The ‘Green New Hoax’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Tammy Bruce

Here’s a scoop for you: The so-called “Green New Deal,” onto which 70 lead­ing Democrats have signed, doesn’t ex­ist. Like a sales­man parked at a cor­ner hawk­ing a small bot­tle filled with a mys­tery sub­stance that will cure ev­ery­thing from in­som­nia to can­cer, the Demo­cratic Party is pro­mot­ing a fraud­work quilt promis­ing a cure for all.

In re­al­ity, this hoax tar­get­ing the lib­eral base, GenXers and pro­gres­sives, is noth­ing more than an elab­o­rate Get Out the Vote or­ga­niz­ing ef­fort. As a for­mer com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer, I re­spect that work when it’s about real pro­pos­als, ac­tual leg­is­la­tion and se­ri­ous ideas.

Yet, cour­tesy of a let­ter be­ing sent by Rep. Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez to Demo­cratic col­leagues in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives we now know that there is no pack­age of im­ple­mentable ideas or pol­icy. What they do have is a press re­lease word salad of plat­i­tudes, slo­gans and talk­ing points.

Bloomberg re­ported on the let­ter, with a re­veal­ing head­line: “Oca­sio-Cortez be­gins to sketch out de­tails of ‘Green New Deal.’” Con­firm­ing the thing Democrats, in­clud­ing Sens. Ka­mala Har­ris and El­iz­a­beth War­ren, have en­dorsed isn’t even for­mu­lated yet. As Win­ston Churchill might note, it’s a rid­dle, wrapped in a mys­tery, in­side an enigma. It would be more hon­est to call it the “Green New Hoax.”

Bloomberg’s first para­graph out­lin­ing Ms. Oca­sio-Cortez’s “blue­print” is at least hon­est: “En­vi­ron­men­tal leg­is­la­tion dubbed a ‘Green New Deal’ and cham­pi­oned by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez has drawn wide­spread at­ten­tion — de­spite the fact that no one re­ally knows for sure what it is.” No one knows, be­cause it doesn’t ex­ist.

“‘Next week, we plan to re­lease a res­o­lu­tion that out­lines the scope and scale of the Green New Deal,’ ac­cord­ing to a let­ter the New York Demo­crat sent to col­leagues. ‘In it, we call for a na­tional, so­cial, in­dus­trial and eco­nomic mo­bi­liza­tion at a scale not seen since World War II,’” re­ports Bloomberg. “Goals laid out in the let­ter in­clude reach­ing net-zero green­house gas emis­sions ‘through a fair and just tran­si­tion for all com­mu­ni­ties and work­ers,’ cre­at­ing mil­lions of ‘good, high­wage jobs’ while en­sur­ing pros­per­ity and eco­nomic se­cu­rity for all, and in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture and in­dus­try.”

Sounds like a cul­tural rev­o­lu­tion to me. What’s the ‘fair and just tran­si­tion for all com­mu­ni­ties’ she’s talk­ing about? Vague enough to be mod­eled on Pol Pot or Chair­man Mao or maybe just Martha Ste­wart. Who knows, and that’s the point.

“The res­o­lu­tion will also call for clean air and wa­ter, cli­mate re­siliency, healthy food, ac­cess to na­ture and ‘a sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment for all for gen­er­a­tions to come,’ ac­cord­ing to the let­ter. Lastly, the Green New Deal will ‘pro­mote jus­tice and eq­uity by pre­vent­ing cur­rent and re­pair­ing his­toric op­pres­sion to front­line and vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties,” re­ports the newswire.

Fur­ther proof of the lack of se­ri­ous­ness is this out­ra­geous pitch­ing of ‘pro­tect­ing vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties,’ as the young woman in front of this cha­rade has said noth­ing in op­po­si­tion to her party mov­ing in sev­eral states to le­git­imize in­fan­ti­cide.

In De­cem­ber 2018, in a story about the gen­e­sis of the scheme, the New Yorker in­ad­ver­tently ex­posed the real agenda. “Sun­rise, founded a year and a half ago by a dozen or so twen­tysome­things, be­gan its cam­paign for the Green New Deal last month, when two hun­dred ac­tivists oc­cu­pied Nancy Pelosi’s of­fice a week af­ter the midterm elec­tions. The move­ment has al­lied with the in­com­ing con­gress­woman Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez … In­side Luther Place Memo­rial Church, cheers erupted as ac­tivists un­furled a yel­low and black ‘green new deal now’ ban­ner from the bal­cony. The crowd hushed as the first speaker, Varshini Prakash, came to the mi­cro­phone. Prakash… is one of Sun­rise’s co-founders. She later told me that a high­light of her ac­tivism career was when she par­tic­i­pated in a mu­si­cal dis­rup­tion of a Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion panel at the United Na­tions cli­mate con­fer­ence in Bonn, in 2017...” re­ported the New Yorker.

In­cluded in their cov­er­age is this com­ment from Ms. Prakash, who also hap­pened to be a guest of Sen. Ed Markey at the State of the Union. “‘Our strat­egy for 2019 is go­ing to be con­tin­u­ing this mo­men­tum to build the peo­ple power and the po­lit­i­cal power to make a Green New Deal a po­lit­i­cal in­evitabil­ity in Amer­ica,’ Prakash told me. ‘In 2020, we, along with our part­ners, are go­ing to be at­tempt­ing to build the largest youth po­lit­i­cal force this coun­try has ever seen.’” Fur­ther, the New Yorker re­ports the founders of “Sun­rise” met through groups like Oc­cupy Wall Street and Black Lives Mat­ter.

The Sun­rise Move­ment’s web­site makes it clear — they are all about or­ga­niz­ing at the lo­cal level, high­light­ing their goal to “Build our move­ment in ev­ery cor­ner of the coun­try so we can reach the mil­lions of young peo­ple who are scared about cli­mate and keep build­ing sup­port for a Green New Deal.” Which, as we now know, is an ap­pari­tion.

But one does need a cause — prefer­ably one that is mal­leable and pushes all the right emo­tional but­tons. No one asked Barack Obama for specifics of his “hope and change” plan. And we all know how that worked out. Now the same left­ists trust you won’t ask for specifics as they plan the next round of wreck­ing your life. Tammy Bruce, pres­i­dent of In­de­pen­dent Women’s Voice, au­thor and Fox News con­trib­u­tor, is a ra­dio talk show host.

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