Beyond the Cusp

September 27, 2014

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Wants Environmental Opponents Imprisoned

 

Thankfully, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has repeatedly decided not to run or accept appointment to political office where he might be able to submit such laws regarding, establish regulations limiting or interpret statutes to use to arrest anybody who disagrees or calls for debate the indisputable facts regarding anthropomorphic climate change as he claims that those denying his beliefs deserve incarceration after being tried for crimes of a similar degree as laws against those who commit war crimes. In a Climate Depot Exclusive Interview, they were quite proud and excited to have the actual Robert F. Kennedy Jr. interviewing with them, he stated, “I wish there were a law you could punish them with. I don’t think there is a law that you can punish those politicians under.” He lamented and accused skeptical politicians of “selling out the public trust.” But Robert F. Kennedy Jr. saved his most vile vitriol for those favorite punching bags of every extreme leftist progressive viciously tearing into them spitting, “Those guys are doing the Koch Brothers bidding and are against all the evidence of the rational mind, saying global warming does not exit. They are contemptible human beings. I wish there were a law you could punish them with.” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. continued his rant complaining, “I think it’s treason. Do I think the Koch Brothers are treasonous, yes I do. They are enjoying making themselves billionaires by impoverishing the rest of us. Do I think they should be in jail, I think they should be enjoying three hots and a cot at The Hague with all the other war criminals. Do I think the Koch brothers should be tried for reckless endangerment? Absolutely, that is a criminal offence and they ought to be serving time for it.” But you should not have to take my word for it, not when you can hear it from the mouth of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. himself in the video below.

 

 

 

 

Well, where to start, there are so many ripe targets and the most glaring is not even about climate change whether anthropomorphic, caused by the sun or just warming normally after a severe ice age has ended and the next one has yet to arrive, you know, the ice age from global cooling which was the climactic horror being sold back in the 1970’s. horror being sold back in the 1970’s. </a>Perhaps I’ll start with Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s economic comment that the Koch brothers deserved to be incarcerated because, “They are enjoying making themselves billionaires by impoverishing the rest of us.” First off, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. degrading anybody for gaining wealth is disgusting when one realized the wealth and privilege he was born into, but I do not hold any animosities to him for his wealth and wish him only more riches as he is able to earn them. The problem is his claim that the Koch brothers coming into wealth and working hard and investing wisely to gain additional wealth makes the rest of the society poorer as their wealth comes at the expense of the rest of the population. This is the classic myth in which there is a set pie which represents all wealth and it never changes so if somebody receives an increase in their wealth then somebody else will have their wealth diminished. So, according to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. the economic pie never increases in size and the economic pie is, will be and always has been exactly one size unchanged and stagnant through all of time. None of the gold, silver, copper and other ores pulled from the ground; none of the vast wealth manufactured since the start of the industrial revolution; all the labor intensive production through all of history; all the crops grown, harvested, and processed or cooked and fed to people; and all the advancements, ideas, inventions, exploration and other efforts of humankind has not produced one iota of increased wealth thus resulting in a situation where any person gaining wealth must take it from another person. We have exactly the same total wealth as did the first humanoid who climbed down from the trees and took up a different direction eventually leading to modern society, they had the same total wealth as is available to modern man. This representation of the economic dynamics is so pitifully flawed and disregard by almost every economist that it is difficult to believe that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. ever took an economics course or actually took all of his economics courses from some luddite who believes there is no such thing as manufactured wealth or additional wealth generated over time. I hope he was just repeating the leftist socialist canard used to generate further class hatreds and class envy in order to castigate the wealthy, which actually includes his entire family.

 

