To the editor:

Senator Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party have abandoned free enterprise to gin up the culture wars.

In 2010, Republicans celebrated Citizens United because the Supreme Court held that unlimited corporate political donations constituted free speech. Republicans love free speech.

Maybe not so much anymore. While the party still welcomes the gobs of money Big Business pours into its coffers, it now wants to limit how far corporations go in exercising this political speech thing. When Georgia Republicans passed a voting rights bill, they asserted that it was to “instill confidence in the integrity of the voting system.” That was a lie. The bill sought to suppress minority voting and to perpetuate the Big Lie that the recent election was stolen from Donald Trump. When Georgia-based Coca Cola and Delta Airlines opposed the bill, Senator McConnell was furious. He warned corporate CEOs “not to take sides” and to “stay out of politics” because “you don’t know what you are doing.”

We have a capitalist economy. A corporation exists to satisfy its shareholders by making money. A corporation not selling its products or services to the minority community loses money. A corporation can’t afford to alienate its customers, its employees, or its shareholders by failing to speak out on matters that are important to them. Presumed to be rational actors in a market economy, corporations will always act in their best interests.

A political party that fails to “sell” its policies to the minority community ought to expect bad results on election day. But there is still a path to victory: Find a way to cancel the votes of the minority community. That’s why Republicans in Georgia and more than 40 other states are pushing hundreds of voter suppression laws. If minorities don’t vote for us, then we’re going to make it very difficult for them to vote for anybody else.

Senator McConnell, start persuading minorities to support you. Stop interfering in the free market by threatening corporations for doing what they’re supposed to do. Better yet, just stay out of the business world. You don’t know what you’re doing.

—Scott Newton