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Senator Mike Lee gives a silly speech illustrating the sheer fantasy of the Green New Deal and nails what it’s all about; virtue signaling by chic elites.
I find very little to like about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell but he impressed me this week by scheduling a vote on the Green New Deal. It was pure politics in response to the pure politics of the ludicrous AOC proposal. He forced Democrats eagerly rushing out to signal their support for the aesthetic idea of a Green New Deal to vote on the damned thing.
No one would stand up to vote for it; not a single senator. Some 57 senators, including all Republicans and a few Democrats, voted against it; and the remaining 43 (all Democrats) voted “present” as a protest, according to USA Today. What a beautiful thing!
The debate was the most interesting thing, though. Senator Mike Lee’s speech was, like the Green New Deal, pure fantasy:
Mike Lee tends to be a very serious guy so this silliness was out of character, however warranted it was a complement to the Green New Deal silliness. Lee had serious points to make, though. One was to illustrate the sheer fantasy world the Green New Deal represents. The other was to point out what it’s all about:
“The Green New Deal is not a serious policy document because it’s not a policy document at all it is in fact an aesthetic one. The resolution is not an agenda of solutions, it’s a token of elite tribal identity and endorsing it a public act of piety for the chic and woke.”
I do not believe I’ve ever heard a more correct or succinct expression of what fractivism and today’s extremist environmentalism is all about. It’s a matter of elite identity and a way of assuaging guilt by demonstrating piety to the causes of other elites.