All Barack and No Populist Bite
What those who showed up had to say in support of their cause was as outdated and embarrassing as the signs a few of them held which read: "Global Warming Is Here." Apparently, no one has enough energy to make new signs that read "Climate Change Is Real."
When one of the protesters launched into a rant about Big Oil and how it would take real courage for Chabot to vote for the future of his grandchildren instead of the entities which provide him campaign cash, one of the congressman's staffers pushed back politely but firmly. He reminded the crowd that "the congressman has voted repeatedly for renewable energy, and continues to support renewable energy. He's in favor of an all-of-the-above strategy. The idea that he votes only for oil is silly." He then reminded everyone that congressmen and staffers aren't allowed to discuss campaigns and contributions in their congressional offices.
One of the protesters looked around at the plaques in the waiting area and said she'd like to see one from the Sierra Club some day. Chabot's staffer humored her, saying, "I would too." The fact of the matter is that the Sierra Club's 2011 Energy Resource Policy document says that "by 2050 the US must eliminate virtually all use of fossil fuels." If people as conservative as Chabot has been all of a sudden go to the enviros' side to the point of getting Sierra Club plaques, everyone except the nation's elite will have their standards of living set back by decades.
The visit to Congressman Massie's office in Northern Kentucky ended up being a near replay of the humiliating one-person Obamacare "event" the Politico stumbled upon in Centreville, Virginia, earlier this month. Once again, just one person showed up. Looking on the bright side from OFA's standpoint, that's one more person than was seen in DC's Georgetown on Tuesday, when "not a single person showed up ... for a climate change agenda event."
Massie's OFA visitor was a know-it-all college student who arrived ten minutes early and gave the congressman's district director a small, insulting "Climate Deniers Trophy." The kid surely thought he had delivered a body blow to an oil-guzzling Neanderthal.
He had no idea what was coming. Nor did I.
The district director informed us, as the Wall Street Journal reported on August 1, that the congressman:
... lives off the electrical grid in a solar-powered home on a 1,200-acre farm in the Appalachian foothills. The first-year congressman and engineering graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology built the house from lumber he logged and milled.
He also drives "a Tesla electric sedan with a license plate that says, 'Friends of Kentucky Coal.'"
In other words, though he is a "climate denier," i.e., someone who won't buckle to the false but politically correct "consensus," Congressman Massie's carbon footprint is probably far smaller than that of Bo, the Osprey-traveling presidential pooch.
Clearly, there is no energetic popular support in Greater Cincinnati, and apparently very little anywhere else in the nation, for Obama's radical "climate change" agenda.
Unfortunately, that doesn't matter to this administration, which is once again resorting to tyranny ("arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority") when it can't get its way.
On Wednesday, perhaps as frustrated with their ground troops' apathy as they are with those in Congress they see as obstructionist, Gina McCarthy, Obama's new EPA head, announced that, in the words of the Washington Times, they are "finished waiting for Congress to act on climate change," and will "bypass the legislative branch in developing a federal response."
I don't see how Congress has any alternative but to say that they are finished funding the EPA until it returns to constitutional and scientific sanity.
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