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.
Stop the presses! Leftists have finally found an American flag they’ll actually run up the flagpole and salute!
Of course, it’s not the real flag of the United States of America so much as the official flag of Fantasyland, but it’s a start. Two great points in this story: First, to these people, Betsy Ross’ 13-star flag is an affront to what America stands for, but their own presumptuous and delusional 51-star vandalism of the flag is perfectly okay.
Second, they love to claim that the Founders “never could have imagined” whatever the situation is that they think justifies them shredding the Constitution. But the Founders imagined exactly what would happen if the national capital, with its eventual and inevitable concentration of powerbrokers, pocketliners and fourflushers, had the powers of a state, and that’s why they specifically barred that and put it under the jurisdiction of Congress.
On the bright side, I’m sure they’ll defend me if I take a knee when they raise their flag.
Speaking of the DC statehood movement (aka, the “Put two more Democrats into the Senate” scam), this should go without saying, but taking a lesson in civics or history from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter feed is like taking ballet lessons from a hippopotamus.
Elizabeth Warren seems determined to prove right all the people who claim she’s the second coming of Hillary Clinton. This week, she gave her campaign a big boost by publicly slamming half the voters in America.
To be fair, she just implied that they were irrelevant and she doesn’t care about them. She didn’t come right out and call them sexist, racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, irredeemable deplorables to their faces. But then, it’s only the primaries, so it’s too early for that yet.
Since it’s the weekend and I’m sure you’d love a little entertainment with your politics to help you decompress, watch this Congressional hearing video of black conservative Candace Owens utterly dismantling an alleged university “expert” on white supremacy (who is herself white) who tried to imply that Owens somehow inspires white supremacist violence and laughs at its victims. Pop some popcorn before watching this.
If you’ve given more than half a million dollars to Democratic groups, but are also accused of being a pervert who has killed young black men by injecting them with meth to get a sick sexual thrill, what does that make you, in the eyes of the New York Times? If you guessed “a small-time Democratic donor,” go to the head of the class.