Why Does Ted Cruz Hate The Free Market?

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

CBS4 Denver’s Ryan Mayer updates on continuing Republican rage over Major League Baseball’s decision to relocate the 2021 All-Star Game from Georgia to Colorado in the wake of Georgia’s passage of controversial vote suppression laws this year. None other than Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, one of America’s most deeply ridiculous people, was all sound and fury on Fox News Wednesday:

Major League Baseball moved this year’s All-Star Game to the home of the Colorado Rockies, Coors Field, following the passage of new voting laws in Georgia in late March. The decision from MLB was met with backlash from Republicans including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who declined to throw out the first pitch at the Rangers home opener because of what he called a “false narrative” from the league. One of the senators from Abbott’s state, Sen. Ted Cruz, aired his displeasure with the move on Fox News on Wednesday…

“We saw Delta Air Lines do this and give in Atlanta in a way that was shameful. We saw Coca Cola do it. We saw, I think most disturbingly, Major League Baseball, yank the All-Star game out of Atlanta and move it to Denver. I have to say it really does illustrate how absurd and unconnected to substance these moves are,” Cruz said. “Atlanta is 51% African American, they moved it to Denver, a city that is 9% African American, because they’re such woke social justice warriors that they’re going to take $100 million out of the pockets of the African American small businesses and workers in Atlanta. It makes no sense. It’s dangerous and I do think there is a strong backlash that is building.”

Of course the issue was never the relative racial composition of these two cities, but the disparity between the ease of voting in the state of Georgia vs. Colorado, especially after passage of this latest legislation in Georgia serving no purpose other than to reduce voter participation. Colorado by contrast has some of the highest rates of voter participation in America, with an election system considered the nationwide gold standard for being easy to vote and hard to cheat. Everything else is a diversion from the issue Ted Cruz doesn’t want to acknowledge, which is that Joe Biden won the state of Georgia–and Cruz’s Big Lie of a stolen election almost broke the country a few short months ago.

And for the record, thanks to CBS4 for the in-line fact check, Cruz is wrong about the one point he’s making too:

Truist Park, the home of the Braves and original host to this year’s game, is located in Cobb County about 14 miles outside of downtown Atlanta. In the most recent census data, Cobb County was found to be 62.4 White and 28.8 percent Black. [Pols emphasis]

So, there’s that. But in a larger sense, what we have here is an unresolvable conflict between the reality that most of us acknowledge and the “alternative facts” universe of Donald Trump’s Republican Party. Corporate interests like Major League Baseball have no obligation or even incentive to ignore the major injustice of suppressing the vote in Georgia in order to prop up Trump’s Big Lie. Their obligation is to the reality-based community that is both a majority of the public and the larger part of the American economy.

It’s the free market at work–and just like the elections, Republicans like Ted Cruz only respect it when they win.

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  1. JohnInDenver says:

    Somehow, I'm doubting the Atlanta Braves have much of an "affirmative action" outreach to small, minority-owned businesses. 

    Owned by Liberty Media (huh…. I've seen that HQ building at 12300 Liberty Blvd, Centennial, CO 80112, and their nearby hanger at Centennial Airport).

    Manager: Brian Snitker

    General Manager: Alex Anthopoulos (President, Baseball Ops & GM)

    Farm Director: Ben Sestanovich

    Scouting Director: Dana Brown


  2. Early Worm says:

    Many of us are old enough to remember that the argument that Cruz (R – Canada) is making is the same that was made in opposition to the divestment movement in opposition to apartheid in South Africa. "You're only hurting the black people." His position is wrong now and it was wrong then. Corporations, and their shareholders and customers, should not support racist regimes.  

  3. Duke Cox says:

    His blather is only hot air, designed to deflect the discussion. Senator ("Lucifer in the flesh") Cruz is irrelevant, though desperately trying to appear otherwise.

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      Kindly address Senator Cruz by his proper name. It's Ted "Cancun" Cruz. He earned this name, during the deep freeze in Texas, when he hit the beach. He then blamed the splashback about his trip on his family.

      In contrast, the senior senator from Texas, John Cornyn, was in Texas and working with his staff to help his constituents.

      • JohnInDenver says:

        I had a short trip to Texas just after the worst of the Freeze.  Sen. Cornyn was not mentioned while I was there, and when I got back to CO, there were continued questions.  Headlines like:

        ‘Where’s John Cornyn?’: Twitter users theorize Texas senator’s location in wake of winter storms

        The most I heard of him doing was making some phone calls to utility regulators and FEMA.

        • Conserv. Head Banger says:

          "Twitter users……" Not defending Cornyn; only passing what I read. But I hope we've all learned to take the Twits with a little hesitation.

          • kwtree says:

            Anyone can use Twitter, CHB. The content is not defined by the format. Short 120 (now 240) character posts link to long articles and videos. Reputable news organizations, thinkers, journalists, politicians post there as well as regular dufi and extraordinary jerks.

            You use the same consumer judgment you'd use on any other format.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      The "fact" is that Rafael is doing his cruziest everything to be the white-supremacists' "alternative" to the other guy . . .

  4. MattC says:

    Same reason as anyone: ot delivers too much that we do not want and not enough of what we want.

    I get too much pollution and unjust imbalance in the economy. I do not get enough universal access to healthcare and safety standards.

    It seems like he gets too much of companies expressing their political opinion in a way that affects their market and he does not get enough of companies just writing checks and staying quiet.

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