Don’t look now, but somebody who wants to be President forgot to take their medicine.
It remains uncertain as to whether the failure to follow the prescription will be politically costly. But the Senator formerly known as Hillary Rodham Clinton seems to be caught in another little conflict, and this one could be a problem with, shall we say, “the faithful.”
By “the faithful,” I mean the left-wing contingency within the Democratic Party that long ago abandoned any historic, western understanding of the relationship between the human person and the earth (an understanding that is so commonplace for most of us that we just think of it as "normal"), and dogmatically clings to an essentially “eco-centric” worldview.
We’re talking here about folks who listen to the Academy Award Winning Al Gore say trumped-up things about "global warming" like “the debate is over," and “the earth has a fever,” as he peddles his so-called "carbon offsets" from his own corporation- - and they believe it, every word of it, without question.
The prescription, of course, frequently emanates from Hillary herself. It’s about the moral imperative incumbent upon all of us to curtail our consumption of natural resources, especially energy resources, and to reign-in the levels of pollution we create.
Of course Hillary has been issuing this prescription to other people for a long time. Even as far back as the 1980’s while Mrs. Clinton was serving on the board of directors of Wal-Mart, she was an outspoken voice challenging Sam Walton to boost the company’s sales and usage of recycled materials and other products that she determined to be “green.”
Back in February of this year, a day after the Exxon corporation declared it’s biggest profit ever ($39 billion), Hillary used the occasion to both preach to the faithful AND take a shot at the entire petroleum industry (note: eco-centrists generally despise for-profit companies, especially oil companies).
After describing Exxon’s news to an audience from the Democratic National Committee, she said “…I want to take those profits and put them into an alternative energy fund that will begin to fund alternative smart energy alternatives that will actually begin to move us toward the direction of independence…”
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.