‘If I Wanted America to Fail’ Saving the Environment — Is it a Considerate Goal, or a Means to Something Sinister?

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The video by Free Market America, that illuminates environmental extremism as an economic suicide pact, touches on attitudes that go far beyond the environmental agenda — exposing environmentalism as a tool of oppression, not a goal with the intent of saving the environment.

If I wanted America to fail …

To follow, not lead; to suffer, not prosper; to despair, not dream — I’d start with energy.

I’d cut off America’s supply of cheap, abundant energy. I couldn’t take it by force. So, I’d make Americans feel guilty for using the energy that heats their homes, fuels their cars, runs their businesses, and powers their economy.

I’d make cheap energy expensive, so that expensive energy would seem cheap.

I would empower unelected bureaucrats to all-but-outlaw America’s most abundant sources of energy. After banning its use in America, I’d make it illegal for American companies to ship it overseas.

If I wanted America to fail …

I’d use their schools to teach one generation of Americans that their factories and their cars will cause a new Ice Age, and I’d muster a straight face so I could teach the next generation that they’re causing Global Warming.

And when it’s cold out, I’d call it Climate Change instead.
I’d imply that America’s cities and factories could run on wind power and wishes. I’d teach children how to ignore the hypocrisy of condemning logging, mining and farming — while having roofs over their heads, heat in their homes and food on their tables.

I would never teach children that the free market is the only force in human history to uplift the poor, establish the middle class and create lasting prosperity. Instead, I’d demonize prosperity itself, so that they will not miss what they will never have.

If I wanted America to fail …

I would create countless new regulations and seldom cancel old ones. They would be so complicated that only bureaucrats, lawyers and lobbyists could understand them. That way small businesses with big ideas wouldn’t stand a chance — and I would never have to worry about another Thomas Edison, Henry Ford or Steve Jobs.

I would ridicule as “Flat Earthers” those who urge us to lower energy costs by increasing supply. And when the evangelists of commonsense try to remind people about the laws of supply and demand, I’d enlist a sympathetic media to drown them out.

If I wanted America to fail …

I would empower unaccountable bureaucracies seated in a distant capitol to bully Americans out of their dreams and their property rights. I’d send federal agents to raid guitar factories for using the wrong kind of wood; I’d force homeowners to tear down their own homes — built on their own land.

I’d make it almost impossible for farmers to farm, miners to mine, loggers to log, and builders to build. Because I don’t believe in free markets, I’d invent false ones. I’d devise fictitious products — like carbon credits — and trade them in imaginary markets. I’d convince people that this would create jobs and be good for the economy.

If I wanted America to fail …

For every concern, I’d invent a crisis; and for every crisis, I’d invent the cause.

Like shutting down entire industries and killing tens of thousands of jobs in the name of saving spotted owls. And when everyone learned the stunning irony that the owls were victims of their larger cousins — and not people — it would already be decades too late.

If I wanted America to fail …

I’d make it easier to stop commerce than start it — easier to kill jobs than create them — more fashionable to resent success than to seek it. When industries seek to create jobs, I’d file lawsuits to stop them. And then I’d make taxpayers pay for my lawyers.

If I wanted America to fail …

I would transform the environmental agenda from a document of conservation to an economic suicide pact. I would concede entire industries to our economic rivals by imposing regulations that cost trillions.

I would celebrate those who preach environmental austerity in public while indulging a lavish lifestyle in private. I’d convince Americans that Europe has it right, and America has it wrong.

If I wanted America to fail …

I would prey on the goodness and decency of ordinary Americans. I would only need to convince them … that all of this is for the greater good.

If I wanted America to fail, I … I suppose I wouldn’t change a thing.

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  1. Wow, what a load of crap. This doesn’t belong on the Cardinal. I will not return if I continue to see such propaganda. But hey, I’ll play along just this once.

    So naïve, Ever heard of sustainability? The future depends on us not moving forward with eyes closed.

    How about these?

    If I want America to fail, I will continue to put corporate agendas ahead of the earth’s natural resource

    I will continue to worry about my own profits rather than providing the basic needs of my great-grandchildren such as availability of healthy food, clean air, and water

    If I want Humanity to fail, I will let businesses rape and pillage with no regard for the earth or humankind

  2. Ed, how about this? If I wanted America to fail, I would keep people polarized by sensitizing them to ‘agendas’ and buzzwords that trigger emotional responses and cause over-reactions, such as your vulgar language and threats, and a breakdown in communications. The Cardinal has posted over 12,000 articles since inception. You read one article that doesn’t even take a stance — the title is a question — and you decide the article doesn’t ‘belong.’ Maybe you’re the one going forward with your eyes closed. You’ve even admitted it, with your threat to ‘not return.’ The Cardinal is much in favor of protecting the environment and conserving energy. But maybe some environmentalists and environmentalist politicians are like the sinister car mechanic that fixes more than what needs repair, and steals you blind. If you don’t want to have an open mind to that possibility, you’re living in your own pretend world. Yes, corporate agendas that take away our liberties, leave us poor, or disregard our personal health and safety are despicable. It takes the brave to hear the things they oppose, and sort out the good from the bad, instead of crying and running like a little drama queen.

    Regarding losing you as a reader: The Cardinal has over 80,000 visits by individuals per month. That is almost double the visits from April 2010 (45,645). That’s visitors, not page views, which are even higher. The growth in readers did not come from yielding to threats of losing viewers. Furthermore, the video that annoyed you has 2,126,514 views as of Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 5:15 a.m. — going back to its posting on April 20, 2012. At the same time this morning there were 29,288 likes and 3,967 dislikes. By those stats, we might expect to enlighten and gain seven viewers for every one that we lose.

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