News that Disney would stand against legislation in Florida hit the news earlier this month. The legislation would simply ensure that young children in the Florida Public Schools are not exposed to discussions of sexual practices.
It blew up in the press recently when Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called out Disney’s corporate activism. DeSantis said, “You have companies like Disney that…criticize parents’ rights.” He went on to add, “Our policies must be based on the best interest of Florida citizens, not on the musing of woke corporations.”
This latest skirmish between families and corporations comes after years of watching “progressive” activism rise within some of the largest companies on the planet. They threaten, lobby, spend millions of dollars, and pressure state and local governments to rewrite the laws to reflect some of the most anti-free-speech arguments of the modern age.
In a 1971 memo to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell warned that “the American economic system is under broad attack.” He wrote, “One of the bewildering paradoxes of our time is the extent to which the enterprise system tolerates, if not participates, in its own destruction.”
Powell referenced a 1971 article from The Wall Street Journal highlighting how General Motors was “plainly in trouble” because of its refusal to stand up to the Marxist bromides of that day. As a result, business executives were learning what college administrators had to learn; “One radical demand was conceded… only to be followed by a fresh crop which soon escalated to what amounted to a demand for outright surrender.”
Sadly, Justice Powell’s warning seems to have been forgotten. This month, the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce took special pains to advocate for a “bias-crimes” ordinance to be on “the right side of history.” The argument from the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce has been that large corporations like Wal-Mart, Amazon, Microsoft, and others will not do business in Wyoming unless we bow to the woke demands of some within their corporate structure.
Such an idea makes little sense. The massive Wal-Mart distribution center in Laramie County and the numerous Wal-Mart stores across the state are not likely to close if Wyoming refuses to go woke. Amazon will not cease its sales to Wyoming citizens if we refuse to go with its woke agenda. Microsoft is unlikely to shut down its data facilities because Wyoming stands up to the Marxists within its corporate structure.
Like Ron DeSantis, it is time that Wyomingites stand up to call out those who demand conformity to radical ideology and say that “Our policies must be based on the best interest of Wyoming citizens, not on the musing of woke corporations” or of radicalized Chambers of Commerce for that matter.
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming is gearing up for the election season across the state this year. We are looking for men and women who will stand firm for truth in their local communities. We need you to help us find men and women who will stand up for school boards, town councils, and the state legislature and help them get elected – to stand up for families and children in the public arena.
Last week, an election heard ‘round the country’ demonstrated that families care about the agenda the radical left has been pushing. We have heard from pollsters and prognosticators that conservatives have fallen into race-baiting and anti-school attitudes – and that the leftist agenda would continue. The Virginia election results showed us that these voters care a lot about the cultural issues and rejected the left’s radical propaganda.
Elections are a lot like an x-ray machine in the doctor’s office. The x-ray moves the conversation from speculation to real objective evidence. Parents have heard the radical left’s arguments that push a new form of racism disguised as “anti-racism.” The school-districts would rather cut parents out of the conversation on what their children are taught, and the left wants to see a new, more socialist anti-family movement. What the Virginia elections tell us is that parents and families have heard the arguments and have rebuffed this anti-family vision, or as some call it the “modern family.”
Sometimes, politicians will speak as though the only thing that matters is business and economics. I have heard people say we should stop “wasting time” on social issues. What the Virginia, and for that matter, the New Jersey elections tell us is that while economics matter, people are rejecting woke indoctrination and telling us that social issues matter – a lot. They really don’t like it when their kids are taught that they are inherently racist because of the color of their skin and that boys must be allowed in girls bathrooms. The moral dimension matters. What Glen Youngkin did is he listened to parents and kids and fought against the education establishment.
Voters in Virginia rejected the extreme abortion position that has been promoted in Virginia. Just a few years ago, the current governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, went on a talk show and expressed his support for what can only be described as infanticide – that is, the death of a child after birth! During the race, Terry McAuliffe agreed, declaring himself to be a “brick wall” to any efforts to reverse such a terrible view of human life. Voters in Virginia saw that brick wall and refused to allow it to remain in their state.
The ideologies of the left that we’re seeing pushed so hard in Virginia are present in Wyoming too. The way we have seen the educational industry introduce curricula and books into Wyoming schools in recent years tells us that parents must stand up now – before it gets worse.
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, which stands for parents and families, won a court battle against one school district in Wyoming last month because that district chose to cut the parents out of the conversation about sex and race. We know that this attitude is present in other parts of Wyoming as well, so we must fight against the indoctrination of our children and teens.
I am asking you to consider giving to Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming so we can continue to fight for families. As we come to the end of year 2021, we are asking for you to partner with us in this great cause!