RUSH: In the meantime, I have a huge, huge See, I Told You So opportunity here combined with the latest pivot and announcement from the White House yesterday. They've dropped everything now. They've dropped Benghazi, they've dropped everything, and they're moving forward (once again) on climate change/global warming.
There is a desire on the part the Democrat Party and the left for the president to once again assume dictatorial-like powers to do what must be done in the area of climate change and global warming to accomplish whatever it is they want to accomplish. It's not "saving the planet." That is not what global warming is about.
They want you to think it is, but it is not.
But the See, I Told You So is a story here from Canada, the Globe & Mail. It's a column. It's "part of a series..." Get this. It "is part of a series examining the health repercussions for Canadians of a changing climate." This is by Gayle MacDonald, and the headline of this piece: "Youth Anxiety on the Rise Amid Changing Climate."
This is entirely relevant in view of Obama's new ratcheting up of the hysteria starting yesterday with John Podesta, which I will also explain why he's there. I predicted this. Another See, I Told You So coming up. But, in a nutshell, what the story says is the climate hoaxers and their fearmongering is driving people, especially children, crazy.
The advice from these experts on how to keep them from being driven crazy by climate change is to "get involved," climate change activism.
That's what this piece is.
I will have more details.
RUSH: Let us review how the left has attempted to corral people to agree with them and sweep them up into this political movement that's called climate change. It used to be called global warming, and then when the warming stopped they had to change the term. The main technique that they've used is fear combined with guilt, and it has worked well. They have approached people, not directly, but in the form of just everyday news stories, blog posts, movies, cartoon shows, television shows.
The idea is that humanity's destroying the planet, and not just any humanity, but highly advanced, economically highly advanced humanity is destroying the planet, primarily the United States. Capitalism, where people's progress, economic progress, is destructive to the planet. This has been the message. We're destroying it, greenhouse gases, with the giant cars and trucks that we drive and all the airplanes that we're flying and all the miles we're flying and all the fossil fuels that we're burning. We've got 10 years or 20 years or 30 years or 50 years or a hundred years, depending on the report, to fix it or we're all gonna die.
And then the polar bears are dying, and they put up fraudulent pictures of polar bears on little ice floes, three square feet, claiming that's all that's left for Little Timmy the polar bear. And of course giant, total, fraudulent lies, all designed to impose guilt and fear, even among kids. I mean, Ted Turner was one of the early entrances into this with his cartoon series on Saturday morning called Captain Planet. It was about a guy saving the world from evil corporate CEOs who were destroying it simply by running their businesses. Capitalists, Republicans, conservatives didn't care what they destroyed, didn't care who they destroyed. All they wanted was to get rich and make everybody else poorer.
Remember we talked about the student body at Rutgers demanding that Condi Rice be removed as the commencement speaker. I was pointing out that when 9/11 happened, those students now were between six and 10 years old. And I asked you to consider, what has been their world from age six, 10, the moment they started paying attention. It's been nothing but fear, panic. It's been negative this, negative that. "America sucks" has been what they've grown up with. America's destroying the planet. America is killing the polar bears. America is immoral and unjust in Iraq, America! They've grown up believing that their country is immoral and unjust and unfair.
And the climate change argument was part of it, and the kids especially. How many of you are parents whose kids would come home from school, "Mommy, mommy, you've gotta stop driving the car that you're driving. It's killing the polar bears, mommy, mommy." How many of you parents had that happen to you? Raise your hands. It's a lot of you. And if it wasn't your kids, it was the news that made you feel guilty, but there was always redemption for you. You know what the redemption was? Vote Democrat. Isn't it amazing? You could vote Democrat and agree for the government to get bigger and agree for taxes to go up, and that's how you could be absolved of your sin and your part, the role you played in destroying the world.
You can now save the world if and only if you do the following. And it all meant vote Democrat, support bigger government, support Obamacare, support tax increases. That was your redemption. Kids were literally scared to death. Kids, young kids, you tell 'em the polar bears are dying, tell 'em their world is ending, I mean, kids dream incredibly positive things if you let them, but they're also very susceptible to pessimism. And if that's all a young kid grows up with, what in the world, by the time the kid gets to college, is it gonna be?
So this story in the Canada Globe & Mail is about the fear and anxiety among the youths on the rise of climate change and the impact. And in this story by Gayle MacDonald, again, the advice from the experts on how to keep from being driven crazy by climate change hysteria is not to ignore it; the advice is not to accept and believe you've been hoaxed. Oh, no, no, no. You know what you're supposed to do to deal with your fear and anxiety? Get involved in climate change activism. That's the way they will ensure that you vote Democrat. That's the way they will insure that you end up supporting bigger government.
