Recently the state of Georgia adopted a new election law. The centerpiece of this bill is a requirement that voters in the state requesting absentee ballots establish their identity by listing a driver’s license number, state ID number, or providing a copy of some other form of acceptable voter ID. This is a change from the previous procedure where your identity was established by a comparison of your signature on your application with your signature on file with the state, a notoriously unreliable methodology. The new law also allows you to return your application for an absentee ballot online via a newly established website. (No, the bill did not forbid people from drinking water while waiting to vote, limit the hours of polling places, or do any of the other myriads of things its detractors claimed.)
Immediately, the usual suspects went into fits of rage. The woke multinational corporations of America in particular melted down – led it seems by Coca-Cola – home-based in Atlanta and one of Georgia’s largest corporations. James Quincey, Coca-Cola’s chief executive, speaking on CNBC has this to say. “This legislation is unacceptable. It’s a step backward and it does not promote principles we have stood for in Georgia around broad access to voting, around voter convenience, about ensuring election integrity.”
The official statement of the Coca-Cola Company, appearing over Quincy’s name added this.
“We want to be crystal clear and state unambiguously that we are disappointed in the outcome of the Georgia voting legislation. Throughout Georgia’s legislative session we provided feedback to members of both legislative chambers and political parties, opposing measures in the bills that would diminish or deter access to voting… Our focus is now on supporting federal legislation [emphasis ours] that protects voting access and addresses voter suppression across the country. We all have a duty to protect everyone’s right to vote, and we will continue to stand up for what is right in Georgia and across the U.S.”
Then Coke went back to work preparing for its role in the upcoming 2022 “Genocide Games” in Beijing. The 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled to be held in China. Coca-Cola is an official sponsor of the games. It has even designed and begun to distribute in China commemorative Coke cans celebrating the upcoming games. The gold and red cans, which are already being seen in Beijing, bear the message “Congratulations Beijing.”
Let’s be clear. China is ruled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). This is not some group of democratically elected representatives. This is a thuggish, criminal enterprise that holds the people of China hostage and has its sights set on world domination. It is every bit as evil and reprehensible as the Communist Party of the old Soviet Union ever was.
The CCP has not grown more tolerant or liberal as China has grown in power. On the contrary, the CCP has grown more efficient at keeping its people under control and crushing dissent. Chinese citizens are subject to a surveillance system the likes of which the world has never known, via the Internet, surveillance cameras, and networks of informers. If you step out of line you will be discovered, questioned, tortured, and, if necessary, disappeared.
The Soviet Union had its Gulag into which political prisoners simply disappeared. The CCP has a similar system of camps and prisons. These camps contain not only vast numbers of ethnic Chinese dissidents but entire ethnic groups like the Uyghurs, who are being systematically cleansed from China as the CCP pursues its goal of complete homogeneity and uniformity.
The CCP also practices forced organ harvesting on an industrial scale. Uyghurs in particular are carefully selected according to medical criteria and then literally butchered alive for their organs. The CCP– always hungry for hard currency – feeds like some horror movie monster off the flesh of its citizens.
This is the grotesque reality of modern-day China – a brutal totalitarian state with power and ambitions the world has never known. We, all of us, ought to be standing against this monstrosity. The upcoming “Genocide Games” in Beijing ought to be moved elsewhere. If they are not, every free nation on Earth ought to announce its intention to boycott them and deny the Chinese Communists the ability to claim some form of legitimacy from them.
Coca-Cola, if it means anything of what it says about its commitment to freedom and equality, ought to lead the way on all of this, but it won’t. Being woke is one thing. Angering the government of a nation of 1.4 billion potential Coke drinkers is another.
So, since Coke won’t do the right thing and stand up to tyranny, here’s another suggestion. Rework those commemorative cans. Change the logo to “CCP Cola.” It’s more to the point, and Xi will love it.