Democratic Presidential hopeful, Sen. Cory Booker(D-NJ) seems to be very excited about the regressive ‘Green New Deal’. Here’s the 411…
ClashDaily has covered some of the Green New Deal (GND) here yesterday, but it’s the ‘progressive’ gift that keeps on giving. Some of the overflow coming from that gift is that the major players in the race to become the Democratic Nominee in 2020 have become co-signers of the ‘bold’ resolution.
You may have noticed that I have already called the GND both ‘regressive’ and ‘progressive’ in just the first few sentences. Good catch. It’s both. It follows the progressive ideology that we need to constantly be changing because not changing is stagnation or something. They’re not so much the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ kind of folks like conservatives are — progressives are all about change for the sake of change. Meanwhile, if you actually read through the GND, its ‘bold’ policy positions would make modernity nigh unto impossible, and would revert us back to somewhere into the 1800s… if we’re lucky. AOC is disputing this, but her FAQ page says that they want to eliminate the use of nuclear energy, stop using all fossil fuels, get rid of planes and internal combustion engines, and rid America of the plague of cow farts, which means moving away from beef consumption — all within a 10-year timespan.
Sen. Cory ‘Spartacus’ Booker has gone all-in on the GND and has compared the impractical and idealistic document to some of the greatest accomplishments in our history — landing on the moon and defeating the Nazis.
Excited to join @AOC & @SenMarkey on a historic #GreenNewDeal resolution to address the peril of climate change and worsening inequality. Our history is a testimony to the achievement of what some think is impossible — we must take bold action now.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) February 7, 2019
Here’s a transcript of what he said.
BOOKER: There’s a lot of people now Blowing back on the Green New Deal, they’re like ‘oh it’s impractical, oh it’s too expensive, oh it’s all of this. If we used to govern our dreams that way, we would have never gone to the Moon. ‘God, that’s impractical. You See that ball in the sky? That’s impractical.’ We are a nation that has done impossible things before, and my parents taught me: ‘Reach for the moon, reach for the stars. Even if you come up short, at least you’re going to be hovering above the ground,you’ll be soaring young man. So we need to be bold again in America. We need to have dreams that other people say are impossible. We need to push the bounds of human potential because that is our history. When the planet has been in peril in the past, who came forward to save Earth from the scourge of Nazis and totalitarian regimes? We came forward. Who came forward to save the planet, or continents, from financial ruin? We came forward with the Marshall Plan. Our history is standing up and saying, ‘look, humanity is in crisis, America is going to be the light and the hope.’
You can’t make this up.
Cory “Spartacus” Booker says adopting the socialist “Green New Deal” would be like defeating the Nazis and putting a man on the moon.pic.twitter.com/QwqegeusJH
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 8, 2019
Ok, so here’s where I say that I actually agree with Spartacus in a sense.
Whoa, whoa, whoa! Before you start throwing tomatoes, hear me out.
I agree that Americans have the capacity to see beyond the impossible and make dreams reality. Life in 2019 is evidence of that. We can now hold in our hand technology that is millions of times more powerful than what NASA used to send men to the moon in 1969. That takes vision and an ability to see beyond limitations, and dammit, man, that’s the epitome of ‘Murica to me!
However, this GND is not just an environmental plan, it’s a ‘social justice’ plan, an economic plan, and one that hands over control of virtually every aspect of our lives to the government. In the GND, the government would determine your wages, they’d tell you what you could and couldn’t eat, they’d somehow ‘ensure access to nature’ for everyone. I actually think getting out into God’s creation is a fantastic thing, but how the hell do you do legislate that?! I agree with Booker on the amazing ingenuity that seems to be tied into the American Spirit, but I’m outta here when he suggests that Big Government becomes the micro-manager of our lives.
What Booker fails to realize that even more than ingenuity — freedom is the defining characteristic of America. It’s the freedom that allows us to have that ingenuity.
As my ClashDaily Co-Editor put it on Twitter:
In your system…
It's more accurate to say the people belong to the government
— Wes Walker (@Republicanuck) February 8, 2019
Are we a nation that believes in government of, by, and for the people or a people of, by, and for the government?
That’s why the GND is a sh!tshow from start to finish. Democrat presidential candidates signing onto it are in for a rude awakening when they hitch their wagons to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(D-NY).
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