November 23, 2015

"Racism" and "climate change": The Left's answer to everything

Theo CaldwellRebel Commentator
 

For ages, it seemed “racist” was the only world liberals knew, much like “Hodor.”

No matter the crisis or quandary, just give them a minute and those on the left could explain how racism, probably yours, was the cause of it all.

It was the only rhetorical move they had – and the only one they needed. No matter how abstract, they would apply it to any policy dispute, as in, “Oh, you aren’t in favour of Obamacare? Racist!”

Obviously, the technique has not lost its utility, as demonstrated by the shrieking eels currently making themselves heard across American college campuses.

But along the way, they came up with a new catch-all: “climate change” (actually, their original term was “global warming” but, as there has been no “warming” in almost 20 years, they’ve had to adapt).

Democratic presidential candidate and angry Muppet Bernie Sanders has repeatedly called climate change the greatest crisis we face (in this inanity, he is far from alone), and has even averred that this invented problem is the cause of Islamic terrorism and responsible for ISIS.

Funny how climate change doesn’t cause Christians or Jews to go on murderous rampages.

This is, of course, an exquisite vintage of stupid, but it does not end there.

A popular liberal claim is that 300,000 people die from climate change every year. As to which specific people these might be, that’s where the reception gets a little fuzzy. ‘Twas always thus.

Socialists love people in groups of a million or more. Consequently, they insist their preferred crises are walloping some colossal number of people, rather than give a name – just one – of a victim and explain specifically how that person was affected.

For example, aid worker Anita Datar, who devoted her life to helping others, was gunned down by Islamic terrorists.

She was one among many victims of this genuine crisis this month alone, and their names are easy to find.

Presumably, the roster of those killed by climate change is alongside the list of those who’ve died from second-hand smoke.

My pal Gerry Nicholls recently quipped that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, frustrated at not being taken seriously, ordered Canadian war planes to bomb climate change. Not for the first time, Gerry might be on to something.

If we are fed up with leaders who insist on obsessing over a made-up crisis in the face of a real one, we should just tell them ISIS has a sasquatch-sized carbon footprint. That’ll make their bull run.

Speaking of bull, Hillary Clinton boldly asserts that Muslims, “have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism.”

If you subscribe to the belief that the vast majority of Muslims are neither terrorists not terrorist sympathizers (and I do), it is still patently obvious that Islam has at least something to do with terrorism.

But the worldview of people like Hillary, Justin, and Bernie is not about facts. It is about something else entirely.

Among the many life lessons to be gleaned from Kung Fu Panda is that we must let go of the illusion of control. It is well-documented that liberals are all about controlling their fellow man. Here, they strive to control the very nature of mankind.

It would be more convenient if Muslims had nothing to do with terrorism, which were really caused by climate change, and if any assertion to the contrary could be dismissed as racism.

Speaking of which, it is bemusing when leftists who wish to call you anti-Muslim scream “Racist!” as though this worldwide religion of over a billion adherents were somehow a race.

As the kids say, what the actual F?

The truth is, ISIS is not under control (nor is it “contained”) and no amount of insisting that our problems are of our own making, and thereby mutable by altering our own behaviour, will make them so.

To the liberal mind, however, it is always our fault (or, more particularly, your fault), and there is no problem too complex to be encapsulated by that dopey Facebook meme of Kermit the Frog drinking his damn tea. But that’s none of my business.

Steve Sailer has described political correctness as a “war on noticing.”

If you notice, therefore, that there has been no actual global warming in nigh two decades, or that a lot of “workplace violence” tends to be prefaced with “Allahu Akbar!” then you are declaring hostilities.

As to the former, it is impossible to take environmentalists’ worship of “science” seriously, or even to respect their capacity for basic mental agility after watching the Congressional testimony of Sierra Club President Aaron Mair on this topic. Take a look, I’ll wait.

And as to the latter, bear in mind that that same US government that promises to subject “Syrian refugees” to strict scrutiny also scrutinized Nidal Hasan right up to the rank of Army Major before he self-deployed as a “Soldier of Allah” and slaughtered his colleagues at Fort Hood.

Whether American-born like Hasan or foreign unfortunates like those fleeing the Middle East, the liberal mind has a willful blind spot when it comes to Muslims.

Incidentally, if your appetite has been whetted for footage of leftists discrediting their own positions through witless, inarticulate defences thereof, have a gander at Liberal Cabinet Minister Chrystia Freeland on Real Time with Bill Maher recently. Take your time, I’ll be here.

Where were we? Oh, right – you’re a racist. Also, 97 percent of scientists agree you’re worse than Hitler.

Racism and climate change are the one-two purse-slaps of political correctness.

On the topic of those Syrian refugees, accusations of racism have been predictably and ubiquitously leveled at all those who voice concerns about importing tens of thousands of unknowable people from such a hotbed of climate change.

