Those have GOT to be the nine scariest words in the English language. I don’t know about you, but the less the government helps me, the happier I am. Why? because all that “free help” is never free. There’s a huge difference between “freedom” and “free.” With “Freedom,” I’m free to succeed – or fail. I’m free to decide what’s best for me. And I’m free to make smart choices or dumb ones. But the government is about to change all that. Welcome to the world Aldous Huxley envisioned in 1984 – only just shy of 30 years late. Do you remember that Super Bowl ad that Audi ran about the “Green Police,” where people where getting themselves arrested for having styrofoam cups, failing to recycle, and keeping their thermostats a few degrees over the proscribed amount? Funny bit, right? You may be laughing out of the other end, when you discover what Janet “I knew nothing about Fast and Furious” Napolitano has in store for us all, via the TSA, Homeland Security, et all. Do the words “Environmental Justice” strike fear into your heart? Well, they should.
Go read this. It’s a lovely little PDF from our pals at Homeland Security, designed to insinuate themselves into every aspect of our lives, proctologically speaking. Lemme share with you the “Vision Statement” from the document:
“Environmental justice” describes the commitment of the Federal Government, through its policies, programs, and activities, to avoid placing disproportionately high and adverse effects on the human health and environment of minority or low-income populations. As described in the 2010 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR), our Nation’s vision of homeland security is a homeland safe and secure, resilient against terrorism and other hazards, and where American interests and aspirations and the American way of life can thrive. In seeking to fulfill this vision, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) aspires to avoid burdening minority and low-income populations with a disproportionate share of any adverse human health or environmental risks associated with our efforts to secure the Nation. DHS joins with other departments and agencies to appropriately include environmental justice practices in our larger mission efforts involving federal law enforcement and emergency response activities.
Now allow me to translate this into actual, everyday English:
“Environmental Justice” paints a picture of an intrusive “Nanny State” government that is going to use “helping the poor” as an excuse to crawl up your backside with a flashlight and make sure you don’t own anything, do anything, enjoy anything, or use anything that the government deems to be a “hazard” to the “security” of the Nation.
Still unclear? Okay, you know the “ban the incandescent bulb” thing? Well that was just a taste of how Homeland Security plans to over-regulate and over-enforce all manner of things, without, by the way, the input or consent of any elected officials. Specifically, “climate change,” “global warming,” “carbon footprints” and the like have all been designated “National Security Concerns.” That means that Homeland Security is taking it upon themselves to decide how warm or cool you can keep your homes (courtesy of the General Electric “smart grid” they’ve been promoting), as well as what products you buy, how much you consume, how much you weigh, and so on and so forth.
Don’t believe me? Go read the report. Look, campers, “Environmental Justice” is a euphemism for “we know what’s good for you more than you do, and we’re not going to give you a choice in the matter.” This directive is a license to steal, a license to ruin lives and livelihoods, and a license to change America, virtually overnight, into a Socialist Nanny State.
Shutting down the farmers in the San Joaquin Valley for some stupid minnow was bad. Banning incandescent bulbs was stupid. This will be worse. MUCH worse, because there are no limits on what they can do, no oversight on the people making the rules, and no way, short of an Act of Congress (and a President actually willing to obey the Constitution instead of use it as toilet paper) to stop it.
Do you want to be told that you have to junk your 10-year-old car and buy a Chevy Volt “for the Children”? Do you want to see candy banned because obesity is a “national security problem”? Do you want to see entire industries shut down (coal mining for one), because it’s deemed “not in the national interest”? Well, get ready, friends. If Obama wins re-election, that is EXACTLY what you’re going to see. And Napolitano isn’t even being coy about it. This stuff is as brazen as I can imagine, and I have a rather fertile mind.
It’s easy to understand why our borders resemble an open door more than a fence – Homeland Security is far more concerned with the internal threat of radical donut consumption than they are with illegals and terrorists coming across into the Southwest. Hell, they’ve even closed national parks on our border with Mexico, deeming them “too dangerous” due to the activities of drug smugglers. Defend our turf? Don’t be absurd! Wait…is that a styrofoam cup in your hand?
If you want to see what Obama’s Brave New World looks like, with only a ruling class that has unfettered access to things we currently look upon as part of our lifestyles, go ahead. Vote him back in. But if you like leaving a light on when you leave the room, enjoy keeping your home at 72 degrees, or enjoy the occasional foray to Krispy Kreme, you’d best know what you’re getting yourself into when you decide to vote Democrat this year.
Don’t say you weren’t warned.