from the try-that-again-senator dept
Senator Marco Rubio keeps trying to act Trump-like, but he just can’t pull it off. He actually knows what he’s saying is bullshit and unlike some other politicians, it’s pretty obvious when Rubio is play-acting populist nonsense, rather than having any real conviction behind it. His latest is a NY Post opinion piece in which he takes on the new favorite punching bag of Republicans-who-have-no-principles-left: what is stupidly being referred to as “woke” corporations.. This is, of course, somewhat hilarious for anyone who followed decades of Republican politics in which over and over the politicians insisted that companies could do no wrong. But now that some companies are pushing back on Republican-inspired nonsense, suddenly they have to be labeled as “woke” and punished.
I won’t go through the entire op-ed, but I will just pull out a quote towards the end that sums up how ridiculous and authoritarian this kind of nonsense truly is. In it, Rubio basically says that political views from companies he disagrees with are on the same level as pollution.
No policymaker would allow a company to dump toxic waste into a river upstream of a thriving town he is charged with governing. Yet corporate America eagerly dumps woke, toxic nonsense into our culture, and it?s only gotten more destructive with time. These campaigns will be met with the same strength that any other polluter should expect.
Our nation needs a thriving private economy. And patriotic business leadership has historically underwritten the American Dream. But lawmakers who have been asleep at the wheel for too long, especially within my own party, need to wake up. America?s laws should keep our nation?s corporations firmly ordered to our national common good.
Got that? Political views that go against Rubio are “toxic waste” and therefore must be regulated. Of course, corporations that have views that Rubio agrees with are somehow all about fresh air and freedom.
This is nothing less than blatant authoritarianism — threatening companies for taking such crazy political stands as “Americans should be able to vote” and “we’d prefer not to support people who wish to overthrow elections.” Rubio knows all of this. He’s not that stupid. But he seems to think he has to play up this nonsense if he wants to win elections these days. And, thus the real issue here is not “woke” corporations. It’s authoritarian attacks on free speech like Rubio’s.