[image:Winter's Hope, 2008, JA Van Devender]
Ephesians 4:14 (NKJV)
14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
One of the more irritating things I've noticed over the past few weeks is how massively, across the board, all of a sudden, "climate change" has gone from "back burner" to "immediate crisis" mode in the national conversation.
It is almost as if, some folks got together, say, over the Christmas holidays, and said "What shall we talk about this next year?" and after coming to agreement, suddenly we have a national blitz.
Hmmmm.... makes you wonder if this might be true and if so, why?
We have the Secretary of State making statements about how climate change is equivalent to weapons of mass destruction. With every significant strategic foreign power in the world seemingly putting as much distance between themselves and the United States as possible, one wonders why this particular topic is important to the Secretary. Could it be that talking about Climate Change means that we are not talking about Syria, declining relations with Japan, the resurgent Russia (Neo-Soviet Union), China's strangle-hold on our debt and our economy, the apparent debacle in Iraq, and Iranian arrogance? It does seem to be a convenient time to talk about anything else but the state of foreign relations doesn't it?
We have our President standing in the midst of drought stricken fields in California and talking about those die-hard dummies who deny climate change when these barren lands demonstrate to every awakened eye that it is the weather that has killed the harvests. Of course no mention is made of the regulations which shut off water to these very fields by a government intent upon saving a snail darter, nor of how there are no current climate change theorists whose model does not say that California is supposed to become more wet, not less so, as the global temperature increases. Could it be that such emotional claims, that cannot be either refuted or established by hard evidence or statistics, is far more congenial for Presidential demagoguery than things which actually can be refuted by hard evidence... such as the actual impact of the Affordable Health Care Act, or the failure of the economy to solve the problem of diminished work force, or the gathering momentum of major cities declaring bankruptcy?
Any why is it that the national media jumped en masse on the bandwagon. Usually a big story breaks in one venue, is superficially reported by others in some fairly sporadic fashion, and then as it begins to appear to be a substantive issue, warranting some degree of urgency, it starts being headlines across the board. Not this time, not this issue.
It was almost as if, collectively, the various major media outlets suddenly sighed a huge sigh of relief and started blasting away. Could it be that they saw that the disgust with our government registered in every major poll has, as a corollary, a corresponding disgust with these national outlets? Could it be that for them to cling to some kind of status they have to print things that can get folks worked up and yet not rebound to their own discredit as their recent imbroglio in Benghazi did?
CNN recently posted an article entitled "5 Reasons Why Climate Change Is Back In The News." It would be an occasion for absolute hilarity if it was not so sad. Number 5 on this list is the possibility that it is because this is an election year. That's as close as they get to any of the ideas above. Number 1 on their list is because "Obama walks the talk" - saying that it is an outworking of his consistent political policy. This is the number 1 reason???? Really????? Here is a man who has abandoned political principles left and right... his pre-election principles on executive privilege, his idea of healing national divisions, etc. etc. And they put forward that it is inevitable for him to talk about Climate Change because of his consistent and long standing advocacy for it? Leave aside the issue of whether his advocacy is warranted or not, it appears to me that the reason he might be talking about Climate Change is because it is the only issue remaining where his current statements are somewhat in line with what he said in 2008. Certainly his promises about health care, employment, national resurgence, foreign reconciliation, etc. are nothing less than embarrassing to him now... they signify failure at virtually every point.
So.... if there was a meeting over the holidays... if the phone lines were busy, back and forth between sunny Hawaii and frozen mainline.... then the results are truly amazing. Climate change is what we are talking about.... and already you can see the smiles, the returning confidence, even the swagger, as the masses are brought in line and the incipient turn in the polls is expected.
My goodness, will we never learn? Whenever a politician says that it's not about politics, that it's about the national welfare.... it's about politics.
Especially this time.