One year ago, two self-identified “moderates” (aka unibrow progressives) — Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) — penned an op-ed for the Washington Post criticizing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal as too divisive and unrealistic to succeed.
Of course, it would have been nice to see them criticize it as too Marxist and unconstitutional to warrant serious consideration. But this is the unibrow we’re talking about where the only difference is whose version of socialism we’re going to have shoved down our throats — Democratic Socialism or Nationalist Conservatism — when it comes to addressing so-called climate change.
Trump’s bought and paid for Republican Party, and the faux conservatives who call it home, have been appropriating the climate change “crisis” as their own for some time now. Unfortunately, it has picked up some serious momentum in the Age of Trump as they try to Republicanize socialism.
To begin with, the woman Trump said he’d be having sex with if she wasn’t his daughter, Ivanka Trump, has been daddy’s de facto climate czar since 2016. And true to her life-long status as a Democrat and supporter of their Far-Left agenda, Ivanka has been promoting global warming policies that have even warmed the heart of her environmentalist hero, Al Gore.
Under her watchful eye — usually behind closed doors — Ivanka has seen her agenda succeed within the Republican Party.
For example, after declaring so-called climate change “real” last February, House Republicans called for a “conservative alternative” to the Green New Deal to provide “sensible, realistic, and effective policies to tackle climate change.” A few months after, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) introduced what he called a “common sense rebuttal” to the Green New Deal, dubbed the Green Real Deal. According to Gaetz, his proposal is a “real, serious plan to address climate change.”
Another area of Ivanka’s global warming agenda seeing some success lately involves the implementation of carbon taxes. Last summer, Nationalists Conservatives joined forces with Democrats on carbon tax legislation, and it received considerable acceptance by the GOP — not as a way to “fix” global warming, but as a way to raise billions of dollars in new revenue to pay for Trump’s spending addiction.
Knowing that the word “tax” isn’t all that popular, Republicans have been giving this idea a new spin by adding another socialist objective to the carbon tax — wealth redistribution. As we creep closer to election day, be on the lookout for the word “dividend” instead of “tax” when the unibrow makes proposals in this area. Money collected by these “dividends” will be redistributed to American families with checks up to $2,000 a year to a family of four.
By the way, Sens. Murkowski and Manchin are in the news again. Last week, they introduced the American Energy Innovation Act (S.2657) as a “down payment” on their promise last year to create “pragmatic policies” addressing the climate crisis. According to Rich Powell, executive director of ClearPath Action, S.2657 will be “a monumental move toward decarbonizing our economy.”
Wait a minute! If they decarbonize the economy, wouldn’t that mean there will be no carbon to tax?
For those who claim Trump’s so-called opposition to socialism means he would never sign global warming legislation, there’s plenty of evidence indicating that not only will he sign it, he’ll likely help get it written. Besides letting Ivanka run the agenda, Trump recently proclaimed that he will soften his climate change rhetoric, freeing him to shift his position in favor of adopting pro-environment messaging ahead of the election.
Trump and the GOP claim to be a bastion of conservatism and the defenders of liberty. But as we see in their embrace of socialist ideology when it comes to global warming, they’re really enablers in America’s destruction.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative.