We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I admit not many people truly impress me, but News Junkie, you just did so. Posting an article on CDS -- on this site -- showed a gumption and fortitude not usually found in the blogosphere. But, then, you /are/ a Yankee, the very definition of fortitude.
So, I was thinking about the latest push by the UN to wake us all up and take care of this global warming thing before it kills us. I believe December 11th is now generally agreed by all leading scientists to be the date of no return. Feeling that we probably won't make the deadline, I've gone ahead and made out my will, as I'm sure you guys have.
But there's an interesting point to be made about global warming alarmism, and why this time the battle between parties is different. Have you ever stopped to notice how unique the issue is?
Usually, when liberals pass laws, they can ultimately affect conservatives for the worse.
- That guy who raped and mudered a 16-year-old girl nine years ago normally would have been locked away for life, but, thanks to new 'Prisoners Rights' laws passed by the liberals, he got out last week and just this morning raped and murdered your 15-year-old daughter.
- You used to feel that your wife was safe at home during the day because you had a small hand gun hidden away, but, with the new gun-control laws passed by the liberals, you had to give it up -- just two weeks before a knife-wielding thug burst in and gutted her when she attempted to fight him off with her bare hands.
- You believe in the sanctity of life, yet, with the new abortion-by-whim laws passed by the liberals, your other daughter (the one who wasn't raped and killed) has decided that she needs to "live life some more" and has aborted her baby, causing a rift between the two of you that will never be healed.
In effect, the liberals have cost you your entire family.
But now look at global warming.
If worse comes to worst and prices for food, gasoline, oil, and pretty much any manufactured product go through the roof, well, this time both sides get hurt equally. Personally, the devilish side of me secretly hopes the whole green agenda goes through, just to watch all the alarmists today squealing to high heaven tomorrow about rising prices. Or, more specifically, watching them try their hardest NOT to squeal.
And, of course, the in-party conflicts will only be more delightful. I read a long, impassioned screed railing against nuclear power just a few weeks ago, so obviously the issue's not dead. Yet, if oil and coal are evil CO2 generators, and clean nuclear power is off the table, then what's that leave? What a corner these guys are backing themselves into. Pure delight.
My advice is, the next time you read how the local, state or federal government is going to follow some global warming agenda and restrictions and/or prices for this or that product are going to skyrocket, just laugh at the hopelessness of mankind and be comforted that the people pushing the agenda will pay just as dearly as you.