Two Open Letters…

 

 From the sublime to the absurd…

Yesterday, RealClearPolitics published an open letter from Brown University professor Glenn Loury and the founder of The Woodson Center, Robert Woodson Sr., denouncing the  attacks aimed at Justice Clarence Thomas following the Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling and Thomas’ provocative concurring opinion. It’s a nicely direct and necessary condemnation:

White progressives do not have the moral authority to excommunicate a black man from his race because they disagree with him. And those – regardless of background – who join in the charade or remain silent are guilty of enabling this abuse.

We, the undersigned, condemn the barrage of racist, vicious, and ugly personal attacks that we are witnessing on Clarence Thomas – a sitting Supreme Court justice. Whether it is calling him a racist slur, an “Uncle Tom” or questioning his “blackness” over his jurisprudence, the disparagement of this man, of his faith and of his character, is abominable.

Regardless of where one stands on Justice Thomas’ personal or legal opinions, he is among the pantheon of black trailblazers throughout American history and is a model of integrity, scholarship, steadfastness, resilience, and commitment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

For three decades Justice Thomas has served as a model for our children. He has long been honored and celebrated by black people in this country and his attackers do not speak for the majority of blacks.He is entirely undeserving of the vitriol directed at him.

Character assassination has become too convenient a tool for eviscerating those who dare dissent from the prevailing agenda, especially when it is a black man who is dissenting.This is not about the content of the court’s decisions or Justice Thomas’ personal views; some of the undersigned agree with his judicial decisions and some do not.

We speak out – as black people and Americans – to condemn these attacks and support Justice Thomas, because to remain silent would be to implicitly endorse these poisonous schemes as well as his destruction.

I would love to know if Barack Obama was invited to sign, and refused. I bet he was, but I don’t know. If he was invited and refused, that would be more evidence of his appalling hypocrisy. Other prominent black Americans who would have shown courage and principle by signing: Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Don Lemon, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Tyler Perry, LaBron James, and Ketanji Brown Jackson, among others. It was a missed opportunity for the signers if they were not asked, and a missed opportunity for those named above if they were asked and refused.

Now “the absurd”: More than 200 congressional staffers, courageously signing with only their initials, sent an open letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday evening, demanding that they pass sweeping climate change legislation, and warning that failure could doom younger generations.

The intellectual quality and political ignorance the letter illustrates suggest that the younger generations may already be doomed. The naifs wrote,

“We’ve crafted the legislation necessary to avert climate catastrophe. It’s time for you to pass it. Our country is nearing the end of a two-year window that represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to pass transformative climate policy. The silence on expansive climate justice policy on Capitol Hill this year has been deafening. We write to distance ourselves from your dangerous inaction.”

Observations:

  • They really think, bless their hearts, that U.S. legislation could avert “climate catastrophe” assuming one is really looming. (See here.) No wonder Congress is inept.
  • Two-year window? Is that the latest imaginary deadline? Good to know. How many of the signatories actually have any genuine expertise in climate change. “Maybe a couple” would be my best guess.
  • Gee, the Biden administration crippling U.S. energy production and triggering an inflationary surge wasn’t enough climate change posturing for them?
  • Who do they think they are to demand legislation? This hints of the totalitarian tilt of rising generations after they have been indoctrinated into anti-American values. Congress has no more obligation to fulfill their desires and whims than those of any other voters.
  • Their letter is an attempted abuse of position and derailing of democratic processes. It is also stunningly arrogant.
  • They are distancing themselves from the actions of their superiors, which is a breach of loyalty, but want to keep their jobs badly enough not to really distance themselves, which would require a) having the guts to use their real names, or b) resigning in protest.

25 thoughts on “Two Open Letters…

  1. The two-year window is the time until the mid-terms, I believe. (Translation: “We expect you won’t be in power after the mid-terms so you need to act now.”)

    They say they have crafted the legislation already. I would really LOVE to see what they came up with.

    -Jut

  2. So, Kiddie Corps are running Congress as well as every newsroom and college and university across the country? That’s depressing.

  3. The words ‘transformative’ and ‘expansive’ are explain what the ‘Elect’ (to borrow a term from John McWhorter) want. Consensus? Compromise? Rational Climate Policies? Forget it.
    Whatta they want? Authoritarian control. When do they want it? Now!

  4. The silence on expansive climate justice policy on Capitol Hill this year has been deafening. We write to distance ourselves from your dangerous inaction.”

    I would like to know why these people feel that inaction is dangerous.

  5. Re: limited participation in letter No. 1: You leave the reservation at your peril.

    Isn’t it funny how inter-racial marriage is cool if it involves the cool people, but it’s objectionable if it involves conservatives? There are more unwritten rules governing lefty behavior than there are in baseball.

  6. Why would anyone expect progressives to pay attention to a letter whose primary author, Woodson, at one time worked for the American Enterprise Institute, notwithstanding his impeccable civil rights credentials. To be polite, spitting into the wind.

