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The Assault on Normalcy

Gary Bauer · Sep. 5, 2019

Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a resolution labeling the National Rifle Association a “domestic terrorist organization.”

This is so insane that one might be tempted to laugh it off. DON’T.

The resolution passed unanimously. This absurd assault on an organization dedicated to defending our constitutional rights wasn’t seen as controversial at all. And San Francisco won’t be the last “progressive” city to adopt such a resolution.

This is the state of today’s progressive/socialist movement. There are those on the left who are determined to punish Americans for normal conservative beliefs. After all, what do you do with “domestic terrorists”?

Think about this, friends. The left won the marriage debate. It succeeded in using the courts to overturn the will of the voters in 30 states that defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

But that wasn’t enough. Now “progressives” are trying to financially ruin anyone who does not want to participate in a same-sex ceremony. They are sore winners.

They are forcing girls to compete against boys who claim to be girls. Years ago, we warned that it would not be long before the left accused those who believe in traditional values of bigotry and would threaten to remove children from such families. It’s happening.

The left is even trying to equate pro-life values with “white supremacy.” Somebody should tell that to Ryan Bomberger, Alveda King, Kay Cole James, and Star Parker.

This isn’t about winning public-policy debates anymore. Sadly, some progressives seem intent on criminalizing normal conservative beliefs.

If you believe in the sanctity of life, you’re a bigot.

If you believe in traditional marriage, your business should be destroyed and your kids should be taken away.

If you believe in the Second Amendment and the right to self-defense, you’re a terrorist.

And if you believe in all these things, Antifa will “reeducate” you.

Those Republicans frustrated by some of the president’s tweets or confused about his trade policy need to think long and hard about the threat the left poses to freedom.

Explain to me how a “President Biden” restrains the increasingly intolerant progressive/socialist movement.

The Green New Menace

The radical left is predictably attempting to exploit Hurricane Dorian, a natural disaster, to promote its big-government, socialist agenda.

Bernie Sanders tweeted this:

The fossil fuel industry is now the equivalent of the tobacco industry. It creates death and destruction, then spends billions denying its responsibility. Let us be clear: Hurricane Dorian has everything to do with climate change, which is the existential crisis of our time.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted this:

This is what climate change looks like: it hits vulnerable communities first… This is about science & leadership. We either decarbonize & cut emissions, or we don’t & let people die.

These socialists are lying. They want a complete takeover of the economy, and they see preying on concerns about the environment as a way to do it. But, my friends, the climate alarmists have NEVER BEEN RIGHT.

Sanders’s comparison is ludicrous. The economy doesn’t run on tobacco. It does run on carbon-based energy.

If Sanders and AOC were serious about “carbon-free” energy, they would be serious about nuclear power. But they don’t support that either.

Dorian is not an evil climate demon that can be tamed by progressive virtue signaling or carbon taxes. Category 5 storms occur naturally. It is now a Category 2 storm that may not even hit the continental U.S.

According to Dr. Roy Spencer, a real climate scientist, there has been no change in the frequency or intensity of hurricanes over the last 100 years. Contrary to the pontifications of “Professors Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez,” Dorian has nothing to do with “climate change.”

Don’t Be Fooled

The “Green New Deal” has nothing to do with climate change either.

Saikat Chakrabarti, AOC’s former chief of staff, recently admitted that, telling a fellow progressive, “[The] Green New Deal … wasn’t originally a climate thing at all… we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”

Other progressives are more honest about their intentions, insisting that “If you take climate change seriously, you do have to throw out the free-market playbook.”

By the way, if climate change is such an “existential crisis,” why doesn’t the Democrat National Committee want to talk about it?

Why are the Obamas buying a $15 million compound on an island that will get swamped by rising sea levels?

Why aren’t other countries “decarbonizing”?

Germany is trying. But it is also heavily dependent on Russia for natural gas (still a carbon-based fuel) and Germans are paying record prices for electricity. (Are you eager to see your utility bills skyrocket?)

Not surprisingly, Germany is also on the brink of a recession. Recessions are very effective at reducing carbon emissions because carbon is a ubiquitous byproduct of economic activity, i.e., rising standards of living or success generally.

Bernie Sanders recently praised communist China for alleviating mass poverty. As usual, he has it completely wrong. It was fossil fuels and industrialization that alleviated mass poverty in China. (By the way, China has been building one new coal plant every week for the past several years.)

Think about the tremendous progress that occurred just in the past 150 years of human history. Virtually all of it was enabled by fossil fuels and the Industrial Age.

The left wants to undo it all! It wants to kill the proverbial Golden Goose.

And in its ignorance, the left would impose mass misery on all of us.

Speaking of China…

The latest Harvard poll has some very interesting findings about the public’s view of China. I doubt you’ll hear much, if anything at all, about this poll from the mainstream media. Here are some of the results:

  • 77% of the public believes China is a currency manipulator.

  • The public is split 50/50 on the imposition of tariffs on Chinese goods.

  • 60% of the public believes the last few presidents failed to stand up to China and allowed China to take advantage of us.

  • 67% said it is “necessary” to confront China over its trade policy.

  • And 80% say it is better to deal with China now rather than wait and risk being unable to stop it in the future.

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