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Al Gore: Fighting global warming is just like abolishing slavery
Not just that, either. He seems to think that fighting global warming is the moral equivalent of every historic effort to deliver justice to people who had been denied it. People who were denied the right to vote? Or to be considered full citizens? Or even to be free persons? None of their struggles are any more worthy than this one, according to the Florida 2000 loser:
The climate movement , not least in cities, is right now in the tradition of all the great moral causes that have improved the circumstances of humanity throughout our history. The abolition of slavery. Women’s suffrage and women’s rights. The civil rights movement and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. The late Nelson Mandela said it was always impossible until it was done. The movement to stop the toxic phase of the nuclear arms race and more recently the gay rights movement. Some of you may disagree with that. I don’t. I did earlier in my life. But all of these movements have one thing in common. They all have met with ferocious resistance and have generated occasional feelings of despair from those who knew the right direction and wondered whether we could ever get there. The late Martin Luther King Jr once said to a supporter in the bleakest hours who asked, How long is this going to take? He replied, How long? Not long. Because no lie can live forever. Because the moral arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice. How long? Not long. The late economist Rudy Dornbusch said things take longer than you think but then they happen much faster than you believed they could.
That’s the inflexion point we are now at but it requires leadership from cities and remember that years from now, there will be a future generation that inherits the earth we bequeath to them and they will ask one of two questions. If they live in a world of political disruption and chaos and diseases, stronger storms and more destructive floods and worse droughts and sea level rise forcing retreat from coastal cities and political chaos, they would be justified in looking back at us and asking, “What were you thinking? Couldn’t you hear what the science was saying? What Mother Nature was screaming at you?”
A couple very deranged things stand out here. The first is the reference to "what the science was saying" and "what Mother Nature was screaming at you." Mother Nature doesn't exist and can't scream anything. Science is a method, not a willful being. I don't know if Gore still pretends to be a Christian, but he is turning things into gods and given them moral authority when in fact they don't even exist in the form he presents.
Second, by naming slavery as the first analogy he considers worthy, Gore has chosen a matter that took a war to resolve. Is the left so committed to global warmism that it would go to war over it? I believe they are, but in order to understand that, you have to understand what this is really all about.
There are true believers who really think global warming is going to destroy the planet or life as we know it or whatever. Al Gore may be so deep into the business that he's even come to believe it himself. Your average rank-and-file Democrat politico neither knows nor cares if anny of this is really true. They see global warming strictly as an excuse to expand the size and scope of the state. If global warming can be sold as an urgent planetary emergency, and only government action can address it, then the left has carte blanche to raise taxes, expand the regulatory state and enter international agreements that make it virtually impossible to roll back any of this.
This is the left's entire reason for being. Government is their god, and whether they have to call it "science" or "Mother Nature" or anything else to sell it to you, they will do it because government is the only thing they worship, and politics is the practice of worship.
The global warming movement doesn't just require you to believe "what the science is saying." It also requires you to believe that the only conceivable solution is big government command and control. Suggest to a liberal that you believe in manmade global warming, but that you think government should stand down and let the private sector come up a solution, and see how well that goes over.
The left will go to war over this if they have to, because it's not about climate and it never has been. It's about removing every conceivable objection to the complete and utter control of society by a government run by them. When something is your god, you will do anything to serve it, and you can't imagine there is any thing that has ever happened that was more important.
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