  7. It’s cute people who have never lived outside the concrete jungle think they know anything at all whatsoever about the environmental implications of their policies. One thing we don’t lack in this country is hubris.
    So… let me get onto my pulpit. I have 3 land agents who wish to use my property forever for energy. They will cause irreversible change to the land. I’m told this is a good thing for the environment. The crude oil pipeline spans from Montana to Huston, the new transmission lines for the friendly environmental wind turbines and solar panels span 650-750 miles in a loop and this is one of 3 I’m aware of. The wind turbines span an unknown area, over 100,000 acres for this ONE project. That would be roughly160 square miles. There’s dozens of projects in the works, some completed, some not…. So… explain, with crayons and small words please, how scattering “green energy” and spending billions in construction around my home like confetti is “good” for the environment. If it’s so good, you can put that turbine and transmission line in your backyard where the energy is used, instead of no place you’re ever going to be. Just the concrete alone…. Each transmission line pole requires a 60’ deep pillar of concrete, each turbine requires 140’ and that will never, ever be removed. There idea that the earth should be untouched by humanity as much as possible is in direct conflict with the green movement of today.
    Sri Lanka isn’t the only country who can suffer from these policies. So I say… go ahead … push these environmental policies at your own peril. They don’t know what the consequences will be, they have NO CLUE and they have no knowledge base for even the simplest of explanations and when it’s suddenly an issue that’ll get the majority of the population’s attention, it’ll be to late to fix the system and environment they unknowingly damaged in the quest of a global CO2 goal, that’s probably not achievable, and likely to actually cause less damage than they will by making it a priority above all other environmental issues and at the cost of nearly pristine natural environments everywhere they don’t live or wish to.

    • A basic primer on the Greenhouse Effect:
      1. High-frequency ultra-violet radiation arrives from the sun and warms the Earth.
      2. As the earth warms, it gives of low-frequency, infra-red radiation.
      3. Most of the infra-red escapes the atmosphere, but some is trapped by greenhouse gases, which warms the atmosphere a bit more and is redirected back to the Earth, warming it more.

      That’s essentially how it works. Now…CO2…

      Carbon dioxide makes up about .04% of atmospheric greenhouse gases (400 parts per million). The most abundant greenhouse gas is water vapor, which is I-can’t-recall-offhand but somewhere well above 90%. Climate alarmists tell us that rising C02 levels are trapping more infra-red energy, over-warming the earth and creating the crisis that will ultimately destroy us.

      Here’s the thing: Greenhouse gases (all of them) trap certain frequencies of that infra-red energy. And guess what?…the frequency spectrum of energy trapped by CO2 is almost completely covered by water vapor. So the greenhouse gas the comprises 90+% of the atmosphere is already trapping the energy that is trapped by the greenhouse gas that comprises .04% of the atmosphere.

      You could double the level of CO2…5x it…heck, 10x the CO2 and it would make little or no difference in our temperatures. People that hold to an evolutionary view of the earth know that the greatest explosion of life occurred in the Cambrian era (600 million years ago). Paleontologists estimate CO2 levels then were 7000 parts per million…17 times higher than what they are now.

      I admit that I’m no expert, but it’s pretty remarkable that watching about a 30 minutes of Tony Heller discussing climate can make you more of an expert than 99% of the people screaming about it.

    • Here is a basic primer on the Greenhouse Effect:
      1. High-frequency ultra-violet radiation arrives from the sun and warms the Earth.
      2. As the earth warms, it gives of low-frequency, infra-red radiation.
      3. Most of the infra-red escapes the atmosphere, but some is trapped by greenhouse gases, which warms the atmosphere a bit more and is redirected back to the Earth, warming it more.

      That’s essentially how it works. Now…CO2…

      Carbon dioxide makes up about .04% of atmospheric greenhouse gases (400 parts per million). The most abundant greenhouse gas is water vapor, which is I-can’t-recall-offhand but somewhere well above 90%. Climate alarmists tell us that rising C02 levels are trapping more infra-red energy, over-warming the earth and creating the crisis that will ultimately destroy us.

      Here’s the thing: Greenhouse gases (all of them) trap certain frequencies of that infra-red energy. And guess what?…the frequency spectrum of energy trapped by CO2 is almost completely covered by water vapor. So the greenhouse gas the comprises 90+% of the atmosphere is already trapping the energy that is trapped by the greenhouse gas that comprises .04% of the atmosphere.

      You could double the level of CO2…5x it…heck, 10x the CO2 and it would make little or no difference in our temperatures. People that hold to an evolutionary view of the earth know that the greatest explosion of life occurred in the Cambrian era (600 million years ago). Paleontologists estimate CO2 levels then were 7000 parts per million…17 times higher than what they are now.

      I admit that I’m no expert, but it’s pretty remarkable that watching about a 30 minutes of Tony Heller discussing climate can make you more of an expert than 99% of the people screaming about it.

  8. When it comes to number 1, there’s a reason they go after Clarence Thomas and other conservative blacks (not to mention Hispanics, Asian-Americans, etc.).

    In 2004, they made a bet – “The Emerging Democratic Majority” as Ruy Texiera and John Judis called their book. They figured they go could hard-core left, and they’d be carried to a victory by demographics.

