If there’s one thing Republicans hate, it’s having to face the consequences of their own actions. The politicians who preach personal accountability and bootstrap mythology immediately soil their pants in a fit of rage at the slightest criticism for their nakedly cruel and discriminatory policies, and the reaction to the backlash over the state of Georgia’s appalling new voter restriction law is no different.
Batshit psycho conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA) took to Twitter and decried the “corporate communism” that led to Major League Baseball pulling their All-Star Game from Atlanta, saying that it was an issue that “we all can get behind.”
The phrase “corporate communism” is as meaningless and self-contradictory as anything the right-wing ever says and does nothing but highlight the preposterous hypocrisy that animates all conservative politics. Every “principle” and “value” they ostensibly stand for is merely a stand in for the need to acquire and hold power at any cost.
“Family values” don’t matter anymore when Matt Gaetz is showing off nude photos on the House floor; the unregulated free market suddenly needs to be more tightly regulated the minute a corporation does something the Republicans don’t like; censoring free speech suddenly isn’t a problem when a Palestinian professor gets a job at a large university.
That insatiable lust for power is what is driving them to tear our democracy apart at the seams and rig the game with these appalling voter restriction laws — and it’s why we must nuke the filibuster and pass our entire agenda before we never have the chance to again.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.