Rand Paul’s Trying to “Cancel” Coca Cola.
Apparently “cancel culture” is only an issue when it comes to Dr. Seuss.
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.
The thing is, with everything going on one can only assume that their tactics of distraction are working less. We would at least assume that people are not going to care much about boycotting Coca Cola products when they’re still living in the midst of a pandemic that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and millions of jobs. The more dire someone’s circumstances become, the more difficult it is to get someone’s attention and sympathy with culture war arguments.
That said, Rand Paul isn’t the only Republican lawmaker weighing in on this issue specifically. Mitch McConnell, after spending decades fostering a culture of corporate rot and corruption at the center of American government, actually had the audacity to tell them to “stay out of politics.”
Except, of course, when it comes to campaign contributions.
In the supposed beacon of democracy for the world, we literally have one of our lawmakers saying to corporations: “you may have bought us, but if you want us to continue to be able to get elected to do your bidding you better keep your mouths shut and let us do what we need to do”.
Perhaps one day, we’ll get to the place where the American people just won’t tolerate it anymore. Personally, I hope that day comes sooner rather than later.