Bigger government means less freedom and liberty for people. Bigger government means more regulations and more laws and more limits on what you can do, more restrictions on what you can do and think and say and become. That's your salvation. Sound advice. Now, this is a perfect example of what I've been saying for years. One of the things I firmly believe about Baby Boomers, and I've had people that disagree with me on this. You've heard the riff. I'm not gonna spend as much time on it as I have. For those of you that haven't heard it let me give you the short version.
I was sitting around talking with a friend of mine 10 years ago. I was 53, 50 years old, whatever, I was talking about how young I felt compared to my dad when he was 40, that was it. If you hadn't made it by 40, that was when he'd made it, but when he was 40, he looked it, acted it. And everybody his generation did. World War II generation, they had gone through the Great Depression. They had gone through World War II, Korea. They had lived with the very personal Soviet threat to destroy them, this country, their children and grandchildren. I mean, our parents, the Baby Boomer parents, the World War II generation, sometimes called the Greatest Generation, they had to grow up real fast. They had to grow up by 18. They learned very early in life that everything was much bigger than they are, that there were a lot of things more important than them personally.
They didn't have time to get self-absorbed. And because of all of that, because of all the evil that they succeeded in beating back and defeating, their kids -- us -- by comparison have had a piece of cake. We have had to invent our traumas in order to convince ourselves that our lives are tough, too. Now, where I get in trouble is people say, "What do you mean? You don't think there's --"
No, no. I mean, if you invent a trauma, the trauma's real. I'm not denying. You can traumatize yourself. You can make it up, trauma. I'm just talking from generation to generation. My life is a piece of cake compared to my parents. They wouldn't understand, they wouldn't believe my life even though they saw enough of it, they still didn't believe it.
My life was not possible to them. And they were huge patriots, loved America; but this kind of thing just didn't happen to enough people. It was a numbers thing with them. It wasn't anything personal. They hoped for it, every parent does. I had all the time in the world to do nothing but focus on me. I had all the time in the world to do nothing but everything in my own self-interest. I'm 63 now, and I still don't feel like I'm anywhere near fully grown up, anywhere near the end of life. Our parents were not that way. They had it tougher. I mean, you might want to say that the things that we have endured, okay, we've had Vietnam, yeah, and we had the Gulf War and we've had -- but, see, then some people throw in, "Yeah, we've had climate change." No, you've had a hoax!
There isn't any man-made disaster occurring out there. It can't be proved. I'm gonna tell you again if I have to shout from the rooftops. There is no empirical data of climate change. It's all computer model prediction, folks. There isn't any empirical evidence of it. It's all fearmongering brought on by predictions, computer models. There hasn't been any warming in the last, what is it, 17 years now. The White House, the Washington Post today says that the latest reason why Obama's so concerned about climate change is that he saw a picture, two satellite photos, actually, that he was shown, California and Nevada, which show how they're suffering from the current drought. And that's, "Oh, man, we got global warming."
Now, wait a minute. See, I remember all this stuff. The original global warming predictions were for massive floods, sea levels rising. They weren't gonna be any droughts. So they take whatever extreme of the day is happening and they assign it to climate change. Climate change is a perfect example of something that has been manufactured, that causes people trauma and fear and gives them something that they gotta get involved in to save the country and to save the world. And of course the way you do it, you vote Democrat, you believe in liberalism, you support expanding government, near totalitarian type leaders and so forth, agree to pay higher taxes, drive junk cars, and you are now saving the planet.
That's how you feel good about yourself. That's how your life has meaning. It's all made up. It's all manufactured. It's just one of many examples of what I think is traumas we've had to invent or to tell ourselves we have challenges. And to excuse our failures, by the way, too.
That's another reason why you need to invent all these traumas is to excuse failure, 'cause it's never your fault. So now I have proof of it here in this Globe & Mail story from Canada. Let me read from the bottom of the story. "Environmental activist and author Kenneth Worthy ... advises that we realize every generation has had great challenges.
"'Our forebears had the First World War and the Second World War. Another generation dealt with the Cold War...'" No, one generation dealt with both wars and the Great Depression, three of 'em: The Great Depression, World War II, Cold War. Throw Korea in there. One generation dealt with all three of those.
"Now the greatest threat to this generation -- young and old -- is the climate problem, which involves a lot of volatility, and a lot of change.' He hopes we can face it as a generation, together. 'We have to find the flexibility, the courage and the determination to stand up to that crisis -- collectively, not just as individuals. Like our parents did before us.'"
What a laugh.
Comparing something that only exists in computer models to wars? You've got to believe me. I am not making that up. There isn't any evidence of any of this. It's pure fearmongering. Never mind what this is doing to the minds of children. It's scaring of hell out of little kids. They're making them think that we are killing their parents and killing polar bears and all this!
