NOTE: Look for my thoughts on Nancy Pelosi's impeachment announcement tomorrow... These comments were written before she made the news.
Must-see Video: Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA (who has been a guest on “Huckabee” on TBN) took his camera to an anti-Trump protest where the demonstrators were, naturally, denouncing Trump as a racist. He asked them if they could name anything specific Trump has done that is racist.
Response: “If you don’t know, there’s no point in discussing it.” (Incidentally, that transparent evasion never makes sense: if someone doesn’t know something, that’s the best reason for discussing it with them. But I digress.)
The protesters then ask Kirk why he would support Trump. He rattles off a long list of verifiable accomplishments that are positive for all Americans, including the lowest-ever unemployment rates for blacks and Hispanics.
Responses: one said, “Oh my God, you’re so brainwashed,” then another shouts, “Hitler!” Apparently, they’re so brainwashed they don't even realized they've been brainwashed to call Trump both “racist” and “Hitler,” no matter how inappropriate the circumstances (remember how Hitler worked so hard to lower the Jewish unemployment rate and release unjustly incarcerated Jews? Neither do I.)
Read the entire article and watch the video to see how this farce ended. Of course, we won’t know how it really all worked out until we see the black and Hispanic vote for Trump in 2020, which I have a feeling will blow their well-scrubbed minds.
MUSIC SIDENOTE ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTESTS
By “Huckabee” writer/pop culture guru Pat Reeder (http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodhifibook)
I’m a pop culture guru/music historian/record collector and writer of news and topical humor, but I also used to be the editor/columnist of the North Texas Skeptic newsletter (yes, I actually hang out with scientists for fun.) As part of chronicling pseudoscience stories, I had to do lots of research into hysterical movements and what we call “the madness of crowds.” This covers a lot of territory, from witch burnings to people going bankrupt buying tulip bulbs. This linked article is about how the MeToo movement follows the standard script for a hysterical panic, but it also applies to the “climate crisis” panic:
The only difference between those historic hysterics and the kids crying on CNN about the Earth dying is that the advent of mass media has helped allow innocent youths to be specifically targeted for a planned panic carefully orchestrated over a long period of time by people seeking to use them to advance their own power and political agenda (if you don’t know who I’m talking about, look at the protest signs they handed out to kids and note the socialist website URLs.)
If I could say anything that these hysterical kids would actually listen to, it would be to tell them that their elders are not uncaring about the fate of the planet (believe me, the environments of capitalist nations are cleaner than they were 40 years ago.) It’s just that we’ve lived through these scams designed to panic us dozens of times, and we, and the planet, are still here. We know when we’re being played (well, some of us, at least; others are incapable of learning from experience.)
Now, the reason this has strayed into my pop culture area is that a radical enviro group called Extinction Rebellion has just started playing the David Bowie song “Five Years” at its protests because (quoting Wikipedia) “of the striking connection between the lyrics of the song (amount of time left/we must never fly again) and one of their demands, ‘to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025.’"
Here is an excerpt from the lyrics of “Five Years”|:
“Pushing through the market square,
So many mothers sighing
News had just come over,
We had five years left to cry in.
News guy wept and told us,
Earth was really dying
Cried so much his face was wet,
Then I knew he was not lying…
We've got five years, stuck on my eyes
Five years, what a surprise
We've got five years, my brain hurts a lot
Five years, that's all we've got…”
That track is the opening cut of the great classic rock album, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.” I also urge all young people to listen to this album. Not only will it teach them that music can have melodies, intelligent lyrics, real musicianship and not be robotic, ephemeral garbage, but they will also discover that it was released in 1972.
Think about it: 1972 was 47 years ago. I’ll bet “Extinction Rebellion” doesn’t tell its crowds of deluded young followers that Bowie’s original five-year deadline for the Earth’s extinction passed 42 years ago, and they’re still using the same song to tell us we only have “FIVE YEARS! FIVE YEARS! FIVE YEARS!...”
Five years from now, when nothing has changed (other than I bet the world will be cleaner yet), will they just play the same song again and still claim we only have five years from "NOW"? Or will they get whatever pop star is hot with gullible teenagers at the time to rerecord it as “Ten Years”?
Friday, hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of high school students around the world skipped class to protest “climate change,” although I have no exact numbers on the participation or on how many seriously believe the world is going to end in 10 years and how many just wanted to skip class. Hey, I grew up in the Vietnam era, so don’t tell me that never happens.
I feel that I should try to point out to these kids that much of the “climate science” that’s been spoon-fed to them is hysterical, apocalyptic junk science, based on computer models that have never been remotely correct in their predictions. Also that much of it comes the same leftist fear-mongers who’ve been making failed doomsday predictions for half a century (allow me to share this list again: https://cei.org/blog/wrong-again-50-years-failed-eco-pocalyptic-predictions ) In fact, if these students really believe these predictions, then I have a couple of dozen cans of tuna in my pantry that I’ll happily sell to them for $80 apiece, the price I was assured they would be going for by the end of the ‘80s, when the oceans would all be dead (plus 30 years worth of inflation, of course.)
But rather than trying to allay their hysterical fears with facts, science and history, I’ll rather point out the most horrifying aspect of this story: the way we have allowed our schools and the mass media to terrify an entire generation of young people into thinking they have no futures. Of course, we should be good stewards of God's creation, and in fact, humans have long since started doing a better job of that. The environment is cleaner now than it was 40 years ago, particularly in capitalist counties; the big polluters are socialist/communist nations like China. Free market capitalism is what's lifting people out of poverty while creating market incentives to develop cleaner and more efficient technology and energy sources.
From the many professionally-printed protest signs reading “We demand climate justice” (incidentally, how many trees had to be cut and how much CO2 released to make, print and distribute those worldwide?), it’s obvious this was no grassroots protest organized by teens. It was a cynical manipulation of young people by a well-organized radical political movement that's been playing a long game of exploiting kids to promote its own agenda and achieve power. It’s a formula articulated nearly a century ago by actual journalist H.L. Mencken, who famously said that the whole aim of politics is to keep the people frightened and clamoring to be led to safety from a series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
It is heartbreaking to watch teenagers, who should be grateful to live when and where they do and be optimistic about the fantastic opportunities and advances they enjoy, instead lamenting that the Earth is dying, they have no future, and they don’t even want to have children of their own because they’ll just be suffering in an environmental hellscape. Filling their heads with that stuff isn’t merely mideducation or propaganda, it’s outright child abuse.
And all over a theoretical increase of a fraction of a degree in average temperatures, an environmental apocalypse so horrific that it somehow hasn’t prevented its biggest promoters from taking private jets to eco-conferences and buying oceanfront mansions.
Hey, kids, you know who is famous signing that there was “no future?” Punk rock icon Johnny Rotten. He first sang that in 1976. Forty-three years later, the world is still here, and in most ways is safer, healthier, cleaner and more peaceful and prosperous then it was then. As for Johnny, he’s now 63 and married to a publishing heiress with homes in both London and California, he’s been called a British “national treasure,” and he recently said of Donald Trump, "What I dislike is the left-wing media in America are trying to smear the bloke as a racist and that's completely not true."
Good thing Johnny didn’t believe his own claim that there was “no future” and give up because he ended up having a pretty full and interesting future. And so will young people today, as long as they don’t listen to false prophets of doom trying to panic them into signing over their futures to a bunch of power-mad socialists who want to severely limit what their futures can be.