A coalition of conservatives launched an initiative Wednesday aimed at opposing the “woke” political culture that has been increasingly taking hold in corporate America and holding these companies to account.
Examples of this could be seen this week in the CEOs of both Delta Airlines and The Coca-Cola Company coming out in opposition to Georgia’s new voter integrity law.
“We’ve watched with growing concern the Left’s efforts to infiltrate corporate boardrooms and use that power to force their agenda on Americans everywhere,” said Justin Danhof, general counsel for the National Center for Public Policy Research — a Back to Neutral Coalition member — according to American Greatness.
“We are drawing a line. It’s time to hold corporate America accountable for canceling conservatives. We seek to restore a healthy understanding of, and respect for, liberty, free enterprise, and American culture, all of which is being corrupted by corporate oligarchs,” he added.
Other Back to Neutral Coalition members include: 60 Plus, Economic War Room, The Political Forum, Americans for Limited Government, Independent Women’s Voice and Independent Women’s Forum and the Tea Party Patriots.
The group created a website for people to connect and learn how to join the fight.
The mission statement of the coalition explains, “We reject the Left’s weaponization of corporate America against traditional beliefs and values.”
“We work to dissuade corporations from engaging in activities that undermine free enterprise, individual liberty, limited government, free speech and the rule of law. Companies must instead return to their primary role — as fiduciaries for their investors.
“We seek to restore a healthy understanding of, and respect for, liberty, free enterprise and American culture all of which is being corrupted by corporate oligarchs,” the statement concludes.
The group further explains, “From the top, liberal CEOs and boards use shareholder’s money to advance liberal policy.”
“Whether under the guise of ‘ESG‘ (environmental, social and governance), ‘wokeness,’ or ‘stakeholder‘ capitalism, make no mistake, that all these terms are just cover for liberals weaponizing big business to achieve their radical, political goals.”
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian and The Coca-Cola Company CEO James Quincey both came out in opposition to Georgia’s new election integrity law, claiming it limited access to voting, mirroring attacks Democratic President Joe Biden has made.
— The Hill (@thehill) March 31, 2021
“I need to make it crystal clear that the final bill is unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values,” Bastian wrote in a memo to employees on Wednesday.
“The right to vote is sacred. It is fundamental to our democracy and those rights not only need to be protected, but easily facilitated in a safe and secure manner,” he continued.
Quincey went so far as to appear to throw his support behind the controversial H.R. 1 “For the People Act” legislation, which would federalize many aspects of voting in the U.S.
“We want to be crystal clear and state unambiguously that we are disappointed in the outcome of the Georgia voting legislation,” Quincey said in a Thursday statement.
“[O]ur focus is now on supporting federal legislation that protects voting access and addresses voter suppression across the country,” he added.
The Washington Post fact-checker gave Biden 4 Pinocchios for claiming the Georgia legislation limits the hours people can vote on Election Day or in early voting.
Nothing in the new law changes Election Day hours, The Post determined.
Further, “the law did make some changes to early voting. But experts say the net effect was to expand the opportunities to vote for most Georgians, not limit them.”
Georgia’s law expands early voting. @Delta opposes the law. Why is Delta Airlines in favor of voter suppression? Jim Crow on Steroids!
Am I doing this right?
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) April 1, 2021
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia addressed the attacks against the law made by Biden and the CEOs of Delta and Coca-Cola in a Fox News interview Thursday.
The governor argued if Georgia were seeking to revive Jim Crow, as Biden argued, what does that mean for the president’s home state of Delaware?
The Peach State has 17 days of early voting, no excuse absentee ballot voting and dropboxes throughout the state — none of which Delaware had, he said.
“If you really look at what we’ve done to perfect the bill that I actually signed — we worked with a lot of these corporations, including Delta, who never raised any of these issues until two or three days after the first statement that they made,” Kemp said.
“If Ed Bastian, if Mr. Quincey, if the guys from New York and New Jersey who were pointing fingers at us yesterday want to have a discussion about what’s actually in this bill versus what’s in states like New York, where you need an excuse to vote absentee, or in New Jersey, where they’re celebrating nine days of early voting, it’s the first time ever they’ve had it. We have 17 days, and we’ve been doing this for — gosh, I think over a decade now,” he added.
As to Biden, Kemp suggested the president may not even care what is in the law because he’s trying to distract from the border crisis and “push an unconstitutional mandate in H.R. 1.”