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Agreed. Let’s talk, then, about the climate and progressives’ patented discomfort with its obstinate refusal to stop changing. Kennedy spoke the above words decades before it became fashionable to believe that the Earth was in the contortions of artificial and catastrophic warming. Also yet to arrive was the nearly as fashionable (and much less profitable) conventional wisdom that preceded it: that the planet was going through artificial and catastrophic cooling.
Like Robert Kennedy, today’s progressives are infatuated with generic “change,” but their policies suggest a deep suspicion of it. In regard to climate, Al Gore, the UN, Prince Charles, NASA, President Obama, and the Pentagon reflexively and repeatedly “invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed.”
This is also true of scientifically-disinterested Republicans who concede the conclusions of orthodox climate studies so fast it makes your thermometer spin. (I use the term “climate studies” instead of “climate science,” as science requires that failed hypotheses be rejected).
In regard to catastrophic climate change, I couldn’t agree more with Robert Kennedy’s statement. A climate primer: about 20,000 ago — the blink of an eye in geologic time — much of what is today the Great Lakes region of the United States was covered in a sheet of ice up to two miles thick. Fast-forward to the modern era and a young Abraham Lincoln was able to survive an Indiana winter in a lean-to. (Point this fact out to climate-change alarmists and you’ll discover how quickly they change the subject).
Liberal discomfort with with change as such can be seen in the Democrat’s impulse to cast bankrupt Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security as flies stuck in amber. As far as they’re concerned, the future of the Import-Export Bank and the Federal Reserve aren’t even up for discussion. (The notable exception to this is the progressive approach to the US Constitution, which liberals like Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg like to change every three days.
Previous generations understood that people adapted the climate, not the other way around. The notion that the climate remain as it was when Baby Boomers were children is quite possibly the most Baby-Boomer idea ever conceived.