Rand Paul’s Trying to “Cancel” Coca Cola.
Through recent years in particular, as their popularity on the national level continues to dissipate while the country grows more diverse and liberal minded, conservatives have been making increasingly more desperate attempts to remain relevant and keep their power. The blatant efforts of voter suppression in Georgia certainly come to mind when one considers the depths Republicans will go in order to preserve the institutions that have allowed them to keep office rather than adapting to changing times. But culture war arguments have also been a tried and true tactic for Republicans to continue to deflect from their actions, and the fact that they have absolutely nothing remotely substantive to offer the average American voter that would improve their material condition.
One of the most recent Republican lawmakers to engage in the culture war arguments, and “cancel culture” in particular is Kentucky’s Senator Rand Paul. Following the signing into law of Georgia’s voter suppression law, businesses like Coca Cola expressed their “disappointment”, with CEO James Quincey calling it “unacceptable”. In response, Senator Paul went on Fox News to argue that “if Coca Cola is going to boycott us, why don’t we boycott them?”
An incredible, yet unsurprising argument coming from a party that has spent years lamenting “cancel culture” they feel being waged against the right wing. Is this not in fact an argument for cancelling Coca Cola?
Their logical inconsistencies and desperate attempts to deflect would be funny if they weren’t so irritating.
The harder they try and latch on to these arguments, the more desperate their attempts to keep control of the conversation become. Rand Paul is entirely aware of how ridiculous he sounds, but making these sorts of statements is just one more news story that won’t be covering the substance of his party’s deliberate efforts to prevent high voter turnout. It’s especially telling, considering these moves from Georgia Republicans come after they spent months insisting that their 2020 November election had been without any fraud and conducted two hand recounts to prove it.