Companies Aligned with China are Failing: It’s not a good idea to bet against America

There has been panic which I’ve explained before to those concerned about the amount of power corporations have.  The worry is that corporations will force us to accept vaccine passports to move around the country, that they’ll push us out of amusement parks if we don’t get woke policies, and that they’ll regulate our lives by generally denying us fun and happiness.  It is essentially the Chinese model that we are seeing play out in the opening days of the Biden administration. Companies like Disney and Coka Cola, who have global aims, have placed their bets that the way to those international markets is through the communism of China.  That is essentially the bet of the NBA, an organization made up of socialist players to go global China style.  So, they are ignoring American markets treating us like garbage because they are going for what they think is a bigger prize in the world of tomorrow under a one-world government ran by the United Nations and influenced by communism. That’s how we arrived here, but I have explained it a different way, and my bets are placed opposite of the international trend.  Those who are betting against America are going to pay for it in a big way. 

Now I love traditional Disney.  I think Walt Disney is one of the great entrepreneurs of our American history.  I have no problem sharing Disney with the rest of the world.  If Disney is broadcasting American values, it’s a great thing.  Disney the Man.  Not Disney, the corporation that woke leftists and Democrat presidential hopefuls now run.  I would offer that these new leaders of corporate Disney, Coke, and the NBA—among others—don’t know what they are doing and have over-leveraged their influence over the American population.  For instance, Disney thinks people are so hungry for their Disney+ service, their amusement parks, and their many restaurants and hotels that they will put up with crazy, radical communist policies in trade for fun.  I would offer that people reject those services in favor of freedom and that market pressures will shift away from those corporations to other options.  Such as Facebook and Twitter assumed that they would have control over the flow of information, but instead, options are erupting everywhere.  The Facebook model is now dying as we speak as well as Twitter.  Their influence is waning due to their activism against President Trump and his 70 million voters.  Disney is suffering the same fate; they are losing billions of dollars in their commitment to wokeness, and I don’t ever see them recovering.  Their decision to leverage their entertainment assets against American traditions is costing them as they speak, and the brand damage is incalculable. 

I have wanted to return to Disney World for a vacation, so I occasionally watch video vlogs of people who cover the parks in Orlando, and what they are reporting is embarrassing compared to my experiences in the past.  Disney World as a vacation spot has been one of the best locations on earth for entertainment.  Not only do they have a collection of the best rides that are anywhere, but they have great employees who carry the company message of happiness and enthusiasm for life.  But this move by the company to go full woke, to empower all the radical leftwing causes, the Black Lives Matters types, the gun grabbers, the rainbow gays on Disney characters, the transgender policies have ruined that positive employee interaction.  I didn’t help to shut down for Covid and never fully restaffing.  With the theme parks at a much-reduced capacity, waiting times excessively high only to be greeted with more and more Covid restrictions, the brand of Disney has been whittled away during the election year of 2020, and their gamble will not be paying off.  You can see it most in the many specialty shops that are closed and appear to be gone forever, the little chocolate shops and souvenir spots that are seldom ever open anymore because of the declined attendance.

This past week, Ron DeSantis in Florida removed all emergency Covid restrictions, so Disney cannot blame the government for its temperature-taking and mask mandates.  That is a liberal policy from the management of Disney as a company that wants to see central government restriction to get the payoff of a culture shift from America to China, where they placed all their bets.  And those bets are now in the multibillion dollars.  That is why they are trying not to show panic, but they look to have lost their pre-2019 market share forever.  The evidence was in the fan reaction to the Gina Carano firing from the Star Wars Mandalorian series because she came out on Twitter as a conservative.  The way that Disney fired her showed they have no idea what is driving market forces these days, and when Star Wars fans rebelled by canceling their Disney+ memberships, the company had to attempt to fix it by hiring her back, or at least to let the fans know they were thinking about it.  With Florida now without Covid restrictions, yet Disney insisting on keeping them going costing themselves even more billions by the month, there are many more Gina Carano-like concessions they will have to make in the future to attempt to regain market share.  That might help.  I might revisit the parks, but I’m not going to spend a lot of money there to see a bunch of closed restaurants, lines that are socially distanced, and having to wear a stupid mask in the hot Florida sun over a communist attempt at insurgency by the management of the Disney Company. 

