Comparing Americans’ use of toilet paper with national security, Laurie David believes the paper industry is responsible for the destruction of the environment; she now only buys post-consumer waste products. (See my previous column about this subject, which, despite Ms. David’s political rant, conclusively establishes that the paper industry is, in fact, a strong proponent of conservation, and was very early into the Green movement. More to the point, we have more protected forests today than at any other point in American history.)
“I started reading about paper and toilet paper and cutting trees down to make toilet tissue for the country and I was doing a contest with myself to see which member of my family would complain about the toilet paper first.”
For the curious, Ms. David’s husband was the first to complain; he was apparently unable to sit without enduring pain because of the family’s new toilet paper.
Even worse is David’s chic but hypocritical environmentalism at her summer home in Martha’s Vineyard. She was issued a “notice of apparent violations” for building a 26-foot-long barbecue station, stone-and-concrete bonfire pit, and outdoor theater on an environmentally sensitive patch of their 14-acre North Road property without the proper permits. They were also cited for tearing up protected vegetation to make way for a lush, sodded lawn, among other crimes against nature.
The commission has since ordered her to remove the offending structures and restore the area to its previous state. All these violations were allegedly done to prepare for a political fundraiser hosted by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (another faux Green). Alas, there’s no such thing as cheap environmentalism on the Vineyard.
Laurie David has been labeled a “Gulfstream liberal” by Eric Alterman, himself a proud member of the Left and a regular columnist for the Nation. He recognizes that Ms. David’s brand of environmentalism is nothing more than a facade, a distraction from the financially secure yet intellectually boring life of the fabulously wealthy. But this hobby has dire consequences for the rest of us. By transforming her politics into a religion, and by demonizing all who question her positions, including the author Michael Crichton, who actually is a Harvard trained scientist and physician, Laurie David makes the environmental movement seem bizarre and more than a bit ridiculous.
As Laura Ingraham put it today, “You know how liberals are always telling us to stay out of their bedrooms? Well, we should start telling them, ‘Stay out of our bathrooms!'”
The Boston Globe claims today that “The 2008 election is the Democrats’ to lose”. And one of the easiest ways to lose it would be from a consumer backlash to all of the overreaching that’s sure to continue during the next year and a half.