Is the GOP Ever Going to Wake up about Climate Change?

Source: Congressman leaves stage to a chorus of boos after saying the jury is still out on climate change

Is the GOP Ever Going to Wake up About Climate Change?

When is the GOP ever going to wake up about climate change and realize that it poses a huge threat to our civilization?  The answer is; they probably won’t!  Since the GOP has always been a pro-business advocate party (a.k.a. mouthpiece), and since they worship the “bottom line, “as though it were God, they probably won’t.  Not until the GOP has been replaced by a more progressive political party, that realizes the danger of climate change instead of denying it, things will probably remain the same.  Our planet will continue to wither and die.

Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ) was booed off the stage by his constituents at a town hall meeting when he made the statement that the scientific community is split about whether or not climate change is real or not.  Since most people have come to the conclusion that climate change is real, even among his conservative constituents, Biggs’statement went over about as well as a pregnant pole-vaulter.

Since most of these people are probably conservatives who voted for Biggs, I take it as a good sign that people booed him off the stage.  Who knows, maybe the conservatives are even starting to wake up to the dangers of climate change to the planet and the population of it.  Whenever conservatives start agreeing with liberals/progressives, is always a good sign of progress, albeit small.

What makes this statement by Representative Biggs is the fact that he is a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.  If this is the type of person that is allowed to sit on such an important committee, we still have a long way to go in combating climate change.  First, we need to combat our own House of Representatives.

 

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Town Hall Meetings: Direct Democracy At Its Best

Town hall meetings on the definition of direct democracy because they allow people to express their political opinion, without repercussions from other people.


Town Hall Meetings, Direct Democracy At Its Best

Town hall meetings are the definition of direct democracy because they allow people to express their political opinion, without repercussions from other people.  Town hall meetings have got a lot of attention in the media lately because it has shown that many Americans disagree with the current policies of the GOP.

Having their origin in colonial New England, town hall meetings are a pure form of direct American democracy.  That is what makes us unique that people are currently showing in large numbers to express their differences from what is now happening in this country.

Highlighted in these town hall meetings is healthcare reform; something that the GOP fails to recognize as they push for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obama care).  Many people who have had insufficient, or no healthcare for years, but were finally given help with their medical bills.  They are angry and afraid of the prospect of losing their health care and being put back into the same vulnerable position they were in before.

Anger and indignation is one aspect of this entire situation make the idea ridiculous that some of the protesters at these meetings are paid, professionals.  Just the idea of professional paid protesters co-opting these town hall meetings for their purpose is ludicrous, and conservative news outlets know it.  Their cynicism and closemindedness cause them to underplays a bad situation that people are afraid of being forced into; having their healthcare taken away by legislators who they elected to protect their best interest.

Spreading the lie that paid protesters are driving that dissent and anger displayed at town hall meetings does a tremendous disservice to these people.  No professional paid protesters are involved in this exercise in direct democracy.  These people are only looking out for the own interests, and interests of their families.  No one is paying them.

By spreading this lie, the conservative news media is insulting the one example of direct democracy that still exists in this country.  Not to mention, it offends these people who devote their time to attending these town hall meetings and expressing their opinion, hoping that the GOP will listen to them.

I hope these GOP legislators are smart enough to hear them.  If they don’t, many of them risk losing their congressional seats.  These people may have elected them, but these legislators should never forget that the same people can also vote against them when they are up for reelection.  Hopefully, people will be smart enough to realize that they deserve better representation in Congress than what they are getting.

 

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