The Road to Tyranny Begins When The Government Begins to Threaten THESE Opinions

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

Evelyn Beatrice Hall, a popular English writer (1868-1956), wrote these words that are often mistakenly attributed to French philosopher Voltaire as a means to describe the value of defending free speech. If you could just go ahead and throw that quaint notion in the garbage, that would be great. Mmkay?

Thanks a bunch.

Like so many falsehoods the Left is constantly jamming down the public’s throat, global warming is the largest and most vile. Note: I don’t call it climate change because Leftist goons keeps shifting the language when facts don’t fit their narrative. First it was “global cooling.” Then, when the earth didn’t freeze over, the lie morphed into “global warming.” Now that it’s proven the oceans aren’t rising and ice caps didn’t melt but are actually larger, the Left now has arrived at the nebulous ”climate change.”

How are we supposed to take them seriously when they can’t agree on a name for their farce?

I once worked with a guy who kept asking me, “If there’s a chance global warming is true, shouldn’t we at least look into it?” You might think that’s a reasonable question, requiring a circumspect answer such as, “Well, sure, let’s look into it. You know, safety first.” But the answer to virtually everything the Left proposes should be answered with a default “HELL NO” because, judging from decades of verifiable data of their failures, we know the Left doesn’t just look into things. They throw up catastrophic health and environmental panic campaigns that are always wrong and cost millions of taxpayer dollars, and millions of lives. I will never forgive them for the deaths resulting from the banning of DDT in Africa.

There are multiple studies and thousands of experts who say anthropogenic (man-made) global warming is at best unknown and at worst false (I claim the latter), but the Left doesn’t care about the facts. They’ll mock you for your alleged ignorance, as I once was for questioning their assertion that there’s a difference between climate and weather. However, we’re beyond mockery. Now if you disagree with the statement that fossil fuels are bad for the earth, you may be prosecuted for holding that opinion:

Treating climate change as an absolute, unassailable fact, instead of what it is — an unproven, controversial scientific theory — a group of state attorneys general have announced that they will be targeting any companies that challenge the catastrophic climate change religion.

We’ve gone from the right to say anything we want to being prosecuted for disagreeing with a known falsehood, and doing so under the rubric of the RICO Act, as if oil companies are The Sopranos. And just so you know, if any energy production company is prosecuted and found guilty, or strike some sort of plea agreement as Big Tobacco did, everyone will pay. Everyone.

In 2003, when actor and uber Leftist Tim Robbins was disinvited from a Baseball Hall of Fame screening of the movie Bull Durham because he criticized the war in Iraq, he famously warned,

A chill wind is blowing in this nation. A message is being sent through the White House and its allies in talk radio and Clear Channel and Cooperstown. If you oppose this administration, there can and will be ramifications.

The Baseball Hall of Fame is a private organization with the inherent right to make its own decisions for any reason. The real chill wind is the Obama administration and his Leftist henchmen. And the difference is that
when the government compromises or prosecutes opinion of any kind for any reason, we have tyranny.

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About the author: Michael Cummings

Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns.

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