The story of more than 100 CEOs meeting to attack the voting laws the left is screeching over is discouraging. The healthy separation between civil society and politics has grown dangerously thin, and these “leaders” are threatening to punch right through the tattered fabric.
Sunday afternoon the Wall Street Journal reported that senior executives had “gathered on Zoom this weekend to plot what several said big businesses should do next about new voting laws under way in Texas and other states.” A pair of Kenneths, Chenault, former American Express CEO, and Frazier, CEO of Merck, “urged the leaders to collectively call for greater voting access, according to several people who attended.” These men “cautioned businesses against dropping the issue and asked CEOs to sign a statement opposing what they view as discriminatory legislation on voting.”
This being America, they have every right to gather, to express their opinions, to sign whatever statement they wish to support. And we have every right to point out how they’re falling, perhaps even willfully, for a gross mischaracterization of the new Georgia voting law and other similar legislation that is likely to follow.
Contrary to popular opinion, Georgia’s law does not suppress voting – in reality it expands voting opportunities. Even the Washington Post, a veritable Democratic Party newsletter, gave President Joe Biden four Pinocchios for his lies about the law, which were central to the widespread fabrications about it.
The left says that the law must be vilified, though. The real reason behind the hostility is legislators’ efforts to establish election integrity by requiring voters to present valid identification at the polls, which is not a new policy in the state.
Why anyone would oppose the practice of compelling voters to prove they are who they say they are is a mystery. Unless, that is, the opponents want to steal elections, which is easier when identification isn’t needed. Here we pause to remind readers that the Democrats’ For the People Act, the party’s benchmark federal bill so far this year, essentially invalidates state ID requirements
CEOs are aligning themselves with the radical agenda of the left, not necessarily because they believe in its objectives – though some might – but because, as Charles Gasparino of Fox Business Network tweeted, they are “virtue signaling” “to keep the progressive mob from attacking them on pay and a lot more.”
It is, as Gasparino says, a “transparent head fake.” And it’s one that won’t work. The left never has enough. Its rapacious appetite for demanding further compliance with its agenda, for silencing political opponents, for subjugating those who dissent from its orthodoxy, will not be sated.
The CEOs might be eaten last by the mob, thanks to their gesture. But eaten they will surely be unless the good people of this country resist the woke horde and its chief sponsors, the Democratic Party and the legacy media, both of which are pushing us hard down a path that ends at the edge of a high cliff.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board