— Tracy Novick (@TracyNovick) March 24, 2016
These ads by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, longtime major funder of Democrats and leftist causes, in the NYT and WSJ are the epitome of sanctimony and divisiveness as they whine about the presidential race. But of course, not about Hillary or Sanders, it’s really only about the GOP. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need to be lectured by a liberal CEO of a coffee company who has remained silent for 7 years about the rancor, divisiveness and incompetence of the Obama administration.
The ads urge people to move beyond “hatred and vitriol.” Of course liberals want that, because the vitriol is appropriately aimed at them after years of destruction. Perhaps liberal CEOs like Schultz should ask, how did this happen in the first place, instead of lecturing Americans to shut up.
Where was Schultz when the White House invited and was encouraging and lauding of groups like Black Lives Matter and the agitators from Mizzou? Where was Schultz when Obama was comparing Republicans to terrorists? Where is Schultz as Obama complains about and apologizes for Americans when in foreign countries?
Did we see full page newspaper ads by Schultz defending free speech and calling out the Hillary and Sanders supporters who were responsible for violent “demonstrations” at the Chicago Trump rally?
What about the divisiveness of 94 million American off the work rolls? That illegal aliens are more likely to be employed by 12 points over their American citizen counterparts? What about the 50% plus unemployment rate in many communities of color, a rate surpassing the Great Depression? What about the enforced loss of being able to see your own doctor, and go to the hospital of your choosing because of the failed scam of ObamaCare? How about the divisiveness of the average yearly family health insurance premium hike of $4800?
This smug political move by Schultz illustrates the conceit of the liberal machine as they look down on anyone who dares to challenge the leftist narrative which destroys lives every day. When liberals are about to lose everything, they always whine about “compromise” and “inclusiveness.” In this case, Schultz calls for “Unity.” Of course he does. Because liberals are about to get fired *everywhere* and their smug patronizing often works. But not this time.
So, we have another billionaire liberal pointing fingers and strutting around with the supposed moral superiority whining about the tone of the election.
What would Schultz prefer we do? Dance the tango and do the wave at a baseball game with a murderous tyrant?
Starbucks published two full-page ads in major newspapers Thursday, criticizing the tone of the presidential race.
The ads appeared in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
“You could easily mistake America as a nation, lost,” the ad states. “A people who have severed the common bonds that hold us together — compassion, respect, shared responsibility, a belief in service, a willingness to unite despite our differences.
“Today, for just a moment, we wanted to pause and reflect,” it continues. “To go beyond the hatred and vitriol and see a different story of America.
The ad urges Americans to think of the bonds they hold in common.
“It’s a story that’s not bound by party affiliations or religious beliefs. It’s not dependent on living in one zip code or another. It’s not left-leaning or right-leaning. It’s not about your income or your wealth,” the ad reads.
It goes on to call for Americans to show greater unity during the presidential election.
“This is the story we believe in. This is not about the choice we make every four years. This is about the choices we make every single day.”
Really, enough with the lectures and sanctimony. We have a country to save.
Via Eater, full text of the ad:
When you read the headlines. Or turn on the news. When you scroll through your social media feed. Or listen to the candidates. You could easily mistake America as a nation, lost. A people who have severed the common bonds that hold us together — compassion, respect, shared responsibility, a belief in service, a willingness to unite despite our differences.
Today, for just a moment, we wanted to pause and reflect. To go beyond the hatred and vitriol, and see a different story of America.
It’s a story that is not bound by party affiliations, or religious beliefs. It’s not dependent on living in one zip code over another. It’s not left-leaning or right-leaning. It’s not about your income or your wealth.
It lives in our small towns, and also in our cities. In the classroom of a teacher who is fighting for the potential in every student. You see it in the volunteer who mentors youth, and in those helping America’s veterans successfully transition to civilian life. And in those who work to include, rather than discriminate. You see it in the leader who invests in her community. And in the nurse who treats the elderly with dignity. This is the story we believe in.
This is not about the choice we make every four years. This is about the choices we make every single day.
While CEO Howard Schultz hasn’t yet offered an official endorsement for a candidate this year, it’s at least clear who he won’t be voting for this November. But the billionaire, who previously supported Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012, has never been shy about his political views (Starbucks is, after all, one of the food and beverage world’s biggest contributors to Democratic candidates and causes), and some have even suggested that Schultz himself ought to run for President.
For now, the businessman seems content to use his company as a gigantic platform on which to project his views. Other politically-charged Starbucks initiatives dreamed up by Schultz include the ill-fated #RaceTogether cup-writing campaign; the holiday red cup controversy that, intentionally or unintentionally, caused a partisan internet explosion; last fall’s announcement that it would switch to cage-free eggs; and its vocal support for marriage equality.