Today’s Lesson In Progressive Politics: John Holdren

September 17, 2010

Remember John Holdren? He’s Obama’s “Science Czar,” who has advocated forced sterilization, forced abortions, eugenics and other tricks up the Progressive sleeve. I wrote about him here, but the definitive take down is all Zombie’s.

Now that the phrase “global warming” has been ridiculed to the point where people snicker whenever Al Gore’s face pops up on TV, and “climate change” is considered to be too namby-pamby, the Progressives need to find a new way to initiate their statist agenda. Voila! Courtesy of John Holdren, we now have “global climate disruption.”

It’s really a quite elegant solution. Since the globe isn’t actually warming and the research into global warming has been proven to be, let’s just say tainted, the Progressive solution is to rebrand the issue. Global warming didn’t work because the globe isn’t warming any more than it might naturally warm. Climate change doesn’t work because climates change naturally and there’s nothing scary about that.

But Global Climate Disruption? Wow. That sounds scary. Nobody likes disruptions. Disruptions are bad things. The beauty of it is that it’s a catch-all. Heatwave? Disruption. Blizzard? Disruption. Volcano? Disruption. Hurricane? Disruption. Plague of frogs? Disruption.

The lesson for today is that global warming was never a real fear. It has always been a means to an end. A succession of warmer than normal years allowed the Progressives to create a boogeyman in the closet with which to scare people into a conformity of thought and behavior. That thought and behavior would be dictated by the Progressives, naturally. Now that the closet door has been opened and the boogeyman has been revealed to be nothing more than a coat on a hanger, Holdren and his ilk are trying to tell us that the monster is now under the bed, and it’s hungrier than ever. The only way to placate the monster is to do exactly what the Progressives tell you to do. Do not ask questions. Do not look back. Just follow the leaders. The Socialist Utopia awaits.

The Roundup: Doug Powers is on it at Michelle Malkin’s site, and he makes this excellent point:

An administration that goes out of its way to make terrorism sound less dangerous than it really is (i.e. “man-caused disaster”) makes the push to sell “global warming” as more dangerous than it really is.

The Horror…The Horror

September 16, 2010

Coming to a theater near you, from the country that brought you World War II.

Make it stop…make it stopMAKE IT STOP!

H/T: Jonah Goldberg in The Corner, though I can’t tell if his “Oh, Dear Lord” header is a sigh of disbelief, or the beginning of a prayer to The One.

They Talk About Him Like A Dog

September 16, 2010

I’m confused. I thought Barack Obama said that it was a bad thing to talk about someone like he was a dog. But there it is, in The Hill: Reid: Coons, ‘my pet,’ will win.

A coonhound, perhaps?

Bummer Of A Birthmark, Barack

September 16, 2010

Michelle Malkin* and Hot Air are having some fun with the new logo that the Democrats have unveiled:

Why am I reminded of the old Far Side cartoon that pictured a deer with a target-shaped birthmark on his chest? This will just make it even easier for a certain moose hunter.

*I stand corrected. It’s Doug Powers writing at Michelle’s site.

Have Fun Stormin’ The Castle, Christine

September 15, 2010

Can you hear us now?

The media is buzzing over the fact that Tea Party fave, Sarah Palin-endorsed, Christine O’Donnell beat long-time Republican representative Mike Castle in the Delaware primary for the United State Senate. O’Donnell will now be gunning for Joe Biden’s old seat against Democrat Chris Coons. There’s no shortage of Republicans and conservatives who believe that O’Donnell is a weak candidate and that a Senate seat that likely would have been won by the Republican Castle will now be lost by the Republican O’Donnell.

Maybe so. I’m not heavily involved in the state politics of Delaware, and haven’t followed this campaign. I understand that O’Donnell’s got some financial baggage, including not making mortgage payments and unpaid college bills.

If the allegations are true, and I have no reason to believe they aren’t, then they’re serious insofar as they speak to someone who may prove to be financially irresponsible. But Mike Castle’s argument that being irresponsible with your personal finances will automatically make you irresponsible with public finances seems a stretch. In fact, it’s Mike Castle who has been absolutely reckless with public finances with his support for liberal programs and causes. It’s not like we’ll be turning over the Federal Budget to Christine O’Donnell and trusting her to get us out of debt. She’s going to be one of 100 Senators, voting yes or no on bills that were initiated in a different legislative body (the House of Representatives generates the budget). The fact that she’s had some financial troubles and has, according to her statements, overcome those troubles:

I’m an average hard-working American. I’m not a multi-millionaire like my opponent. Of course in this economy I’ve fallen on hard times. But I worked hard. I sacrificed. I made the decision that I needed to make things right. I came through to the other side in a very strong position. I made it through the difficult times. That’s what the voters are seeing. Financial responsibility is making your obligations right.

She is, of course, correct. Most people get into some sort of financial trouble at some time. Maturity and responsibility does not mean never doing the wrong thing; it means acknowledging the wrong and righting it when possible.

So to Charles Krauthammer, Ramesh Ponnuru, Jonah Goldberg and the other conservatives I deeply admire, I think it’s time we move on and give full support to the conservative candidate from Delaware. Hand wringing about her electability is counter-productive. In 2010, it is folly to count out any conservative in any race.

The Roundup: Michelle Malkin takes Karl Rove to task for his bashing of O’Donnell. At Hot Air, Ed Morrissey advises the GOP to quit whining. At The American Spectator, Robert Stacy McCain writes that This Changes Everything.

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