Berry: There ought to be a lawWritten by Thomas Berry | | email@example.com
In case you missed the news about it, the People’s Climate March was held in numerous cities on Sept. 21. The focal point of the activities was New York City, where an estimated 300,000 people rallied to demonstrate their so-called concern for the environment — “so-called” because their actions hardly demonstrated sincerity.
The March has its own website, peoplesclimate.org. On the “lineup” page, which presents a map of the New York route, the rank hypocrisy of the event and its participants is evident in a series of six themes for the March.
Take, for example, No. 3: “We Have Solutions – A just transition is possible.” But these people are scarcely interested in justice, equally applied under law in keeping with the principles upon which this great nation was founded. What they demand is, rather, injustice.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was one of the speakers at the New York event. During his speech, he demanded the criminalization of dissent, specifically that those who oppose what he says about climate change should be punished under law. In other words, so much for freedom of speech. Only opinions he finds agreeable should be permitted. This is not justice, but tyranny, the same tyranny that the left has advocated for decades. Free speech for themselves, silence for everyone else.
Speaking of laws and criminal conduct, littering happens to be illegal. Yet the participants, who demand strict compliance with laws they seek to silence opposition, left a sea of garbage in their wake. Signs, each produced at the expense of some precious tree’s life, discarded in heaps. Beverage cups, many emblazoned with environmentally correct slogans, made of petroleum products such as Styrofoam and plastic by greedy capitalists, piled on any handy surface from pavement to mailboxes to benches. You can see a photo gallery of the debris at http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/09/22/litterbugs-climate-marchers-leave-piles-of-trash-behind.
Do the march’s organizers call for justice for these offenders? Do they demand punishment for those who gave their money to greedy capitalists for these beverages rather than to support the “cause?” What of those who spent money and burned fossil fuels to be there? Would not the purpose at hand have been better served had they stayed home and donated the money to organizations that would do their bidding? Is the city sanitation department to be punished for the carbon footprints of the street sweepers and garbage trucks needed to clean up the mess?
(Brief side note: Most of the participants were probably incensed that Burger King is relocating its headquarters to Canada to escape America’s punitive corporate tax laws. I’ll buy lunch in a Styrofoam box for any of them who just as loudly condemn the cowards who fled to Canada to escape the draft law.)
After all, as No. 4 on the Lineup page proclaims in big red letters: “We know who is responsible!” Do they, now? Kennedy also spent much of his time demonizing Charles and David Koch, whose business enterprises include the production of transportation fuels.
Talk about biting the hand that feeds you! Who do they think produced the transportation fuels that got these people to and from the rally? Given the shocking ignorance these people demonstrate, they probably think it just pops out of the ground like the beginning of the Beverly Hillbillies.
But who is responsible for the piles of trash left behind? Who is responsible for the massive carbon footprint created by the production of the trash, or by all the people who had to travel to get there, especially Kennedy and the other private jet celebrities? What did they do, walk? Ride bicycles? (Horseback is out – cruelty to animals, don’t you know.)
Did I say these people are ignorant? Consider lineup page point No. 5: “The Debate is Over. The facts are in. Taking action is a moral necessity.” In other words: They know everything, what they say is right because they say so, and anyone who disagrees is wrong because they disagree.
They don’t care about facts. They blindly disregard what proves them wrong, such as the fact that the data on which they rely has been proven fraudulent and corrupt. The worldwide climate has not warmed in years; if it’s getting warmer, then why has much of the Midwest been substantially cooler the past year? Did Toledo get record snowfall last winter and 14 new or tied record low temperatures this year so far because it’s getting hot?
What was on parade on Sept. 21 was not care for the climate, but rather crass ignorance and an appalling arrogance that demands tyranny to force this ignorance on us all. The “moral necessity,” to use their conceited language, is to defend liberty against this foolishness.
Thomas Berry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.