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We Must See Past the Lies

Recently I took one of those Facebook surveys. I usually ignore them, because I know they are mostly clickbait and probably wanting to sell you something, but in this case I respected the source of the survey.

It was posted by Prager University, the online teaching tool of Dennis Prager’s company, which also produces his daily radio show. Here is the list of multiple-choice questions:

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Could Reducing Drilling for Oil Make Electric Cars More Expensive?

When President Joe Biden was campaigning, he repeatedly promised to end fossil fuels in America. There’ll be “no more drilling, including offshore,” he said. “No ability for the oil industry to drill. No more pipelines.”

Since his election, he has taken many steps to make drilling for oil more difficult to impossible. The point is to force Americans to adopt electric cars. But electric vehicles are MUCH MORE expensive than conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles. Stopping drilling for oil will make them even more expensive.

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Our Love-Hate Relationship With Oil

$6.00 per gallon gasoline? Looks like it’s happening.

In my novel series, “Backlash,” I examine how political philosophy influences energy policy and how manipulation of energy policy affects ordinary people in their daily lives. In the first book of the series, a punitive gasoline tax on top of existing fuel taxes, increases the price of a gallon of gasoline to $6.00 per gallon. We are seeing prices in that neighborhood today.

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Climate Change: Are We Asking the Right Questions?

This week president Biden appointed former senator, secretary of state and presidential candidate John Kerry as his climate czar, despite the Kerry family owning multiple homes, a fleet of cars and a private jet, which all use tremendous amounts of energy. Arguably, the Kerry family has a carbon footprint many times that of the average American. However, that does not stop John Kerry from lecturing average Americans about their use of energy; in fact he wasted no time informing hard-working Americans that many of them would likely lose their jobs as he transitions us to “renewable” modes of energy.

When talking about climate change, we are told by the dominant culture that the “science is settled” and no discussion is necessary. Like a lot of other things at the moment, we average Americans are told to sit down, shut up and accept what our betters tell us.

But is that the right way to approach climate change? I would suggest that there are many things to consider when discussing climate change. It is not a single subject; there are multiple questions to consider and the answers to those questions should determine what policies are put in place. Here is my list of the questions that should be considered, but which we are told not to consider.

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The Socialist Headache

A couple of days ago, I heard that, after Amazon decided not to put its east coast headquarters in Long Island City, New York, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rejoiced at the “victory” and remarked that the $3 billion New York would have “spent” could be used by the state to create their own jobs. Here’s part of what she said:

“If we were willing to give Amazon…$3 billion for this deal we could invest those $3 billion in our district ourselves if we wanted to.”

When I heard that my palm hit my forehead so hard I got a headache.

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

When I was very young I learned the “wise saying” that admonishes “Better to be silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt”. In the age of social media, some people just can’t shut up.

Over Fourth of July, at least 30 people put on Twitter messages to the effect: “Happy Birthday America! I can’t believe you’re 2,013 years old!” (link). Oh wow!

I realize I’m not typical, in that I actually LIKE history and study it on purpose, but how does anyone get to be in high school or college, as I’m assuming most of these 30 people are, without “1776” ever registering in their consciousness? Just reading the holiday sales ads should get you that far.

There’s a lot that could be said about the shortcomings of our educational system in failing to educate people with the most basic information about the country in which they were born, but there may actually be a bigger contributory problem.

Most of us understand that 2013 is the number of years back to when our calendar says Jesus Christ was born. It’s not quite right of course, we now know, but that’s how the dating started. However, Academia has mounted a largely successful, concerted effort to change “B.C.” and “A.D.” to “B.C.E” (Before the Common Era) and “C.E.” (the Common Era). So in schools today, the student never asks, “What does ‘BC’ mean?” and never hears “Before Christ”.

The notion of time being split by the greatest event in history – the appearance of the Son of God in human form – is earth-shaking in its audacity, but even more so because virtually the whole world accepted it for centuries.

“The Common Era”, on the other hand, sounds like an arbitrary division that came out of a university teachers lounge so history professors wouldn’t have to count so high it involved math.

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Wishful Thinking, Part Deux

In my last exciting episode, “Wishful Thinking“, I posited that liberal ideology is based on wishful thinking. Specific recent examples were the tragic death of our Libyan ambassador in Benghazi, which could have been avoided if the Obama State Department had been clear-eyed about the Arab Spring, plus the contraction of the economy in the last quarter of 2012, when we had “negative growth” instead of the recovery the administration and the Obama-fawning media assured us was under way.

Another glaring example of liberal wishful thinking is the left’s position on gun control. It’s difficult for me to even talk about it because the liberal position is so obviously and tragically flawed that it shouldn’t require refutation.

What reasonable person wouldn’t understand that making innocent people defenseless does nothing to protect them from people who have evil intent and no regard for the law?

But that may lead us to the nut of the problem: Liberals don’t believe in evil. Except for Republicans. Exhibit A from another field of liberal wishful thinking: the Environment and alternative energy. Global-warming evangelist Al Gore recently sold his Current TV network to, of all people, Al-Jazeera, the terrorist coddling propaganda outlet that is financed with Middle Eastern oil interests. Glen Beck, conservative TV, radio and Internet mogul, tried to buy it, but Gore obviously considered oil-money-financed, Muslim apologists better than an American conservative to revive his money-losing network.

Other examples abound, such as Obama administration officials gushing about Mao Tse Tung, who murdered five times as many Chinese as Hitler did European Jews.

Liberals don’t believe in “bad guys”, which is how most people see those who gun down innocents in malls and schools. The left believe those who use guns to commit crimes wouldn’t have hurt anyone if there hadn’t been guns available. The other side of that coin is that, for liberals, ANYONE who has access to a gun is a potential mass murderer, because it is the gun that is the problem. People can’t be expected to control their own actions; they are at the mercy of their surroundings. If a gun is nearby, it is likely to take possession of someone and they will use it to kill a lot of people.

That is obviously hogwash.

More people are killed every year with baseball bats than with “assault weapons”. People with anger issues will find a way to hurt others whether a gun is available or not. People who believe in the reality of evil and the need for redemption, like Christians, understand that evil is real and dangerous, and that, if you are responsible, you will protect those whom you love from those who would do you harm, even while you pray for their salvation.

Ironically, it is the permissiveness of liberal child rearing that creates the personality disorders that lead to violent crimes. Families without fathers, one result of indulgent welfare policy and permissiveness toward promiscuity, is a leading cause of delinquency, growth of gang violence, etc. Again, an unrealistic view of the potential for evil prevents liberals from disciplining children. Undisciplined children may grow into resentful, unhappy and potentially dangerous adults. Moral relativism destroys respect for the life and property of others. A sense of entitlement engendered by a lack of childhood discipline and self restraint breeds adults who will take whatever they want, by force if necessary.

The people who legally and responsibly carry guns stop crimes of theft and murder every week. Usually they don’t even have to fire the gun. Just the awareness that someone else has a gun nearly always stops a ne’er-do-well in his tracks. In the case of the Sandy Hook tragedy, the deranged gunman shot himself as soon as the police arrived and fired a warning shot into the ceiling. People like him are not wanting to get into a firefight. They want to prey on defenseless people in “gun-free” zones.

And liberal politicians want to make more of us defenseless sitting ducks.

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