As a proud conservative, I want to clear up a couple of things:
1. Conservatives want dirty air.
2. Conservatives want to melt the polar ice caps and watch California fall into the Ocean.
3. Conservatives want automobiles that only get three miles to the gallon.
4. Conservatives want to burn up all the oil, all the coal, and all the trees. The sooner we use up our natural resources the better.
5. Conservatives want prescription drugs as expensive as possible, and they want to make sure poor people can’t get them.
6. Conservatives want more murder and mayhem at the hands of American gun owners.
7. Conservatives want to outlaw abortion so more unwanted pregnancies result in the mother’s death by coat hanger in back alleys.
8. Conservatives want lower taxes to hamper all the good things government does for us.
9. Conservatives want to prevent homosexual marriage because they hate gay people.
10. Conservatives want Wal-Mart to take over the world because one great capitalist success demonstrates the superiority of our form of government.
Did I miss anything? To listen to sanctimonious rants from the liberal pulpit you’d think these were the conservative Ten Commandments. The politics of militant environmentalism has never been about objective argument and objective discourse; it is about liberal consensus and muzzling any form of informed objection. The more hyperbole that can be thrown at conservatives the better. If we could just, more closely associate Hitler, and Stalin, and Mao with conservatism Never mind these leftist despots and their governments much more closely resemble liberal politics than conservative politics.
Barbara Boxer (How does she keep coming up in my columns?), concerning climate change , recently stated, The consensus is in and she went on to state she would not even consider any arguments opposing her convictions. Consensus is not fact. The consensus was Pluto was a planet, the consensus was the earth was flat, the consensus was DDT1 was deadlier than the malaria it cured us from, the consensus was African AIDS2 is going to decimate the continent within a generation.
Can we test her IQ? Here is a challenge, I’ll submit to an IQ test and so will my favorite Senator. We’ll publish the scores on the internet, if I score higher than she does, there is no global warming. This is just as scientific as Senator Boxers, The consensus is in The difference is my method is more likely to give an accurate prognostication.
Doesn’t it bother anyone that global warming is such a partisan issue? Is every conservative out there that dumb? Why would anyone want dirty air? If intellectual honesty is used you can’t get around the fact that the science is yet to be settled. Why is it so important to close the debate? I probably would be inclined to imagine that mankind could possibly be responsible for global warming even in the absence of scientific fact if it was not so closely wedded to the liberal agenda of shutting down capitalist progress, and giving more power to government over people and business.
Now that Hollywood has spoken you know global warming is a propagandized tale. The wizards of fantasyland were not investigated by the House Committee on Un-American Activities because the accused were American Patriots. Hollywood’s lineage to subversive and dangerous ideologies challenging the foundations of our government and the visions of great men called the Founding Fathers is long and strong. Hollywood hates our form of government based on excellence. Most people in Hollywood know their success has come by chance, and they don’t believe success ever comes through individual initiative and excellence, hence their inclination to take money from people who earn it.
Al Gore is the newest plebe to rise in the ranks to become Hollywood royalty. After graduating from Harvard College in 1969 he enlisted in the Army (though against the war) but was not immediately sent to Viet Nam. He managed to stay stateside as a military journalist (nice to have parents in government) writing for The Army Flier. He did serve a few months in Viet Nam at the end of the war. Gore served as U.S. Representative from 1976-1984. He was elected and served as Senator until becoming Vice President in the Clinton administration, then lost a close election to George W. in 2000. Gore has made some accomplishments yet none would get him an Oscar if he embraced the conservative kind of politics based upon fact instead of fairytale.
Even creating the Internet wouldn’t get you an Oscar if you were conservative.
1 The documented threats to human health because of DDT use have been tenuous at best, however, the ban of DDT has resulted in the deaths of some 50 million people worldwide due to uncontrolled outbreaks of malaria, mostly in underdeveloped nations.
2 Africa has the most prolific population growth of any continent on the planet. While AIDS and famine are disappointing realities plaguing the continent, Africa’s population of 900 million is expected to be 1.6 billion by 2050.
Copyright 2007 Jim Pontillo