Progressives Have Really Lost It

Grind for April 11th, 2019

“The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.”

– Thomas Edison

Not So Fast

The Headline

Australia: Vegan protestors disrupt traffic and break into slaughterhouses

The Grind

Traffic in Melbourne was disrupted Monday morning when a group of vegan protesters chained themselves to three rental vans in the middle of a busy intersection. Nearly 40 people were arrested, including three teenagers.

In Queensland, protestors broke into a slaughterhouse, chained themselves to machinery, and demanded the release of three sheep.

Local police were furious that protestors had not coordinated the event with them.

“This lack of engagement puts the entire community at risk with road closures and delays to transport services. We respect the right for people to protest peacefully but will not tolerate anti-social behavior that disrupts the broader community.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the protestors as “shameful and un-Australian” and urged police to use “the full force of the law…against these green-collared criminals.”

The Details

Australia comes in second place worldwide in terms of meat consumption, with the average Aussie putting away 208 pounds of meat per year.

According to the protestors, more people need to ‘go vegan’ in order to end the “animal abuse” occurring in Australia’s factory farms.

“We want people to go vegan, we want people to stop supporting animal abuse,” says activist Kristin Leigh. “I don’t believe any good person supports what’s happening in slaughterhouses and so-called farms today…It’s not about bigger cages, it’s about animal liberation.”

Another One

The Headline

California Democrat Eric Swalwell announces presidential bid

The Grind

“I see a country in quicksand, unable to solve problems and threats from abroad, unable to make life better for people here at home. Nothing gets done,” said California Rep. Eric Swalwell on Monday night.

“None of that is going to change until we get a leader who is willing to go big on these issues we take on, be bold in the solutions we offer, and do good in the way that we govern. I’m ready to solve these problems. I’m running for president.”

The announcement makes Swalwell the 18th Democrat to join the 2020 presidential race.

The Details

One of Swalwell’s primary concerns is gun safety, an issue he plans to speak about Tuesday during a rally in Sunrise, Florida (Sunrise is located just 13 miles south of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland).

His talk of banning assault weapons has already drawn the ire of the NRA, which featured him on the cover of its January magazine.

Swalwell responded to the unexpected publicity by tweeting: “Living in the NRA’s head & on the cover of their magazine! But they mischaracterized my position. My plan to ban assault weapons is not “hollow.” It’s very real & the public is with me.”

The Background

Eric Swalwell was born in Iowa but grew up in California. He served as a deputy district attorney near San Francisco before deciding to run for Congress.

He was elected to the House in 2012, defeating longtime incumbent Democrat Pete Stark in 2012. He was quick to make friends with fellow Californian Nancy Pelosi, who in 2015 appointed him “director of youth outreach” for the House Democratic caucus.

Swalwell’s frequent use of social media platforms earned him the nickname “Snapchat king of Congress.”

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