Sometimes it astounds me some of the fairy tales, fables, moral parables, and nursery rhymes that people have never heard. A couple years ago I had an entire classroom full of students who had never heard about Old Mother Hubbard. But as astounding as that is, count me as even more floored by the apparent reality that the modern political left has never been told the tragic story of the boy who cried wolf.
I say “apparent reality” because in order to make her case for a big-government “Green New Deal” to address global warming, newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went to the liberal well of mass extinction:
“People are going to die if we don’t start addressing climate change ASAP. It’s not enough to think it’s ‘important.’ We must make it urgent.”
First of all, could she have picked a more incredible (as in, “not credible”) issue to prophecy doom about than global warming? These “the earth is incinerating” proclamations have been made consistently for two decades now. Al Gore has flown off into the sunset on his private jets, loaded with his piles of cash, accumulated by scaring people penniless with dire predictions of global cataclysm that have all proven stunningly false. It’s been the greatest scam on Earth for years.
But secondly, and more to the point, how much credibility can the claim of, “people will die if we don’t” have these days? In just the last two years liberal hysterics have trotted out that warning in order to:
- Fight against Trump’s tax cuts (e.g., “These cuts will literally kill people as they line the pockets of the rich.”)
- Fight against the GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare (e.g., “Republicans are voting to strip healthcare from people even though they know it will kill them.”)
- Fight against the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court (e.g., “This is a matter of life and death for women and their reproductive freedom.”)
- Fight against the repeal of the Obama-imposed net neutrality rules (e.g., “It’s no exaggeration to say that with as important as the internet has become, this is a matter of life and death.”)
- Fight against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court (e.g., “If Trump gets away with this radical pick, he is signing the death warrant of thousands of women who will die in back alleys with bloody coat hangers.”)
And now, “people are going to die” if a socialist from New York doesn’t get to set your home thermostat for you, limit how far you can go on vacation, and obliterate manufacturing with onerous – and fruitless – legislation to alter the global climate, which man is fantastically unable to do even if he wanted to.
It never ends, and it only gets less believable each time it’s proffered.
The only question I find myself considering is where the left goes from here. After you’ve warned of death in order to achieve your preferred policy, your options for your next panicked prediction seem to be pretty limited, no?