DON’T do this!

The trend these days is to bring politics into everything; into chicken sandwiches, airlines, pillows, baseball, and many other area where we don’t need it.

We don’t need it because all it’s doing is widening the political divide. I’ll give 2 examples of it in this episode; Delta Airlines and Major League Baseball, and their reactions to the Georgia election law recently passed.

And I weigh in with a short statement on the Derek Chauvin verdicts.

Mentioned links:

Delta Internal Statement Leaked Showing Praise For Georgia Election Restrictions Bill

‘Woke Corporate Hypocrites’: Delta, Coca-Cola Face GOP Backlash for Knocking Georgia Voting Law

MLB Expanding Presence in China While Pulling Out of Atlanta

Exclusive — Dan Gainor: Media, Big Tech Coordinated Harassment of Utah Paramedic for Donating $10 to Kyle Rittenhouse Defense Fund

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Show transcript

I don’t know about you but I’m getting tired of politics. Well more specifically (lest you think I’m retiring the podcast), I’m getting tired of things being tied to politics that shouldn’t be anywhere near it. The politicizing of everything just seems to be where we’re going. More and more people are choosing their chicken sandwich, pillow for their bed, the pizza they eat, the car they drive, the social media platform they support, or even the sports they watch based on politics.

We are having a house built where we’ll be moving into in a few months. I care about how well it’s put together, whether the changes we asked for are put in place, whether the appliances work, if the roof doesn’t leak; things like that. But what I don’t care about are things like what the CEO of the builder spends his money on, or how the guys nailing everything together voted. I just want a good house and I care about how good a job they do building it. If the purchasing clerk wants to go to a BLM march after work, more power to him or her. If they don’t care about what I think, I don’t care about what they think.

And on the other side of that, if you do want to pick where you go to lunch based on the politics of the CEO, go ahead. If you’re going to pass by Hobby Lobby because the owners don’t have the same views on abortion that you do, that’s your prerogative.

Now someone might ask, and rightly so, why then do I have a political podcast? If I don’t care what other people think, why am I trying to change their mind? And that’s a reasonable question. I would put it this way. I’m not trying to get you to consider why you do what you do, I’m trying to get you to consider why you think what you think. The only action of yours I’m trying to change is which box you check in the voting booth. If there are other actions that change because of that change of thinking, so much the better.

Perhaps some examples would help. The recent voting protection bill passed in Georgia has been a big flashpoint lately. During the time it was working its way through the Georgia State Legislature, corporations like Delta Airlines were heavily involved in the process. Delta executives held meetings with Democrats and Republicans to let them know Delta’s position.

When the bill first came out, Delta had praise for a number of specific provisions, such as expanded weekend voting, protecting the ability to get absentee ballots without requiring proof of a reason, statewide drop boxes, and the ability of poll workers to work across county lines. These were all good things according to Delta, but they also said that “there continues to be work ahead in this important effort.”

Once the bill was passed, and Delta got pressure from groups opposed to the bill, they did a 180. CEO Ed Bastian called the final bill unacceptable. Not a good first step, not just flawed; unacceptable. This is an attempt at averting a PR disaster. This is pandering. This is virtue signaling. You can’t be involved with meetings with legislators, and then can’t talk about how good particular provisions of the bill are, but then say, “Gosh, we didn’t realize how completely unacceptable it is!” This is disingenuous.

Now, Delta can say what it wants. It can flip-flop their principles based on outside pressure all day and all night. That’s their prerogative. For me, if Delta has the best price for a flight, I’ll still use them. I’m not going to boycott them because their PR department shifts with the wind faster than a windsock at Hartsfield-Jackson International. Some on the Right are because of the statement they released, and some on the Left are because they’re upset about Delta praising some of the good parts of the bill initially and because they don’t think that the later statement went far enough. If you want to boycott for whatever reason, fine. That’s your prerogative.

A boycott from either side is politicization of airlines. I understand the feelings that bring this on, and in fact when Delta weighs in on a bill not directly or indirectly associated with air flight, they are already politicizing it. It should come as no surprise that it is met with opposition of one form or another that further turns airline travel into some sort of political choice. Is this what we want in this country; airlines for liberals and other airlines for conservatives? Do we need another filter when looking for a flight on Kayak or Travelocity, in addition to what time the flight leaves or how many stops it makes, a filter that only shows the airlines whose latest press release fits your political leanings? Because if you want to keep widening the political divide in this country, that’s how you do it.

Here’s my other example. In the aftermath of that bill, Major League Baseball decided to move the All-Star game out of Atlanta. In this case, it was the corporation that did the boycott, denying income for those in Cobb County northwest of Atlanta where the stadium is. They will be the ones who pay for MLB’s decision to politicize baseball. Once again, Major League Baseball is free to say and do what it wants, but that doesn’t mean what they’re doing is automatically a good idea.

It doesn’t automatically mean that this move is consistent with other moves they’ve made. MLB is continuing to make inroads into China where the phrase “early voting” simply has no meaning. I mean, China may be committing genocide, but please, Georgia requires an ID to vote!

So again, we get more virtue signaling and another way that the political divide is being widened.

And finally I’ll weigh in on the Derek Chauvin verdicts. I think the manslaughter verdict was legit, but the murder charges required elements of intent that, as far as I know, were not proven. So combine that with a mere 10 hours of jury deliberation after 3 weeks of testimony, and the fact that the jury members all lived in Minneapolis, and it seems clear to me that the jury’s self-preservation instincts played a big role in the verdict. A paramedic in Utah got doxxed for giving 10 bucks to Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense fund. This jury understood what would happen if they didn’t convict on all counts. That’s not how justice should be done.

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