It is very easy for people on the left to poke fun at our conservative brothers. It seems that almost every day some conservative says something that most rational people would consider inappropriate. It also is true that almost every day a conservative controlled state passes another law that infringes on the rights of its citizens, all in the name of “liberty.”
There has been a lot of talk about these so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, anti-abortion bills, one state even passed a law that allows for carrying concealed guns without a license!” Conservatives are continually railing about the “red menace” still threatening our way of life. They argue the Iran Nuclear Deal is “giving in” to Iran. They continue to harp that the ACA is bad for your health, although they don’t have any alternative to offer.
Conservatives deny that climate change is real. There are states like Florida that actually ban public workers from using the words “climate change.” They claim that man has had no influence on the weather. Texas conservatives are hugely against doing anything about “climate change” all the while the western end of their state is getting hotter and drier by the day.
But, rather than poking fun at these conservatives, I think it would be better to try to understand them, just a little. That is the only way to really fight back and gain the support of the American People. See, conservatives are really living in the past. Conservatism by definition favors the status-quo and hates progress.
Face facts, do you really think that all of the crying about evolution and not teaching the bible in school has anything to do with religion? No! It has to do with the fact that conservatives want to remain in a time when bad things that happen like drought, tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes could all be handled by saying it was “God’s will.” If you allow science to teach something other than “God’s will” you don’t have any basis for your fantasies.
As I said once before, the phrase “it’s God’s Will” is a convenient excuse to believe that nothing is really anyone’s fault. That explains their consistent denial about climate change. They want you to believe that man is not helping the climate to get warmer, it is “God’s Will.” Therefore we just have to put up with it.
Conservatives use the abortion battle to say “life begins at conception.” But what they are really saying is that they want to be able to tell women what they are allowed to do and what they are not allowed to do. The last thing a conservative wants is for women to decide for themselves or for that matter even think for themselves. In our days of yore, women were subjugated to the will of men. That is how they want it to be in the future.
As a result of their backwards thinking, they have nothing to offer America except fear. The Red Menace is still a threat. ISIS is coming to America to kill us all in our sleep. Gay couples are destroying the American family and the institution of marriage. None of this is true, but they do make for great headlines. Especially aimed towards other conservatives who are afraid that tomorrow will be different from today.
So, how do we fight against such backwards thinking? We need to call them out for their stupidity, yes, but we also need to educate the populace on how this kind of backward thinking is ruining our economy, defense, and country. Let’s look at climate change as an example something the DOD even says is a threat to national security. See, everyone who is fighting the conservatives on climate change are making the wrong arguments. If you really want to see a change in our energy policies, you need to hit them where it will hurt the most. People’s pocketbooks!
Those who are arguing that fossil fuels are hurting the planet are correct. But, they don’t take the argument far enough. They only talk about how climate change is changing our planet. That is serious enough, but if you want to get everyone on board, you need to show that changing our energy policies to renewable energy will actually create a boom to our economy. You need to show that these conservatives are really stopping the creation of millions of jobs that cannot be outsourced.
Using renewable energy, like wind and solar power, helps reduce the costs of energy for every single American. It reduces energy costs for manufacturing and other businesses. It creates jobs that cannot be outsourced. It creates education opportunities so people who currently work in the fossil fuel industry, like coal miners, can learn a new trade and secure economic stability in the future.
I don’t know a single business owner who would not like to see their electric bill cut. I don’t know a single person who wouldn’t like to see their heating and air conditioning bill cut. This can happen if we stop using fossil fuels whose costs are subject to the whims of Wall Street.
Of course changing our energy policies costs money. We need to rebuild our energy infrastructure. We need to upgrade our electric producing plants. We need to reeducate our workers so they can benefit from the changes. However, in terms of return on investment, we would probably recover these costs in less than 20 years.
It doesn’t matter to me if the rest of the world is going to follow us or not. In my opinion, they will be forced to follow us because using renewable, cheaper energy will make America more competitive in the global market. It will allow us to restore our manufacturing base at a lower cost, thus creating even more jobs. More people working at livable wages means more tax dollars coming into the Federal coffers. More money in the treasury will help pay off our debt.
The conservatives want to eliminate things like SNAP, WIC, and welfare. What better way to eliminate the need for these programs than to create an environment where people can actually get a real job that cannot be given to someone in China? What better way to help the poor than teaching them a trade that they can earn a livable wage with?
But no, conservatives would rather fall back on their tried and true method of claiming that climate change is “God’s Will.” They are not interested in creating a better future for our country. They are not interested in creating a better future for our children. They are only interested in living in the past. That is where they feel safe. That is where they feel in control.
It isn’t hard to show the economic benefits that the average American can acquire if we change our policies. Just look at what we gained from NASA and the space program? Hell, we never had Tang before the space program. We didn’t have personal computers either.
The benefits of changing energy policies would have just as much benefit to the average American as the space program had. Maybe even more because these policy changes would put money into people’s pockets. It would create job security. It would return our manufacturing base. It would create more research into things like cars that don’t need to burn gasoline or be limited to a few hundred miles on a battery charge.
It is time we show the American people that conservatism is holding back our economic growth. It is holding us back from a future that would be far better than the present. Be honest, you are not going to win the argument by telling people that New York City will be underwater in 100 years. The people today won’t be around then, and frankly don’t care.
But, if you tell them they will gain economically by a shift in energy policies, if you show them that their children will have a more secure lifestyle, they will listen. It doesn’t matter if you earn $1 Billion per year or $10,000 per year. It is all about personal economics. That is where we need to take the battle.
Naturally the conservatives will use the argument that it will “cost too much.” But, the American people have shown in that past that if they benefit from changes, they won’t care how much it costs. They will want it. That is how you beat conservatives and take our country into a better future for our citizens.