They did not warn Germany and other comments
Climate: no, they did not warn Germany
While everyone from Greta Thunberg to Angela Merkel attributes the recent flooding in Germany to climate change, Ross Clark of Spectator World points out that “far from predicting more summer precipitation in the German Rhineland, climate models have tended to do the opposite: to predict less”. A map from the European Environment Agency clearly predicts that “summers in the region will get drier. Indeed, when Germany had a dry summer last year, that too was attributed to climate change. The “alternative explanation for the flooding last week is that it is simple weather conditions.” The weather, in fact, caused equally devastating floods in neighboring areas in 1954, leaving 10,000 Germans homeless. It’s about “predicting one thing and then, when it doesn’t, turn around and say, ‘Look, I told you.’ “
Libertarian: the carbon tariff that backfires against the Democrats
Democrats want to tax products from countries, like China, that don’t adopt stricter environmental standards, but their “plan appears to tax Americans to punish” non-compliant foreign manufacturers, observes Eric Boehm of Reason. It would also require “a massive expansion of the federal bureaucracy” to measure the carbon output of each import, set tariff rates and enforce payment – a “recipe for cronyism,” as one economist warns. Meanwhile, according to Boehm, tariffs are not a “particularly effective tool in getting other countries to change their behavior.” It’s like telling your annoying neighbor that you’re going to knock on your own front door if he keeps blasting his music. He might care enough to keep you from hurting yourself, but it wasn’t the threat that did it.
From right: keep CRT out of the military
Even though Critical Race Theory is a “toxic ideology” that “essentially advocates the burning down” of basic American structures, norms and institutions, including the United States military, “top military leaders seem to endorse it.” John Cooper warns at Washington Examiner. “The introduction of racial division and CRT resentment will erode comradeship” and “undermine the instrumental unity which is essential for the US military to successfully protect our national interests.” And yet, professors in military academies are indoctrinating the new class of American defenders with a theory that suggests that our “Constitution is a racist, dehumanizing and imperfect document.” Where the emphasis should be on “training and equipping young men and women to become the best fighters and leaders in the world”, it would appear that “our military leaders have a different priority. China and Russia must celebrate.
Foreign Affairs Office: the fragility of freedom
“Do we really mean ‘never again’? The world is not like us laments Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review. “At every turn” at the first International Summit on Religious Freedom in Washington, “you met someone extraordinary, with a heart-wrenching story to tell.” Ensaf Haider’s husband Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes in Saudi Arabia for “asking questions about faith and challenging extremism”. Mariam Ibraheem “lived to tell the story of her death sentence” in Sudan – for “refusing to renounce” her Christian faith. “Tursunay Ziyawudun, a Uyghur Muslim, described the ‘indelible scars’ on her heart from the violence she suffered” in Chinese detention camps. These “persecuted” men and women should “remind us of the fragility of religious freedom.”
Iconoclast: Beware of the Corporate State
Almost 120 years ago, GOP Chairman Teddy Roosevelt warned his compatriots of the dangers of irresponsible corporate power, a position many Democrats have also taken over the past century – but now, Jonathan Turley thunders at The Hill, it is the “Democratic leaders” who “advocate more and more for corporate governance, while the Republicans express populist themes. Whether it’s supporting the biggest censorship programs in history or private vaccine “passports”, the Liberals are looking to companies like Apple or American Airlines to implement social programs without constitutional limits and policies imposed on government. This is a grim development which, if left unchecked, could leave citizens at the mercy of “corporate governors”.
– Complied by the editorial board of the Post