Still rather newly-minted Secretary of State John Kerry has gotten in trouble multiple times now for making allegedly stupid comments, both on the national and international front.
I’ve read over his statements each time, and each time, I’ve let them go. Why? Because I’m not 100% certain he meant them the way people are accusing him of making them. They could just as easily be poorly worded thoughts as examples of mental incompetence.
Then on Monday, Kerry gave the commencement speech at Boston College, where he called climate change skeptics (i.e. intellectuals) as “members of the flat Earth Society.”
So far, whatever. Ad hominem attacks from a liberal? Ho hum. Moving on. Yet he went on to make these statements about global warming:
“If we make the necessary efforts to address this challenge – and supposing I’m wrong or scientists are wrong, 97 percent of them all wrong – supposing they are, what’s the worst that can happen? We put millions of people to work transitioning our energy, creating new and renewable and alternative; we make life healthier because we have less particulates in the air and cleaner air and more health; we give ourselves greater security through greater energy independence – that’s the downside. This is not a matter of politics or partisanship; it’s a matter of science and stewardship. And it’s not a matter of capacity; it’s a matter of willpower.”
What’s the worst that can happen? Let’s see…
· We waste billions promoting an absolute lie, when that money could strengthen our defenses, promote viable education strategies in public schools or… shocking thought… stay in the hands of hard-working citizens for them to do as they will, boosting the economy and freedom of individuality in the process.
· We strip people of their freedoms, so intent on “saving the planet” that we destroy ourselves.
· We brainwash ourselves into believing untruths, setting ourselves up to buy even stupider and more dangerous premises down the road.
· We accept that government has the solution to the world’s problems, essentially sentencing our hard-fought freedoms to death.
As for those millions of people put to work? Where is that happening? If anything, it’s cutting businesses in half as they struggle to keep up with debilitating regulations… Healthier life styles? Guess what? Businesses were getting there on their own… Energy independence? Again, the economy doesn’t need government to get that job done. It wasn’t the government that discovered the value in fracking for natural gas.
So the worst that could happen, John Kerry? It’s actually pretty bad.