We have seen it before, but now it has become fully recognizable in Georgia with calls from the Hollywood elite to boycott the Peach State. When the progressive, socialist left is confronted with speech, thoughts, perspectives, insights, commentary, and opinion of which they disagree, they call for boycotts. It has happened to countless conservative commentators as the left pressures what we must term as economic terrorism. It amounts to this: if you say anything that we deem offensive, we will call for economic sanctions against you.
We should not be surprised though. After all, this is what the progressive, socialist left has embraced and condoned when it comes to the state of Israel too. How inconceivable that the left would align itself with Islamic jihadism, terrorism, and seek to punish a multicultural nation. Yes, that is what the BDS (Boycott, Divest, and Sanction) movement is all about, economic terrorism by the left. How can one justify that when it is Israel that is under assault from rockets and missiles of a designated Islamic terrorist organization, Hamas?
But, that is how the left rolls. If you disagree with their ideological agenda, regardless of how abjectly delusional and irrational it is, they will leverage any means necessary to punish you.
And so, once again, this is playing out before our eyes, this time in state of my birth, Georgia. It appears that the progressive, socialist left, the maniacal, radical lovers of murdering our unborn babies are throwing a fit.
“Filmmakers are now vowing to boycott the state of Georgia after the governor signed a controversial abortion bill earlier this week. The boycott is a big deal because, according to the state’s website, more top-grossing films are produced in Georgia than anywhere else in the world.
“So far, at least three major production companies have said they will no longer be filming in Georgia. One of those is Christine Vachon’s Killer Films, which produced the Oscar-nominated movie ‘Carol’ and Oscar-winning film ‘Still Alice.’
“‘Killer Films will no longer consider Georgia as a viable shooting location until this ridiculous law is overturned,’ Vachon tweeted Thursday.
“David Simon, whose Blown Deadline Productions is responsible for ‘The Wire’ and HBO’s ‘The Deuce,’ also announced on Twitter that he will no longer consider shooting in Georgia ‘until we can be assured the health options and civil liberties of our female colleagues are unimpaired.’
“‘Add my company to the list,’ Neal Dodson of CounterNarrative Films tweeted soon after Vachon and Simon announced their own boycotts. Many in the film and TV industry praised the production companies, and urged others to follow suit.
“The legislation in question is House Bill 481, otherwise known as the ‘fetal heartbeat bill,’ which was signed into law by Governor Kemp on Tuesday. The bill bans all abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected--usually at around 6 weeks. There are exceptions for cases of rape, incest, physical medical emergencies, and pregnancies deemed ‘medically futile.’ The law is slated to go into effect in January 2020.”
What is the message these entertainment elites are sending? Simple, you will acquiesce, surrender, to our ideology, our beliefs, and our whims, or else. The “or else” is simple to identify. They will enact economic terrorism against an entire state in order to ruin its economy. Who are these people that believe they have the right to control our thoughts, perspectives, principles and values? What these production companies are saying is that they – the elites – are the ones who determine what we can believe. And the punishment for such is siege warfare. They will seek to decimate you and your way of life. This has played itself out elsewhere, such as in North Carolina. When the Tar Heel state decided it did not want the Obama administration dictating who uses what bathroom, the entertainment elites decided that they would not do concerts in the state. In Georgia, previously, there were threats to not have the Super Bowl in the Peach State.
One must ask, who decided that these individuals determine our values, set the rules for culture in these United States?
The President and CEO of Levis Jeans has decided that he will support anti-Second Amendment organizations. He is also incentivizing his employees that do so. How does this CEO bestow upon himself the power to undermine one of our individual constitutional rights?
What could be next, some progressive, socialist elitist deciding what we can say, how we can express ourselves? We have already seen what happens to Christian business owners who dare to not acquiesce to the religion of the left and its radical elements. Who would have ever thought that a Christian baker, Jack Phillips, would have to appear before the highest court in the land to defend his constitutional right to freedom of religion, and the free exercise thereof? Mr. Phillips, Aaron and Melissa Klein, Hobby Lobby, and the Little Sisters of the Poor have found themselves having to stand in defense of their personal constitutional rights, their faith, against the onslaught of the left’s declared religion, same-sex marriage. In the case of the Oregon-based Klein’s, their lives have been destroyed, and their business decimated, due to the economic terrorism of the left.
You must ask yourself in the case of these movie production companies, are they so intent on murdering unborn babies that they would threaten to harm the economic opportunities for the citizens of Georgia? Just think about the second, third, and fourth order effects, consequences on other small businesses, and the locals in the Peach State. Can these elitist leftists be so tyrannical that they would seek the economic ruination of an entire state?
Why is it that the immediate response of the progressive, socialist left when they do not get their way, their ideological dominance, is to punish those in opposition? The answer is self-evident. The policies and ideological agenda of the progressive, socialist left can only be implemented by way of coercion, intimidation, threat, mandate, or violence, direct or indirect. The leftist tactic of economic terrorism, one of their favorites, is nothing more than indirect violence against their political opposition.
What amazes me is that when the Trump administration seeks to enact strong economic sanctions against the number one state sponsor of Islamic terrorism, Iran, the left balks. Yet, the same leftists prefer economic sanctions against Israel. And the same leftists use economic sanctions, terrorism, against American citizens who refuse to bow down to their philosophy of governance and ideological domination – their tyranny.
Kudos to Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia and those legislators who are taking a stand. There is one thing the progressive socialist needs to learn: real Southerners, Americans, don’t knuckle under to threats; we steel our resolve.
Allen West is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. Mr. West is a Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center to support its mission to expose and neutralize liberal media bias. Mr. West also writes daily commentary on his personal website theoldschoolpatriot.com.