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Robert Redford Uses Independence Day To Ride Climate Hobby-Horse

Posted on | July 4, 2014 | 28 Comments

by Smitty

I guess plutocratic People Who Matter feel an esteem boost from agreeing with the elder quasi-Kennedy:

Heading into the July 4th celebration of America’s independence got me thinking about when it comes to huge challenges we’ve faced as a nation, we have a rich and storied history of aspirational spirit and belief in what we, together, can accomplish. I mean, yeah, but didn’t this country get the correct start by emphasizing the individual, not the collective? Granted, it took a while and some war for the ideas to get from theoretical to practical, but that doesn’t alter the theoretical basis, does it?
Are we losing this quintessentially American drive for excellence? Have we stopped believing in ourselves? Sometimes it feels that way when one tries to parse the political rhetoric barreling at us day in and day out. Interesting you should bring this up. After seeing the electorate send a no-talent rodeo clown not once, but twice, to DC, there is at least cause for concern, if not a cancellation of confidence in ourselves. I don’t use the word ‘belief’ in non-religious contexts. If I was going to wax idolatrous, I’d pick something better than ‘ourselves’, I hope.
“No we can’t” scenarios come fast and furious from so many in power, no matter what challenge is at hand. As people openly carry assault weapons down the toy aisles at Target, we watch a stunning lack of courage to stand up to the NRA and to change America’s gun laws, in even the most logical ways. Well, we can’t seem to balance a budget, much less do anything about our Progressively worsening debt. Not sure why you’re namedropping a department store. Perhaps you’re a shareholder? What is the concern, precisely? Hasn’t #OccupyResoluteDesk driven ordnance sales through the roof, without anything like the proportional effects your alluding to? I mean, if the 2A were even slightly the menace
you Commies wish it were, shouldn’t we have long since depopulated the country, its lifesblood run out to sea for some real Red Tide? The real Red Tide, of course, is the Democrat Party.
As student loans are crippling several generations somehow nobody can come to agreement on how to significantly lessen the burden on families and those starting out in life. Immigration? Education? And then there’s climate change, which, if we don’t figure it out, none of the others will matter. There is plenty of agreement among the non-statists. See Glenn Reynolds for some ideas that Do Not Suck. For immigration, we may need to consider just mounting up the posse for a trip down South like we last did 168 years back. Clean a little house. Certainly one approach, but which would require some sort of leadership, in contrast to Obama’s “blamership”.
You would think by listening to some on Capitol Hill that doing anything about climate change, will end life, as we know it. In fact, it’s precisely the opposite. They want us to believe that they know best, but I don’t buy it. All of this has become a big fat political football where self-preservation is the priority over the national good. Ah, global non-constant anthropogenic disruption warming. The Hottest Hoax Around as the Media Research Center likes to poke it. You seem more angry at Congress than, you know, PANICKED! about this crisis. Maybe if your body language, Redford, reflected more personal concern than simple anti-Congressional animus, you’d seem
less a preening liberal jackwagon. Worth a try, if you actually harbor emotion on the topic there in your liberal torso-stone.
When President Obama recently announced his Climate Action Plan, the opposition rallied behind continuing to burn, as much coal as we can get our hands on, saying anything short of that will surely cripple the economy. It’s kind of like when the seat belt laws were being discussed back in the ’70s and ’80s and the naysayers said it would ruin the auto industry. America figured it out. Nothing was
ruined. Lives were saved.
I’m sorry: one typically notices Obama’s “actions” falling into one of three bins: blaming, golfing and fundraising. Into which of these bins did this “Climate Action Plan” thingy go? Now you’re saying that his plan was more or less a seat belt? That would make it among the more useful of his outings, then.
A predominance of scientific evidence links climate change directly to fossil fuel pollution. Impacts such as extreme weather abound–oceans rise, food sources are at risk and all around the world it contributes to instability. And then there’s that economic hit of more than $100 billion and counting. Additionally, public health implications associated with climate change carry an enormous human and financial consequence. I ask myself, what specifically isn’t clear? See, when the purportedly unbiased scientist get caught cooking the books they really have to spend some time rebuilding credibility. Too many people think the scientists are lying. They need to start at first principles and rebuild the case, not send a bunch of blow-dried airheads out carrying their water.
Could it be, as they chest-thump their patriotic credentials, that some of those leaders in Washington have given up on American’s
ability to rise to the occasion? I’ve come to believe that they’re
simply out of touch with the ingenuity of average Americans and
innovative leaders all across the country — who thankfully decided
years ago not to wait for DC.
Could it also be that Nobody Believes You? That you’re viewed as a lackey of false prophets? A tool?
Citizens have advocated for years now–and states, cities and businesses have set energy efficiency targets, increased renewable energy and made agreements to cut carbon pollution. They’ve figured out how to address and benefit from the biggest challenge of our times, how to cut public health impacts, create good jobs and feed their local economies in a whole new way. Can you remind me what country you were talking about, again? You don’t seem to mean the United States of Progress, where the regulatory noose keeps getting tighter, and the numbers on the economic reports bear a startling resemblance to toast, they’ve been cooked so much.
So as we move toward the July 4th holiday, if you really look beyond DC, you’ll see that all across this great country, people have risen to the challenge at hand, showing us that America has definitely still got it. Oh, we’ve got “it”, all right, for “totally fed up with you smarmy plutocrat jerks” values of “it”, all right.


28 Responses to “Robert Redford Uses Independence Day To Ride Climate Hobby-Horse”

  1. maniakmedic
    July 4th, 2014 @ 5:27 pm

    Having been a Target shopper until Target decided it no longer wanted my money, I can quite confidently assure anybody who has half of a functioning neuron that the store was never MORE safe than when I was there strapped with my Sig, an inanimate object that stayed properly holstered at my side and has, as the quip goes, killed less people than Ted Kennedy’s car.

