The key exchange comes at the end between the Campus Reform interviewer and a white woman who thinks it’s “classist” to require ID to vote (and that three years isn’t enough time for voters to secure an ID before the next presidential election):
CR: “A poll came out that showed 70% of black Americans do support voter ID. A lot of people are calling it Jim Crow suppression…but the majority of black Americans do support it.”
WW: “Ok. I don’t.”
And that’s just a nugget from a frankly hilarious video in which a representative of Campus Reform reads out the provisions of Georgia’s new voter legislation — the subject of which has led to so much misreporting and controversy that corporate leaders have felt compelled to have meetings about it and MLB moved the All-Star Game out of Atlanta — to Georgetown students, who are largely supportive of what they hear.
Then, the reveal: Would it surprise you to learn that this legislation I’ve been telling you about is the new Georgia voter legislation?
The blatant misunderstanding about voter laws — Georgia’s and others that already exist in states around the country — has been packaged and sold by progressive activists, a willing media, and even the White House. It’s not especially difficult to discern why students at one of the country’s most prestigious institutes of higher learning might be misinformed: the usual institutions that have generally been considered the places to inform oneself have misled them.
And, more nefariously, there are other players that have an interest in disrupting American’s understanding of its own electoral infrastructure.
In an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a Yale professor who helped organize the call between over 100 corporate leaders to discuss the election bills in the states, had this to say:
INSKEEP: OK, thank you very much. Welcome to the program. Who were some of these companies?
SONNENFELD: Well, it’s the biggest planets on the Earth. Many of their names have appeared in the media. I shouldn’t be naming them but some of the ones I’ve seen in the press (laughter) not to confirm…
INSKEEP: Well, I guess we can mention – some of them have already publicly expressed objections – companies like Delta of Georgia. And it was reported that Starbucks, Merck, the AMC Theater chain.
SONNENFELD: Yeah, so the largest airlines are also with – American Airlines and United. So, by the way, if somebody wants to boycott an airline, hopefully they have their own corporate jet. We had the biggest companies from pharma to finance, from technology to transportation. Even the major railroads were there. We had the CEOs of professional service firms, like Paul, Weiss, the big law firm, and Boston Consulting Group in that space, as well as health care to manufacturing.
INSKEEP: And now I just want to remind people what this is about. These are voter restrictions in multiple states. The proposals are different in multiple states, but there are a lot of places where early voting is being reduced. New requirements are being added to mail-in ballots or absentee ballots.
AMC, apparently one of the most vocal in the zoom meeting, has been owned for the last nine years by the Chinese-based Wanda Group.
“AMC’s Chinese ownership and that company’s leadership in rallying other multi-national to oppose voter identification laws should give every U.S. legislator pause when it comes to corporate activism. These companies don’t reflect American values but instead, at best, their corporate need to access large foreign markets such as China and at worst, do the bidding of these tyrannical foreign governments.”
The trend of activism — which appeals to a base desire to be virtuous and uses fear of cancel culture to enhance that desire — has moved rapidly from academia out into nearly every facet of American culture as students that have been trained in it their entire lives take leadership positions in boardrooms, newsrooms, and political offices. And foreign nations with an interest in seeing a weakened U.S. are all too happy to help it along.