The liberal mind is a claptrap of wishful thinking - about healthcare, about foreign affairs, about inequality, about culture, about global warming, - about almost everything. Give me a pragmatist with an open mind!
Climate Change and the Liberal Mind
Gee. Gosh. And my, oh, my, as my grandmother might
have exclaimed in wonder and awe.
All we need to know about global warming is what John
Kerry tells us? In Jakarta over the weekend, our secretary of state exposed the
irrelevance and blindness of any who questions what he calls "the
science" on climate change.
These folk represent "loud interest groups"
-- i.e., "big companies" that "don't want to change and spend
money" to prevent the melting of the ice caps and the withering of the
planet. They are "a tiny minority of shoddy scientists" and
"extreme ideologues." "The science is unequivocal!"
Unequivocal; do you hear that?! "(T)hose who refuse to believe it are
simply burying their heads in the sand. We don't have time for a meeting
anywhere of the Flat Earth Society."
Wham. Down comes the curtain on an allegedly serious
debate -- to the extent liberal/progressive hectoring about "climate
change" can be interpreted as debate. The fake triumphalism of the liberal
vision is nowhere more clearly to be viewed than on those occasions when
liberals throw out of court any perceived obstacles to eradication of fossil
fuels and their replacement with sunshine and gentle breezes.
Very much in the modern spirit, with
"science" ratified as the final authority on everything, theology and
philosophy included, science sits enthroned above us. The word, as wielded by
politicians, says it all. Kerry has only scorn for "ideologues" who
won't take his word. President Obama, visiting California, links the state's ongoing drought to "climate
change." His Environmental Protection Agency proposes regulatory goals
that likely would put coal plants out of business. There is but one way to do
things -- Our Way, the liberal way.
Than which a more futile hope probably doesn't exist.
The best way, in human terms, to keep a debate going is to say the debate's
over. And, what's more, "we" won. Kind of the way the health care
debate closed down -- right? "We" -- a united Democratic party -- did
it "our way," and to the hot place with anyone else's way. Consider
the splendid results! Young enrollees are, so far, too few in number to support
older and sicker enrollees. Overall enrollment targets are far below earlier
estimates. Costs vary around the nation. Many -- no one knows yet precisely how
many -- find they can't keep their doctors.
The Olympians who designed Obamacare and handed it
down to the riffraff are possibly feeling frustrated when the topic is climate
change. They don't receive the deference they feel they deserve. Thus,
conceivably, the stridency of Kerry's language. "Shut up!" he
explains to the differently minded.
It's a challenge all right. The New York Times, no
friend to "polluters," notes the lack of "scientific
consensus" as to whether climate change is the cause of California's drought. Droughts do happen. Not a few of us recall
the profound dryness of 1951-57 -- "The Time It Never Rained," to
give it the title of Texas writer Elmer Kelton's great novel about the period. I
mean, it didn't rain. But eventually it did.
The winter of 2013-14 has been rough. Eighty-eight
percent of the Great Lakes has turned to ice. In 1994, it was 94 percent. Take
the matter back further. In February 1899 -- before gasoline engines -- the
worst cold snap to afflict the country in modern times dropped temperatures to
7 degrees in New
snow on Miami and froze the Mississippi River solid as far south as Cairo,
Illinois. "Climate change?" If only John Kerry had
been around, he might have ventured a viewpoint and proposed a federal program.
The intractability of life is a matter that disturbs
liberals confident of their ability -- using the best "science" -- to
engineer foolproof solutions to matters large and small. Thus their
exasperation when things go amiss -- or, worse, people (the fools!) refuse to
listen. The Obama administration -- the most monolithically liberal regime in
half a century -- must be feeling pretty well put off by widespread
ingratitude. So might we all, given comparable levels of perfect, dogmatic