This past week has been an object lesson in power politics. From the U.S. Senate to Major League Baseball, there isn’t a facet of society that isn’t at the mercy of the whims of the left.

Baseball, as a professional and private entity, is allowed to to do business wherever it so chooses, as long as it does so in accordance with the laws and regulations where it operates.

Those laws and regulations include the sweetheart deals premier teams and leagues are able to strike with local and state regulators who are always looking for the economic and redevelopment monies that teams can bring to a metro area.

What’s troubling for me comes less in the details of this exact squabble between the MLB Commissioner and Georgia governor, where the All Star game is played or even the exact details of the Georgia voter bill on it’s own or in relation to any other state’s voting laws.

Was it passed as proscribed by Georgia’s constitution? Does it violate any federal law? If yes to the first, and no to the second... these are the consequences of elections, as I’ve been told.

The resulting litany of national and international corporations issuing press releases and verbal recriminations was swift and decisive. Big business has chosen their side. 

The blatant misinformation parroted across the statements was expected.

Government approval, in the form of encouragement by President Biden himself in national interviews, of economic sanctions against a state was not. At least not this early in the Biden-Harris administration.

I guess libertarians, conservatives and moderates alike can be glad that this force of will isn’t coming at the heel of a government jackboot. Meanwhile, the pressure campaign on the state of Georgia will continue until someone capitulates, or the state legislature changes hands and voters learn the errors of their ways.

The Chamber of Commerce moderate class of the Republican Party is increasingly found in governor’s mansions and state houses across the South. None of those socially conservative ideas taking center stage to embarrass the national party, these are calm men and women whose eyes tend to be on the bottom line.

Never you mind if most all those jobs they are creating center around liberal cities and from sectors known for their liberal politicking. Taxes are low, and gas is cheaper than California and New York.

As these booming states get more dependent on the corporate system to fund state budgets, the more the state will bend in cooperation with that same system and away from caring about the will of the people they supposedly represent.

That dependency is a lever of power, and states that can nullify federal writ, such as those in the South tend to do during Democratic administrations, have to be dealt with in a different or more creative manner.

Basically canceling a state from polite society is a novel and bold approach. I must say though, watching politicians align with corporations in calls for boycotts of a state in our union is a fascinating hop down the particular path we are on.

As long as Republicans, no matter the stripe, play reactionary to moves from the left they will be susceptible to boycotts and activist attacks such as that facing Georgia.

There will be no pushback against these corporations, not from the right. And especially not from the pro-business right.

Yes, Senators Cruz and Lee made waves on social media talking about “doing something” about MLB’s federal antitrust carve-outs.

But the esteemed senators have zero chance of passing legislation to that effect. It wouldn’t make it out of the Senate committee hearings.

Their chance to affect actual change was four years and one president ago. They passed corporate tax cuts marketed to the middle class and then proceeded to argue within their caucus about everything else.

We’re the tax cuts necessary? Yes.....but that should have only been the beginning.

They spent four years protecting the minority right of the filibuster for the left to enter the majority and have the Senate Parliamentarian announce that contrary to the rules and entirety of history of the United States Senate two bare majority votes will now suffice to “deem” legislation passed.

Cloture and its 60 vote threshold, as proscribed by the Constitution, is no longer necessary.

Seems completely legit, a federal employee says so.

Maybe some of the judges Trump appointed could be of some help, although the Supreme Court really goes out of its way to stay out of the business of the other branches.

That is power in it’s rawest form. In your face and with zero regret.

But Republican senators will show up tomorrow and continue to legitimize both the process and the power.

The theater will continue, the grift will go on and soon enough a Blue Ribbon Congressional Commission will deem any dissent from the progressive orthodoxy and party line incongruous to civic unity. And it will be displayed in your public health accredited passport.

This is why corporations have chosen a side.

It’s that time of year, when Mother Nature actively tries to make my life completely miserable... yes, spring is here, and it is pollen season in the mid-South. Every tree in my yard seems to be sprouting leaves this week, and blooms can be found all over the place, from the peach and apple trees in front to the dogwoods in the back.

The weather cooperated with enough consecutive sunny days to dry out the lawn for Vince to get the first mow of the season done Saturday... it was well past due.

While I am mostly corralling myself inside and away from the blooms, enough pollen has made its way into my system to cause havoc on my sinuses and ears. That I love to keep the sliding doors open to air out the house as I go about my day doesn’t help matters.

There are only a few precious weeks before the heat brings the cicadas and their constant hum when the doors are firmly locked and the air conditioner gets switched on.

I’m learning an all-of-the-above approach to allergy medication is my best bet for keeping my annual annoyance from turning into anything worse. Sprays, pills, inhalers, oils and vaporizers as well as a stockpile of tissues are all useful tools in this annual contest of wills.

Vince jokes that I’m becoming increasingly high maintenance as I age. Weeks like this I tend to agree with him. 

On the plus side, the sprouting leaves and blooming limbs make for a landscape that is a pleasant and beautiful change after the cold and snow of winter.

This week marks the three-year anniversary of Vince and I visiting Tennessee to see if our fantasy of living there was remotely feasible. And I as I sit looking out the window I first looked out of three years ago watching the seasons change, I still marvel that it actually happened. I sometimes think I should pinch myself to make sure it’s real.

Then I sneeze and have to reach for another Kleenex and realize pinching isn’t really necessary after all.... but it maybe time for a couple Benadryl.

Staff columnist Toni Butero can be reached at tbutero@mattosnews.com or by calling (209) 862-2222.