Yesterday was Earth Day, an occasion for liberal bloggers to revert to their pristine, primitive state of nature, Lord of the Flies-style, and self-righteously savage their ideological foes who might not swallow the green economic-interventionist agenda, whole hog.
There does lurk a sinister driving force behind the movement that proclaimed this Gaia-glowing “festivus,” but it has nothing to do with the Earth Day/Lenin’s bday fluke. Dig deep around the roots of Earth Day and you’ll find some rather “illiberal” elements worming underneath, lamenting America’s “melting pot,” worrying that too much chorizo might pollute its vegan stew.
Fearing a public relations debacle, the NYT article quotes some of Tanton’s original cohorts who take pains to remind that the immigration restriction movement has “progressive” origins, planted in the ecological movement.
With Tanton’s fellow-travelling well-documented, the Tanton-founded NumbersUSA has sought to make its agenda shine in a sunnier light. The pressure group even curates a questionable quote from the late Dem. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, the man behind the whole Earth Day idea. Nelson, a product of his home state Wisconsin’s progressive tradition, is lauded as a liberal icon, but NumbersUSA records a less tolerant manifestation of his “Save the Planet” proselytizing:
“As far as I know, most organizations are avoiding population issues because they're politically frightened by the charge that comes from some proponents of immigration that if you oppose the immigration policy we have now, you're a racist. There is no way in the world we can forge a sustainable society without stabilizing the population. … There's no practical way of stabilizing the population of the U.S. without reducing the immigration rate.”
On Earth Day, when “progressive” activists – who yearn to inject some green into a rainbow coalition, even though every tenet of their green agenda isn’t always welcomed in communities of color – revel in coloring even mild skeptics as “mean” if they're not “green,” it’s important to remind the self-righteous acolytes of this solar-powered movement that it has some dark and dank roots.