Kudos to Ellis Burruss for once again defending freedom of speech in The News-Post’s letters section (Nov. 22). And once again he did so on behalf of folks with whom he disagrees — we who are skeptical of the increasingly frantic wolf-howling of the global warming alarmists.
The latest blast from the U.N. once more trumpets scary predictions based on simplistic, faulty computer climate models, and presents wild-weather claims entirely out of context. The aim, as with the Paris Accord, is to siphon big bucks out of the U.S. and other “developed” nations while effecting an insignificant change in the world’s temperature. Socialism, always the ultimate goal, is being openly pushed, including now by walking, talking puppet Saint Greta of Sweden. Watermelons: green on the outside, red on the inside.
The polar bears, if anything, are having a population explosion. It is Mr. Burruss instead who is part of an endangered group — those with the noble Voltairian mindset when it comes to freedom of speech. Waves of angry snowflakes exit college indoctrinated in leftist nonsense and certain that all opponents are ignorant, stupid, and evil and must be silenced and perhaps eventually destroyed. Social justice warriors in “woke” corporations threaten nonconformists’ jobs or entire careers. Fascist thugs put on cowardly black masks, call themselves “Antifa” and provide repressive violence.
All of which is a problem for those of us who believe that truth is found through wide-open discussion and debate. And it will only get worse as our nation’s leftists become more radical, adopting both the radical left’s through-the-looking-glass view of reality and its if-it-helps-us-it’s-good, if-it-hinders-us-it’s-evil morality.
A Rasmussen survey reported on Dec. 3 that 42 percent of government employees think that “offensive” speech should be banned, and more than half of that 42 percent think that violators of such a ban should be jailed.
Ronald Reagan once said “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” Perhaps for America that time is now. You don’t really appreciate something until you lose it.