Picture this: On Tuesday, July 13, fans pour into Georgia‘s Truist Park to see the one of the greatest all-stars of all time take the mound.
It’s his first official visit to the state since an agonizing defeat for his team a few months prior—but this time, after making the necessary adjustments, he has a score to settle.
Standing 6-foot-3 and donning a red ball-cap, he winds up and unleashes one fastball after another (with a few curveballs mixed in for good measure) while a throng of cheering supporters pierces the capacity-packed stadium that normally hosts the Atlanta Braves.
The spectacle would be enough to placate many disheartened baseball diehards after Major League Baseball‘s recent decision to relocate its All-Star Game and draft to Denver. But the stakes would be much higher than any World Series.
On Saturday, Trump called for a boycott of the MLB, adding it and several companies headquartered in the Peach State to the long list of those on a mission to destroy America by embracing undemocratic, politically untenable demands from left-wing activists.
“For years the Radical Left Democrats have played dirty by boycotting products when anything from that company is done or stated in any way that offends them,” Trump said in a statement Saturday through his Save America PAC.
“Now they are going big time with WOKE CANCEL CULTURE and our sacred elections,” he continued. “It is finally time for Republicans and Conservatives to fight back—we have more people than they do—by far!”
Among the corporations that recently denounced Georgia’s election-integrity laws as part of a political pressure campaign:
“Don’t go back to their products until they relent,” said the former president in his statement over the weekend. “We can play the game better than them.”
That includes Fair Fight, the group that forced Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to settle a lawsuit loosening the verification standards prior to last year’s presidential election.
It also includes the New Georgia Project, a group accused of soliciting dead people, nonresidents and other ineligible voters to participate in the state’s recent elections.
The same activist network has led the protest of Georgia’s election-integrity bill, which sought to reassert proper legislative control and oversight of election administration following Raffensperger’s Nov. 3 debacle and similar ones in several other battleground states.
“They didn’t even get approval of State Legislatures, which is mandated under the U.S. Constitution,” Trump said.
“They rigged and stole our 2020 Presidential Election, which we won by a landslide, and then, on top of that, boycott and scare companies into submission,” Trump continued. “Never submit, never give up! The Radical Left will destroy our Country if we let them. We will not become a Socialist Nation.”
The mystery yet remains as to how so many Fortune 500 companies spontaneously went “woke”—and what underlying motives they have that would outweigh the inevitable alienation of a substantial consumer base of Republican voters.
With some companies, such as Delta, the biggest fear seems to be a walkout by minority employees, as well as the stigma of negative media coverage.
Others, like Coke and the MLB, seem to delight in the viciousness that comes with inflicting punishment on conservative Americans—the last hurdle standing in the way of a one-world government.
Still, that doesn’t rule out the possibility of external pressure—or incentives—being applied to force them into the political scrum.
During the Obama administration, the Justice Department notoriously stepped into the fray as then-Attorney General Eric Holder targeted banks and other corporations for extra scrutiny if they refused to play ball with his radical agenda.
But given the Biden administration’s known ties to China, it’s just as likely that the biggest threat comes from the global market.
Whatever the nefarious reason may be, it puts right-wing deplorables in a difficult and uncomfortable spot: Either give up many of the corporate-produced creature comforts that have come to represent the best of American culture, or be ready to do away entirely with that culture—along with democracy, freedom and all that comes with being a sovereign nation of laws.
Already, with baseball and Coke gone, there isn’t much left to call quintessentially “American” except, perhaps, apple pie. Just don’t use any Apple products to look up the recipe.
Then again, it may be impossible to cut out every single thing that links to some leftist agenda.
Instead, what Trump and others must continue to do is to work behind the scenes at developing rival alternatives.
For example, conservative-friendly Goya has a line of tropical sodas, some of which could supplant the woke offerings of Coke, Pepsi, RC and Dr Pepper.
It would be even more brilliant if the company were to develop its own special Trump-inspired Covfefe Cola, offering customers the extra incentive to make a statement with their support.
Such products could even be sold in a special MAGA-Mart store (available only in red states). Of course, to deter the recent surge in violence from far-left extremists, all customers might be required to open-carry.
But that’s only the beginning. With censorship on the rise, conservatives desperately need viable new options for communicating and engaging with one another.
Despite the umpteen reasons to unplug from those creepy, privacy-invading propaganda traps, giving up social media can be a difficult prospect for those who are connected to old friends and distant relatives through formerly-benign networks like Facebook.
Fortunately, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is working on a brand-new online alternative to Facebook, Twitter and other platforms that conservatives are now jumping ship on.
Whether Lindell’s forthcoming “Frank” platform can avoid the pitfalls faced by trailblazers like Parler and Gab remains to be seen.
Thus, Trump should dispatch the heavy hitters to help.
Even more than being president, ol’ 45 now finds himself firmly within his wheelhouse as a dealmaker, developer, entrepreneur, influencer and visionary.
He could, for instance, recruit participation from some of his trendsetting friends and supporters, including Tom Brady, Kanye West, Lil Pump and the newly pardoned Lil Wayne. He could seek design and programming input from conservative tech mogul Peter Thiel, the founder of PayPal and early Facebook investor.
Finally, during the MLB All-Star Game, Trump should absolutely hold a competing rally, a sort of alternative programing to make clear that even though elections can be rigged and companies bought off, America’s cultural institutions are still beholden to the silent majority.
Regardless of whether conservative industries rise to meet the challenges of the newly politicized economy, some may still opt to extricate themselves from this increasingly hostile, quasi-capitalist landscape.
But the newly “woke” companies seem willing to write off a few loyal consumers since marketing strategists tell them they can win younger demographics by following the Right-bashing trend.
Any true threat to their bottom line requires first-rate competition that will force leftist failures in the commercial marketplace just as their politics have failed in the marketplace ideas.