I watched in amazement as the freshman Congresswoman (person?) Cortez publicly announced the Green New Deal. She clearly stated that we had 12 years to save the planet from catastrophic global warming that will mean the death of billions of humans.
The media did what they do and basically agreed with the importance of the cause and the power of the messenger.
Just a couple of weeks later, the loser of the Texas senatorial race, Robert Christopher “Beto” O’Rourke raised his arms in Iowa like the alien from ”Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and proclaimed we have maybe 10 years left to save the world.
I’ve watched YouTube videos showing young people chanting the dogma of the popular culture, “The world is burning!”; “The seas will engulf millions!”; “Our generation will heal what your generation destroyed!” This brought back memories of scraggly guys walking around the city wearing sandwich boards proclaiming “Repent! The end is near!”
My head was spinning. I’ve read the words of former Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change scientists who have left the cabal and are now speaking out against the climate religion and the manipulated data.
I’ve read the words of the IPCC leaders when pressed on the 20-year temperature rise hiatus say that even if the models are wrong, the actions – redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor — was still a valid goal.
I’ve seen skeptics called “deniers” which only confirms the religious nature of the movement. I’ve seen how the lie of 97 percent consensus was produced and how everyone from activists to media talking heads to politicians have repeated the lie for decades.
And I have seen children infected with this activism and even some women from rich countries who have decided that they cannot procreate in a bid to halt the supposed inexorable rising temperatures.
I needed to get some air so I drove to the local supermarket and all around me I saw smiling people buying food and goods. I saw Girl Scouts selling cookies and Boy Scouts selling discount cards. On the roads, cars stream by and overhead planes flew in and out of ATL.
The sun was shining here even as it snowed in the north and rain was falling elsewhere. Somewhere there were storms, some severe. Somewhere it was dry. Somewhere poor people were burning dung to cook their food as they have done for thousands of years. Nowhere did I witness the hysteria one should expect if they believed that they had only 10 years before the end comes.
What’s the deal? Or more importantly, what message is being delivered to our youth? One minute they hear that the end is near and the next they are sold sneakers and video games. We say to follow the rules while sanctuary cities and elected officials do not. We say to treat all with respect unless they support the President or worse, do not accept that anthropogenic (human-caused) CO2 is the driving factor in climate.
We tell them to study hard while most of us most blithely accept whatever message supports our own biases or self-loathing. Tobacco is bad but pot, not so much.
Frankly, I’m surprised that more young people today have not totally eschewed social norms and taken to robbing, raping, and killing anyone that has what they want. After all, their leaders and even some of their teachers are telling them it’s all over in 10 years anyway. Why do you continue to pay your bills?
In this age of social media, the message matters more than ever. But, unlike the new Left we do not call for squelching dissenting voices or hurling epithets at those with whom we disagree. We say educate and call for critical thinking.
Every government before the U.S.A., and many today had and have total control of the populace as their primary goal. Our founders knew all about control of the population by a militarized government, which was the reason behind limited central government with individual freedoms being the primary goal.
With each crisis experienced by our country we voluntarily gave up some freedom in the name of security. This so-called climate crisis is the latest reason being used to get you and me to willingly give over nearly all of our free choice to a central governing body.
What you can eat (if it is an existential threat, why did New York City only make Monday meat-free in school and not every day?), how you can heat and cool, how you can transport yourself, how large your living space may be, what diseases will be treated, basically every part of your life will be controlled by the government and the climate will do what it will do anyway.
Given that truth, don’t you think that it’s worth educating yourself, speaking out, and not allowing the promise of free everything buy your (and my) free choice?
Peachtree City, Ga.