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Executive Orders and Falling Space Rocks


By Mr. Curmudgeon: 

During his State of the Union address, President Obama said that if Congress fails to pass draconian environmental legislation “to protect future generations,” he will direct his “cabinet to come up with executive action we can take … to reduce pollution, [and] prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change …”

Should America, if not the world, breathe a sigh of relief?

Friday, an asteroid estimated to weigh 10 tons and no bigger than a large kitchen table, streaked across the sky above Russia. Moving through Earth’s atmosphere at 33,000 mph, the shockwave preceding the fiery rock bounced off the Russian tundra and slammed back into the meteor, triggering an above-ground explosion that toppled nearby structures and injured more than 1,000 people. Mr. Obama’s cabinet will have to tackle our planet’s near-earth-object problem once they save us from Al Gore’s invisible friend – global warming.

Executive Orders certainly impede the actions of a free people, engendering a god-like sense of omnipresent power in the mind of the pen-wielding signer, but it can’t slow or stop the solar system’s deadly, whirling debris. There is a lesson in all this: reality is far too complex for mere mortals to predict let alone manage.

In a letter dated July 3, 1776, John Adams confided to his wife Abigail that “succeeding generations” of Americans would celebrate the 4th of July “with pomp and parade … sports … bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other…” One month later, Gen. Washington’s Continental Army suffered a crushing defeat at the Battle of Long Island.

It would be seven years before Britain officially ended hostilities in America. Furthermore, the United States would not see a Pacific territory admitted into the Union until California brightened the constellation of stars on our flag in 1850. How could Adams know his nation would gain her independence and expand from sea to shining sea; that future generations would travel across North America in covered wagons or over asphalt ribbons in vehicles powered by fossil fuel, courtesy of dinosaurs annihilated by a massive meteor?

He didn’t. Adams believed liberty unleashed the creative impulses in a free people. That America’s unpredictable future was made more secure if built by free individuals working in cooperation with one another. That can’t be commanded into existence by autocrats with the stroke of a pen, or planned by commissions comprised of all-knowing bureaucratic “experts.”

Will all who predicted Russia’s meteor encounter please raise your hands … anyone … anyone at all? Why didn’t the fundamental transformer of America’s future “prepare our communities for the consequences” of an impending asteroid impact during his State of the Union harangue? It’s strange that utopians, who claim the power to mold the future, continually fail to predict it. An inconvenient truth, as Al Gore might say.


Originally, from Los Angeles, I eventually made my way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now South Florida.
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  1. Scott Simmons

    Feb 16, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Well said, Mr. Curmudgeon! Lest we think we begin to think we have any real control.

  2. Koissi

    Feb 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    There are certain arguments for global warming that the left has adopted, just as there are certain arguments against global warming that the right has adopted. The ones for the left tend to follow what observations and deductive reasoning has to offer, while the right's argument denies that. There are many things that humans do not have control over, and scientists agree on this. However, when it comes to things like global warming, or global climate change or whatever you want to call it, the same scientists who agree that we can't predict everything are going to tell you that this is the one thing that we can predict, and even slow down. The only reason for the right to deny climate change seems to be to separate themselves from the left as much as possible, and not for the safety of our planet.

  3. Nora

    Feb 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Recent studies show the hole in the ozone layer is contracting not expanding.

    I want to start by saying I dislike waste. I am all about recycling products from clothes to metals, plastics, electronics, paper. I try to purchase used or refurbished – even recycled when possible.
    That being said, I do not buy into the religion of climate science.
    People sure have short memories. When I was little (1970's) it was predicted that , because of "man's" CO2 pollution, the pollution would have an effect on the earth much like a visor or tinted windows and our earth would begin to enter an ice age by the 1990's or early Y2k. When that didn't happen, science shifted gears and insisted it was not cooling that was happening but rather warming. Recently it was stated that science concluded that warming was not happening but now it is the presence of extreme weather.

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