That’s what one letter-writer to the New Orleans Times-Picayune/Baton Rouge Advocate warns is coming. Someone named John Singleton, who assumedly is not the famous movie director who died in 2018, penned an op-ed with all the usual sky-screaming from the Left that we just couldn’t help ourselves but to note. Here’s what he said…
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has tapped into the anger of a small group of voters with his “attack” on Disney.
If I’m not mistaken, right-wing conservatives believe in capitalism, so how does the Disney debacle match up with that? It doesn’t, nor do his theatrics match up with the concept of free enterprise.
Whatever happened to letting consumers decide what they want? Ultimately, consumers vote loudest with their money, spending on what they desire.
“You can’t legislate morality” is something both major parties used to agree on. Apparently, those on the far right have decided that they can, indeed, legislate morality.
What does all of this have to do with Louisiana? Keep an eye on Jeff Landry.
Perusing Muckrack after searching this guy’s name and finding his past letters to the Baton Rouge Advocate (and there are a few), this is one of the classic old lines at work. He calls himself a “moderate” and yet it’s clear he’s a white leftist, so what you get is a bunch of typical lies.
Still, we thought it was somewhat instructive that this is what you’re getting from the 13 or so percent of the population which is white and left in Louisiana.
Yes, white “liberals” are 13 percent of the state’s electorate. You might think they’re a larger slice of the population than that, but they aren’t. And their views might seem mainstream because they’re perfectly reflected within the Advocate’s pages, but the rest of the state is strongly, strongly opposed to them.
Which, we suspect, is why Singleton identifies himself as a “moderate” while spewing MSNBC rhetoric about the “anger” of a small group of right-wingers who don’t appreciate Disney using its cultural content and political heft to promote exotic sexualities among kids.
That isn’t a small group of “angry” people. It’s the majority of the country. Singleton might not that Disney stock is in free fall right now, owing to the utter disaster that is the Disney Plus streaming service the subscribership of which has badly fizzled and the string of underperforming big-budget movies the company has released most of which if not all contain woke themes.
But he thinks that it’s just a small group of people who are “angry” at Disney. Tell that to former CEO Bob Chapek, who found himself out of a job when he was bullied into attacking Florida’s legislature for passing an anti-grooming bill last year and couldn’t survive the backlash.
At The American Conservative, there is an excellent article going through the timeline of the Florida-Disney conflict and the fight over the Reedy Creek Improvement District the state is in the process of dismantling. DeSantis was interviewed for the piece and has an outstanding quote about the free market and the conservative relationship to it…
“What is a free market?” DeSantis shot back, cutting me off mid-question as I cited other right-of-center writers that complained DeSantis did not have adequate “fealty” to free-market principles.
“Does an absence of government necessarily mean free market?” DeSantis asked rhetorically. “I would say, sometimes, absence of government could just devolve into corporatism, and I think too many people on the right have basically been corporatists over the years.”
That would serve to make DeSantis a lot deeper thinker than the John Singletons of the world. So would this, from later in the article…
Those “shilling for Disney” need to come to terms with the fact that “corporate America is not your friend on a lot of things,” DeSantis added, and if you “defer to corporations, you’re going to end up seeing the economy and society go in ways that may not be advantageous for the majority of the people.”
His libertarian critics might bemoan our current welfare state, but they’re for a welfare of a different kind: corporate welfare.
“If you’re a libertarian, how do you justify Reedy Creek? That’s the opposite of libertarianism,” DeSantis said with a firm, instructive tone towards his detractors. “It is corporate welfare,” DeSantis added. “We are under no obligation as a state to continue that arrangement.” Failing to act when a massive company with quasi-governmental powers vows “to wage a jihad against this bill legislatively means we’re subsidizing that activity” amounts to subsidizing that behavior, DeSantis suggested. “Why would we want to subsidize that?”
Which blows away the stupid argument this guy offers in the pages of the Advocate.
As for “you can’t legislate morality,” he provides zero evidence of what he’s saying. You certainly can legislate what’s taught in public schools, you can certainly legislate standards for books in public libraries, you can absolutely legislate the availability of abortions, and you can without question legislate hiring and training practices in state agencies and public colleges. If you’re legislating those things from a basis of traditional morality guiding them, then yeah – you’re legislating morality.
If what he’s saying is that by laying down societal standards you’re insuring that some people don’t meet them, then that’s obviously true. What’s not obvious is that because some people don’t meet the standard then the standard is invalid.
Which is explicitly a leftist argument. It’s also a satanic argument (Do What Thou Wilt, according to the motto of famed Satanist Alistair Crowley, who decried all societal standards, mores and behavioral norms as oppressive), but what it isn’t is “moderate.”
And then finally, he says “watch Jeff Landry.”
We’d love to see a poll of Louisiana residents asking them if they’d prefer Ron DeSantis as governor to John Bel Edwards. Our guess is John Singleton would be greatly dismayed by the results of that poll.
If Jeff Landry, or any of the other Republicans in the gubernatorial race (but it looks a lot like it’ll be Landry in the runoff with Edwards’ man Shawn Wilson), were to govern as DeSantis is doing in Florida, our guess is most Louisianans would be ecstatic and the state would begin to experience growth that the John Singletons of the world haven’t produced, ever, with their votes.
But that’s just us.
Something tells us that we’re going to hear this message being trial-ballooned in that Advocate letter to the editor again. And we know this because of where we saw it in the first place…
Letters: Would @JeffLandry be another DeSantis? @theadvocatebr #lagov #lalege https://t.co/orStc4rQ9A
— GumboPAC (@GumboPac) May 16, 2023