Today is April 22, 2011. It is Good Friday, but also the 41st anniversary of Earth Day. Quite ironic. One of the most solemn of Christian holidays, the day Jesus — considered by many as God, is crucified on the cross, coincides with a pagan holiday which celebrates the Earth itself as goddess!
There will be workshops, poetry readings, birdwatching, benefit concerts, Earth Day after parties, etc. It aims to makes us be one with Mother Earth. Are you feeling all warm and fuzzy yet? Does it make you want to paint your face blue and dance around trees in your neighborhood? C’mon, I know you’re singing “Kumbaya” as we speak!
Imagine when Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in 1970, who would have known it would have such far-reaching effects, and even international ramifications? It’s kind of like an annual resurrection of the hippie flower-power. And I guess it didn’t hurt the cause after it was exposed last year that scientists had been cooking the books on climate change. Perhaps Earth Day has earned more cache since Bolivia brought up a measure to bestow human rights on Mother Earth.
There is now a website called Earth Day Network, and if you go there, you can see that over 100 million people have pledged to help save the planet. Who or what are we saving the planet from? The answer comes from Charlie Brown of Peanuts: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
Probably, a little known fact is that April 22 is the birth date of Vladimir Lenin, acolyte of Karl Marx, the man who invented communism as an alternative to capitalism. Hmmm. Is this mere coincidence? No, nothing is by accident. Politics has always been the hidden agenda behind the green movement (it’s sometimes called a ‘watermelon,’ green on the outside and red on the inside) and this is just further evidence. Still not convinced? Watch this video via Fox Nation of first graders from Riverwood Elementary School in Tennessee singing an Earth Day rap:
The sky is high, the ocean is deep,
But we can’t treat the planet like a garbage heap.
Don’t wreck it, protect it, keep part of it wild,
And think about the future of your great-grand child.
Recycle, bicycle, don’t you drive by yourself,
Don’t buy those plastic products on the supermarket shelf.
Boycott, petition, let the big business know,
that if we mess it up here, there’s nowhere else to go.
Don’t shrug your shoulders, say, “What can I do?”
Only one person can do it and that person is you?
(Rhyming isn’t that great… Maybe the music for this should be the communist “Internationale.”)
If schools spent this time teaching the basics instead of indoctrinating students on anti-capitalistic values, maybe we wouldn’t be 25th in math and 21st in science…
On the bright side… Last week’s Gallup poll “found that Americans are prioritizing economic growth over the environment by the widest margin in nearly three decades.” For decades, it had been the opposite, the majority of American’s top concern was environmental protection. The trend reversed in 2008 when the economy went into sharp decline. And this only changed briefly after the Oil Gulf spill.
Earth Day, May Day….environmentalism, totalitarianism…
Neither belongs in a liberty-loving America!