A workable green energy solution
March 22, 2012 1 Comment
We all know the things we’re supposed to spurn the Republican contenders for: vomiting on hearing JFK talk about church and state, offering statehood to a yet-unfounded lunar colony. The litany against front-runner Mitt Romney is long, if insubstantial: having buddies who are NASCAR team owners, driving two Cadillacs (not Porches or even Mercedes, mind you), being an Etch-a-Sketch candidate. Since there is no major scandal or outrageous hair-flaming position the man takes, mainstream media must squeeze every ounce it can get out of the latest Romney gaff. It’s getting old for anyone with half a brain, and fortunately those are the people who tend to show up at the polls.
Republicans have been scrutinized intensely, but what has been coming out of mouths in the Democratic corner? You wouldn’t know watching NBC or reading Yahoo! News. Sure, Maxine Waters called Eric Cantor and John Boehner demons. Nonetheless, it’s the recent speeches of household-name White House officials that are worth looking at.
President Obama kicked things off earlier this month, comparing himself to Ghandi and Nelson Mandela. He claimed that, as with those men in their noble struggles, the fight is hard and it takes time. But how is the Democratic agenda in 2012 comparable to the effort for Indian independence or the campaign to end Apartheid? Does this mean the GOP is as brutal as the British Raj or as unjust as the old South African regime? This sloppy pandering is reminiscent of the racially-tinged “dollar bill” accusation Obama hurled at McCain and Republicans in his 2008 campaign. But these remarks get scant media scrutiny when they come from this president.
Next, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spiced things up at the 2012 Women in the World Summit. She equated more ardent American conservatives with the more egregious human rights abusers in the Muslim world, slapping them both with the common label of “extremists.” Opposing compulsory contraception coverage is nothing akin to what women deal with every day in Afghanistan, or Egypt for that matter. Secretary Clinton scores bonus points for lugging domestic politics into foreign affairs.
Finally, Joe Biden rounds out the good times with a speech given to the UAW in Toledo last week. The Vice President branded his ticket as one offering a “fair shot and a fair shake.” With this language we might as well have entered a time warp and come out in FDR’s bad old New Deal. This is the kind of sloganeering given to those who think capitalism is wrong, broken, or dead. In its place comes Uncle Sam who “takes care of things” for you. Just like when you need Vito Corleone to get your landlord off your back. More like fair shakedowns than fair shake. This rhetoric values shameless deal-making over the rule of law.
It’s no surprise the highest officials in the land get the soft treatment; they’re liberal and progressive after all. Their rhetoric should have generated some push back from the mainstream media. If only we could harness all their hot air, we could generate electricity instead. Then they could deliver on their green energy solutions promises.