Mav­er­ick? McCain’s on board the global warm­ing train

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - David Lim­baugh

If John McCain were truly a mav­er­ick, he would pub­licly break from the po­lit­i­cally cor­rect cul­ture that de­mands obe­di­ence to its global warm­ing nar­ra­tive. But sadly, he con­tin­ues to do the op­po­site.

Lib­er­als have de­nom­i­nated Mr. McCain a mav­er­ick be­cause he has taken so many po­si­tions con­tra­dic­tory to his party’s plat­form and to the con­ser­va­tive ide­ol­ogy that un­der­girds it. Now that he is the pu­ta­tive Repub­li­can nom­i­nee, you don’t hear much about his mav­er­ick na­ture, but it’s cer­tainly not be­cause he’s changed his ways in op­pos­ing his party.

Two week, he af­firmed his com­mit­ment to com­pre­hen­sive im­mi­gra­tion re­form, even though ear­lier he stepped back from it to curry fa­vor with con­ser­va­tives. One won­ders what other shoes will in­evitably drop should he win the pres­i­dency, es­pe­cially be­cause he has in­di­cated he would most likely be a one-ter­mer.

Will he re­vert to his vis­ceral re­vul­sion to the Bush sup­ply-side tax cuts? Many sup­ply-siders, af­ter tak­ing Mr. McCain to the wood­shed on the is­sue, as­sure us he can be trusted on it.

If so, their ef­forts will re­dound to the ben­e­fit of the econ­omy and na­tion should Mr. McCain win the elec­tion. But some of th­ese same sup­ply-side ad­vo­cates in­sist we shouldn’t ex­pect him to move right­ward on too many other is­sues.

Sorry, but I re­ject that ze­ro­sum think­ing, as should my fel­low sup­plysiders; they cer­tainly do in the realm of tax pol­icy. While I will vote for Mr. McCain against ei­ther Demo­cratic op­po­nent, I don’t be­lieve we should aban­don ef­forts to re­form the “re­former” on other is­sues be­sides taxes. Are we sup­posed to de­clare a mora­to­rium on the ex­pres­sion of our prin­ci­ples for fear it could dam­age his electabil­ity?

If con­ser­va­tives don’t make an ef­fort to hold Mr. McCain ac­count­able for his lib­eral pro­cliv­i­ties, then no one will, to the guar­an­teed detri­ment of the na­tional in­ter­est. In fact, push­ing him to the right while we still have a chance will en­hance his electabil­ity.

Which brings me back to the sub­ject that in­spired this col­umn: Mr. McCain’s re­gret­table up­com­ing speech out­lin­ing his vi­sion to com­bat global warm­ing.

In a preview of the speech, CNN re­ports that Mr. McCain will say: “We stand warned by se­ri­ous and cred­i­ble sci­en­tists across the world that time is short and the dan­gers are great. The most rel­e­vant ques­tion now is whether our own gov­ern­ment is equal to the chal­lenge.”

No, Mr. McCain, the most rel­e­vant ques­tion is whether po­lit­i­cal lead­ers will have the dili­gence to study this is­sue and the in­tegrity and courage to stand up to the pro­pa­ganda of the en­viro-bul­lies. The ques­tion is whether you can be a mav­er­ick where it counts.

It is not Earth’s ecosys­tem that hangs in the bal­ance, but Amer­ica’s fu­ture. Those whose vi­sion isn’t blurred by green-col­ored glasses and the temp­ta­tion to win ac­co­lades from the left­ist-dom­i­nated cul­ture can see that the global push to “save the planet” is more about de­stroy­ing cap­i­tal­ism, private prop­erty and West­ern cul­ture than sound, sci­ence­based en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship. Never mind the stag­ger­ing con­tra­dic­tion that free mar­ket economies pro­duce cleaner en­vi­rons.

In­deed, I hate to break it to some of my fel­low evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tians who are fall­ing into the trap along with Mr. McCain, but the global warm­ing pros­e­lytes don’t share your world­view. Do you re­al­ize you are jump­ing in bed with those who are pro­mot­ing a pan­the­is­tic de­ifi­ca­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment and a diminu­tion of the dig­nity of hu­man be­ings cre­ated in God’s im­age?

Con­trary to the man­dated script from the warm­ing zealots, there is plenty of cred­i­ble dis­sent in the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity about global warm­ing, par­tic­u­larly man’s role in it. Much of this dis­sent comes from sci­en­tists in fields re­lated to weather stud­ies. Imag­ine that.

The fact that the en­vi­rochurch fa­thers have “out­lawed” dis­sent­ing opin­ion and slan­der those of­fer­ing it tells us some­thing fishy is afoot.

And for you McCain sup­port­ers who think the only is­sues that mat­ter are the war and taxes, not to men­tion abor­tion and im­mi­gra­tion — all of which are in­cal­cu­la­bly im­por­tant — I urge you not to un­der­es­ti­mate the grav­ity of the global warm­ing is­sue and the po­ten­tially dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences of rolling over on it.

If Repub­li­cans also ac­qui­esce to this false re­li­gion and its re­quired “good works,” we are headed to­ward a path of eco­nomic and so­ci­etal de­struc­tion in the name of sav­ing the planet.

It’s time for Newt Gin­grich to get off that couch with Nancy Pelosi and for John McCain to jump off this in­sid­i­ous global warm­ing train that might as well be armed with en­emy bombs and aimed at the heart of this na­tion and its econ­omy.

David Lim­baugh is a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated colum­nist.

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