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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, a man loathed by many on the right and on the left, managed to earn himself even more ill will this week by ostentatiously dashing off into space to become the second billionaire to ever reach the stars.
Making matters worse, once he returned to land, he delivered an “offensive” speech that triggered rage from everybody ranging from Trump supporters on the right to socialists on the left.
First, he announced that he would be giving celebrity chef José Andrés and CNN’s Van Jones $100 million each to either use in their own non-profits or to give away to other non-profits.
This move irritated the right because both men are far-leftists. Andrés is anti-Trump, to boot. In fact, he spent much of the Trump presidency bashing then-President Donald Trump on Twitter:
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) June 30, 2017
You are a Bad Hombre…
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) July 28, 2017
You are full of shit, Sir! Nothing wrong with the country. Only thing wrong is you and your lies! To your voters, and to all…
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) August 12, 2017
Jones, meanwhile, has a history of smearing Republicans: He once claimed Trump’s 2016 election victory was a form of “whitelash,” and he once smeared the National Rifle Association by equating it to the Ku Klux Klan.
He’s also a former self-avowed communist, according to the left-wing “fact-checking” site PolitiFact.
“There’s little question that Jones was an avowed communist. … In 1994 [he] formed a socialist collective called Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM. … [T]he group held ‘structured political education’ training at every meeting ‘to help members develop an understanding of the basics of Marxist politics,'” the site notes.
“They ‘trained members on capitalism and wage exploitation, the state and revolution, imperialism and the revolutionary party.’ So Jones was a self-avowed communist,” PolitiFact adds.
But to his credit, Jones no longer identifies as a communist. Moreover, despite being anti-Trump, he did ultimately work with and later praise Trump for the First Step Act.
Still … the idea of a billionaire giving money to a former communist irritated conservatives.
Yeah- gives a self-proclaimed communist access to $100 million. Very intelligent. Van Jones trashes on the Bezos in the world, but yet, is rewarded for doing so.
— David J Pelto Jr (@papapelto) July 21, 2021
@JeffBezos 100 million to a communist, maybe Jones will donate it to the Cuban government to oppress the people there. Space my ass.
— Pres-Elect Irritator In Chief (@gecko64021) July 20, 2021
So @JeffBezos takes the beautiful event of private flight into #Space — which could only happen under #Freedom — and spoils it by giving $100,000,000 to #communist @VanJones68, who will spread it around to the very people working to slaughter capitalists and destroy America. #SAD
— Victor Koman, PhD (@VictorKoman) July 20, 2021
Bezos also angered the left. During his post-flight speech, he thanked everyone who’d helped make his trip to space possible, including his employees and his customers.
“I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for all this. So seriously, for every Amazon customer out there and every Amazon employee, thank you from the bottom of my heart very much. It’s very appreciated,” he said.
Jeff Bezos: “I wanna thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for all this.” pic.twitter.com/HTLORzbfnY
— The Recount (@therecount) July 20, 2021
Because of ongoing allegations that Amazon mistreats its employees and doesn’t pay its “fair share” in taxes, socialists like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders were incensed by Bezos’ remarks.
“Am I supposed to be impressed that a billionaire went to space while he’s paid zero in federal income taxes some years and the workers at his company struggle to afford their medical bills, rent, and food for their kids? Nope. It’s time to invest in working people here on Earth,” the senator angrily tweeted.
Am I supposed to be impressed that a billionaire went to space while he’s paid zero in federal income taxes some years and the workers at his company struggle to afford their medical bills, rent, and food for their kids? Nope. It’s time to invest in working people here on Earth. pic.twitter.com/F1NVBPu6TJ
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 21, 2021
This sentiment wasn’t unique to him.
Nothing says “America” more than Jeff bezos wasting money just to send himself into space instead of paying his workers well and not fleecing our population
— Jashvina Shah (@icehockeystick) July 20, 2021
It’s not like the world needs a little help in the fight against climate change, feeding starving children, coronavirus devastation… I’m all for fun rockets, and clearly people are allowed to spend their money on whatever they want, but like, read the room Bezos. https://t.co/RVdE2YVizJ
— Claire Cottingham (@Cla_Cottingham) July 21, 2021
This mentality is commonplace among the far-left. Despite calling themselves “progressive,” they’re seemingly averse to actual human progress, which is why they’ve spent decades complaining about the existence of NASA.
Did you know, for instance, that far-left “civil rights” activists protested the moon landing?
“A group of 500 mostly African American protesters led by civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy arrived outside the gates of the Kennedy Space Center a few days before the launch. They brought with them two mules and a wooden wagon to illustrate the contrast between the gleaming white Saturn V rocket and families who couldn’t afford food or a decent place to live,” according to the History channel.
What far-leftists don’t understand is that such seemingly ostentatious acts like the moon landing have been the driving force behind many of the innovations and technologies that have actually “improved the world,” as noted by Reason magazine.
“Sensors developed to measure and remove harmful moon dust have since been used to better detect air pollution here on Earth; advances in aerodynamics have made semi-trucks faster and more fuel-efficient than before; a more durable polymer material developed by NASA scientists is now used for hip replacements. It’s easier than ever to get hot water on demand, to fly airplanes, and to get a life raft that will actually deliver you to safety if you’re stranded at sea,” the libertarian magazine notes.
Meanwhile, billionaires like Bezos have taken the processes originally developed by the government and made them “wildly” more efficient:
Bezos, Branson, Musk, and others have overtaken a wildly expensive, ineffective government program and built a competitive industry, driving down the cost of getting a kilogram into Low Earth Orbit by 44-fold already. pic.twitter.com/45aNaayoeu
— reason (@reason) July 19, 2021
Of course, all of this is bad, according to multi-home-owning socialists like Sanders, because Amazon doesn’t pay its “fair share.”
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