That has been my message from the beginning of this woke attempt by companies to steer us into political directions.  Money rules, and they can’t cheat that vote.  People ultimately have the power over their corporations, and the best way to make them honest again is by hitting them in the pocketbook. Don’t buy their crap and watch how fast they give up their communist dreams.  They should have never listened to the China playbook.  The market share was never going to come from the East, and stealing it from America was never going to work.  It might have looked good on paper to people too stupid to ask the obvious questions.  But now, the dollars and cents are telling the story quite well.  It’s not just Disney either.  They make an excellent example because their brand is so well known and significant.  Watching them fall the way they have provides a glimpse into smaller corporations that are just as bad off but not obvious to the public.  The NBA gained popularity because of Larry Bird and the great competition with Michael Jorden.  People will be turned off by athletes taking up communist causes.  The corporations themselves do not set public policy; they are created to fulfill a public need.  And so long as they do that, they will make money.  When they think they can steer that policy, they will fail every single time.  The NBA has seriously damaged their brand, likely forever also.  It took a long time to build and only a few years to destroy.  Good luck in China, where they don’t have the money to support those types of endeavors, and they never will.  So, fret not; you have a lot more control over this wokeness than you think.  It’s already coming apart, so let it fall apart.  There are plenty of other things in life to do.  We don’t need companies that aren’t pro-American.

Cliffhanger the Overmanwarrior


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Protecting Drivers from Protestors: The trick of using free speech to destroy the Constitution

Protestors Should Not Be in the Road, Ever

It’s about time; Oklahoma is proposing legislation to protect drivers who run protestors carrying their anarchy into the roadways of that state.  Other states such as Indiana and Florida pursuing similar protections, which is a perfect thing and long overdue.  We have witnessed many riots over the last several years, especially the race-baiting Democrats who have been engaged.  With them, it’s been quite a show; they were the ones who were responsible for slavery and fighting to keep it in place.  Now to cover that crime, they seek to control people of color another way. They are obliged all too often with riots in the streets every time Democrats find they need a diversion from their many crimes and liabilities derived from legislative errors.  Many of these protests are just thinly disguised attempts to exert Marxism into American society. Hence, their target is always commerce, which is why these mobs have been seeking to shut down our nation’s highways.  On several occasions, panicked drivers being forced to sit in traffic as these mobs destroy their property in terrifying ways have tried to drive through the attackers harming and even killing them.  For the drivers, not only did they have their property destroyed and had to sit through a terrifying occasion, but then they end up prosecuted for using their car as a deadly weapon.  It is hardly fair, and justice has been desperately needed. 

Thankfully, states like Oklahoma are providing that justice.  While nobody wants anybody to get hurt, no protestor should ever expect their free speech to harm other people’s liberty, specifically their right to commerce.  The moment that any protestor affects the individual lives of other people, such as showing up at their homes and playing loud music or chanting through a bullhorn to keep the occupants inside awake, we are then dealing with a disturbance of the peace situation.  The violators have then surrendered their constitutional protections of free speech and should then be arrested and prosecuted.  That is the same with protestors who have disrupted the meals of their targets in public.  Those protests are then disturbance of the peace violations and need to be met with aggressive action.  The occupants of a restaurant are there to pay for a nice meal.  It is their right and privilege.  Robbing that experience from people to usher in some protest is not acceptable and not part of the ground rules of a free society.  The protestors may be free to speak their mind, even if it’s wrong.  But they do not have a right to rob other people of enjoyment.  Whatever legal jargon might allow for a gray spot in interpretation requires clarity quickly, which, thankfully, these states mentioned are beginning to do. 

