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What of Volcanoes and Sheep?

| Opinion | February 21, 2019

by Stephen Smith

I would like to begin by thanking publisher Doug for allowing me, and those who have a very different world view than mine, a public voice. He is a living example of what Edmund Burke referred to in 1787 as the “Fourth Estate.” With a firm commitment to the First Amendment, he willingly publishes people who both agree and disagree with his traditional American point of view. Unlike leftists on our campuses and some of his critics, he does not seek to silence. He understands the importance of the Freedom of Speech. My goal has always been to inspire people to think about the remarkable gift given to us by our founders. I encourage all to expand their knowledge of our founding principles so they can make responsible decisions in the polling booth.

Today we have far too many people in power who stand in opposition to our founders’ ideas of individual freedom, individual responsibility, morality and public safety. They call the tyranny of the majority “democracy.” They must be challenged. I believe that President Trump in his SOTU address was correct when he warned us about the menace of socialism, attacks on religion, moral issues and politically based investigations. (Sorry Bernie, Democratic Socialism is still tyranny.)

Understanding the dangers that we now face is not new. Rather than re-inventing the wheel, give you the words of French historian Alexis de Tocqueville from his 1835 masterwork “Democracy in America”:

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” (Tyranny of the Majority)

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“Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” (Tyranny of the State)

“I do not know if the people of the United States would vote for superior men if they ran for office, but there can be no doubt that such men do not run.” (Danger of Tyranny by the Ruling Elite)

“Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.” (Liberty)

“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” (He came to this conclusion after attending church services during the Second Great Awakening. We desperately need a Third.)

Thank you, Alexis de Tocqueville.

It was not goodness or honest inquiry that I saw in the eyes of our Democrat Representatives at the recent Congressional hearing featuring acting Attorney General Mathew Whitaker. What I saw from the Democrats was seething hatred aimed at a temporarily appointed good and able servant for the simple reason that he had been selected by President Trump. They repeatedly tried to lead him down the primrose path by asking questions and insisting that he only respond with a yes or no answer. Somalian Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, in a foreign relations committee meeting, executed the same abuse when questioning the new nominee for ambassador to Venezuela. This device has been used by magicians, grifters and salesman for hundreds of years in order to obtain a predetermined outcome. In magic, they call it a force. Acting Attorney General Whitaker refused to play along and attempted to give an honest and accurate response. The Dems became outraged and stated that their predetermined answer was the one that he had meant to say. Why even bother with a hearing when you can declare the answer? They are without Love. They do not seek truth. They are consumed by hate. They are tyrants. They are deceivers and the deceived.

I just got back from attending a town hall presented by the Congressman for Los Angeles, Jimmy Gomez. Clearly, he is not the superior man that de Tocqueville referred too. He won the open seat vacated by our now State Attorney General Xavier Becerra. He presented himself as being aligned with the most extreme leftist socialist currently serving in Congress. He declared that no new jobs were created under the Trump administration and that carbon emissions were an assault, specifically on the Hispanic community. He reported that he is a co-sponsor of the “Green New Deal” recently unveiled by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. He does not seek truth and parrots the words of the deceivers. He is a liar. In his “safe” district, he will be able to serve indefinitely.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (and now Rep. Jimmy Gomez) are promoting policies that would be impossible to put into effect and will leave a crushing debt for our children. They are designed to end individual liberty and freedom. They would put an end to the American Dream. Her genius is that it brings them attention power and praise because it is consistent with the leftist agenda.

I have already written on the dangers of her socialist ideas, so I would like to explore the consequences and functionality of the Green Energy part of her version of FDR’s “New Bill of Rights.”
Let’s think about what would happen if all our energy came from the only the clean and renewable solar and wind power:

Solar does not work at night or when it is cloudy. The Mojave Solar Project near Barstow only runs at 28 percent of design capacity. Why? Even in the desert there can frequently be cloudy days dramatically reducing output. To be commercially viable, solar power requires large, flat spaces with an open sky in a place without clouds, dust storms or fog. They are expensive.

Wind power is also unreliable. There are few places that one experiences a steady wind. Wind turbines that produce 2 mega watts cost between 3 and 4 million dollars. From Windustry: “You will likely make most of your profit on the 30-60 days per year that the wind blows over 30 mph at hub height and the turbine generates at close to peak output all day. If your turbine is shut down while waiting for maintenance during several of these days, you could lose significant income.” Maintenance is about $50,000 per year. Expensive to install and expensive to maintain, it requires consistent wind of 30 mph. It’s only financially viable when heavily subsidized by the government. I was recently in Jordan and witnessed wind farms where only 5-10 percent of the units were operational. Environmental impact? Birds do not do very well around them.

Since output is inconsistent, it would require massive battery capability to provide a reliable flow of energy. Batteries of that capacity do not yet exist. Currently, large batteries have negative environmental impact during manufacturing and disposal when spent. Current expected life for batteries to power cars is about 10 years, and then need replacing at great expense. The best we can hope for from these two sources would be supplemental only.

Due to the inconsistency of power, manufacturing would leave the country. Countries such as China and India would fill the void and expand their carbon footprint negating any reductions in the United States.

With the loss of trucking and air transportation, food, goods and services would be highly reduced. Starvation would be likely in urban areas. Expect massive inflation and job losses. Moving to Venezuela would be an upgrade in lifestyle. Thank you, Alexandria and Jimmy.

Some quick random thoughts. If we eliminate CO2, (carbon emissions) where will the food and oxygen come from when all the plants die? If we must begin euthanizing flatulent cows and support late term abortion and infanticide, what are we do to with leftist socialists who pass gas and expel a lot of hot air while speaking? What of sheep? Where is the bill taxing the Creator due to the greatest expeller of greenhouse gases – volcanoes? Tell me how severely damaging all our means of production helps the middle class. Debt? What debt? Don’t worry, I am from the government, and this time we will get it right. Blessings!

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