I believe that human-caused global climate change is the most serious existential threat to the human race short of nuclear war. It’s a catastrophe. So why do I want liberals to stop saying that it is?
Because talking about climate change like we have been is not working. How many times over the last couple of decades have you read or heard a news story that quotes experts as saying that we must act now to reduce greenhouse gasses or the window will close? But the window never actually gets shut. Experts urge urgency on us over and over again, and the result is that too many of us just tune them out. We’ve heard it before. Many times.
It seems to me that in order to understand American politics right now you need to understand the phrase “owning the libs.” It means that Donald Trump and his party find sport and profit in getting under the skin of humorless liberals, who oblige them by getting apoplectic at the slightest provocation. A perfect example was Trump awarding the Medal of Freedom to Rush Limbaugh at his State of the Union address a couple of years ago. That was pure owning of the libs. He even got Nancy Pelosi to tear up his speech as she stood behind them. Trump supporters loved it.
Here’s a rule of human behavior. Nobody likes to be lectured at. As adults, when scolded we tend to get our backs up because we don’t like to be talked down to; to be treated like children. So, the more liberals talk in cataclysmic terms about climate change and lecture others on what they must do to slow it, the further they push about half the population (75 million people voted for Trump) in the other direction.
It was telling that Pres. Joe Biden in his State of the Union address didn’t even mention climate change by name. And when he did address the topic, he was understated. The policy solutions he proposed were modest and couched, not in apocalyptic terms, but in the idea of helping the middle class with their energy bills.
I’m with Biden. I now believe that that’s the way to go, and not just on this issue. Liberals hurt their own causes when they preach about how much they know, and when they seem to suggest how others must live. Condescension is their way. They’ve read all the right books. They’ll give you recommendations so that you can be just as smart. Oh, who are we kidding? You’ll never be just as smart.
The backlash to liberal condescension — now that really is a crisis. I’m convinced that some not insignificant number of Americans oppose policies they might otherwise support just because they cannot stand liberals. They refuse to get vaccinated because they’re tired of being told they should. They pretend not to accept the election results because they love how that gets under the skin of Democrats. They deny climate change, which they know is real, just to annoy climate change activists. There is nothing better that liberals could do for their own causes than to stop making it so easy for them to be owned.
To cool the planet, liberals need to cool the rhetoric.
And on another matter… the Packers and Aaron Rodgers will stay together. They’ll love each other whether… times are good or bad… happy or sad. The mystery turned out to be beautiful after all. This was the right move for both the team and for Rodgers. Whatever firepower the Packers will have to give up because of the salary cap, they’ve still got the best thrower-catcher combo in all of sports with Rodgers and Davante Adams. Those guys probably have three years or so left in the tank and, as long as they stay healthy, they pretty much guarantee playoff births for each of those years. And once they’re in the post season — at any seed — anything can happen. Had Rodgers gone to another team he’d have to start over building new relationships with players and coaches and they’d have to learn to deal with him… no easy job.
And on yet another matter… speaking of Green Bay, somebody sent me a fundraiser invitation that they received from Rep. Kristina Shelton (D-Green Bay). The first line reads, “We’ve been through a lot over the past few years. I don’t know about you, but the only way I’ve managed to keep my sanity is by teaming up with friends and allies who center joy, radical care, and humility in all we do.” I didn’t know they talked like that in Green Bay — well, outside of Aaron Rodgers. I didn’t know anybody talked like that anywhere. And what the heck is “radical care”? Seriously, folks, this is a problem. Shelton is in a +10 Democratic district, so she can do whatever she wants, but when Democrats center joy and practice radical care they do not connect with average voters.