Now protestors might argue that taking away their right to get people’s attention will weaken their ability to get their point across.  That is not the problem of a society of commerce.  That is the problem of the protestor.  If the protestor has a good point, people will follow them.  If people think of the protestors as an inconvenience, they will be ignored, and their points glazed over.  That is how battles in a free-market economy are conducted.  Nobody has a right to dominate the minds and thoughts of others.  However, that’s not what the protestors want.  If we read the many books that they have been circulating for years, books such as The Coming Insurrection, Mao’s Little Red Book, and Rules for Radicals, it’s clear they want Marxism disguised as fairness.  So, they don’t care at all about individual rights, and they openly seek to destroy unregulated commerce.  And to deal with protestors legally in this regard, we can’t allow ourselves to think that we are protecting free speech when in all reality, we are working against all the other rights of the Constitution. 

It is a basic premise in our society that if people are walking around on railroad tracks or a highway, their safety is not the responsibility of other people. Suppose they put themselves in danger by being within the means of commerce of any kind, boat, plane, car, train—anything, that their life is in their own hands.  That is true even if there is a mob of hundreds and hundreds of people.  It is not the truck driver’s duty to stop the work and delay shipment of their product from one place to another because many protestors decided to bring their gripes to the truck driver’s life and alter his reality. While traveling at a moderate rate of speed, the truck driver should be unable to slow down and move right on through the mob unimpeded.  If there are injuries or deaths, then that obligation rests on the people in the road, not the drivers, to have one more thing to worry about.  If animals cross into a road, which could be understood since they don’t know better, they are struck all the time.  It is understood generally that the right to commerce is more important than an accident from some creature, unfortunately, being in the road when a car comes along.  However, in the case of humans, they do know better.  Now they may be impaired by drugs, or they may be sick with political ideology.  Regardless, they are still ill of mind and prone to destruction if they end up in the road and are hit by a car or truck while protesting. 

For many years, these ideas have been generally understood.  However, in our now overly litigious society, we see challenges to this premise. Many drivers have been stopping and yielding to these protestors because they are more afraid of the legal system than the derelicts of destruction that often end up in these mobs.  That is why the many state legislators must do as Oklahoma are doing now, making the issue quite specific.  Commerce must be a protected right, people’s ability to be free of a protest should they want to be supported.  We cannot allow people who wish to bring harm to our constitutional republic to use our rules against us disguised as free speech, but with the intent of violating the whole foundation of our legal system while in the process, which is what has been happening.  The challenge has left people feeling defenseless and vulnerable, which should never be the case in a civil society.  Because the alternative is that if protesters act with lawlessness, which is their premise when they loot and vandalize during protests, we fight back with lawlessness.  I don’t think that’s where we all want to go.  It would be better if everyone agreed with the laws, and we could at least have that as a common means of exchange.  But putting up with the chaos and aggression against commerce is not an option.  Commerce is much more sacred than the feelings of a Marxist minority, or even a majority, should that ever occur.  And before open violence between drivers and protests happens, the ground rules need to be clear: what Oklahoma and many other states are now doing, and not a moment too soon.

Cliffhanger the Overmanwarrior


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The Buckeye Firearms Association Endorses George Lang: Getting HB 178 passed

The best hope for a continuation of House Bill 178 getting passed in the Senate is to have George Lang there to help convince Mike DeWine to sign the bill, which modifies weapons law, permitting concealed carry without a license, and many other positive reforms. While many are still in debate about to what extent the Second Amendment can or should be regulated, the crazy leftist who shot up a night spot in Dayton has many conservatives weak-kneed and in need of some hand holding in the aftermath. Of the people running for the 4th District Senate Seat in the upcoming primary between George Lang, Candice Keller and Ding Dong Lee Wong, only George Lang has the clout and ability to help Mike DeWine get off the fence and back to the table to sign such a bill as HB 178. As we get closer to the primary in March, its important that voters understand the strategy and best options for the issues they are most passionate about, and in Ohio the gun rights concerns are a big topic, so a bit of context is worth our time and consideration.

