In the truest sense of bipartisanship, the idiocy of the debate on the Keystone pipeline is convincing enough evidence that seriousness of thought, statesmanship, vision, wisdom, long-term thinking, rationality and responsibility for future generations has no place in the United States Senate when it comes to the seminal issue facing the species: namely, climate change. And of course over the ensuing months it is likely to get worse.
The most profoundly disturbing element in what is passing for serious debate and deliberation is the constant drumbeat from both sides of the aisle on the impacts of building this continental conduit for the perpetuation of global poisoning will have on individual states and jobs. While I certainly support increasing living wage jobs for all Americans, there are sensible ways to do this, (i.e. through infrastructure projects that sustain communities), and there are stupid ways to do this, (i.e. through worsening climate change and its impacts upon the species).
Something that has troubled me for many years, including more than two decades working on or with Congress, is the default mechanism of acting more like a like a city ward leader or county commissioner rather than a United States Congressman or Senator. Supporting a project merely because it will result in jobs for their constituents regardless of the impact it has on other states or the country is the height of parochial and small-thinking and does a disservice to the title of their elected office. Their ultimate responsibility is to represent what is best for the country, hence the title of being a Federal elected official. They take the oath of office swearing allegiance to the U.S. Constitution and not the Louisiana or West Virginia or North Dakota constitution.
There is an essential disregard for the concept of federalism, an extremely important component to the representative democratic government fashioned by the founding fathers who receive such patriotic adulation by the very same individuals who then proceed to violate the document they have sworn to uphold.
Adding further injury to insult is the sophomoric and absurd assertions that jobs created have no qualitative differences whatsoever. A job is a job is a job, and regardless of the consequence of its creation is valuable. Using this rationale going to war could be justified because of the job creation opportunities it affords. What a ridiculous proposition. Creating a job that helps destroy not only the enemy but also our own society gives new definition to insanity. And make no mistake about this, what we are facing directly here is a war on the human species aided and abetted by the continued exploitation of a fossil-fuel-driven economic paradigm that kills with no regard for age, sex, color, religion, geography, or position in life.
Just as absurd as the proposition that war is justified because of its job-creating potential is the reality that in essence contributing to human-induced atmospheric degradation is a declaration of war on the human species. And the scope of the declaration does not allow for surgical decimation of a perceived enemy. Climate change does not discriminate when imposing the harsh 千花网