The second James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas undercover vid occurs at a swank NYC fundraiser. Ultra-liberal Harvey Weinstein is seen leaving without comment but another wealthy donor, a NYC real estate mogul, lets us know that Alison Lundergan Grimes is lying about her support for coal interests because when she gets elected she will “f*** ’em.”
Democrats are protesting that the undercover video isn’t kosher. That’s pretty funny considering Dems were happy to score points against Mitt Romney by using an undercover video during his fundraiser. Romney is by all accounts a charitable and compassionate man, so there is every reason to believe his explanation that the 47% was an awkward reference to the Obama bad economy rather than a moral judgment. Hey, live by the sword, die by the sword.
All the individuals in both videos showcase Grimes staff, Democratic operatives/volunteers and her donors, and they all believe she is flat-out lying in her support of coal. There is no assumption that she’s been taken out of context, indeed they consider her stance a well-orchestrated campaign strategy to lie to get elected.
These Grimes supporters clearly state you have to lie to get elected. That’s pretty nasty but Dems have been espousing dirty politics since 2000. Oh, Dems and Repubs have long been involved in dirty campaigns -witness the awful LBJ Daisy ad to smear Goldwater – but liberals blamed the ‘dirty politics” of Karl Rove for the Gore and Kerry losses. There’s no real reason why. But they used that as an excuse to tolerate any kind of shenanigans from both Obama campaigns and then his administrations. This moral equivalency, based on no evidence other than the often-stated myth that Gore and Kerry were “cheated” out of being president, allows Dems to ignore/dismiss any corruption, irregularities, lawlessness and dishonesty. Their argument is essentially the same as a taxpayer cheating on his 1040 because ‘everyone else cheats on taxes.” Well, I don’t cheat on my taxes and I don’t automatically assume others cheat or that all politicians are dishonest.
That the Grimes staff/Dems in these videos consider KY voters stupid and thus have to be lied to is flat-out stated. What I noticed is that none of the Dem workers were from Eastern Kentucky or any areas that depend on fossil fuels for their economy. That’s not an accident. There is a snobbishness, an elitist disdain from liberals in Louisville/Lexington toward coal, Eastern KY, traditional agriculture and rural areas that is unstated but understood in these videos. They think they are removed from fossil fuel economies, largely because they think are better educated and/or more sophisticated. In addition to its immorality and cruelty, it’s a dumbass assumption.
I wrote a few years ago of sitting in a Lexington restaurant on a hot September Saturday when the fall semester was starting at UK. Right on cue, we heard a group of other diners disdainfully dismiss coal because it’s so dirty. Oh, they love to say that so others can hear. We were sitting in blissful air conditioning, in a comfortable well-lit area, all courtesy of inexpensive, reliable coal-fired electric power. They blithely say we can use wind or something. But we aren’t, are we? Back in the late 70’s there were massive solar/wind/ethanol gov’t subsidies that looked exciting until the tax dollars were withdrawn, the unreliability became an issue, and the prospects of massive consumer cost increases became evident. I don’t care if California has geothermal energy or solar energy or whatever but none of that is feasible here and frankly, we can’t afford it. I wonder how long Californians can.
There is something in some Kentuckians or Appalachians or Southerners or redstate residents that encourages them to emulate liberals by ridiculing their fellow residents, whether it is art or environmentalism or Christianity or private colleges or an urban residence or certain car or a myriad of other liberal behaviors or beliefs. Perhaps society teaches them that: leave your little town to go to a big college, don’t work in a little town since it’s better to work in a big town, that kind of acceptable snobbery. It’s become an elitist view that pervades liberal thinking of flyover country and bitter gun owners clinging to religion.
If big-city liberals in Kentucky want to destroy coal, oil, gas,and lumber then who knows what else, then they can pay the higher taxes to subsidize those of us who depend on coal-fired power plants. The Kentucky budget is seriously hurt by our reduced coal revenues, not to mention devastated local budgets in coal country. It may be affecting you more than you know, Mr/Ms Lexington/Louisville liberal. Imagine what the restored coal revenues could do for hard-hit state agencies, such as social workers, legal aid, prisons, etc.
Calls for the death of the coal/fossil fuel industries use the recently invented term carbon pollution, although most carbon dioxide is natural-occurring, most man-made comes from unrepentant China and India, and there’s no evidence it’s harmful anyway. Moving the goalposts, constantly changing the terminology, inventing new dangers, and usurping government power are characteristics of the environmental movement from its late 1960’s/early 1970’s beginning.
As for lying, Obama evidently was when he promised an “all of the above” energy policy. The EPA and enviro groups were lying when they agitated and sued for cleaner coal extraction and cleaner coal-fired power plants. The coal industry and oil refineries spent $ Billions cleaning them up only to be kicked out anyway. Come to think of it, Alison may fit in very well in the lying Obama administration.