Roger L. Simon

Global Cooling on Memorial Day

It seems as if Time and Newsweek were right back in the seventies. Global cooling is here. At least for this Memorial Day.

Somewhere Al Gore is gnashing his teeth, while concocting another speech to tell us that cooling actually means warming or some such palaver. Up is down. Good is bad. He’s beginning to sound like a cross between Napoleon in Orwell’s Animal Farm and the Mad Hatter.

Actually, Al has done us a favor by making it clear once again that science is not for amateurs and that when someone says something’s “settled,” that means it more than likely isn’t. They are trying to put one over on us and probably on themselves as well. After all, it’s profitable.

But wait — there’s more.

This strange freezing weather is oddly symbolic on this Memorial Day for the situation of liberalism in general right now, which is being exposed as phony and venal across the board from Benghazi to the IRS to the surveillance of the press — an ideology cracking like thin ice on a winter’s day.

Anthropogenic global warming was a harbinger of all that, a kind of pseudo-scientific, faithed-based belief in something about as proven as the existence of vampires, only you were supposed to alter the world economic system completely for it. Some still want to, of course, but their power seems to be diminishing. It’s up to us finish the job.

Speaking of which, here’s a personal observation for Memorial Day that I pretentiously think is important. With this #scandalabra of scandals, this great country of ours is at a crossroads. Even the monolithic MSM is beginning to shift a little. It’s nowhere near Tectonic as yet, but something’s happening.

But the MSM are highly traditional, conservative types (in the sense that they almost never alter their views about anything). As Peter Wehner pointed out in the Weekly Standard, they are likely to revert to to type at the first opportunity.

Well, sure. That’s the conventional wisdom. But as Rick Moran pointed out on this site:

Uncovering the facts of the IRS scandal for a media outlet means a ton of online clicks and increased readership. In these very tough times for newspapers, especially, getting the story first and accurately is of paramount importance.

In any big story like the IRS, AP, and even Benghazi scandals, reporters don’t see red or blue; they see green.

I agree. But both Peter and Rick have left something else out of the equation — us. On Memorial Day, it seems well worth remembering that we are a republic and we the citizens have a vote, indeed what should be the vote, in this matter. We cannot let these scandals go away until they are fully explicated and the proper punishments doled out. No matter what the press does, if we allow these scandals to disappear, shame on us.

All those people whose sacrifices we celebrate on Memorial Day are watching us, not to mention the extraordinary Mr. Franklin, who famously challenged us after the Constitutional Convention with the words “A republic — if you can keep it.”

It’s Memorial Day. Let’s have a few burgers and beers, in the cold or the sunshine, and then get a move on. With the Benghazi lies, the blatant misuse of our Internal Revenue Service for political goals, and the chilling suppression of freedom of the press, we can do no less. In fact, we have no choice, if we want to keep it.

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