I remember as a kid I used to hate the phrase, "Children should be seen and not heard."
I only now understand, as I approach the end of my fifth decade, is that old saying doesn’t mean ignore kids or shut kids up, let alone disrespect kids. It means that children ought not to be heard about matters grown up. About adult things.
Because they are not convincing. If they do opine on adult subjects, it’s a parlour trick; they have been taught a line by someone, they parrot it.
I’m talking about children who are weaponized by their own parents (and teachers unions) to “talk” about politics.
In Alberta last week, our Keean Bexte covered a “student” walk-out over Gay Straight Alliances that was orchestrated by teachers. But he found the one student who said it was all just students running errand for political teachers. It may not surprise you that the teachers kicked Keean off the property the moment he started talking to that one kid who spoke for himself.
So I guess that’s the one student the teachers wanted to be only seen, not heard...
But of course the biggest example is the climate cult.
And the weirdest girl, as I’ve shown you before, is Greta Thunberg.
She dresses as a very young child, but she’s actually 16. I have since learned, from the first time I did a show about her, is that she is mentally ill. I don’t mean her Aspergers, but that she suffered clinical depression, and was suicidal.
"According to her mother Malena Ernman (48), 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg can see CO2 with the naked eye."
That's impossible. CO2 is invisible; it’s a trace gas, 400 parts per million.
I think her parents are scammers, like the scammers who manage boy bands and steal all their money. But her — I think she believes it.
But the depression — the fear — the stress — why are we telling young kids, especially young girls, to believe we’re going to die. You know, suicide is contagious. It’s not like a virus or a bacteria that literally is passed on through a bug. But when you see or hear about someone committing suicide, you are more likely to do it. It happens in clusters. It becomes normalized. The unthinkable becomes thinkable.
Which brings us to the CBC news out of Quebec this week:
Exam question on climate change draws anger, memes from Quebec students Education Minister says it would have been better to ask students how to fight climate change
A Quebec high school French exam question that asked students about adapting to climate change has drawn a torrent of online criticism, as teens used memes and videos to denounce what they see as government inaction on climate issues. The question on last week's ministry exam for Grade 11 students asked: "Can we adapt to climate change?’'
Are you surprised? You tell children they are going to die in — what’s the phrase now? Eleven and a half years? And you’re surprised when they say, hang on, you’re asking us to adapt?
But of course we can adapt.
The climate has been ever so slowly warming for thousands of years as the world has emerged from the last great ice age. It’s imperceptible. It’s generally for the better. Life does better in warmth than in cold.
More to the point, we can’t stop the earth from warming, so if you propose to actually do anything, how about adapting?
It quickly drew the ire of students like 17-year-old Francis Claude, who feels the way the question was phrased suggests the government has accepted climate change.
"It's like they want to abandon the fight against climate change, and just make do and adapt,'' said Claude, whose Facebook group dedicated to the exam has exploded to almost 37,000 members in recent days.
These kids have believed what their parents told them. What the government told them.
Claude said members of his generation are committed to fighting environmental destruction, not adapting to it.
"What's the point of studying for a future we're not going to have?'' said Claude, who attends Mont-Ste-Anne School in Beaupré, 40 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.
Our young people have been taught that despair and death is imminent — because, well because we drove a car? Or because we didn’t pay a tax? Or something some kook at school or on TV or in Parliament told them?
That creepy child from Sweden has been weaponized by her parents for profit.
And the profit comes by infecting your children with a belief in the global warming cult that says we’re all going to die, so what’s the point...?
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