As far as debating anthropomorphic global climate change (or whatever the term it is currently referred to as I have not kept up on the always adapting name fashioned to facilitate rejecting and arguing against the latest scientific data which disproves their last set of claims) that is part of freedom of speech, one of the five rights protected by the First Amendment. People even have the right in the United States to be wrong and even to disagree with the President, going dogma and societal perception, and even with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. My problem with Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s argument other than under the First Amendment is not the part that the Earth has been warming over the past few centuries, even though it has stalled for the past decade or so as the average temperatures have been unmoved when the global averages are considered. I have a problem with the anthropomorphic part of his rant. Natural sources such as volcanos, lava vents, carbon dioxide released by the oceans, carbon dioxide emitted from animals and, in certain conditions, plants all together easily exceed human carbon footprint. But even if the human race produces an excessive amount of carbon dioxide, the United States has made such strides since the middle of the 1960s that demanding the United States address their carbon footprint while excusing nations such as China, Brazil and numerous other developing nations whose reliance on coal and other high carbon fuels pumps far more carbon into the atmosphere than the United States or even all the advanced nations. If the ecological environmentalists really were interested in reducing the carbon footprint of humankind, they should be calling and demonstrating for the United States and the advanced nations of the world to assist the developing and third world nations in addressing their energy requirements and industrial methods by making advanced power production and clean manufacturing systems rather than ignoring their needs and resorting to the cheapest and most available sources of fuel which is usually coal. There are reports that China has put at least one new carbon burning electrical plant online every month. Imagine if they were provided with just scrubbers and modern methods of cleaning these coal plants bringing them up to the standards available in the United States, Canada, Europe, Argentina, Japan, Israel and the rest of the modern advanced nations. By assisting with cleaning the energy production where the most carbon is being placed into the atmosphere instead of trying to destroy the economy of the advanced nations by requiring they shut down all fossil fueled energy plants and rely solely on renewable energy, perhaps we could share some energy technologies which developing nations could easily adapt to their energy plants to reduce carbon emissions. I understood the ideals that the ecology advocates when they demanded that scrubbers and other reduction methods be utilized by coal plants and for their being refitted and modernized but when they called for the shuttering of those very same coal plants after the investments of millions of dollars and efforts to meet the new requirements and then proceeded to demand that hydroelectric generating dams because the rivers must be returned to their natural state, as nature must not be violated or harnessed if such disturbs it in any way, that was one insanity too many. The most absurd protest came as the initial plans were presented for the cleaning of the legendary pollution in the Boston harbor. There was a group of ecological environmentalists protesters who called for leaving the harbor polluted in order to save an organism unique to the polluted waters which thrived on the pollution and any change to the various kinds and levels of pollutants would result in this unique organism’s death. They lost their fight but they did prove that there are those who will protest any cause no matter how absurd.

 

Back to Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s demand that disagreeing with his views on global climate change and gaining wealth rather than being born into wealth be punished, especially if the ones gaining wealth do so in a manner or have beliefs with which Robert F. Kennedy Jr. disagrees. The idea by anybody, especially one from one of the families who have so generously benefited from the blessing of their great nation, demands that debate be closed down and that having an opinion which differs, even if, or more especially, should that opinion be held only by one, that it be made illegal and the holder of that idea incarcerated, that would signal the end of freedom and honor in America. The ease with which so many self-important political and social activists demand that all debate be silenced and those who do not agree be squelched if not arrested for their audacity to hold a different opinion and refusing to wilt before their arrogant anger would be amusing if it were not such a threat to freedom of thought and freedom of speech. May these people never be granted the power to enact laws enforcing their tyranny bringing fascism to the fore destroying all that the founding fathers crafted so carefully. Perhaps that is the greatest insult I felt at the pontifications and imperatives which dotted Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s excerpted interview. Perhaps I am being unfair being so critical as I was not able to find the entire interview though I doubt anything additional which might have been contained in the remainder of the interview would have mitigated the unacceptable parts made public. One has to realize that these excerpts and the quotes available were from a group which supports Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s positions and would most likely use the parts which they believed would reflect best the content of the interview. I pray for the sake of debate and what has historically been referred to as American fairness that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. never ever hold public office, especially in a position where he has the opportunity to formulate laws or interpret and enforce them as such would be a danger to the nation and its people.

 

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August 24, 2011

Israel, Glenn Beck, and Jews in General

Glenn Beck’s Restoring Courage Tour in Israel, a kind of follow-up to his Restoring Honor Tour of last August with some very marked differences, is raising all kinds of reactions from abject horror, to deep suspicion, to warm welcomes, to thankful appreciation, but almost none are neutral. The one prediction I can make is Mr. Beck’s Restoring Courage Tour will end up better received by Jews in Israel than by the Jews in the United States. According to Glenn Beck and his team of organizers, the Restoring courage Tour is not about restoring courage to Israelis, quoting Glenn, “They have enough already” and “We could learn about courage from the Israelis.” These were two of the sentiments he expressed when talking about this tour during his radio show and in interviews. What I will try to do in this article is two-fold, explain some of the reactions as best I can understand from the different sectors in Israeli society, and end with my hopes and feelings about his efforts.

In every group in Israel, for this and virtually everything else, you will find a group of Rabbis somewhere near the center, this is just a fact and nothing can be inferred by the phrase, “including some important Rabbis and religious Jews,” as you could add this phrase to almost any controversial subject for every point of view. Rabbis, as a group, are no different than the Jews they represent, and like those Jews, you get two Rabbis and you will have at least three opinions (old Jewish adage). So, we will simply assume that there is a core of Rabbis supporting each group as well as some MKs (Ministers of the Knesset) and any other various groups of Jewish society.

The first group is those who think this is wonderful and will point to the blessings given to each show by a Rabbi at the start; even the show Glenn had claimed was suited mostly for Christians. Those who support Glenn Beck’s efforts seem to express the idea that finally we are not alone. Alone is a feeling Jews have had for longer than we can remember. Some are accusing these Jews of grabbing at hope where they will eventually find betrayal and deceit. The answer to this charge has been to refer to the apparent honesty and heart felt emotion generated by Glenn in his excitement and the fact he has thrown his entire being into trying to put aside any differences and simply tell the Jews in general and the Israelis in particular, in us you have an honest and true friend who will walk where you walk and stand where you stand. Mr. Beck has not held anything back except he is not falling into tears though all have probably noticed the moments he pauses to push them back. Glenn Beck fans will inform us that Glenn crying means that his heart is beating and he is most likely awake. The Israelis and Jews who are welcoming and accepting Glenn’s message at face value are hoping this will be the formal beginning of a new age for Jews where we are no longer going to face the perils of the slings and arrows of the World alone. Many, even among those who are untrusting, will have to admit such a development would be welcomed.

