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The Democrat 2020 Message is Clear, Socialism Or Bust

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The Revolution is coming.

The Left’s favorite “democratic socialist” recently published an op-ed for The Guardian calling for his own socialist revolution.

Since Trump’s choice words for socialism in his State of The Union address, the Left has doubled down in their push to turn the U.S. into an economic basket case.

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In his op-ed, Bernie Sanders labeled Trump as “the most dangerous president in modern history”, completely ignoring the 100 years of non-stop government growth that have occurred since the advent of the Progressive Era.

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Sander’s desire to create “a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial, and environmental justice”, sounds pretty but the means pursued to achieve this pipe dream are filled with destruction and despair.

Just ask countries like Venezuela what happens when you destroy property rights and rational economic thinking in the name of “justice”.

It’s true there’s a growing divide between Middle America and the coastal states. However, this is due to the Progressive style politics that the DC Swamp has pursued in the last century. For that reason, Americans voted for Donald Trump as a means of rejecting this corrupt status quo.

Trump has responded in kind by enacting an executive order to eliminate regulations at a 2:1 ratio, freeing the economy from the shackles of government bureaucracy. This is how you make people prosperous.

Sadly, demagogues like Bernie Sanders don’t get this. Ironically, Sanders thinks Trump is moving the U.S. “in an authoritarian direction”, when his top-down policies would actually move the country in such a direction.

Sanders also talks about taking “on powerful special interests that dominate our economic and political life – Wall Street, the health insurance companies, the drug companies, the fossil fuel industry, the military-industrial-complex, the private-prison industry and multinational corporations”.

But how is he going to carry that out?

Most of these interest groups are powerful because of their exploitation of state power through rent-seeking and other extractions of state privileges.

Sanders’s vision has nothing to do with freedom. The Vermont Senator channeled the gun violence epidemic language again calling for the U.S. to “expand background checks, end the gun show loophole and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons”. Never mind that expansive gun control and tyranny have historically gone hand-in-hand.

Last but not least, Sanders called for ending “Trump’s support for authoritarian leaders”. For someone who praised the Soviet Union, one of the most repressive regimes in human history, this is an absurd criticism to make.

All in all, Sanders 2020 is no different from Sanders 2016 — a retread of socialist tropes.

Unfortunately, many deluded young souls will gobble up Sanders’s socialist Siren Song.

 

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Starbucks Barista FIRED After Refusing to Wear “Pride” T-Shirt for Religious Reasons, According to Lawsuit

She is a Christian and was apparently told by her manager that she didn’t have to wear it.

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A former Starbucks barista is filing an unlawful discrimination lawsuit against the coffee giant, claiming they fired her for refusing to wear a “Pride” t-shirt that violated her Christian religious convictions.

Betsy Fresse started working as a barista in December 2015. After transferring to a Glen Ridge, New Jersey, store in early 2019, managers apparently “assured” her that her Christian faith wouldn’t be an issue.

Then in June 2019, she noticed a box of Pride shirts on a desk and asked if they’d make her wear one. Her store manager said she wouldn’t have to, but two months later she found herself out of a job after being terminated by a district manager.

A notice of separation claims that Fresse was fired for violating Starbucks’ “core values.” It specifically mentions an incident where she said her colleagues “need Jesus” when given the “Pride” shirt.

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Starbucks maintains that “no part of our dress code requires partners to wear any approved items that they have not personally selected” and that Fresse’s claims are “without merit,” in a comment to the New York Post.

So Starbucks denies that she was fired for not wearing the shirt, yet their notice of separation appears to claim that they fired her for something she said about Jesus. Not a good look either way.

Fresse is seeking backpay, punitive damages, money to cover the cost of an attorney, and a permanent injunction that prevents Starbucks from “failing to accommodate […] sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Starbucks has long been a major player in the world of Woke Capital. Back in February Big League Politics reported on how the British branch of Starbucks was raising money for a pro-transgender lobbying group:

The U.K. branch of Starbucks is raising money to push for the chemical castration and surgical mutilation of children.

Nathanael Blake at The Federalist reported that the multinational titan is selling special mermaid-shaped cookies to help the pro-transgender lobbying group Mermaids. Curiously, the group’s founder took her underage son to Thailand to undergo a castration procedure.

Blake correctly observed “That Starbucks is supporting this group illustrates how thoroughly radicals have conquered both the LGBT movement and corporate culture.”

He also called attention to how “In a few years the fight has shifted from government recognition of same-sex relationships as legal marriages to mastectomies, sterilization, and castration for children.”

Here’s hoping that Betsy Fresse is successful in her lawsuit.

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