“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”
The latest Democrat practioner of Emanuel’s axiom is Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. For anyone masochistic enough to want to listen to this fool drone on for fifteen plus minutes, watch the entire video below. For those with a weaker stomach, here’s the relevant quote. (h/t Real Clear Politics)
SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE (D-RI): So, you may have a question for me: Why do you care? Why do you, Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, care if we Republicans run off the climate cliff like a bunch of proverbial lemmings and disgrace ourselves? I’ll tell you why. We’re stuck in this together. We are stuck in this together. When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover. And the damage that your polluters and deniers are doing doesn’t just hit Oklahoma and Alabama and Texas. It hits Rhode Island with floods and storms. It hits Oregon with acidified seas, it hits Montana with dying forests. So, like it or not, we’re in this together.
You drag America with you to your fate. So, I want this future: I want a Republican Party that has returned to its senses and is strong and a worthy adversary in a strong America that has done right by its people and the world. That’s what I want. I don’t want this future. I don’t want a Republican Party disgraced, that let its extremists run off the cliff, and an America suffering from grave economic and environmental and diplomatic damage because we failed, because we didn’t wake up and do our duty to our people, and because we didn’t lead the world. I do not want that future. But that’s where we’re headed. So I will keep reaching out and calling out, ever hopeful that you will wake up before it is too late.
Maybe Whitehouse is correct. Maybe Republicans are polluting, disgraced, extremist, AGW deniers (did I leave anything out?) who are intent on destroying the planet because … well, because Whitehouse says so. The evidence is certainly on the Senator’s side. After all, the country just experienced a deadly tornado. In May. In Oklahoma, no less. Imagine that.
Whitehouse and others of his ilk constantly claim that we “extremist” conservatives ignore science. So maybe we should check in with the scientists at NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center to determine just how unexpected it is to experience a significant tornado in central Oklahoma on May 20th.
Well that’s interesting. It appears as if the location in North America most like to experience a significant tornado this time of year is central Oklahoma. Somebody’s substituting partisan hyperbole for science, but it’s not conservatives. And, like Obama, Whitehouse has no problem exploiting the tragic and violent deaths of dozens of Americans to advance his political agenda. And why does Mr. Science conveniently ignore the fact that there has been no global warming, man-made or otherwise, for nearly two decades during which time carbon emissions have significantly increased? Just asking.