    Well, that bet is coming up snake eyes for them. Why? Three big reasons.
    1. Their left-wing policies began to negatively affect some of the folks who were in there. Asian-Americans saw their kids get discriminated against in academic admissions to Haryard, Yale, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Hispanics saw crime go out of control and didn’t like a lot of the social agenda. Blacks are seeing failing schools, and they see Republicans trying to do something about it.

    2. More black Republicans and conservatives emerged. It started with Gary Franks (congressman from CT) and Clarence Thomas, then expanded to J.C. Watts, then to Tim Scott, Ben Carson, and now more and more blacks are running as Republicans – and they are winning the votes of Republicans. There are also more Hispanic and Asian-American Republicans emerging and becoming prominent.

    Representation matters.

    3. In addition, Republicans are finally serious about outreach to these groups. They didn’t put much effort in before. Now they are. Didn’t Woody Allen (yes, I know he’s controversial) once say “90% of success was showing up” – and the Republicans finally took it to heart.

    So, right now, Dems are desperate to avoid severe hemorrhaging. But it’s probably too late. They lost 2016 despite the demographic trends. In 2020, they barely won, but Trump did BETTER with black and Hispanic voters than he did in 2016, despite the unfairness of the 2020 race.

    There’s not enough woke liberals or “Never Trump” Republicans to make up those losses – and they know it.

    So, this is a desperate rear-guard action, trying to keep the defections to a minimum and to hold on through 2024. But it’s probably not going to work.

  9. Observations on Observations:
    (A) When did staffers in DC acquire the duty to represent the electorate?
    (B) If this seems irrational, take a look at any State Legislature whose members serve under term limits that are now part of that State’s Constitution; in my heart, I believe that term limits make members of legislatures *less* responsive to their constituents and *more* dependent on the legislative staff and the bureaucracy that has grown up as State Agencies are bound to model themselves after what exists in DC to avoid losing Federal funding.

    MB

    P.S. Having grown up in NYC but living in CO since ’63, I’m not certain where I come down on election of judges or “non-partisan” municipal elections. No easy answers here, I fear.

    • A: When they accepted the job offer made by the elected representative who hired them.
      B: That is exactly right. Furthermore, the bureaucrats and staffers now know how long they need to wait out the elected officials.

  10. Jack, I posted some thoughts in response to Demeter’s post, and I believe they went to mermaidmary-land. Any chance you could resurrect them? I tried to post twice.

    Many thanks in advance.

      • Trying to post again here…this is nothing profound. Chew carefully before swallowing…

        A basic primer on the Greenhouse Effect:
        1. High-frequency ultra-violet radiation arrives from the sun and warms the Earth.
        2. As the earth warms, it gives off low-frequency, infra-red radiation.
        3. Most of the infra-red escapes the atmosphere, but some is trapped by greenhouse gases, which warms the atmosphere a bit more and is redirected back to the Earth, warming it more.

        That’s essentially how it works. Now…CO2…

        Carbon dioxide makes up about .04 percent of atmospheric greenhouse gases (400 parts per million). The most abundant greenhouse gas is water vapor, which is I-can’t-recall-offhand but somewhere well above 90 percent. Climate alarmists tell us that rising CO2 levels are trapping more infra-red energy, over-warming the earth and creating the crisis that will ultimately destroy us.

        Here’s the thing: greenhouse gases (all of them) trap certain frequencies of that infra-red energy. And guess what?…the frequency spectrum of energy trapped by CO2 is almost completely covered by water vapor. So the greenhouse gas that comprises 90+ percent of the atmosphere is already trapping the energy that is trapped by the greenhouse gas that comprises .04 percent of the atmosphere.

        You could double the level of CO2…5x it…heck, 10x the CO2 and it would make little or no difference in our temperatures. People that hold to an evolutionary view of the earth know that the greatest explosion of life occurred in the Cambrian era (600 million years ago). Paleontologists estimate CO2 levels then were 7000 parts per million…17 times higher than what they are now.

        I admit that I’m no expert, but it’s pretty remarkable that watching about 30 minutes of Tony Heller discussing climate can make you more of an expert than 99 percent of the people screaming about it.

          • Jack, thanks so much!!! This one is redundant, but I corrected some grammatical issue in this one, so if you want to delete the one(s) under Demeter’s post, that’s fine.

            I’m sorry for the extra work I sometimes cause you.

        • Demeter via JM:

          Please consider one other thing about CO2: it’s a necessary gas for growing plants (commercial growers often jack up CO2 in greenhouses to 700 ppm or higher). If for some reason CO2 jumped up globally to, say 600 ppm, we’d have very lush forests and maybe even green up the deserts somewhat. The largest contributors to global warming are solar cycle output and the natural cycle of warming and cooling that the earth experiences. Imagine another “little ice age” or the kind of warming that allowed farming to take place quite a bit closer to the polar regions. That human activity can have any sort of effect on these kinds of scales is, well, beyond rational polite description, IMO.

          MB

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