As Canadian commentator Rex Murphy wisely noted, “Keeping our eyes open does not close our hearts.”

To the left, people who use their eyes, or their brains, or who speak the truth, are all racists. Just live with it. It’s how they roll.

Liberals refuse to see, and so they are perpetually mystified by the obvious. Also, it seems they want to be mad at someone, anyone. Political correctness offers permissible rage, moral superiority, and the ability to shrink existential problems to manageable size.

To the climate change obsessives, I say with the utmost compassion, you really need to get over it. Open your eyes, please, as we could use your help with the real problems of our age.

And to those who have, do, or will call me a racist: Y’all can kiss my black ass.

I will not go back and forth in a discussion instituted in bad faith, nor am I required to prove my innocence to self-appointed judges. Also, your fly is open.

Do they really believe it? That is, do otherwise cogent, seemingly sane adults honestly think the major challenges of this world can be miniaturized and explained away by first world obsessions? Or, as I suspect, are they just repeating received wisdom, having learned their outrage phonetically?

Either way, if you blame racism or climate change, without irony, for the crises of our time, you forfeit the right to be taken seriously.

(Theo Caldwell has a dream. Contact him at theo@theocaldwell.com)
 

 

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commented 2016-01-06 20:36:20 -0500
Michael doll… The post that I read from an earlier submission to this thread is outstanding.!!!!!!!
You nailed it on every account.
I know you put a lot of thought and some effort into that and that’s called work… And all good work should be recognized and supported.
Thank you for your posting and keep up the good work.
commented 2015-12-28 13:14:25 -0500
Joe Boudreault commented
“The best rule is personal observation.”

I agree, personal observation is better than accepting the lies of those whose interests are in furthering a false cause, for money and control.
commented 2015-12-08 13:01:37 -0500
Michael Doll, I couldn’t help but go through your post below, of 10 days ago. very good points. The only thing I could argue against is your strange use (or deference to) of Deep Time. Climatologists are almost as bad as evolutionists in their little pet theory of ‘millions of years’, a concept, by the way, which has no proof behind it. And that’s the point: the modern leftist world has stopped using empirical science (provable, repeatable). You helped clarifying this when you said " humanity is so important to the future of the planet that we can now drive the climate is the height of hubris…" Right on. The late Michael Crichton said the same in his semi-documentary novel State Of Fear. There is almost no statistical (empirical) science anymore, just propaganda. As for peer review and university degrees et al, they are mostly hogwash. The best rule is personal observation.
commented 2015-12-08 12:41:21 -0500
Typically sharp and astute comments, Leo. Thanks. Keep it up. I guess the most odious politically incorrect thing we can say (as an example) against someone like Obama is that he’s incompetent, a dweeb, a social moron, or completely lacking in vision as a leader. Or we could just default to the better truth, that he’s simple the worst president in history. But the Left want us to come out and say that he is bad because he is black. Ie we must appear racist to them every time. That burns their ass, even when we don’t actually say it (hint: I’ve never ever heard anyone, even on the far Right, blame Obama for being black. Heck, I’m white but it ain’t my fault either). Had I lived there in 2012, I would have voted for Herman Cain – no, wait, he’s even blacker. Hell… can’t win; it would be interpreted as a reverse racist move.
So… climate change causes Islamism… and all the other isms, and they in turn cause climate change. Chicken and egg thought: which came first, the terrorist or the global warming thingie?
commented 2015-12-04 16:14:03 -0500
Thanks Theo – Good read!
commented 2015-12-01 02:13:25 -0500
Refreshing, Theo.
I found it quite interesting and compassion-inducing that you feel a certain region of you body identifies as black. How progressive of you/it.
commented 2015-11-29 23:40:53 -0500
To listen to the left and the MSM it seems to me that being a racist is the worse thing a person can be. Now racists suck and are ignorant people and I find racism to be scummy but it isn’t as bad as murder (abortion), thieving (excessive taxation) and lying (climate change). Hell, leftist progressives, whether intentionally or not, lead the world into darkness and slavery and that is worse than a brown guy not liking a white guy or vice versa. Besides, just like there will always be poor among us, there will always be people who hate.
commented 2015-11-29 07:54:10 -0500
One bright and joyful bit of news.

Maurice Strong is dead.

At last!

May he rot in hell for eternity.

May Soros follow closely upon the heels of Strong.
commented 2015-11-28 00:29:53 -0500
James Walkerdine – I made a post a couple of days ago on a thread that died that I’ll repeat here. It was a response to some points by Andrew Stephenson, and that guided the seeming jumps from one approach to another.