Then we have those who claim that Glenn Beck is a charlatan who really only wishes to force Christianity upon those unsuspecting and foolish Jews who are falling once again for the Sirens’ Song. They are suspicious of every Christian who comes offering friendship and acts with kindness and says sweet words as this has been the story a multitude of times past. Each and every so-called Christian who came to save the Jews has meant to save the Jews if they accept Jesus, but not if they stubbornly cling to their Judaism. They remember the pogroms, the inquisitions, the purges, the endless times Jews grabbed that one suitcase that was always packed with clothes and a few precious objects, the prayer book (Siddur), the Tefillin (Phylacteries), the Mezuzah for the next door in the next place, the family Bible, and a few coins and clothing and fled as the torches and screaming closed in on what was now their last home. Four thousand years of fleeing, oft times like a leaf before the wind, other times fleeing and continuing to run long after those who were chasing had stopped and returned to their homes, because in such times, how far is far enough? They are suspicious and with very, very good reason. Only with time, patience, and the eventual proof that Glenn Beck is different will these Jews lower their guard. It will not be soon and will take great effort and one slip, one wrong word, and gaining their trust will have to start again from the first step. Let us hope Glenn is up to a very long walk.

There will be those who will claim that the only thing motivating Glenn Beck is the riches he will glean from these song and dance performances he is putting on. They will question his sincerity, his motivations, his every word, his every act, and should Glenn Beck gain any riches from his Restoring Courage events, they will gloat and say they had told us it was all for the money. Perhaps donating the majority of any monies taken in by these events and some parts of the profits from Glenn Beck’s GBTV will turn aside these cynical accusations, but as with those who suspect Mr. Beck’s motives, many of these cynics will never be turned. Some would even have suspected Mr. Beck made some monetary gain in some way even if his performances had been made, as he once said he was willing to do, solely to empty chairs and he stood on the stages totally alone. Suspicions are a difficult thing to purge from any group of people. Here, Glenn again will need to persevere and prove it is not for the money but in service of something greater. Words will not be sufficient to win this group, if they can be persuaded.

The last group is the ones who will be tepidly warm but still hold to their suspicions of other motives and something not being entirely Kosher. For this suspicion there is no cure as it simply goes with the territory that as a Christian, Mr. Beck’s efforts will always fall short of Kosher, but that does not mean these efforts are not real, heartfelt, and honest, they are simply not totally Jewish and I would hope nobody expected they would have been. Should Glenn follow up on this program, something he has intimated is going to come and that the Restoring Courage Tour is simply the beginning, then these people may readily become supporters. These are the people who initially poo-poo everything just to be on the safe side. Their ‘told you so’ when they are correct are their trophies and their admitting they may have misjudged, their greatest joy. These people want things to be wonderful and positive but have been knocked around a few too many times to trust anything at first glance. These are cautious people who judge the cake by tasting it, not be simply looking and saying it is a beautiful cake. As the old saying goes, “The proof is in the Pudding.” We all know that the pudding is eaten and then the meal can be judged. Should Glenn Beck’s hopes and dreams for whatever are his plans work out exactly as he has envisioned, then these people will be right next to the first group and claiming they had said so from the start, and everybody will nod and sigh a sigh of relieved resignation.

As for me, I hope Glenn’s efforts meet the highest expectations those of the first group, the supporters from the start, hope they will. My inability to travel well or even afford to make such a trip has me watching on the computer. Did I have reservations? Honestly, yes. I had reservations just as I did for his Restoring Honor Tour at the Lincoln Memorial last August. My prediction that Restoring Honor would actually be more of a Christian revival proved true and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that for that event. If the Restoring Courage Tour had become a revival tent meeting, then I would have been let down as I respect Glenn and believe he is true to his word. I also know that, as far as I can discern, he is a very religious man and takes his Mormon faith very seriously. His story of living a less than perfect life up until he found the woman who changed his life is a story I can relate to with more closely than I wish to admit. When I watched his meeting with Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, I could relate with what appeared to be Rabbi Metzger’s apprehension mixed with hope needing just that small amount of reassurance that I detected, probably projection on my part, as Rabbi Metzger asked Glenn a few pointed and piercing questions. Chief Rabbi Metzger seemed to be more at ease as the two shook hands and the meeting ended. From what I have seen leading up to today’s finale and main event of the Restore Courage Tour has been rewarding and fulfilled my hopes while avoiding affirming any fears I may have held. My congratulations to Glenn Beck, and I pray his future efforts are as inclusive and noble in intent as his special work thus far.

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