Candice Keller has been asked by the GOP to step down for her comments made in August in reaction to mass shootings in general. I think many people who are logical understood that much of what she said is true, about fatherless homes, and drug users being the cause of many mass shootings, but what hurt her is that she brought up Nazi language and tousled into the gay rights debate in a way that was completely unnecessary, and it hurt the GOP brand, and her stance on Second Amendment rights, which she has been a strong supporter. But she also walked right into the poo poo by giving opponents of bills like HB 178 a face to throw darts at, and therefor a great excuse for Mike DeWine to move away from signing it. So long as Candice was a face of Second Amendment rights in Columbus then she is hurting all the politicians who support the bill but had the political skill to stay out of trouble when pressed by the media for reaction to such catastrophes like the shooting in Dayton last year. This is another reason that the media has given Candice so much prominent coverage—most of it negative, because it has forced this issue underground again and made her look like a front runner in the 4th Seat Senate race. But there is a better option, a much better one in George Lang who is every bit as much of a Second Amendment supporter, I think more so, however, he has the political skill to unite people around the bill in the Senate to the Governor that Candice just doesn’t have. And even if she did, it will take her years to rebuild her political clout within the GOP to be effective in those types of discussions.

The media would like to make the race for that senate seat look much tighter ahead of the primary with its secret hopes that enough people might vote for Candice so that she can be elected to that seat only to waste it on more political scandal, which would then effectively kill HB 178 for many years. However, running for a big office seat like those in the senate takes politicians who can raise money, advertise, and then not step in it when pushed by the media for comments, who can stay on target literally with their message under great stress. And to that point only George Lang has any remote possibility of being an effective senator in the 4th District. In the financial reports for the candidates that were due on Friday of last week, George Lang had cash reserves of well over $200,000 where Candice only had $12,000. So that leaves her only strategy to hope to stay relevant is to be a rock chucker and hope that she can get some headlines and free coverage to get her message out. But the problem is, the GOP wants her to resign, so any coverage she gets is always going to be negative.

Meanwhile the Buckeye Firearms Association has endorsed George Lang for Ohio’s 4th Senate district and by mid-February the NRA is going to give its support as well. George’s record and ability has the recognized strength to advance gun rights as a senator and that momentum should not be wasted by anybody who wants to see bills like HB 178 become law without becoming so watered down by passage that it would be virtually worthless. I would encourage Candice whom I think genuinely cares about gun rights to get behind George as the best option to represent the 4th District in this great debate. But more than that, George has the ability to put that needed arm around Governor DeWine’s neck to get the signature needed to make HB 178 a reality. Those are the kinds of political skills that go well beyond a simple vote in the chamber and how things really happen in any political body.

Candice due to her lack of political skill, not necessarily her fault—time will fix a lot of that—but she’s had to take some of these extreme positions on her Facebook page to try to cover her lack of connections to secure funding for a campaign. It’s a page out of the Trump playbook, but he was rich and didn’t need to raise money for advertising in the traditional way. New media can take a creative politician far, but not that far, and her lack of ability to gather a crowd that will give her thousands of dollars in donations is something that can’t be overcome with political theater alone. There needs to be other layers to the reach of a senator in any district and that range and donation ability is the kind of leverage that gets you a lunch date with the governor to even pitch the ideas outside of chamber protocol. Everything is about political clout and that is how after this 2020 election cycle HB 178 has the best chance to get back out into the voting cycle.

The NRA knows George is the best chance and so does the Buckeye Firearms Association, and others who are sure to follow. If the true goal is to get pro firearm legislation solidified in Ohio then George is the best option. If the goal is simply to get elected into the senate by any means possible and Candice has to be forced to show all these extreme cards to get the free publicity, then she can’t truly say that she wants HB 178 to pass, because she has no ability to help advance it as a senator or as a member of the House. The GOP is distancing themselves from her and I would say to Candice that her political future isn’t over, it needs repaired. Helping to get HP 178 to a senator who can help on the other side and secure sentiment with the governor would go a long way to repairing that relationship. And that would take more guts for all the right reasons than destroying everything from the inside out just to get a political win for the short run.

Rich Hoffman