Grassroots Commentary

Easier to Criticize Than Propose Solutions

Albert Maslar · Feb. 28, 2013

Mark Twain famously said, “Everybody talks about the weather but no one does anything about it,” but some attribute the quote to his neighbor and friend, Charles Dudley Warner, a Connecticut newspaperman.

The point may very well be that it is easier to criticize something, even the weather, than propose solutions, not that the global warming but now climate change people can offer solutions other than to tax carbon dioxide emissions for who knows what ulterior motives.

Humans produce more carbon dioxide than any other individual source by breathing in oxygen and breathing out carbon dioxide. Plants, through the process of photosynthesis, take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, proving that carbon dioxide is a natural part of the life cycle.

According to, “Carbon collected by plant life eventually forms the base of the food chain, eaten by animals, which are eaten by other animals, and so on. As humans, we are part of this food chain. All the carbon in our body comes either directly or indirectly from plants, which took it out of the air only recently. When we breathe out, all the carbon dioxide we exhale has already been accounted for. By performing cellular respiration, we are simply returning to the air the same carbon that was there to begin with. Remember, it’s a carbon cycle, not a straight line – and a good thing, too!”

The above paragraph seems to point to the conclusion that interaction of plant and animal life forms creates a zero sum game for carbon dioxide; input and output are relatively equal and balance each other out.

The remaining question is how much of non-life created carbon dioxide, mainly from burning of fossil fuels for energy and manufacturing, does or does not get absorbed and balanced out by plant life and converted into oxygen. Regardless, government through EPA regulations and environmentalist pressure want to tax carbon dioxide in order to tax it out of existence, but is that even possible or desirable? And then what are the unforeseen consequences for the long-suffering masses?

Applying the vicissitudes of weather to those of politics, the Republican Party is suffering from a nagging identity crisis in that many GOP self-appointed leaders promulgate the notion that the GOP must discard its basic social values and become more like Liberal Democrats it they are to ever regain the presidency.

Deep-seated moral religious values, God, Ten Commandments, freedom of religion, government funded abortion and contraceptives, homosexual and gay marriage agendas must be on the same page and set aside in order for the GOP to have a reasonable chance to unseat liberals and win the presidency in the future. If both parties are the same, the result is a one-party two-party system that would in effect be the steamroller to stampede the people into whatever government and liberals dictate, with “dictate” being the operative word.

Mitt Romney’s wife Ann publicly advised backing away from social issues, proving her ignorance of Conservative core values. The proof of failure of that outlook has thus been proven in that 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney effectively took that route, taking social issues off the table directly and indirectly by maintaining an ill-fated ambivalence that may have cost him victory.

It is a truism that it is easier to criticize than propose solutions but in the process, abandonment of core values muddies the waters separating two major parties. Results are hazardous and counter-productive if the intern emulates false guidelines of the mentor. Criticism is the first step in solving problems in that solution demands recognition of the problem, without which there can be no valid solution.