News flash: Tea Party rat­ings top Democrats’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Pat Buchanan

For Democrats like Harry Reid, who called them “evil-mon­gers,” and Nancy Pelosi, who called them “un-Amer­i­can,” the NBC News poll must have hit like a sucker punch at a Ge­orge­town wine-and-cheese.

The Tea Party move­ment, those folks ral­ly­ing against spending last spring and Oba­macare in the sum­mer town halls, are viewed more fa­vor­ably than the Demo­cratic Party.

Forty-one per­cent of Amer­i­cans have a fa­vor­able opin­ion of the Tea Party move­ment, to 35 per­cent for Pres­i­dent Obama’s party. Only 24 per­cent view Tea Party ac­tivists un­fa­vor­ably, while 45 per­cent hold a neg­a­tive view of the Democrats.

While Tea Party types played a role in the GOP’s come­back — help­ing take down Gov. Jon Corzine in New Jer­sey and turn­ing a John McCain deficit of 6 points in the Old Do­min­ion into a 17-point victory for Bob McDon­nell — the move­ment is no sub­sidiary of the GOP. For it played a ma­jor role in rout­ing lib­eral Repub­li­can “Dede” Scoz­zafava in New York’s 23rd and came within a point of elect­ing a third-party con­ser­va­tive.

As Con­gres­sional elec­tions are 10 months off, though pri­maries be­gin in the spring, where do Tea Party types find the bat­tles to keep them in fight­ing trim? Copen­hagen may have pro­vided an an­swer.

While Mr. Obama came home with a noth­ing-burger, Hil­lary stole the show. Without autho­riza­tion of Congress, she com­mit­ted the United States to lead a cam­paign to trans­fer, beginning in 2020, $100 bil­lion a year “to ad­dress cli­mate change needs in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.” The fund would start at $10 bil­lion and grow by 1,000 per­cent in a decade.

The $100bil­lion-a-year global fund sprang from the fer­tile mind of Prime Min­is­ter Gor­don Brown. By 2020, U.S. cit­i­zens, whose na­tion is ca­reen­ing to­ward de­fault, will be bor­row­ing tens of bil­lions more ev­ery year from China, if Bei­jing is still will­ing to lend to us, so we can ship those tens of bil­lions off to the sump holes of the Third World.

The ar­ro­gance of power here as­ton­ishes.

Not only does Hil­lary’s com­mit­ment rep­re­sent a dou­bling of U.S. for­eign aid, she de­clared at Copen­hagen that cli­mate change — known as global warm­ing be­fore a bliz­zard brought Mr. Obama wing­ing home early — is “un­de­ni­able.”

Now, un­de­ni­ably, there is cli­mate change. But we call it spring, sum­mer, fall and win­ter. As for global warm­ing and cool­ing, that has been go­ing on for mil­len­nia. Not so long ago, we ex­ited what is known as the “lit­tle ice age.” Over the 20th cen­tury, the of­fi­cial rise in global tem­per­a­ture was seven-tenths of one de­gree Cel­sius.

Peo­ple are wail­ing about the “hottest decade” in his­tory. But who would have no­ticed if the Chicken Lit­tles had not told us we are all burn­ing up and we must act now to save the planet?

How do we save the planet? By giv­ing them power and money.

Hil­lary’s hun­dred bil­lion a year is just the tip of the ice­berg, and this ice­berg is not melt­ing. We are at the beginning of the big­gest con in his­tory.

Ear­lier this month, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency made an “en­dan­ger­ment find­ing” that car­bon diox­ide, the food of plants and trees, is a danger­ous pol­lu­tant. Un­der the Clean Air Act of 1970, this gives EPA power to shut down the U.S. econ­omy, though EPA head Lisa Jack­son says the rul­ing will ap­ply only to 10,000 util­i­ties, re­finer­ies and large man­u­fac­tur­ers that emit more than 25,000 tons of car­bon diox­ide ev­ery year.

Congress has done noth­ing to re­verse this usurpa­tion of power.

Strict en­force­ment of this find­ing would make Amer­ica a pas­ture and guar­an­tee China’s fu­ture as the first in­dus­trial power, the fac­tory for mankind. What is the pur­pose of this pre­pos­ter­ous EPA find­ing?

It is the EPA night­stick to club into line U.S. com­pa­nies that are fight­ing the Gore-Ker­ryObama cap-and-trade bill stalled in the Se­nate, which rep­re­sents an­other huge trans­fer of wealth and power from the pri­vate sec­tor to Belt­way bu­reau­crats.

What the Oba­maites are say­ing to in­dus­trial Amer­ica is: Back off your op­po­si­tion to ca­pand-trade, or the EPA shuts you down.

The Tea Party ir­reg­u­lars have it in their power to stop the New World Or­der crowd cold. All they need do is stop cap-and­trade in the Se­nate for 10 months, un­til Novem­ber, and block Hil­lary’s $100 bil­lion fund from ever see­ing the light of day.

If the Tea Party ac­tivists can hold the line, they can, next fall, send Congress a mes­sage it will not soon for­get about get­ting off this Acela to glob­al­ism and get­ting back to putting Amer­ica first.

In Europe, democ­racy is dead. French and Dutch voted to kill the EU con­sti­tu­tion. The EU rechris­tened it the Lis­bon Treaty. The Ir­ish voted no. They were forced to vote again. The Bri­tish de­test it, but Gor­don Brown has de­nied them a vote.

The West is dis­ap­pear­ing into a New World Or­der, and against glob­al­ism, the Tea Party folks may rep­re­sent our last best hope.

Pa­trick Buchanan is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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