passage of H.R. 1, the so-called “For The People Act of 2021,” in Congress.
Biden and a corrupt media already branded Georgia’s voting provisions as the second coming of Jim Crow, with Big Business and the MLB willingly accepting that characterization. How then can anyone play, work, operate, or sell in New York, Delaware, or any other state with similar “racist” laws?
So, H.R. 1 is on deck, and the pressure will soon build for the Senate to pass this radical bill that, among other things, would require states to accept absentee ballots received up to ten days after an election, restrict election officials from verifying voter identification and eligibility, and “prohibits witness notarization or signatures requirements for all absentee ballots.”
Fighting passage of H.R. 1, which will destroy election integrity if signed into law, is a must-do for conservatives. Likewise, the right must support Kemp’s defense of Georgia’s moderate law while making MLB and corporate interests understand they do not hold a veto right over state legislative actions, whether by boycott or otherwise.
But none of that will solve the problem facing America—that we are a divided country with vastly different cultural and political views. Refusing to buckle and boycotting will further splinter our nation, but surrender is no longer an option.
What is an option, though, is a return to our first principles: to federalism, to a federal government of limited and enumerated powers (and in turn limited spending so frugal states aren’t bailing out socialist states), to state’s rights, to a free press that acts like one, and to corporations that don’t act like Big Brother.
Really, this Red States Accord is the only option if we wish to achieve unity again. And the events of the last week prove it.
Unity with the weirdos? Is that really desirable? I doubt that it’s even possible.
I think baseball just screed the pooch.
That picture reminds me of the hostages held by the Simbas in Baltimore; they couldn’t leave the stadium when the game was over because roving bands of Simbas were looking to stew them in pots and eat them. If not for the cellphone footage released by the detainees, we’d never have known how serious it was. The next game was played with no fans (and probably helicopters with engines running to evacuate the players if needed).
Does Baltimore still have a team?
So do I.
There is no honor or loyalty among the woke. When MLB viewership and ratings declines ( and it will), woke ESPN will be loudly demanding to renegotiate or cancel their contracts with MLB. Commissioner Rob Manfred is the dopey, woke CEO of MLB. His only real job is to increase revenue sources and increase profits. Apparantly the owners were not fully consulted prior to this dumb action. When some of the weaker franchises begin to go broke and the others have diminished profits, Mr. Manfred, the woke attorney who never read the Georgia election law, turned CEO will be out.
They’re called the Baltimore Orioles
Business must be really good they are willing to tick off half their customers.
Move the game to Havana for all I care. I won’t watch it no matter where it is played.
Get back to me when Coca-Cola, CNN, The Atlanta Braves, The Atlanta Hawks and The Atlanta Falcons mover their operations out of Georgia.
The only thing the Astros were guilty of was being from a fly-over, backwater, knuckle dragging, Trump voting, gas guzzling Red State.
To Leftists its all about their dogma 24x7 ...
Ok, NY’s Governor potentially murdered old people sending COVID-19 victims to nursing homes. Also numerous women have come forth with sexually harassment claims against the Governor. Which corporates are pulling events out of NY? Or do corporations support murder and sexual harassment?
It ain’t gonna work, Kemp.
It’s WAY TOO LATE to “stand up” for election integrity.
The ONLY reason Kemp and fellow RINOs in GA have passed this measure is because while they were happy to see Trump get cheated in 2020, they understand from the GA run-offs that the cheating will be used against them in 2022 if they don’t fix it now.
I’m praying Kemp and Rat-boy lose their respective primaries, but GA has OPEN PRIMARIES. That means a bunch of Democrats are going to vote for Kemp in the Republican primary. It’s gonna take a lot of Republicans to show up and vote for ONE candidate against Kemp. If Kemp wins his primary, then GA goes blue. All the Dems who voted for Kemp will vote for Big Butt Stacey in the general, and conservatives will stay home.
BLM written instead of MLB. Sometimes the typos are more accurate.
There will be no freedom without complete conformity
Kristi Noem certainly gave juice to the idea that corporations can tell elected legislatures and governors what polices they can and cannot enact.
Hopefully the brave governor there (surprising us all, by the way) holds firm and helps to put corporations back into their place.
The entire country is under attack by the Left and its Woke Revolution.
This cuts across all state lines and brings pressure to every part of the country. Federalism is not a defense.
And behind the Left is China. Take a look at Coke, Delta Air, and, even, MLB and you'll see that they are each trying to build a strong business relationship with China.
I left off the /s tag; I know they had a team in the past, and assumed they’d been pressured to keep the Orioles there even when it was clear fans couldn’t safely attend games there.
When Newark NJ tried to attract the NJ Nets (when the Meadowlands arena was shut down to funnel business - including the N Devils hockey team - into Newark), the new Russian owner politely declined and moved to Brooklyn instead (where people could afford tickets and attend games with better security than Newark would offer).
Either Right Field or Pitcher.
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