They really believe this, and now they're traumatized.
RUSH: "A confident, athletic girl, McLean says the flood left her vulnerable, scared and hating the rivers that encircled her home. 'They wouldn’t let us in for several days after we were evacuated,' says McLean... 'I used to think the rivers were so pretty. It made me not like them any more.'" That's from the global warming story, on how kids are traumatized and scared. She now hates the river. I'm reading it right here from the Globe & Mail.
This is how they've done it on every issue.
Kids are traumatized over this; it's understandable, too.
RUSH: This is Kevin in Attica, New York. Hey, Kevin. Thank you very much for your patience. I appreciate it.
CALLER: Great to speak with you, Rush. Actually, Rush, it's Kevin from Attica, Ohio. But that's all right.
RUSH: That's my mistake. Sorry about that.
CALLER: Okay, I wanted to say it's such an honor to speak with you. Somewhere my father is doing a tap dance. You are definitely our knight in shining information. I will try not to be too long-winded here and wrap this up pretty quick. As I explained to your gentlemen before, I'm kind of an in between gap of generations. My father was a World War II merchant marine, and my mother was, I don't know, Vietnam-era person. Now, when you mentioned about going back, talking about childhood when we all hid under the table during the nuclear war warnings, I remember that vividly. We would hide under the table and they would push a clicker over the announcement system, and we would all hide under the table.
I wanted to make a comment that our generation kind of searches for legitimacy in this way. When I was a kid, most of my older generation folks had been some sort of a hero either in war or something to that effect. There was a lot of folks that were trying to find some identity and, you know, what can we do, what can we do? I'm not trying to be too confusing but I believe that back during the days of Orson Welles and his radio broadcasts, combined with the phenomenon of the nuclear war fear, they found out that they could manipulate the public with all kinds of fear. This is why Hollywood and the liberals are so close.
RUSH: Well, I'm sure that played a role, but the idea of manipulating people with fear is as old as humanity is. It's an art that's been perfected by some, not used as well by others, but, I mean, your basic point is -- are you still there? I heard a click, did you hang up? He dropped. Or did you hang up on him because he was not telling... (interruption) Okay. All right. He wasn't quite on topic, and when callers lie to Snerdley you don't want to be in the room. And he didn't lie -- I mean, he wouldn't lie. He wanted to say so much that he didn't get to his primary point, which was to tell me that he thought I was right in this generational difference. The World War II generation faced genuine, real, everyday, life-threatening events that they had to beat back, and their kids haven't.
His theory, the kids of the World War II generation -- i.e., us, the Baby Boomers -- have been on a long search for meaning. Everybody wants their life to have meaning. Everybody does. And that's, by the way, one of the ways the global warming crowd works. You can save the planet by doing X, Y, and Z. It gives your life meaning. Everybody wants to have meaning. A made-up trauma can be just as traumatic as a real one. Trauma's trauma. If you talk yourself into it, it's real, and it's still gonna have the same sort of stress point effect on you.
My only point in the comparison is that -- and I really mean it -- I think our generation had to invent some in order to give our lives meaning or to tell ourselves that we had it tough when we've really had it comparatively easy. But at the same time, those of us alive today have not faced a government like this. Our country hasn't been as precariously balanced. This challenge is real, in that regard, too, so it works both ways.
RUSH: Now, one more thing about our previous caller, Kevin from Attica, Ohio. He made a really good point, folks. Do you remember, you Baby Boomers out there, when we were kids, there were two things, really, that I recall. The nuclear -- can I admit something to you? I never got afraid of it. I thought people with the bomb shelters were, you know, kind of, "Come on." Especially ducking. I was always a smart aleck malcontent and I remember telling teachers, "Are you really telling me if a nuclear bomb goes off that this desk is gonna protect me?" But still we had to do the drills and get under. I was never afraid of it.
I was afraid of polio. That was the other one that constantly was on television. The March of Dimes. The pictures of kids living inside iron lungs. If you're not old enough to remember that, that won't mean anything to you. But Kevin made a good point, because even the things as kids we were afraid of, we had trust that our parents are gonna protect us or that the adults around us were going to protect us. And I think that's missing. Those people won wars. My dad and his friends, they won wars. They were rough and tough. They were no nonsense. They were gonna protect us, and I don't think that's the case.
I think more people think the government's gonna protect 'em than their own parents are. Not everybody, but I think it's an increasing number of people who think the government's a great protector. Half of 'em don't even have two parents. And that's the thing. The government's doing both. The government is the agent of fear, and then offering the protection if you acquiesce to what the government wants, in this case Democrats. I mean, that's the bottom line. I thought he made a good point even though Snerdley was besmirching the guy to me off the air here.