Monday, April 04, 2022

Disney's Great Awakening

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The Walt Disney company got a rude awakening last week after both Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the state legislature publicly floated the idea of repealing an old, mostly unknown state law that allows Disney to govern itself on Disney grounds---which are massive in and around Disney World.

The law was apparently put in place when Disney World, EPCOT, and other components of "Disney World" were being developed---Back when Disney was a brand loved and trusted by America's families.

Since Disney has made a hard left turn against the values and business model of Walt Disney himself, Disney keeps digging a deeper and deeper hole---one from which they find themselves nearly unable to crawl out. 

The siren of leftist progressivism has lulled them to sleep as they speed along toward a collision with reality. And truth.

They're asleep at the wheel, much like President Biden was last week when he claimed Michelle Obama is a "former Vice President of the United States."

Be informed, not misled.

On March 23, I wrote the following in this Faith and Freedom column:

Walt Disney Co. employees at corporate locations across the U.S. are protesting Disney to force the company to fight Don’t-Groom-Kids laws, such as the Florida bill that restricts the teaching of sexuality and transgenderism to kids in kindergarten through third grade.

Employees across the country had declared yesterday to be a "walk-out day" to protest Disney's lack of support for "the LGBTQIA2+" activists and their allies.

Proverbs 26:27 says, "Whoever digs a pit shall fall therein; and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him."

In an effort to play for both teams in Florida, Disney CEO has dug a pit---and fallen into it. And the "rolled stone" has returned.

Disney's great awakening.

Both Gov. DeSantis and the state legislature are seriously moving forward with the idea of repealing the 1967 state law known as the "Reedy Creek Improvement Act" which allows Disney to be self-governing inside its own properties---obviously put in place when Disney still held to Walt's values, not those of the Human Rights Campaign and its homosexual activism of today.

Gov. DeSantis said Thursday he doesn't consider this move to be retaliation against Disney, rather he sees it as a matter of "first principle."

"I don't support special privileges in law just because a company is powerful and they've been able to wield a lot of power," the governor said.

State Representative Spencer Roach (R) says "there have already been two meetings discussing the path forward: Yesterday was the 2nd meeting in a week w/fellow legislators to discuss a repeal of the 1967 Reedy Creek Improvement Act which allows Disney to act as its own government. If Disney wants to embrace woke ideology, it seems fitting that they should be regulated by Orange County."

Disney, as you know, put out a statement after DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education bill into law by referring to it as the "Don't Say Gay" bill.

Disney was playing the role of Pinocchio---and their nose grew as they continued to lie.

The bill DeSantis signed doesn't even use the word "gay." The bill is titled, "Parental Rights in Education." The new law prohibits school educators from teaching sexual orientation and gender ideology to third graders and younger.

It also provides that parents are kept in the loop of what their kids are being taught, and the parents wishes are included in decision making.

It prevents perverts from grooming little children.

Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan was taking shots at Gov. DeSantis yesterday in his appearance on CNN.

His words were profoundly enlightening. After blasting his fellow Republican, DeSantis, and the Florida State Legislature, he told CNN: "I didn't really actually see the details of the legislation, but the whole thing seems like...just a crazy fight."

The irony: "I'm against something I've never even read." And "thank you for the opportunity to be on CNN and blast my fellow Republican governor in Florida."

That's what's wrong within the Republican Party; Hogan, Collins, and others are either grossly uninformed or hold a very different worldview than most Republicans hold.

Investors are wide awake.

One of the consequences of Disney’s woke agenda for its bottom line is the very real threat that shareholders will take a hike if the stock price plunges or if they perceive Disney management to be poor caretakers of the Disney brand.

Ray Keating, Disney Biz Journal editor, and Disney stockholder said yesterday, "Here's a suggestion for Disney CEO Bob Chapek: Get back to business, that is, excellence in storytelling, and stop wasting shareholder's money on political crusades that have nothing to do with Disney's business."

He said, "Disney's management succumbed to political pressure from activists on the Left and now it's getting hit from the Left and the Right. If I weren't a shareholder I'd find it amusing."

Keating is making the case that Chapek and the rest of Disney management who are embracing this crusade are "taking money from the pockets of those whom, by law, they have a fiduciary responsibility to protect."

"In these cases," he said, "the corporate executive would be spending someone else's money for general social interest. Insofar as his actions in accord with his 'social responsibility' reduce returns to stockholders, he is spending their money. Insofar as his actions raise the price to customers, he is spending customers' money. Insofar as his actions lower the wages of some employees, he is spending their money."

Not surprisingly, most Americans agree with DeSantis, not Disney.

The Wall Street Journal editorial board ran a column Friday that shows Americans strongly support Florida's bill, including Democrats, once they understand what the bill actually says.

The WSJ says: 

“When Americans are presented with the actual language of the new Florida law, it wins support by more than a two-to-one margin.” That’s from a new poll by Public Opinion Strategies. Overall, 61% of people said they supported the “don’t say gay” law, with 26% opposed.

"Even more notable is the breadth of that sentiment. Democratic voters in the poll support the law 55% to 29%. Among suburban voters, which could be a decisive group for the midterm elections, it’s 60% to 30%. Parents: 67% to 24%. Biden voters: 53% to 30%. Respondents who “know someone LGBTQ”: 61% to 28%. Those figures might come as a shock to Florida’s progressive activists, including those who happen to work at Walt Disney.

Remember when Michelle Obama was Vice President? Neither do I.

The presidency is in cognitive chaos. It's now beyond painful to watch the President of the United States stumble and muffle his way through day after painful day. Last week was particularly painful.

On Saturday, the President and First Lady spoke at the commissioning ceremony of the USS Delaware.

While speaking, the president got mixed up with former First Lady Michelle Obama. The president commented: "When Michelle Obama was Vice President..."

The president also appeared to fall asleep while standing during the commissioning ceremony. 

At a bill signing last week he also confused Maxine Waters with Val Demings.

This, after President Biden's calling for the removal of Vladimir Putin from office earlier in the week while he was in Europe.

This is raising the question, more often and more strongly: "Can President Biden continue for another 3 years?"

If not, the person next in line is not merely concerning--- she's terrifying.

Most people have awakened to the fact that we may have some challenging times ahead.

Sin linked to a secular progressive worldview always creates crisis, chaos, and confusion.

I'm reminded of Psalm 118: 8,9:  "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes."

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Engaged. Be Prayerful.