And the NIMBY Of The Year Award goes to.... May I have the envelope please.....
One would think that Massachusetts, home of liberal heroes like John Kennedy and John Kerry, and countless other titans of liberalism would be the perfect home for this new, pollution free energy source. However, you'd be wrong. Leading the group OPPOSED to building those windmills, is none other than, environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Click on that link and take a look at what Kennedy does. If you are too lazy, here's just a snippet:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions: prosecuting governments and companies for polluting the Hudson River and Long Island sound; winning settlements for the Hudson Riverkeeper; arguing cases to expand citizen access to the shoreline; and suing sewage treatment plants to force compliance with the Clean Water Act. "He's a pioneer as an attorney in the area of municipal and government responsibility for environmental problems," says Hudson Riverkeeper John Cronin.He's an attorney for both the National Resources Defense Council, and for the Hudson Riverkeepers. Heck, he's even referred to as an "eco-warrior."
Kennedy, along with a bunch of other millionaire/billionaire muckety mucks, like Walter Cronkite, and author David McCullough (who's recent book "1776," is excellent, by the way) are vehemently fighting the construction of this pollution free energy source. Why? Because they would be visible from their multi-million dollar beach homes on the Cape and they don't want to ruin their pristine view of the ocean. So, they are willing to demand everyone else clean up their rivers, and not pollute this and not pollute that, but when it comes to someone making pollution free electricity, RFK Jr.'s response?
"I'm all for that and think it's a great idea, but NOT IN MY BACKYARD."
And for this display of elitist greed and hypocrisy, we at the West Virginia Political Sweatbox, hereby award our first ever NIMBY Of The Year, to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. I'm sure his father would be proud. [Golf clap]
All joking aside, this is why people dislike "limousine liberals." People who are quick to condemn your lifestyle, under the guise that they know what you need, better than you. But, they don't often practice what they preach, as in the instant example.
And it cuts both ways too, the bible banging Republicans do the same thing, just from the other side. See: Intelligent Design/Creationism/prayer in schools/ten commandments in the courthouse/and a thousand other things I'm forgetting right now. So, please, no emails from the Dems saying "But what about the Republican so and so who did x, y and z?" I'll save you from the time and bandwidth constructing your email. Yes, that Republican is a scumbag too.
I guess the main difference is that the bible bangers do (mostly) live what they preach (the obvious exceptions excluded, Jim Bakker, Swaggert, et al). That doesn't mean I agree with them, in fact, I think most of them are quite daft and I put creationism and ID proponents (more about them in the next few days here at the Sweatbox, keep watching for those fireworks) and the like only marginally above used car salesmen on my respectability meter. You just don't get the "limousine liberal" effect you get with the true believer Libs. But still, the shrillness from both sides is extremely irritating. And we here at The Sweatbox hate jackasses of all political persuasions with equal venom as stated in our very first post. We truly try to be an Equal Opportunity blog here, so D or R, lib or conservative, old or new, black or white, if you are being a jackass, we do our level best to call you on it.
And congratulations again, to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on this evening's award!! You are the envy of NIMBY's everywhere.