365 Days to do Nothing at all Effective to Stop the Spread. – Since we just passed the anniversary of “15 days to flatten the curve,” a false narrative that has turned into a full year now, let’s start with a couple of memes that exemplify the current great divide in our society that that false narrative has ended up creating:
And you thought you were doing something that mattered. – FUN CLIMATE FACT FOR TODAY: Tesla’s entire profit margin is derived from selling $390 mm of carbon credits per quarter to other car companies, which is encouraged under government regulations established by Bush and Obama. Recently, Tesla bought 45,000 bitcoin. The energy consumed in the “mining” of that number of bitcoin generated a larger carbon footprint than has been saved by the 1.6 mm cars Tesla has ever sold.
Think about it: Tesla has offset its entire historic corporate carbon footprint gain just from the mining of the Bitcoin.
That doesn’t even include the carbon footprint of the mining of the lithium and other rare earth minerals that go into Tesla batteries.
It doesn’t even include the footprint from the mining and manufacturing of all the steel, aluminum and other metals used in cars.
It doesn’t include the footprint of all of the plastics – derived from petroleum, after all – used in the manufacturing of the cars.
It doesn’t include the footprint of all the energy consumed in the process of manufacturing the cars themselves.
Nor does it include the carbon footprint of the massive amounts of energy consumed in the recharging of the batteries, the vast majority of which is generated by fossil fuels.
So if you think buying a Tesla means you’re doing your part to save the planet, well, Elon Musk sure fooled you, huh?
But back to COVID. Today’s Required Reading comes from Mackubin Owens at The Federalist. – Mr. Owens has a tremendous essay out this morning that details the mass control experiment to which not just Americans, but people in pretty much every country on earth have been subjected over the past year under the rubric of COVID-19 response. As Owens points out, the viral gift from China is very real, but the DC UniParty has used the emergency as a convenient opportunity to test just how far they can go in taking away the rights of ordinary citizens before the begin to push back.
Sadly, we have discovered over the past 365 days that they can go far, very far indeed.
This is a great piece that everyone should take the time to read. Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite:
Most Americans may not realize it, but we have been subjects of a vast sociological experiment over the past year. The last year may not have been intended as an experiment but it has illustrated some unpleasant truths about what Americans have become as a people, most importantly, that the citizens of a country who once proudly proclaimed the motto, “don’t tread on me” have been willing to endure a great deal of treading.
The experiment involved our response to COVID-19. What it proved was that Americans are all-too-willing to abandon their rights out of fear. The virus, of course, was real. But it became an excuse for unelected bureaucrats—our new priesthood of “experts”—and petty tyrant governors to impose arbitrary, one-size-fits-all restrictions, many of which the members of the priesthood did not follow themselves. As Rahm Emmanuel, former President Obama’s chief of staff and later mayor of Chicago infamously proclaimed in 2008, we should never let “a serious crisis go to waste…it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
So what “things” did the pandemic allow government to do that no one thought it could do before? It used fear to shut down small businesses, wrecking the livelihoods of American workers; outlawed church and synagogue services; outlawed family gatherings; curtailed travel; shuttered schools and colleges. It did all these things in the name of “science” although scientists disagreed among themselves about the efficacy of the measures the government imposed.
Tyrannical governors also used the pandemic as a way of turning Americans against one another, inviting them to inform on their fellow citizens if they believed others were not following the “rules.” Such actions have put us on a dangerous path: toward becoming a surveillance state like Communist East Germany, as portrayed in the film, “The Lives of Others.” Those who think this is a good idea might want to watch, or re-watch, that remarkable movie.
But weren’t these measures for our own good? George Orwell had an answer for that in his book, 1984: “The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power….We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is the end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
“The object of power is power.” Most often, I have prescribed that motivation to the very foundation of the modern Democrat Party in America in my writings over the past 35 years. But the truth is that it applied across party lines these days. As recently as the 1990s, and the GOP takeover of the House of Representatives that took place in 1994, most Republicans were still interested in using their power for the public good.
The Contract With America that new Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and the House Republicans rolled out that year was all about returning rights to the people that government had already taken away from them, and to the GOP’s credit, its members of congress acted on many of the elements of that Contract. Sadly, that would prove to become the peak of real “republicanism” within the Republican Party; since then, the party’s leadership has increasingly shown itself willing to immerse itself in the corrupt dealings and machinations of the DC Swamp, consistently suborning efforts by Democrats to concentrate power in Washington DC, albeit at a slightly slower pace.
President Donald Trump did what he could do to drag some of the GOP kicking and screaming back into working for the public good during his time in office. But as we painfully witnessed, he was one man working almost alone in that endeavor, and ultimately found himself unable to overcome the swampy dealings by the likes of Paul Ryan, John McCain, Mitch McConnell and Mitt Romney.
“The object of power is power,” and, it’s important to add, the exercise thereof. We as Americans have seen the truth of that bit of wisdom played out all over our nation for the past year, and the results have been horrifying.
Power-mad Democrats and Republicans alike have discovered that most Americans are perfectly willing to become imprisoned in their homes, deny their children access to education, have their freedoms of association, assembly and religion stolen from them, see their friends and neighbors be put out of jobs and have their businesses destroyed and walk around wearing masks like every day is Halloween when presented with fearful advisories by false “experts” like Anthony Fauci and false narratives claiming all of these denials of their fundamental rights as Americans are for their own good and to keep them “safe.”
Benjamin Franklin once famously said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Sadly, most Americans have spent the last year clearly demonstrating to the power-mad monsters in the DC UniParty that we deserve neither. You can be certain that, armed with what they have learned, those monsters will continue to exploit that knowledge to what they perceive as their advantage.
That is all.
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