First of all, is catastrophic anthropogenic global warming a theory? Or are there any solid theories about the affect that humanity has on global climate? I would no because a theory makes predictions of what will, and what won’t, happen. “Global warming” as it used to be called can’t be proven. Whether CO2 is the primary regulator of the climate can be disproved through. That’s one of the things that is needed for a scientific theory, predictions of “if this happens then my theory is false”. Unfortunately, there are no falsification criteria listed for catastrophic anthropogenic global warming, and those criteria that had been given are consistently being changed (In 1997 it was stated that no periods longer than 10 years will fail to have an increase in global temperature. Then it was changed to 15 years. Now the Royal Society says 50 years.). When something cannot be disproved then it is not science, it is faith. The CAGW movement has lots of money, and lots of computer models. They don’t have raw data to support what they’re saying. The famed “hockey stick” that is seen by many as an emblem of good science wasn’t a result of a model – it was an improper use of a statistical method in analysing a data set. Used in the way that it was (without even considering the fact that Dr. Mann removed the most recent data in the set, a deletion that changed the 20th century trend), most sets of random numbers result in a hockey-stick result. Had Dr. Mann (or any other users of that methodology with data sets) consulted or included a professional statistician then the chart would never have passed peer review.

The preponderance of evidence shows a warming trend over the last 400 years. And a cooling trend over the last 10,000 years. And a warming trend over the last 25,000 years. And a cooling trend over the last 20 million years. We have satellite data for less than 40 years. Two of the major cycles are 11 years and 60 years respectively. Right now we do not have enough data at a global scale (that is accurately measured) to know what the baseline should be. As Canadians,we should be concerned about how much arable land our nation has. We know that treeline has been farther north and farther south than it is right now. But we also know that the ice will return – ever since the Isthmus of Panama closed and the global circulation around the equator was disrupted, we’ve been in a prolonged ice age with occasional interglacials. We are in an interglacial now. When it ends (based on previous interglacials, within the next thousand years or so) everything in the country of Canada between Quebec and the Rockies will return to being a sheet of ice. That is normal. The land that is now Canada is covered by ice 90% of the time when you look at the last 2 million years. When an ice age starts or ends sea levels change by 130 +/- 20 metres. That is also normal.

Thinking that humanity is so important to the future of the planet that we can now drive the climate is the height of hubris. Two of the groups of scientists who are the most sceptical of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming are geologists and meteorologists. Geologists because they’ve seen the variations that came before. Meteorologists because they make their living off of making predictions based on circulation models. And they are continuously remind of the failures of their predictions. If you are going to reference and quote science, make sure you’re including all aspect of it, not picking and choosing the portions that support a particular belief system.
commented 2015-11-27 16:40:39 -0500
The Sierra Club rep is obviously not use to having debate on this issue. The SC are a bunch of terrorizing lawyers that seek to shut down mining in developing countries. On their hands is the poverty of hundreds of thousands. He couldn’t do anything but what liberals love to do, repeat and repeat the same talking points without answering the question.
commented 2015-11-26 10:52:59 -0500
Jack Pallance commented – "The only true monopolies are created by government (as when big government funded railway construction in the US) "

Or our Canadian LIBERAL government created single desk marketing and supply control monopolies like the wheat board or the dairy, pork, egg marketing boards – or the state liquor and gaming monopolies. ALL are machinations of soviet price and supply control demand economic models – didn’t work for Russian and Chinese producers and consumers and it is not working for us – China and Russia abandoned these soviet era oppressions for free capitalist markets and demand economics -but obviously Canada is too corrupt with crony capitalism and too stupid with zombie consumers to do likewise.
commented 2015-11-26 08:31:47 -0500
Hmm, let me see now. No oil means no spur of the moment travel from one continent to the other. Wind power would be the only way to access North America. Global travel as we know it would come to a stand still. That would put a serious damper on immigration. Maybe the lefty idiots are on to something. As the U.S. congress continues to keep the greenies in the crosshairs, it appears that here in Canada we believe it’s our turn to cash in on the global warming fantasy. The big difference being, our economy can not afford it, not that the U.S. can either, but we will suffer the consequences to a much higher degree than they have. Even though the so called science behind global warming is highly speculative, the left continues to blame any event of significance on this fallacy to further their agenda. I think maybe we embrace climate change for what it is, not something to be feared, but something to be celebrated. Hot, cold, wet, dry, calm, windy, whatever. Nobody can actually say with true conviction that what’s happening as far as the measured temperatures increasing by .8% is a bad thing, it’s been happening for hundreds of years, and things are actually pretty good, so what’s the big deal? I ❤️ Climate change!
commented 2015-11-25 11:13:21 -0500
“A people without sense will not survive” Hosea
commented 2015-11-24 18:20:43 -0500
Indeed, the free market doesn’t care what colour you are. I reject the whole notion of anti-monopoly legislation. The only true monopolies are created by government (as when big government funded railway construction in the US)
commented 2015-11-24 18:16:02 -0500
Robert Caughell commented – “Whereas the right pegs everything on big business, free enterprise to solve things with no regulations/restraint.”
Ah, I see Robert is the victim of Marxist micro-economics and Unionist layman critical theory – funny thing about lefty critical theory Robert; it is, and always will be theory and dishonest criticism.

