Western intellectuals have always found tyranny irresistibly seductive. George Bernard Shaw’s protein-starved brain fell in love with Mussolini, Hitler, and Stalin in succession. Why this should be, who knows? Maybe it springs from their rejection of the real God and a desire to be gods themselves, or at least hang out with gods like Mao and Castro.
Lately they’ve been calling, more and more, for “climate change deniers” to be thrown into prison. NASA “scientists,” assorted addled academics, and various clowns among the nooze media are in a tantrum because they haven’t been able to get the American people to buy their snake oil. It’s not fair! After all, they can force people to buy expensive medical insurance whether they want it or not.
They’ve preached their sermon. Our cars, our air conditioning, our light bulbs, and our toilet paper—but not their mansions, not their private jets—are causing Global Warming and we’re all gonna die unless we pay killer taxes and give them power over us like Stalin had over the kulaks.
As they see it, the truth of their message is so self-evident that it doesn’t need to be debated, doesn’t need to be proved to anyone’s satisfaction but their own, and the public only rejects it because they’re intractably stupid, ungrateful, and disrespectful of their betters. Also, Fox News and Lord Monckton have simply tricked us into not believing what The Wise are telling us.
Obviously the only solution is to criminalize all speech critical of the Global Warming sermon. Hey, democratic institutions are just not up to coping with Climate Change, and we’d netter switch over to communism before it’s too late: so says the UN’s official Climate Change honcho, Cristiana Figueras, career bureaucrat.
Last week in Britain there was a proposal in the House of Commons to gag “climate change” skepticism among members of Parliament, and to stop the BBC from interviewing skeptics without special clearance from the government.
Here in America, “human rights” agencies all over the country are coming down on Christian small business owners who refuse to take an active part in “gay weddings” because they believe, quite rightly, it’s a sin. Ruinous fines are imposed to destroy these Christians’ businesses and livelihoods. But that’s not enough for the commissar of Oregon’s Dept. of Labor. He says the state ought to “rehabilitate” Christians so that they no longer have such beliefs.
Last week the CEO of Mozilla was forced to resign, to punish him for his “hateful” and “heterodox” belief that marriage consists of a man and a woman, period.
Having hunted such creatures as the dodo, the thylacine, and the passenger pigeon to extinction, we now set our sights on Lady Liberty. She’s squarely in the crosshairs.
Our country’s founders knew that government has an insatiable desire to devour freedom. That’s why, in drawing up the Constitution, they hedged the federal government all around with checks and balances, the Bill of Rights, and every other restriction they could think of. But after two centuries-plus, the beast is breaking out of its cage.
It’s all for our own good, of course. We just don’t appreciate it.
“Using technology wisely,” blathers Humanist Manifesto II (see Humanism Humanist Manifesto II), one of the sacred scriptures of the ruling class, politicians and scientists can and will create an earthly paradise. If only we’d give up such antiquated, perverse luxuries as Christianity and limited government! Don’t we understand that these people are infinitely wiser than we can ever be? But that’s because those pesky critics are fooling us. Take them out of the picture, goes the Manifesto—how come left-wing dorks always have a “manifesto”?—and the rest of us will soon bow to the superior wisdom of our betters and let them run our lives.
Do we detect a note of panic here? Has it dawned on them that, although many of us are flabby and uninspired Christians, we’re not about to give it up on their say-so? That, although many of us make but rare use of our liberty, we want to keep it?
They are perplexed by our lack of enthusiasm for their vision. It really bugs them that their arguments make such little headway—even with all the nooze media, Hollywood, and the massive monolith of public education on their side. You’d think they’d win it in a walkover: they certainly think so. Hobby Lobby, Chick-Fil-A, a handful of malcontents in Congress, a few pro-family organizations, and a rag-tag Continental Army crew of bloggers and talk radio hosts stubbornly resist Global Warming, gender choice, “gay rights,” and the rest of it. And the only answer The Wise can come up with is to throw ‘em all in jail?
How can such inconsequential opposition halt the march of progress?
I comfort myself with the conviction that God is on His throne in heaven, the earth belongs to Him, and He will keep His promises—which do not include allowing the wicked to triumph forever.
It’s also encouraging to think that, if this small opposition that they face today can give them this much trouble, what will happen when the whole world rises up against them?
As surely, as inevitably, it will.
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