There are few things so dangerous to free speech as modern-day liberalism. Take a moment and ponder this question: when was the last time liberals crusaded for an issue without demanding that the opposition be silenced as a means of ensuring a moral imperative?
Take a look at Mizzou today; how many #BlackLivesMatter protesters are calling for an open, honest discussion about race relations? Instead, they have roped-off an encampment to keep media out until they are ready to feed the media a constructed narrative. They have even segregated the campus by kicking whites out of their so-called “black-only healing space.”
It’s the same with “climate change”- the catch-all term used to describe any (or lack of) fluctuation in weather.
Recently, global warming zealots petitioned President Obama to begin prosecuting climate change “deniers” under the RICO Act usually reserved for crushing Mafia families and gangs. This petition was, amazingly, authored by 20 climate “scientists” (I’ll remove the quotation marks when these professionals start acting objectively as scientists should).
The letter calls for the prosecution of those who “have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change.”
Earlier this month, New York’s attorney general began a criminal investigation into Exxon Mobil for their unwillingness to buy-into the bought-and-paid-for “science” behind “climate change.”
Both of these recent travesties indicate a shocking lack of tolerance for a diversity of opinion and thought. Indeed, there are few things so dangerous to a free society as the notion that a government ought to punish those who do not subscribe to the state’s belief system.
To see how pervasive this cancerous fanaticism has become, Rasmussen Polls recently conducted a survey to find out how many leftists advocate for the prosecution of those who reject the climate change dogma.
But 68% of Likely U.S. Voters oppose the government investigating and prosecuting scientists and others including major corporations who question global warming. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 17% favor such prosecutions. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Just over one-in-four Democrats (27%), however, favor prosecuting those who don’t agree with global warming. Only 11% of Republicans and 12% of voters not affiliated with either major party agree.
After all, just 24% of all voters believe the scientific debate about global warming is over, although that’s up from 20% in July of last year. Unchanged is the 63% who say that debate is not done yet. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure.
Among voters who believe scientists have made up their minds about global warming, one-in-four (24%) favor prosecuting those who question that theory, but 64% are opposed.
It’s great to see that the majority do not favor throwing “deniers” into the Gulags just yet. However, the power of incrementalism is strong and these numbers are only sure to rise as the left remains committed to silencing those who oppose their fanatical agenda.