President Klaus further noted that many powerful people around the world, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, authorities at the United Nations, and the Academy Award Winning Al Gore, all have the audacity to - - literally - - try and change the weather.
After making these observations, President Klaus states what is really going on here: “The dictates of political correctness are strict,” he writes, “and only one permitted truth, not for the first time in history, is (being) imposed upon us. Everything else is denounced.” He also insists that “rational and freedom-loving people have to respond.”
Now, why is it that here in the wealthiest nation on earth, Al Gore can say things like “the earth has a fever,” and “the debate (on global warming) is over,” and millions of Americans believe it without question - - while a man who heads-up a democracy that is less than twenty years old has enough “Yankee spirit” in him to doubt, question, and even contradict the environmental orthodoxy?
The answer lies in his personal background.
“As someone who lived under communism for most of his life,” Mr. Klaus writes, “I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not in communism. This ideology wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning.”
In short, Mr. Klaus knows first-hand what it is like to live under oppression - - and he knows what rhetorical and propagandizing lengths oppressors will go to in order to impose their oppression.
With this in mind, he goes on to make some observations that are for many of us obvious, and yet are elusive for far too many Americans; that small climate changes do not require far-reaching restrictive measures; that the suppression of freedom and democracy should be avoided; and that we shouldn’t “scare ourselves with catastrophic forecasts, or use them to defend and promote irrational interventions in human lives.”
In reality, the threat of “irrational interventions in human lives” will never go away. Still I am comforted to know that at this moment in time, President Klaus is with us as a voice of reason for the Czech Republic - - and for many misguided Americans, as well.
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.