Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Considering Acquiescence to Malicious Vandalism
I shared my previous post with some of the scientists I got to know while investigating Jim Steele's Climate Horror Show. I wasn't too surprised by the response which was not enthusiastic, still I'm disappointed at the casualness with which malicious lies and dirty tricks seems to have become accepted ways of life.
Guess you could say I'm an old world kind of person. Honor, integrity, truthful to self and others is a way of life that feels good and has served me well. But, now? Such convictions seem as anachronistic as these old warnings from a wizened old General and Commander in Chief.
President Eisenhower's Farewell Address (Jan 17, 1960)
8:30 - We should take nothing for granted, only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals. ...
10:45 - It's the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system. Ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society...
11:10 - As we peer into society's future, You and I and our government must avoid the impulse to live only for today plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage.
We want democracy to survive for all generations to come not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow. ...
Then I look up to the reality of today's public dialogue and it's heartbreaking.
I feel increasingly out of touch with a world where wanton misrepresenting of straightforward critically important scientific facts and understanding is considered a fundamental free speech right.
Where confusion and fanning fabricated hostility is the game plan of a powerful oligarchy and the battle cry of the once Grand Old Party.
A world where love of, appreciation for, and sense of duty towards this wonderful, fantastic physical Earth that created and nurtures us, makes one a marked enemy.
It's bizarre beyond my wildest old world nightmares. But, it is what it is.
And the beat goes on.