Andrew Klavan commends the Republicans for forcing the Democrat Party to take an official stance on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal on Thursday’s episode of “The Andrew Klavan Show.” Transcript and video below.
Cocaine Mitch McConnell had called the vote of the Green New Deal this absurd thing that Alexandra Occasional-Cortex wrote and proposed, right? Got no votes. Even some Democrats voted against it. All the other Democrats voted “present.” They didn’t want to have to say anything. Alexandria Occasional-Cortez she said, “Oh I told them I told them to vote present,” like they’re all marching to her orders. Mike Lee, Senator Mike Lee, God love the guy, he got up and gave a speech that was as hilarious as anything I’ve seen in the Senate. I wish I could play the whole thing go online and watch it. But this is just a minute of this speech where he addressed the Green New Deal with, as he says, the seriousness it deserves
Senator Mike Lee: I rise today, to consider the Green New Deal with the seriousness it deserves. This is, of course, a picture of former President Ronald Reagan. Naturally, firing a machine gun while riding on the back of a dinosaur. You’ll notice a couple of important features here. First of all the rocket launcher strapped to President Reagan’s back. And then the stirring, unmistakable, patriotism of the velociraptor holding up a tattered American flag. A symbol of all it means to be an American. Now critics might quibble with this depiction of the climactic battle of the Cold War. Because while awesome, in real life there was no climactic battle. There was no battle, with, or without velociraptors. The Cold War as we all know was won without firing a shot. But that quibble actually serves our purposes here today Mr. President. Because this image has as much to do with overcoming communism in the 20th century as the Green New Deal has to do with overcoming climate change in the 21st.
So he’s kidding. But Alexandra Occasional-Cortex is not kidding. She just felt that it was appalling that her virtue signaling by putting forward this absurd legislation should be mocked. Her virtue signaling should be interrupted by a vote where nobody voted for this thing. But listen carefully to her response.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: This is not an elitist issue. This is a quality of life issue. You want to tell people that their concern and their desire for clean air and clean water is elitist. Tell that to the kids in the south Bronx which are suffering from the highest rates of childhood asthma in the country. Tell that to the families in Flint whose kids have their blood is ascending in lead levels their brains are damaged for the rest of their lives. Call them elitist.
Republicans in the state of Michigan tried to save that town, Flint, Michigan. This is where you’ll remember the water was filled with lead was poisoned because they were taking it out of a polluted river. Kevin Williamson, writing in NRO, said “a word that is curiously scarce in coverage of the disaster in Flint Michigan; Democrat. Flint, like Big Brother Detroit down the way, has a long history of political dominance by the Democratic Party. Its current mayor is a Democrat. So was her predecessor. The mayor before him, Don Williamson, was a career criminal and a Democrat who resigned under threat of recall. His immediate predecessor, Democrat James Rutherford, is a longtime politico and he was elected to finish out the term of Woodrow Stanley who was recalled because the financial state in which he left the city. Stanley was in effect replaced by Democrat Darnell Early” on and on. It was all a Democrat disaster. And guess who kept the Flint water emergency secret? The Obama EPA. They knew about it for six months. They didn’t release it so people were being poisoned that whole time. It was all the Democrats. The whole thing was the Democrats.