I’ve been reading Michael Tracey’s Substack since he started it, and today’s is another goodie. I highly suggest you subscribe to it — and even for free, you get the good stuff I pasted below — but you’ll eventually want to be a paid subscriber too (at a mere $5 USD/mth).

You’ve seen me write about this point before: how amazingly similar the left’s talking points all are on any given day, about any given issue really, but especially those big, flashy, newsy ones that might happen to advance a leftist, progressive, or woke cause. Newspaper reporters and anchors, columnists, politicians, corporate idiots, and then finally even your cab driver — all saying the same thing — blurting out the same “hot take” — about something newsy. It’s almost as if there were a advisory coming out the New York Times, the Washington Post, Democratic Party HQ, or all three working in concert, indicating to all interested parties the “proper” (and most politically useful, and most effective from a marketing standpoint) public response to every situation (always somehow steeped in the promotion of wokeness, leftism, progressivism, etc., again quite amazingly!).

But to help prove the point with such ferocity such that even your cab driver would have to take notice, Michael outdid himself today. Reflecting on the reactions to this week’s jury conviction of police officer Derek Chauvin, and how so many politicians and corporate sheep all responded the same way, he assembled the epic list below. At the risk of overquoting him today (did I mention you should subscribe to his Substack?!), this is a truly useful bit of work:

…Pledges of an uncannily similar nature came in hot and heavy. How this much “work” could ever be completed is anyone’s guess:

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi: “We all have more work to do”

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker: “We know there is more work to do”

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson: “We know there is so much more work to do”

Nationwide CEO Kirt Walker: “We recognize there is still much work to be done”

Atrium CEO Eugene Woods: “There’s much more work to be done”

Cisco President Shannon Leininger: “There is still so much work to be done”

Stephen Colbert: “There is more work to be done”

Jimmy Fallon: “There’s still a lot of work to be done”

Washington Governor Jay Inslee: “There is still much work to do”

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh: “Work remains to be done”

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock: “We have much work still to do”

Los Angeles Unified School District Board member Jackie Goldberg: “There is still so much work to be done”

South Carolina Senator Tim Scott: “We know there is more work to be done”

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders: “There’s a lot of work that has to be done”

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz: “We still have so much more work to do”

Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen: “We have so much work to do”

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio: “We know the work is not done”

Connecticut Congresswoman Jahana Hayes: “There is much work to be done”

Iowa State Representative Ras Smith: “There is so much more work to be done”

Gainesville, Florida Mayor Lauren Poe: “There is still work to be done”

Buffalo, New York Mayor Byron Brown: “There is still so much work to be done”

Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker: “As long as there’s more work to be done, that’s what we’ll do”

Harris County, Texas Judge Lina Hidalgo: “There’s much more work to be done”

California State Senator Mike McGuire: “There’s so much work that still needs to be done”

Brookhaven, Georgia Mayor John Ernst: “There is still a lot of work to be done”

Virginia House of Delegates Member Joshua Cole: “There is still more work to be done”

Florida Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried: “There’s still a whole lot of work to be done”

Utah Congressman Chris Stewart: “There is still work to be done”

Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist: “The work is not done”

Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal: “We have a lot of work to do”

New Jersey State Assemblyman Bill Moen: “We all have more work to do”

Ames, Iowa Community School District Superintendent Jenny Risner: “There is still much work to be done”

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane: “There is much more work to be done”

Dallas County, Texas Judge Clay Jenkins: “There is much work to be done”

Chapel Hill, North Carolina Councilman Michael Parker: “There is so much work to be done”

University of Massachusetts, Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy: “There is much more work to be done”

American University President Sylvia Burwell: “There is still so much work to be done”

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel: “Much work remains to be done”

University of Southern California Football Team: “We realize there is much work that needs to be done”

University of Georgia President Jere Morehead: “We know that much work remains to be done”

Yale University Dean James Bundy: “We know there is much work to be done”

San Francisco State University President Lynn Mahoney: “There is much work to be done”

Columbia University Dean Carlos Alonso: “There is work yet to be done”

Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud: “There is much work to be done”

Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis: “There is more work to be done”

Portland State University President Stephen Percy: “There is still much work to be done”

Washington State University Chancellor Dave Cillay: “There is still much work to be done”

Metropolitan State University President Virginia Arthur: “Much work remains to be done”

National District Attorneys Association: “More work remains to be done”

National League of Cities CEO Clarence Anthony: “We know that there is much more work to be done”

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: “We know that there is still much work to be done”

San Francisco Bar Association: “We recognize that there is much more work to be done”

Greenpeace USA Chief Program Officer Lindsey Allen: “There is so much more work to be done”

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten: “There is still much work to be done”

Jewish Community Relations Council: “There is still much more work to be done”

New York City Public Library: “There is so much work to be done”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: “There is much work to be done”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: “There’s an awful lot of work to do”

US President Joe Biden: “We can’t leave this moment or look away thinking our work is done”

Best Buy: “Best Buy’s unwavering commitment to this work is as strong as ever”

Amazing work by Michael. Not so much for that herd of lazy mental midget sheep.

It reminds me of the old stock market warning. When your cab driver starts talking about how great the market is doing and that you should invest in ABC, it’s time to dump your stocks.

Michael Tracey on Substack found here.

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