The illusion of green

Liberal propagandists redefine words, a tactic to twist commonly accepted meanings into confusing abstractions or meaningless jargon and code words. For example, the adjective sustainable means capable of being sustained. That could mean virtually anything, but environmentalists use it as a mind-numbing means of offering abstract gifts to Gaea, their goddess of the earth. With this myth they propagate the causes for people to change their lifestyles—giving up comforts and pleasures of modern life.

Don Carrington, executive editor of the Carolina Journal (, interviewed Carol McClellend author of Green Careers for Dummies for an article he wrote in the March issue. She said, “We still have a difficult time defining ‘sustainability.’” Of course they do. These people also have a problem defining the word green, once known as a color.

Leftists continue to mentally wander in the environmental wilderness. Ms. McClellend confirms it: “We are still finding our way. The green overlay is a mind-set that is spreading,” said she. The mind-set of environmentalists is programmed to babble on incoherently about nothing concrete, hoping that gullible people will follow their Pied-Piping messages.

Meanwhile, the “green” crowd and their government surrogates waste our money on useless projects designed to support their utopian political agenda. Mr. Carrington reports that the feds have blown $60 million trying to define green jobs; it seems, as Obama a few years ago snickered, that “shovel-ready” jobs weren’t so shovel-ready—green jobs aren’t really green.

Carrington reminds us that in 2008 candidate Barack Hussein Obama promised to create 5 million green (government) jobs. Not surprising, the next year his Department of Labor attempted to define and count them. A former head of the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggested this was “pointless.” But once bureaucrats get an idea—any idea— spend they will. The North Carolina Department of Commerce got nearly $1 million of the loot in 2010. The agency produced a report that a spokesman thought was “useful.”

Typical of bureaucracies, the federal and State projects used different definitions for green jobs, and they were repetitive because statistical programs of the agencies already count all the jobs defined as green.

Federal green-counters included college environment teachers; school bus drivers and people who fuel school buses; bike shop employees; antique dealers; Salvation Army employees. North Carolina State top green jobs included housekeepers, sales people, highway and construction workers, heating and air employees, food preparation and servers, and auto mechanics…get the idea?


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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