I wish I could say this was a surprise: Barbara Boxer and The Democratic Party Hold a Two-Day Festival Against Free Speech. Excerpt:
Yesterday, as normal Americans were wrapping up their work day, gearing up for baseball’s home-run derby, or playing cell-phone video games in the park, 19 senators from the Democratic Party began taking to the floor of the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body to express their collective “disapproval” of the way 33 organizations speak about climate change, and to urge these allegedly “interconnected” groups to cooperate maximally with various ongoing government investigations into their uncorrect opinions. The purpose of this two-day name-and-shame exercise, the senators bragged in a press release, is “to call out Koch brothers- and fossil fuel industry-funded groups that have fashioned a web of denial to block action on climate change.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a co-sponsor of the concurrent resolution under discussion, embodied the spirit of the exercise yesterday by decrying oil companies’ “huge secret contributions” to “fake-science think tanks,” which are “so dangerous” because they enable politicians “to keep right on blocking meaningful action while the earth slowly chokes on its own filth”:
Maybe we should establish a State Science Institute to determine what scientific truths are acceptable for the people?
Science – that is, the investigative process defined as scientific method – is by definition tentative. Senator Boxer and her coterie of braying asses want to define certain ideas as state approved, and punish people for disagreeing.
Can you think of anything more chilling? What will it be next?
It’s hard for me to credit that Senator Boxer, who has been kicking around the Imperial government (to no good effect) for decades, is stupid enough to think that this is 1) a good idea, or b) would pass Constitutional muster. And as for Liawatha Warren, when she states that the Earth is “choking on its own filth,” she means us. You and me. She considers all of the products of our labors, all of the economic activity we generate, to be “filth.”
And she is rumored to be on Her Imperial Majesty’s short list for VP. Holy shit.