Don’t know much about history

Columnist for the Washington Post Catherine Rampell’s views appear (with her picture) in the Wilmington StarNews. The Editorial Board, I suspect, picks her to follow the national obsession with identity-politics—young, female, leftist, person-of-color (?).  To avoid criticism of bias, they recently included columns from two mature, black, intellectual conservative males.

Ms. Rampell obviously wasn’t chosen for her intellectual contributions—or her knowledge of science and history. Setting aside her unquestioning acceptance of the questionable theory of manmade warming and all its clearly political ramifications and her obvious bias (“Republican politicians compete to out-doubt each other on the issue.”) we will look at her ignorance—or willful dismissing— of history.

Rampell has discovered that Germany is different than the States in supporting environmentalism. (“A third of Americans say that climate change is not a serious problem or not a problem at all…Just one in 10 Germans feel the same way.”)

Likely a product of an American journalism school, she recently visited an east Berlin secondary school and was impressed that German educators “consider climate change so pressing that they integrate it into…every class.” Tenth-grade textbooks are filled with “threats to plant Earth.” Not surprising; these people are socialists.

The socialist democrat Germans have been indoctrinating children with Leftist propaganda for a long time harking back to post World War I. As Jonah Goldberg in his book “Liberal Fascism” wrote, “Nazism and Fascism were both popular movements with support of every stratum of society.” Nazis were anticapitalists. They were revolutionaries who rejected traditional ways and embraced organics, health food, environmentalism; and the desire to “transcend” a class society, many of the same themes we associate today with American “progressives” and associated socialists. Goldberg makes a compelling history-based case that American leftists practice Liberal Fascism.

Ms. Rampell probably missed this German history and similar themes in other European countries, including France with its history of a destructive revolution and socialism. She writes that French schools also promote “sustainability and climate change.” Students there will be required to “play-act” United Nations planned “negotiations on emissions targets.” Then, too, she may be one of the socialist subversives who deliberately spread their toxic ideas.

Environmentalists are also infiltrating American schools. Gullible and compliant officials gobble it up and will try to infuse the political nonsense into the minds of our children, unless parents and teachers stop them. The “useful idiots” writing in the press will promote liberal fascism if we don’t confront them.

Catherine finds it “unimaginable” that a YouGov survey from 15 countries reported Americans are most likely to express indifference to manmade climate change theory and say government is “doing too much to stop it.”

That’s good news for us. Maybe there’s hope that some Americans will stand against the liberal fascists scheming to destroy our formerly successful capitalist society by using junk-science and other deceptive tactics. I hope that Americans recognize this threat to our energy-based economy that gives all of us freedom from want and a prosperous lifestyle.

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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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