  2. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    July 4th, 2014 @ 5:37 pm

    Bob, since Waldo Pepper and Jeremiah Johnson, your movies mostly suck.

    Just sayin’

  3. Bob Belvedere
    July 4th, 2014 @ 5:58 pm

    The Left In America has been using Independence Day since 1789.

    Slowly over the decades, it is their Democratic-Fascist-Socialist interpretation that was won the Day, to the point where the meaning of Independence Day has been almost totally lost.

    God grant us the strength to Right this Wrong and restore those Freedoms and Liberties that He gave us in His Mercy.

  4. JeffS
    July 4th, 2014 @ 6:14 pm

    I loved Redford’s role in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier:.

    He was the chief bad guy, and died in the end. That scene brought tears to my eye.

    Tears of joy, of course. But a tear is a tear is a tear, to paraphrase The Bard.

  5. CDM
    July 4th, 2014 @ 6:39 pm

    Redford reminds me of something once said by the other McCain, John.

    “If Washington is Hollywood for the ugly, then Hollywood is Washington for the simple-minded.”

    Hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  6. RKae
    July 4th, 2014 @ 6:55 pm

    OK, here’s my question about global warmists:

    Why don’t they make a stink about Fukushima? I mean, isn’t that an ecological disaster? Why is the press silent on it? Why is the press silent on the fact that the Japanese press is forced by law to be silent on it?

    If they really care about the environment (and it’s not all just playacting for some other agenda) then why not make statements for all disasters? Why just the one?

    Sure makes me think there’s something hinky going on.

  7. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    July 4th, 2014 @ 7:16 pm

    I will give you that!

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  9. Bobby Jr
    July 4th, 2014 @ 8:15 pm

    Little Bobby Redford, coward supreme, is good at blowing a huge amount of hot gas. No, he really is a coward! Some years ago he wimpishly backed down from a fist fight that his big mouth instigated and he quickly slinked off into the safety of his private property. Tough movie star, ha! Sundance Kid not! If the world is warming it is primarily due to his, and his crummy associates, expelling both hot air and flatulence!

  10. michaelordonez .
    July 4th, 2014 @ 8:32 pm

    Re your suggestion for solving illegal immigration:
    Since illegal immigration is driven by poverty and population pressure I assume that your “posse” would be going “down south” to either hand out money and/or kill a bunch of people. Might i suggest that you only kill pre-menopausal women as that is the most efficient way to check population growth. (If handing out money there are plenty of us here that could use a few $s.)
    Yours With No Love Truely

  11. NeoWayland
    July 4th, 2014 @ 8:38 pm

    The Horse Whisperer.

    Sneakers just because of the ensemble cast.

    I might argue for The Electric Horseman just because my date that night loved it.

  12. smitty
    July 4th, 2014 @ 9:15 pm

    I mean, you could also consider some kinds of reforms, I suppose.

  13. Cactus Ed
    July 4th, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

    If they really care about the environment (and it’s not all just playacting for some other agenda) then why not make statements for all disasters? Why just the one?

    If you raised the question, would be accused of ‘politicizing’ Fukushima. But, really, how can you politicize what is inherently political?

  14. kilo6
    July 4th, 2014 @ 9:54 pm

    Our current lawless POTUS and AG are waaaay ahead of you on killing Mexicans in a very Fast and Furious manner.

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  16. ken_lov
    July 5th, 2014 @ 5:15 am

    “Smitty” is a 12 year old, I’m guessing?

  17. Mike G.
    July 5th, 2014 @ 7:54 am

    Not that I believe in anthropogenic globull warming climate change, but these idiots could convince a lot more people if they “walked the walk” instead of just talking about it.

    For instance, move out of your big mansion or expansive “vacation home” and live in a 200 sq ft Tiny house. Sell all those SUV’s, sports cars and limousines and start riding a bike…everywhere. Instead of flying on a plane, hop a train or a bus.

    As long as these idiots believe they are above everyone else, no one is going to go along with their cause.

  18. Fred Beloit
    July 5th, 2014 @ 10:24 am

    Why allow them tiny houses? Let them sleep out under the stars. It will never rain nor blow when they heal the planet. LMAO.

  19. SDN
    July 5th, 2014 @ 11:00 am

    Assertions without evidence as a lead off? I’d rather identify the people with the drive to immigrate, hand them arms, and point them at the leftist regimes that keep them poverty stricken.

    July 5th, 2014 @ 11:05 am


  21. Adobe_Walls
    July 5th, 2014 @ 1:02 pm

    And since 1789 they’ve “had small scruples as to means”. I’d add they’ve gotten progressively smaller year in year out.

  22. Adobe_Walls
    July 5th, 2014 @ 1:04 pm

    Just as nobody drops dead just to prove a point.

  23. Bob Belvedere
    July 6th, 2014 @ 2:54 am

    I wish some would.

  24. maniakmedic
    July 6th, 2014 @ 11:10 am

    Not directly related to this or any other post, but when did all the sock puppets start showing up? I’ve noticed an increase in troll idiocy complete with new names, but all spouting the same tired talking points and smug self assurance that they are just so darn clever.

  25. rbeccah
    July 6th, 2014 @ 11:22 am

    Mr. Bottle-blond Lumpy-Face is just trying to stay “relevant” with the younger generation of liberal losers.

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  27. DeadMessenger
    July 6th, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

    I didn’t really understand the complexities of climate change, until Redford, the gifted scientific genius, explained. This information never really came out in graduate school, but then, colleges are well-known hotbeds of Republicanism, right?

    July 7th, 2014 @ 1:29 am

    Yeah, I noticed that as well. Woke me up, it did, the rude bastards.

    ‘Scuse me!