By Christopher G. Adamo
December 10, 2009
With each passing day, the cornerstones of American greatness are being attacked and dismantled by the left, whose goal is clearly their eventual eradication and replacement by a liberal "new order." As the nation sinks further under the oppression of the Obama/Reid/Pelosi offensive, the people of the Heartland are desperately looking for leaders who will arise to carry the torch of conservatism and traditional values.
Despite being the minority party in both houses of Congress, it is imperative that Republicans mount a principled and united resistance if their party is to retain any credibility as a viable alternative to the statism and despotism of the Democrats. This is not the time for "compromise" or "bipartisanship," which are euphemisms for ultimate surrender and philosophical capitulation to the liberal agenda.
Rather, the need of the moment is for individuals who have the courage to face the firestorm of "politically correct" derision that will inevitably be brought to bear on all who dare oppose the current regime. They must also possess the verbal fluency to properly disarm their critics with well-structured and well-articulated arguments. And at this desperate hour, it appears that some "stars" are beginning to rise from among the Republican ranks.
In statements released on December 7, two Republican Senators, John Barrasso of Wyoming, and David Vitter of Louisiana, exemplified the manner in which to confront the fraudulent premises of the liberal agenda, in this case pertaining to the fabricated hysteria of "global climate change." Rather than seeking "common ground" and cordiality with their ideological opposition, Barrasso and Vitter confronted the contrived calamity head on, even to the point of accurately assigning purely political motives as the true motivation of the Obama Administration and its thoroughly compromised Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
According to Senator Barrasso, "The EPA is playing politics with peoples' jobs during a recession, and that is just wrong." In so stating, he adeptly dispels the notion that concern over "rising sea levels" or any of the other apocalyptic premises of the "climate change" doomsday scenario might be Obama's true basis for all of the hysterics and alarm. The reality of this debate is that it resulted entirely from shameless liberal politicking, and the liberal penchant for resorting to any means, no matter how deceitful and despicable, in order to gain the political advantage.
Senator Vitter rightly depicted the EPA, and in particular its characterization of carbon dioxide as a "pollutant," as a flagrant power grab that threatens every aspect of day-to-day life of average citizens. In Vitter's words, "By granting the EPA the ability to take unilateral action on this issue, the administration is risking further damage to the U.S. economy. The EPA's decision may well result in a top-down, command and control approach that will add new mandates and could have a negative impact on almost every sector of our utility bills, merchandise at stores, and food items at the grocer."
Carbon dioxide is exhaled by every breathing human being on the planet, and is no more a "pollutant" than are the leaves that fall from trees. It has been vilified in recent years as the mechanism of "man made global warming," though the empirical evidence reveals a trend of global cooling for the past decade, and nothing more than the standard cyclical variations of earth's temperatures in the years of recorded data prior to that.
Yet now the government seeks to monitor and ultimately manage this harmless and completely natural component of the air we breathe, as if it has suddenly metamorphosed into some sinister "controlled substance" that might be dealt illegally in urban back alleys. This flagrant effort to extend the tentacles of the state into virtually every manufacturing process, every back-yard barbeque, and every exhaled breath in the country should alarm any citizen who recognizes the need for some limit on the scope and reach of government.
Meanwhile, the EPA is displaying criminal negligence with respect to one of its duly authorized responsibilities. It should be investigating the matter of fraudulent claims, and suppressed data, at the University of East Anglia in England, where the "holy of holies" of "climate change" advocacy resides. Rather than remaining faithful to the true methodology of science, its members engaged in an orchestrated hoax, insisting that the earth has been steadily warming while distorting or hiding a mass of evidence which proves that recorded temperatures are inarguably on the decline.
Again, Senator Vitter rightly demanded accountability, pointing out that e-mails from the institution clearly indicate that its members have been playing games with the numbers in order to present a false case of rising global temperatures, and thus "have raised serious questions about these policies." Pursuing the only responsible course of action, he followed "We asked that the EPA look further into this situation." However, preferring its ideology over any trite loyalty to the well being of the American people, the EPA is ignoring Vitter's request. And the Obama Administration is moving ahead with its agenda of governance through regulation.
Like Senator Barrasso before him, Senator Vitter once again accurately labels the motivation behind this bogus effort stating "I fear that politics may be overriding policy when it comes to this important issue."
It is now grimly obvious that Barack Obama, abetted by Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D.-NV) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-CA) will continue the ruse of inventing catastrophes in order to seize governing power over the people. As a result, all of America is endangered. Strong, principled voices will be needed to call them out, and begin the long but critically important process of restoring the precepts of real America.
The obstacles in this fight for the future of the nation are great, but not insurmountable. Both Sarah Palin and former Vice-President Dick Cheney have shown how to prevail, despite being castigated by liberals in the media and on Capitol Hill. And, now they have reinforcements. It appears that the GOP is finding its voice.