Promoted from the diaries by streiff. Promotion does not imply endorsement.
There is a flood of criticism regarding the Green New Deal that was proposed last week, and that is understandable. It is written like a term paper for a first year student who is trying to impress their professor in hopes they get invited to whatever social justice march is happening this weekend. Jokes about farting cows and how the price tag of this deal would be astronomical we need to be serious for a moment and acknowledge some very salient points when it comes to everything surrounding the Green New Deal:
- Regardless of how completely dim witted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is, she won an election and Democrats love her. Her bumbling stupidity does not somehow insulate us from her legislative agenda.
- Every Democrat running in 2020 has signed on to this deal, so criticism of AOC does not equate to this not becoming a law if Democrats have a sweeping victory in 2020.
With that said there are other points of interest that need to be addressed. My friend Steiff already pointed out how AOC is gaslighting on the original language used in GND after she was so roundly ridiculed over it. While researching GND for my show I stumbled upon the “Draft text for proposed addendum to House rules for 116th Congress of The United States” which pertains to the establishment of a special committee on The Green new Deal. Plenty of the language here has already been discussed, and gone over, but what I found most surprising is how difficult it was to find this document again later in the weekend, just like every other damning part of this proposal.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the jokes that are had a AOC’s expense and that the parts about farting cows and airplanes becoming unnecessary do frame the entire proposal as completely absurd, but we should not let our guard down just because we know how dumb the legislation is, that doesn’t mean Democrats won’t whole heartedly support it. I will lay out a couple of the issues I have with the text I found, and I cover this more in depth on my show which I will include below.
- “upgrading every residential and industrial building for state-of-the-art energy efficiency, comfort and safety”
It should be noted that the government does not own residential and industrial buildings, so understand that this is a direct threat to property rights
- “The Plan for a Green New Deal (and the draft legislation) shall recognize that a
national, industrial, economic mobilization of this scope and scale is a historic opportunity to
virtually eliminate poverty in the United States and to make prosperity, wealth and economic
security available to everyone participating in the transformation. In furtherance of the foregoing,
the Plan (and the draft legislation) shall:”
Nobody seems to feel a need to explain what prosperity, wealth and economic security have to do with climate change, but we all know that Democrats never actually act in good faith.
- “mitigate deeply entrenched racial, regional and gender-based inequalities in
income and wealth (including, without limitation, ensuring that federal and other
investment will be equitably distributed to historically impoverished, low income,
deindustrialized or other marginalized communities in such a way that builds
wealth and ownership at the community level)”
This is the real core of the intent here. This is one big social justice package to give the government as much power as possible under the guise that they are going to “right all the wrongs” that they convince countless numbers of America they’ve suffered. We are at a state in politics today where if someone gets into a car accident they are trying to find a way to blame Trump and Republicans, so I can imagine that the bar is not set too high for someone from one of the Democrat protected classes to claim something is unequal.
Though AOC is ridiculous, and Democrats have had a very bad week politically, that does not give us the excuse to be complacent or assume that voters are as quick to dismiss the snake oil the they are being sold. It is our job to inform our friends, co-workers, and family of the dangers of this kind of federal over reach, and we need to start now. The Left will pump billions into a public relations machine to convince American voters that if Democrats have anything less than unilateral power after 2020 the world will literally end.
Watch Wrongthink Radio’s broadcast from Sunday to get more details on The Green New Deal and be sure to subscribe!