First, free market enterprise and laissez-faire capitalism has given North America unheard-of wide spread affluence never known to our ancestors mired in political situations where trade was restricted to upper classes – closed economic systems concentrate wealth where as free market capitalism has made more people wealthy than any other system.

second, there are regulations but too many which restrict free trade – strangely enough Robert it was a Conservative government which introduced anti monopoly/anti-trust laws and it was Brian Mulroney who introduced the competition act of both criminal and civil provisions aimed at preventing anti-competitive practices in the marketplace. He created the competition bureau which is responsible for enforcing the law in the markets and over consumer good industries.
Bet you didn’t hear that at your Dipper union meeting did ya?
commented 2015-11-24 15:50:12 -0500
Was it the Global Warming or the Global Cooling or just the unpredictability of the Climate 1400 years ago when Muhammad was spreading a his doctrine of ’ peace and Love ’ that sent him off the deep end and transformed him and his message into a hate filled agenda for World dominance?
commented 2015-11-24 15:38:40 -0500
Whereas the right pegs everything on big business, free enterprise to solve things with no regulations/restraint.
commented 2015-11-24 12:47:45 -0500
LLRFU - Political correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, irrational, fanatical minority, and rabidly pandered to by a rent-seeking corporate media, which holds forth the proposition that it is possible to pick up a turd by the clean end. This premise is non debatable.
commented 2015-11-24 12:26:21 -0500
Theo, I do love your commentary. lol. I will buy you a beer if we cross paths some day. Cheers
commented 2015-11-24 02:16:19 -0500
Political correctness offers permissible rage, moral superiority, and the ability to shrink existential problems to manageable size. Well put!!!
commented 2015-11-24 01:32:03 -0500
I am racist against climate change.
commented 2015-11-24 01:31:26 -0500
James i guess we are polluting the core as well eh? how are we affecting that? I hope you do not think the core of the earth was cold! and how does variability prove one thing one way or another?
commented 2015-11-24 01:26:06 -0500
William Wiser, the criticism of Israel is usually pure BS though.
commented 2015-11-24 00:57:50 -0500
Whenever I see an irresponsible black man blaming ‘racism’ for getting in trouble for their bad behaviour I’m reminded of how some people use ‘anti-semitism’ to label any type of criticism toward the state of Israel or her policies. I consider both as cheap and deceitful tactics to suppress debate and discourse about legitimate issues.
commented 2015-11-23 22:41:21 -0500
The Duke of Edinburgh, two days ago, stated that ISIS and Mass Migration are caused by Global Warming. Note; This guy drinks a lot of Scotch. While I am talking about the UK, I should mention that, I think Britain is preparing for WW3. They just spent 41Bn pounds sterling, on new armaments, including 138 new Stealth Aircraft, eight new Warships and are training 10.000 troops as special forces. It could be that they do not want any Muslims crossing the English Channel, like they did the Mediterranean. Trudeau, take note.
I hope they are checking these, so called refugees for Ebolla, it is becoming a problem in Africa.
commented 2015-11-23 21:03:01 -0500
“Presumably, the roster of those killed by climate change is alongside the list of those who’ve died from second-hand smoke.”
— Classic come back line Theo, but Theo, you and I are going to have it out if you keep referring to these intellectually, logically and ethically failed creatures as “liberals”. They are not, this creed you speak often of as "Liberals” are something else. I’m liberal and they puke me out as much as they do you.

Let me illustrate their core failings with a little anecdote of a recent encounter I had with an inquisitive young fellow:

Jimmy: Mr. Elder, how come liberals hate racists so much?

Bill Elder: Now that’s a good question, Jimmy my boy. It’s kinda funny, you know? A Liberal uses deceit and fear to get his way, just like a racist. Liberal’s pretty free with slander and accusation, just like a racist. Liberal even hates people he’s never known based in his own ignorant prejudices, just like a racist. So the way I figure it Jimmy, these Liberals don’t think very much of themselves so we can’t expect them to think very much of their betters either.
commented 2015-11-23 21:02:11 -0500
I,m thinking of making shirt,s listing all the way,s I am a racist according to left wingers. All where touched on here.
commented 2015-11-23 20:09:06 -0500
Well, Peter, you’re partly right. Harper was in cahoots with the Jews
commented 2015-11-23 19:57:25 -0500
Maurice said, " And, of course, climate change is caused by the Jews."

I thought is was all Harper’s fault.